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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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How can I easily fix or replace the broken knob handle on bathtub faucet control?

DIY amateur here. The single handled plastic knob that controls the bathtub faucet recently fell off, along with a screw from its interior and a cap covering the screw. I wish I could post a picture, ...
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How can I speed up the rate at which putty dries?

We're (slowly) renovating the sash windows in our house and the current window is causing problems. What should have been a quick job (especially at this time of year!) has turned into a marathon ...
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Is there a way to build interior walls that are easy to change?

As my family grows (birth) and shrinks (adulthood), and as kids' needs change (puberty) I'd like to be able to change the floor plan to match. Conventional 2x4 studs + drywall is a bit messy to move. ...
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Should I cover my air conditioner for winter?

Should I cover my air conditioner for winter? It's difficult to find an appropriate cover, but finding a cover for an evaporation cooler is easy (and because they allow for air flow from the outdoors, ...
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How important is it to avoid nicking the center core of a coax cable?

All the advice I've ever come across regarding stripping RG6 coaxial cable says to be extremely careful not to nick the center conductor, and if you do, to start all over again. I seem to be cursed ...
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Should the sight glass of a steam boiler always be within the recommended range? Or only when firing?

We just had a new steam boiler installed and it is working great; all radiators are hot when the heat turns on etc. One thing I noticed though is that the site glass for the water level reads too ...
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What is the best tool/method for vine removal?

i recently bought a 108 year old house with an ancient garage that has vines growing up the back of the entire structure. the vines have started getting into the gutters and even inside the garage. ...
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How does the cost of conduit compare to conventional wiring?

I know I want to future proof my new construction by installing conduit instead of trying to guess what wires I'll want in 50 years. But I want to understand the cost of conduit vs. non-conduit, at ...
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How does wood paneling compare to drywall?

what does wood paneling do better or worse than drywall? For example cost ease of installation ease of modification maintenance longevity fire resistance noise insulation heat insulation etc.
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How do I protect a coax cable junction from outside weather?

I'm planning to re-arrange some coax cable lines in my house which will effectively require me to connect them to a 4-way splitter. The wifey would prefer these connections to take place in a ...
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Building brick moulding in cold weather

It's almost winter and I still have a pending brick moulding job I need to do. According to the weather forecast, the maximum temperature that I'll likely see in the coming few days is around 8 ...
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Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?

I feel silly asking this but I'm curious. =) When are storm windows necessary and under what conditions? I live in California (US) and we hardly ever get snow or freezing temperatures where I'm at. In ...
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What are some scalable, affordable home automation options?

I've been looking to set up a home automation system in my house for a while now, but I'm having trouble committing to any one starting point. I'd like to set up an initial system that controls maybe ...
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How do I fix incorrect attic insulation?

I have loose fill attic insulation. It seems to have been moved around and become compact. Is it just as easy as getting in there with a broom and 'fluffing' it up and moving it around, or do I need ...
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Can I move the main breaker and the electrical meter?

I feel this is a no-brainer (in that I should probably get someone more qualified in to do this) but I thought I'd ask some opinions. I've just moved into a new place and one of the rooms is just big ...
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Draining irrigation system for the winter

What's the best way to drain an outdoor irrigation system, which includes sprinklers and drip irrigation? I've drained them as well as I could by opening a faucet in the basement (a few feet below ...
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How do I fix a wobbly mailbox post?

This evening, I had the unfortunate luck of someone completely taking out my wooden mailbox with their side-view mirror, leaving only the post. It was a total accident, and he was quite apologetic, ...
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How do I repair a curtain rod anchor that was ripped out of the wall?

My children managed to pull on the curtains hard enough to yank the bracket which attached the curtain rod to the wall out. What is the best way to repair this? Here's what it looks like:
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Is there a problem in putting an oven over the microwave oven?

I have an electric oven and a microwave oven. I used to keep the microwave on top of the old refrigerator. Now I've got a taller new refrigerator, and I read it's not safe to keep the microwave oven ...
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How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...
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What maintenance does a cedar deck require?

We just moved into a house with a very nice 16'x16' cedar screened porch. The problem is I've never had a cedar deck and am not sure what maintenance to expect or how often to do it.
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How should I drain fuel from my mower?

I have a Honda lawn mower (HRX217K2VKA) and I want to drain the fuel for winter. How should I do this? Three options spring to mind: Run the engine until the fuel is gone. Tip the mower to pour the ...
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Can old concrete fragments be cleaned and used as crushed stone?

Suppose I need to replace old concrete on a driveway or in any similar scenario. The usual way is to just gather all the old concrete and dispose it to a landfill, then buy cement, sand and crushed ...
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What is the proper way to frame in a room?

I'm looking to frame in this room (photo 2) to utilize the space for a 1st floor bathroom / 1st floor laundry room / storage. I think I have the process down having seen my uncles and brothers houses ...
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What is “mud-jacked”, and why is it not done in the UK?

I have seen of few questions/answers about "mud-jacked", but I have never come across it in the uk.
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Why does my central heating system get so much air in it?

We have an old system with a header tank in the loft. Over the last few days I have bled the radiators many times. However one section: Took a few hours until any water got to it, Its radiators ...
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What should I check for before turning on an OLD dish washer for the first time?

We recently purchased a house with a REALLY old dishwasher. The inspection report says that it "appears to be in working condition" but I'm paranoid of having a plumbing mess if we start using it. ...
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How to Repair my Dropped Refrigerator

I ordered a new hinge and brake for the fridge/freezer a friend dropped. The problem is the door hangs too low on the left side. My thinking was that the bottom of the door got pushed out to the ...
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Where do I find a good light fire extinguisher?

Just wondering if anyone has any advice/tips on a good small fire extinguisher to have at home? I'm not looking for something that's going to put out a blaze if half my house is on fire. Rather ...
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How do I close and seal an old external vent?

I was removing some ancient hanging cabinets in my small laundry room when I found an old vent of some kind. It had been completely hidden behind the old cabinetry. My dryer vents out through the roof ...
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Where can I buy Perspex sheets?

I've been working on a lighting project that requires some light diffusers and after searching around I keep seeing people recommend something called Perspex. My only problem is that I can't seem to ...
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What internet-connected home security system options exist?

Background: Old, Hard-to-use Home Security System We moved into a house with an existing "wired" home security system. This system includes an circa-1991 panel from Ademco (model 4140). The wires ...
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What substances should you avoid contact with your bare hands?

I started thinking about this yesterday because I currently have a weird feeling second skin from the polyurethane adhesive I used to attach my kitchen backsplash on Sunday. I foolishly assumed since ...
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How do I know when concrete needs replacing rather than just mud-jacking?

I have a concrete driveway and path to my front door. Much of it has become unlevel and I'm contemplating having it mud-jacked. However, before I do, I wanted to know how I could easily tell when a ...
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Consistent way to sand and repaint doors?

I have several closet and bedroom doors that are currently varnished/stained, which I want to sand down and paint a semi-gloss white. Should I do something other than sanding to remove the varnish, ...
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What are the “must do” tasks before winter hits?

I've had my furnace serviced in time for winter, but what other things should I consider doing before the snow and the ice come?
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How do I fill nail holes in baseboards?

While installing a new floor in my living room I had to remove the baseboards (finished wood, not painted), now that the job is done and the baseboards have been replaced what is the best way to fill ...
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How to heat my workshop?

I want something that can warm it up fairly quickly. I may only be out there an hour or 2, but when I decide to work on a project I don't want to wait an hour or 2 for it to heat up. Right now I have ...
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What material to use to patch a hole near a heater?

The previous owner installed a base-board heater in the bathroom, but did a really poor job. Below the heater, there is a hole in the drywall where the wiring goes into the wall about the size of ...
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Am I having trouble finding studs because my walls are lath and plaster?

I picked a TV mount from Ikea. The TV itself is being mounted to some paneling which in turn is mounted to set of wooden draws. In addition, it gives you hardware to mount the panels to the walls. It'...
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Why is there white crust on my dishes after they are washed in the dish washer? [closed]

Recently my dishes have been coming out of the dish-washer with a lot of white powdery-crust all over them. It's extremely hard to scrub off and often the only way to remove it is to soak them in ...
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Why is getting a chimney sleeved such a hassle … and expensive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing a Chimney Liner a DIY project? This seems to be an ongoing theme, and quite annoying I might add. When I first went looking for this to be done, I found some ...
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Can I run a dehumidifier pump to a washer stand pipe?

I have a very humid basement, in which I run a dehumidifier often. To allow for a more constant run, I purchased a dehumidifier pump. It says to run the pump out through a window or to a sink. I ...
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How do I silence a creaking wooden spiral staircase?

We have a spiral staircase with 14 closed wooden steps. Most steps creak when you put your weight on them (or take it off). The noise intensity depends on where exactly on the step you stand. How ...
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How do I build a French drain?

There's a shed near the side of the house with a roof that's pitched to shoot water at the house's foundation. That side of the house also has no gutters. There's a very slight grade to send water ...

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