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How can I insulate my garage door?

Over the past year I've been converting our integrated garage so that it's a usage space. I've painted the walls, got lighting, power and water connected (To allow for a washing machine to be ...
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3answers
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How thick should a french cleat be?

I want to use a french cleat to hang some basic open cabinets in my garage. I've seen recommendations anywhere from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick, but nobody seems to be talking about weight. Is there a ...
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Why does the gas furnace blow cold air at the start of the heating cycle?

What does this problem sound like? There is a 25 year old gas furnace in the house we rent. (The guy that owns the place claims there is NO problem at all. He said the igniter is brand new and ...
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What material should I use to insulate floor over a bumpout?

My dining room has part of it bumped out about 2 feet overhanging from the foundation. The floor over this overhanging part gets cold in winter and I'm thinking about insulating below it. I've done ...
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1answer
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How can I stop primer from eating my roller handles?

Whenever I use primer, it seems like I get about one room's worth of coverage before the roller handle seizes up, so that I'm pushing the roller along the wall instead of rolling it. I'm ...
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2answers
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Why is my radiator not getting hot water or have air in it?

All except one radiator are working fine. The one that stays cold is in the room with the thermostat, so the system keeps running more than it should. I tried bleeding it and just water came out. I ...
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11answers
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How do I secure my house against intruders?

What are some suggestions for securing your house from an intruder? Right now we have a GE Simon XT alarm system, but it doesn't cover breaking a window. We put some PVC pipes in the tracks of the ...
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6answers
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How do I put on siding above a slanted roof?

We're replacing siding on our two-story house currently. We can do most of it okay, but our two-car garage has a slanted roof, which mean you can't just put a ladder up there. We're thinking about ...
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Should I release the pressure out of an air compressor when it is not in use?

Just got a new compressor and I wondering if I should be releasing all of the pressure out of the unit when it is not in use? Or is it better to leave the pressure in so that the unit does not have ...
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How do you break in a new air compressor?

Just got a new craftsman air compressor (33 gal). I have read that it is important to "break in" the unit by running it with the pressurized chamber open (so that there is no load on the motor). How ...
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Why does my ice maker make a knocking sound and not produce ice?

My ice maker is making knocking noises every few hours and rarely produces ice. Every now and then (once a month or so) it actually starts making ice and the noises stop for a day. It's a GE french ...
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2answers
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What the heck is/was this keypad for?

I recently noticed this keypad on our front porch. As far as I can tell, it's not connected to anything. Does anyone know what it was for? A security system perhaps? Garage door?
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What's the least intrusive way to find out what's in a wall?

I'm getting ready to mount a flatscreen TV on our living room wall and would like to route various cables through it (e.g. surround sound speakers, HDMI, etc). I appreciate the AWESOME tips here, but ...
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1answer
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Ceiling / Wall mounted heaters recomendations?

My mom wants to get my step-dad a heater for his workshop in the garage, but there's very little floor space available that isn't taken up with tools, and she noticed that there's an electical plug up ...
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How much of a window should be replaced?

My kids threw something in the house and broke a window. Only the inner pane of the double-pane window is broken. My questions are: What needs to be replaced? Can I replace just the glass that's ...
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4answers
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Why is one bedroom always colder than the rest of the house?

We have a two story home with 3 bedrooms upstairs. Home is 7 years old. One of the bedrooms is always around 5-6 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the rest of the house (when compared to the thermostat ...
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8answers
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How can I prevent mice from entering my house?

Every fall when the weather gets cooler it is a given that a mouse will end up in my house. I understand that this happens probably to most home owners (especially considering the number of trees I ...
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2answers
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Humming refrigerator

My refrigerator just today started periodically humming for about 10-15 seconds every 20 minutes or so (something low, 1kHz or lower, I'd wager, though I don't have an amazing ear), followed by a ...
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2answers
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How do you paint touch-up spots on drywall?

I have a few spots that need to be touched-up (after having a drywall anchor removed, being gouged while moving furniture, etc). I filled them with putty, sanded smooth, then painted a single coat ...
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14answers
77k views

How can I get rid of a mouse in my house?

There is a mouse in my house. What's the most effective way to get rid of the mouse (and any "friends" it might have) and ensure that it doesn't come back.
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2answers
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What's behind the hard plaster walls?

Most of the walls in the old part of my house are plaster. Hard, nasty, amazingly solid plaster. While this is nice in some areas, there's others that it's rather annoying -- such as on the stairs (...
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5answers
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How do I keep drawer knobs from loosening over time?

I see knobs like this on cabinets, dressers, and closet doors. They are held in place with a single wood screw. Very often they are loose. I guess when we grab them we often impart a slight twist. ...
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How can I make a nail-strewn lawn safe for bare feet?

Our landlord replaced the roof (cedar shingle) and now there are old nails hidden in the grass all around. My children loved to run around barefoot, but now I'm worried about them getting a nail ...
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How can I run an additional electrical circuit to a wall mounted TV?

I am in the in the planning phase of mounting my 50" plasma in my living room. The wall the TV is going on is an exterior wall (it should have insulation) and the interior side is already finished so ...
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4answers
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What is this knob on our fireplace?

Dumb question, probably, but you guys have come through for us in the past... Our house has a fireplace installed by the previous owner with two sliding knobs. Our question is, what are these? http:...
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1answer
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Why does my gravity vented wall Furnace keep turning off/

We have an Empire gravity vented wall furnace: That turns off. According to the instructions, this is because the vent safety switch. But when I open up the furnace, it appears to be vented just ...
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How do I frame a 2“ (1.5”) thick wall?

How would you put up/frame a wall where the 2x4 studs are turned flat to make the wall 2" thick? One especially tricky thing is that (it seems that) all nails must be toenailed since a 3.5" long 16d ...
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1answer
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Oil heater in a large room

I'm about to by an oil heater. One of the properties of a heater is the area of the room that the heater can heat. Say 15 m^2 or 20 m^2. The question is: what will be if I use the heater in a larger ...
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Is there a “safe” sub-floor leveling compound?

I have some gashes in my sub-floor that I'd like to fill/level before placing laminate flooring down. Upon checking at my local home depot, I found some floor leveling compound but quite frankly, I'm ...
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1answer
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Why does flushing a toilet or running a clothes washer sometimes change shower temperature?

Admittedly, this isn't something that is happening to me but I'm curious: I've heard that in some houses, flushing toilets or running a clothes washer sometimes changes the water temperature for ...
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How do I weatherize an MDF shed?

I had some spare MDF lying around, and didn't have much to do with it. We needed somewhere to shove our grill and gardening tools, so a couple of screws later I now have a reasonably unattractive MDF ...
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1answer
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Are the door closers absolutely needed for storm door?

My storm door closer cracked my door jamb and the storm door still opens fine. And I wonder whether I need replace my door closer? If I don't , is there any bad effect?
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Where can I get a threaded wooden/metal rod for an adjustable piano stool?

I want to make a height adjustable stool, like a piano stool, of the simple screw/rotate type, but I don't have a lathe (or anything like enough skill) to turn a thread in wood myself. Is there ...
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How do I install drywall when the door is too close to a concrete wall?

I'm looking for suggestions to finish one of the walls in my basement. I've included the pictures of the wall below. As you can see the doors are right up against the wall on both sides. There's ...
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1answer
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Changing the window in an exterior door

We were given a new fibreglass door but it is RH instead of LH. How do we change the window so it will be facing the right direction?
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Sources for small metal tubing?

This is more a DIY question than a home improvement one but I can't seem to find a beter place to ask: I'm looking for small diameter metal tubing, specifically 0.159 ID, ~3/16 OD (the inside ...
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Why am I getting a lot of condensation in new shed?

I just got a new shed built with concrete blocks and a metal roof last month and thing is dripping with condensation from the roof. There is absolutely no insulation in the shed. How would I get rid ...
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How do I prevent masking tape on paintwork from pulling off paint?

When painting, I often use masking tape, however, when I pull it off paintwork it sometimes pulls off some of the paint with it. Is there a way to prevent this? EDIT: A few people have said: "make ...
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When would I use epoxy anchors?

Epoxy anchor is essentially a metal alloy rod set onto epoxy. A hole is drilled and cleaned, then epoxy is put into the hole and the rod is inserted into the hole and left until epoxy sets. Using ...
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What type of cordless tool battery chemistry should I purchase?

I'm about to buy a cordless tool set in which the tools all operate off the same form-factor battery. The batteries come in several different chemistries and I'm wondering which type is better for ...
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Borescope recommendations (features)

I'd love to get a borescope, but I've never used one. Should I try to find a place to rent one first(does such a place even exist?), or should I bite the bullet and buy one. What features should I ...
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Does it make sense for a freezer to work , but the refrigerator to not work?

We have a relatively new fridge (~2 years). Its got the double door over/under freezer, but the door has a weird way that it closes in that it can get stuck open very easily. The fridge was left ...
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Can I varnish natural wood trim before installation?

When I'm installing painted trim -- baseboards, window or door trim, etc. -- I usually prime and paint it before installation. That way I only have to fill the nail holes, sand smooth and paint one ...
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Are there any built in cabinet 'kits' available?

I am wanting to do cabinets between a wall and a fireplace. This would separate our living room from our dining room, so I want to build media cabinets (A/V equipment, DVD shelves, and a full ceiling ...
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Product recommendations for clearing a drain connected to a septic system?

Our shower drain appears to be clogged and is draining slowly. What product can I use to safely clear the drain without damaging our septic system? According to Drano's site (http://www.drano.com/...
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How, and how often should I clean a freezer?

My fridge/freezer has been turned on and running since I last moved house several years ago. I clean the shelves/bins in the fridge every couple of months, or when something is spilled, but the ...
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AC comes on randomly

Even though my thermostat was set to "Off" or "Heat", my air conditioner is coming on randomly and blowing cold air out of the vents. I figured that the thermostat was bad so I disconnected all of ...
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What kind of backing should I use for a glass mosaic backsplash?

I want to install a glass mosaic backsplash. These are a bunch of small square tiles of different colors on a mesh. Each meash measures 13 x 13. They are so thin, that I want to put some plywood or 1/...
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How do I diagnose voltage fluctuations that affect my receiver?

I recently moved into a town house and have noticed that my home theater, in particular the receiver seems to freak out and show only snow when I turn on and off fans and other electrical appliances. ...
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How do I remove or paint over graffiti?

Recently some graffiti appeared on the side of my house. I knew I should have done something right away but I didn't, and now there is more. Here is a picture: I read this article. I think I just ...

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