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Kitchen cabinet door doesn't stay open

The door to our kitchen cabinet doesn't stay open at a right angle. Instead, it swings closed right away. How can I have it stay open until I want to close it?
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Screw Sizes for Electrical Connection box lids

Am having to install covers to several different types of electrical connections boxes in my house. Some are round, blue ones and some are a grayish tan with corners rounded. None of them have cover ...
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Can I tighten unused terminal screws on my outlets?

I bought some receptacle extenders in 1/4 and 3/8 to bring outlets more flush to drywall. The outlets have push-in connectors on the back. Is there any harm in screwing down the terminals screws on ...
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How to prepare these bushes for healthy grow in Spring and Summer? [migrated]

I have a few of those hydrangeas and some others like below I left them alone during winter. Now do I cut them down to the root? Or do I leave them alone like that? What to do? I am in Pacific ...
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Header beam nailing code requirement

I asked a version of this question yesterday, but now I would like to know exactly what the code says when it comes to nailing. So I am placing this 13ft (12.8ft) Versa-Lam LVL beam as header for a ...
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Is it safe to use this dimmer on LED bulbs?

I have a question about dimmer switches for LED flood lights. My kitchen has six floodlights on a Lutron toggler dimmer switch, model AY-603P. http://www.lutron.com/en-US/pages/SupportCenter/support....
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Can I add insulation to exterior home walls without redoing all the drywall?

I recently bought a house and Ive found out the insulation is not good enough in the exterior walls. Is there a way that I can just cut a small hole and maybe blow in insulation into the walls ...
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What is the difference between 1x4 blueboard purlin and 1x4 whiteboard purlin?

What is the difference between 1x4 blueboard purlin and 1x4 whiteboard purlin? I had a guy come in and tell us that he always uses blueboard, that it was better then the whiteboard. I can't find ...
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I want to add a few outlets in my spare room

Okay, so here is what I got. I have done a fair amount of replacing switches and outlets but this is my first time adding outlets. I have a 15 amp breaker in the box running a couple of lights and ...
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Can a C wire be added to an old Teledyne Laars JVT-100C boiler?

Good morning. I have an old Teledyne Laars JVT-100C Boiler, that only has R,W,A terminals. is there a way to add a C wire to this boiler in order to power my thermostats? Thanks in advance...
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Is there a dimmer light switch with secondary constant 120V output?

I have a vent fan and an overhead light in my bathroom. They are currently tied to one standard light switch. When that light switch is in the "on" position, the vent fan and light are both powered on....
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Found mismatched breaker and wiring while replacing kitchen outlet in older house

I have a few experiences wiring outlets and lighting but still am a novice. We have a 1941 2BR house in the US. A duplex outlet had chipped plastic on one of the outlets where the ground prong ...
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Will coefficient of performance rise in the future for heat pumps?

I can see there are heat pumps with x > 4.1 SCOP, which is great! Q: But will this get better in the future? Ex. in 10 years? New type of heat-pumps? Or are there any psyhical limitations, that ...
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LED not working on some sockets

So I've gotten one of those wifibulbs that you can change the color through an app and all that. My problem was that it works with table lamps and standing lamps but it doesn't with the hanging ...
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New construction window remove nail flange

I received free metal new construction windows to use as replacement windows. Is this possible? It will save on expenses for my project. If yes how do I remove the nail fin.
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Do I need green board behind all tile?

I’m flipping a kitchen with 12 foot ceilings. Walls were recently redone with dlrywall but no outlets were installed. Originally I planned to tile up to 5’ and replace the wall behind it with green ...
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Replacing 2 split receptacles with 2 GFCIs

I have a similar situation to How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? in my kitchen. The solution looks good and I'm ready to go ahead, but with one reservation... ...
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Stainless steel nails for roof?

Stainless steel nails for roofing is ~$1K premium. Assume that the commercial roof is on a Florida island, but not on the beach. What questions do I need to ask to determine whether it is worth the ...
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How to Make extension for transformer Busbar

I'm trying to make extension for transformer busbar to install CT's as attached picture but i have some concerns about if The ext. busbar will accept the wight of cables without any damage ? Check ...
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Do new Air conditioning units require new pads?

Is a new pad required when an entire new central AC unit (inside, outside, ductwork, everything) is installed? Does the outside unit require anything around it when it’s in the backyard?
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Bathroom… Fan, Light, and Heat blower

I have an old existing bathroom exhaust fan, light and heater. I want to replace this with just a new exhaust fan and light without the heater. Please advise how I should do the wiring since I will ...
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Nails versus staples for OSB sheathing on walls

What is the best fastener for applying osb sheathing to an exterior wall? Nails or staples? Some areas have building codes in place that require nails, but in my experience in pulling off fastened osb ...
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Appropriate heatgun for removing cellphone screens/backs

From watching a number of Youtube videos it appears that many cellphones require a heatgun (or equivalent) to remove the screens or backs. Similary, Looking at a Huawei 10 lite phone backing, it ...
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Is it worth it to DIY kitchen cabinets?

Has anybody tried to build their own kitchen cabinets ? I have to replace only about 12 feet of base and top cabinets. They are costing me almost $6000 (installed) for medium grade cabinets. These ...
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Exposing Beams in existing ceiling

I am planning to remove drywall ceiling and expose the beams. The area is above kitchen and family room. There are quite a few recessed lights and fans. What considerations I have to bear in mind ...
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Why are these receptacles so difficult to plug into?

I just moved into a new apartment with these weird receptacles that make it very difficult to plug anything in. Is there a trick to these? Or is it normal for it to be extremely difficult to plug into ...
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What's wrong with my heater?

My heater only turns on if the temperature inside the home is 68 degrees or above. If the temperature inside the home is below 68 degrees, I can hear the thermostat click when I turn on the heater but ...
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Running wire in basement with drop ceiling

I’m continuing on updating my basement and have a few questions I hope someone can answer since I’ve had luck here before. The basement has a drop ceiling too. The lighting used to be tracking ...
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Can this valve be removed?

Where would wrenches go? Does it need to be cut?
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Can I use #8 copper to replace a #6 ground wire?

I need to replace the ground wire that runs from the panel to the rod embedded in earth. it looks like the existing wire is 6 g. i'm having trouble finding that gauge and wonder if I can use 8 gauge ...
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Gap between ceiling and woodvrafters

There is a gap between my ceiling and wood rafters. The house was built in the late 90s. My painter is talking about installing 1/4 roll to seal the gap. Is that the best way?
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Is it safe to screw #14 screws into the bottom of Center Support Beam?

Making an 8' clothing rack in the basement. I don't want to weaken the center support beam which is made up of 3 2x10". Would it be safe to secure the pipe flange with 2 1/2" #14 screws into the ...
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How to repair/replace old tongue and groove plank subfloor in bathroom?

After my bathroom was demoed, I discovered that the subfloor is in bad shape. The home was built in the 1960s and the subfloor consists of 3/4" thick tongue and groove planks running diagonal to the ...
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Where is my furnace air filter?

We moved in to a house a few months ago and for the life of me I cannot find the air filter for the furnace anywhere. The furnace is a Payne brand. It's kind of old. In our hallway ceiling, we have ...
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Storing ladder below subfloor in kitchen

My kitchen height is 9 feet. To maximize storage, I am planning to have cabinets all the way upto ceiling. To avoid lugging in a ladder all the time, I am planning to build storage under subfloor. ...
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Floorheating: which material for the floor saves warmth at best?

Is it some sort of wood? Or maybe tereacotta?
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Floor heating: is electrical heating better for me?

We want to lay 40qm of floor heating. It seems to me that electrical heating i.e. thermoelectric elements eadiating warmth is more efficient to install and maintain. Than, say, thin water pipes. ...
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What is my 3/8" concrete drill bit hitting in the basement wall and not penetrating when I try to mount a TV?

I have a 48" flat screen TV that I'm trying to mount into a pre-assembled then-installed permanent basement shelves. It appears that the back wall of the shelves was glued onto the cinder blocks. ...
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90 degree turn in horizontal sink drain

I'm doing a kitchen renovation and moving the location of the sink so that the plumbing stub-outs (supply and drain) need to exit the wall one stud-bay over. I'm also replacing the old galvanized pipe ...
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Flashing and/or sealing for vent through built-up roof (BUR)?

I'm reconfiguring plumbing and need to poke a new vent through the roof of my Chicago two-flat. It's a built-up roof of tar, felt, etc., with a slight grade. How to finish the roof portion so that ...
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Main Load Center for subpanel

Can a main load center box with no main breaker be used as a sub panel in a detached garage. Was told to run a #2 copper since it was about 150 ft away from the house.
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Switching wiring from one transformer to another

I am considering getting a Nest Hello doorbell. The requirements state: Nest Hello needs to be powered by wires delivering 16 - 24 V AC, and at least 10 VA (in North America) I had a brief look ...
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Well water system - chlorine tank remains full

We have a well water system. The level in the chlorine tank used to gradually lower and we used to refill. Since the last maintenance guys were here, it remains full. Why would this be?
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How to nail LVL beam to King Stud

This seems to be the best forum to get answers. I asked a question a week ago about placement of LVL beam, it was answered in a matter of minutes. So I am placing this 13ft (12.8ft) Versa-Lam LVL ...
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Bathroom GFCI trips when I plug into different outlet on separate breaker, but in same bathroom

My GFCI in my bathroom trips when I plug anything into another standard outlet across the room. They are on separate breakers. If I turn off the breaker that powers the GFCI, the other outlet works ...
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toilet siphon has pressure beam of water

I was wondering if it is normal that there is a pressure beam of water coming out from the toilet's siphon. And also, what I should do to fix this? I have the feeling this should not happen during '...
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How do I remove my Hansa 5891 1 piece handle and escuton plate from the hot valve?

This handle and escuteon plate has no openings or access points. How do I remove them properly?
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Dual flush toilet tank does not fill

I made a video of the problem and my temporary solution here: https://youtu.be/dnvLXOGe-28. The first part is shaky because I am trying to disconnect the lid with one hand. I do not know the technical ...
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Sheared off water heater drain valve. Advice

Here are some pictures of the damage. https://imgur.com/a/mxfBh0c If I could just get it out, I could replaced the valve easy peasy. Lefty loosey with a pipe wrench and whammo. Maybe I shouldn't ...
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Forced-air heater for old floor registers

I have an older home which used to be centrally heated by a furnace in the crawlspace, but has since been retrofitted with forced-air wall heaters: Some of the wall heaters are in inconvenient ...

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