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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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good books on carpentry

I have some experience with making basic furniture (beds, desks, shelving) and installing trim and fittings (hanging doors, replacing kitchens) and I am interested in learning how to get a better ...
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How do I clean a 96-gallon automated trash can?

The town provides us one of those automated trash collection 96-gallon trash cans. Ours really stinks... you do not want to be down wind from it in the summer. I have been avoiding cleaning it for ...
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Why does our shower make a screaming noise?

Our shower has a problem...It's very loud! When water hits the correct temperature and flow the shower immediately starts shrieking like a banshee. It seems to be related to the flow because we can ...
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What should I know about radon levels at home? What levels are safe and do they affect resale value?

My wife and I are looking to buy our first home. We recently found one, but a report says the radon levels inside the home are unsatisfactory. I've never really been aware of radon levels in homes ...
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How do I stain pine without streaks or blotches?

I did some test staining on pine scraps, and I ended up with a cross grain arc that's darker than everything else. Where did I go wrong? (Or is it just the pine?) (Related to this question, as a ...
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What's the right way to sand/shave/reshape particleboard?

My second bedroom has low ceilings. I bought an IKEA closet, but somehow botched the measurements when I was seeing if it would fit. So, instead of having ~10cm of room for the top of the cabinet, I ...
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Is there an alternative to a self-piercing saddle valve for a humidifier?

I bought and installed a whole home humidifier. The humidifier is located in my attic connected to the air exchanger. The Self-Piercing Saddle Valve is located there as well to draw water to the ...
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Why does my furnace need frequent power resets?

I have a NOMA Programmable thermostat attached to my furnace. The set point is usually around 21 degrees, and the room temperature is reading around 17 degrees. The furnace is not coming on. However,...
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Storage of portable (but bulky) power tools

So in the course of this renno, I've acquired a few larger/more bulky power tools (portable table saw, compound sliding miter/stand, 13" planer, etc..). Currently I am using the soon-to-be kitchen ...
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How do I install cabinets on a floating hardwood floor?

We just purchased a bunch of cabinets for installation of a bar / kitchenette in the basement. There are 4 wall cabinets and four base cabinets. These are going to be installed on the existing ...
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Customizing christmas light strings

Generally, when hanging my christmas lights, I run a line around the gutters on my second floor. From there, I drop down and put a string across the roof line on the front porch of my house. This ...
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How do I stop the dripping noise from my gutters?

It has just recently started raining where I live, and I am new to this house. When the rain ceases and the water is dripping from the gutters through the drain, I can hear the dripping from inside ...
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What could be wrong with gas fireplace that turns off when I turn it on?

Pilot light is lit. When I turn it on, it starts up, normal amounts of flame. Then it turns a blue flame, and slowly disappears until even the pilot light goes out. This was working not even 2 weeks ...
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Is there a standard way to block sunlight from a non-rectangular window?

I'm not a DIY home repair guy but I'm handy with tools. I have a semi-circular window about six feet in diameter. It's right above my home office desk. In the afternoon, the sun often shines ...
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Halogen torchiere standing lamp

Do they make halogen torchiere-type standing lamps anymore? I can't seem to find them anywhere, while 5-10 years ago they were quite common. The amount of light they throw off was so superior even to ...

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