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How to attach a deck ledger board to a house with no rim joist

We are building a deck, and the whole time so far we have been planning on attaching the deck to the house via a ledger board. After stripping the siding and insulation foam board, we discovered that ...
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House davit? Do they exist?

On boats there is a often a boom with a winch called a "davit". It is essentially a sort of crane that allows things to be loaded on and off the boat. Houses do not seem to normally have davits, even ...
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Are 2x2s, 1x4s, or 1x2s sufficient for the support structure of a garage shelving unit?

I would like to build several shelving units in our garage. Each unit will be 36" deep, 88" high, and 60" wide. Each unit will have four shelves, and each shelf will be divided into two cubbies each ...
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Granite stained by Liquid Nails

Obligatory apology: I am only an ambitious DIY'er and feel I can learn to do almost anything on my own, but that only works if I ask the right questions. Apparently I missed one. So yes, I am a doof. ...
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Boiler issue diagnostic steps for a layperson (E37/E99)

I'm having some boiler woes which seem to have stumped my landlord's plumber, and I'm wondering if there's any clues people more experienced with this setup may recognise, or any recommended ...
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Home Network Interference on Cat6 Unshielded cable

Background: I live in a level two apartment and want to get WiFi in my individual lockup basement garage and install a security camera. I have pulled a Cat6 UTP cable to the garage via the services ...
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Installing Ecobee3 with Trane Furance

I am installing an Ecobee3 and have found that, while the common wire exists, it is not connect to the furnace. The wiring schematic for my specific furnace can be found in this PDF There is no ...
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Melting snow on the deck leaked into the house. Is my deck flashing incorrect or insufficient?

Last fall I had a small deck built to replace three masonry stoops that were falling apart. The sheathing behind the stoops was not flashed and was rotting. The contractor did a good job as far as I ...
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How could I run a residential water line across a creek?

I'm looking at a new location for a house, and all utilities will need to cross a creek at some point - it's about 10 feet wide, 3 feet deep at the lowest spot. Due to the proximity of it to the road, ...
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Proper Gas Pipe size

I have a contractor who gave me a quote to replace a 72' outdoor gas line to a 400K BTU pool/spa. The previous line was 3/4" IPS and that is also the current line size that is coming from the Meter. ...
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Is it possible to replace Mortise Door Lock With Sash Lock with a thumbturn deadbolt?

As a novice, I was wondering how I should find the correct replacement for a mortise lock. I wish to change it to one with a thumbturn deadbolt. This is what it currently looks like and measures: ...
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Gas Insert Installation Question

We're installing a gas insert (QuadraFire QFI-30). The installation manual gives two ways to install it. In one, both the intake and exhaust liners run the full length of the flue, and in the other ...
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Rear of house has no eves; how do I ventilate and prevent ice dams?

My home is in St. Louis and it just doesn't stay very warm. I am finding that the heat kicks on a lot just so it can keep up. The house is a ranch on a slab, built in 1960, 1073 square feet. In 2015 ...
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Smoke Detector wiring - impacted by 2 breakers?

dig if you will the picture of one of my smoke detectors and the curious (for me) wiring. Actually, I've taken many pictures, but each is just a mess and I think will make it harder. We have ~7 ...
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Has anyone painted a basement floor with an epoxy during winter with success?

I am getting ready to beane doo some black mastic off my floors. Next I plan on filling any holes (patching), after patching and muriatic acid, epoxy will come next. I have never used an epoxy paint ...
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Turning the faucet just a little bit makes the water too cold?

When I'm showering the faucet is usually turned well towards the hot side. Everything is fine and dandy. But sometimes I realize that the water is too hot so I turn the faucet ever so slightly to the ...
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Loud buzzing from hydronic gas boiler

I have a 105K BTU Raypak radiator boiler, similar to this one but a slightly older model (I guess mine is about 15 years old). The boiler heats and pumps hot water to 8 radiators throughout the house. ...
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What is required to enclose and finish my basement stairs?

I am finishing my basement, including enclosing the stairs: new treads, adding risers, drywalling in the sides. My question concerns structural requirements for the stairs. Photos below for ...
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Undead tree haunting sewer line

My sewer service line backs up about once or twice a year. When the plumber comes to unblock it, he finds tree roots in the line. The thing is, the only tree that has grown over the line was cut ...
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Combining a solar collector with photovoltaics

Our house has 10 solar collector panels, each 1 by 2 meters, installed around 20 years ago. By now their polycarbonate covers are breaking down due to the elements, and we've thought about the ...
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I need to change the slope of my gutters. What do I need to know for this?

My questions are at the bottom of the post Here is the picture that shows what I am trying to do The gutters are attached to the My questions: -in order to correct the slope would it be enough ...
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Increasing gas pipe size from 1/2“ to 3/4” at appliance

I'm planning to purchase and install a new condensing tankless water heater (Takagi T-H3J-DV-N) that will supply both domestic hot water and space heating (radiant via heat exchanger, separate closed ...
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Need help disassembling Groehe shower thermostat

I have what I think is a Grohe 19624 Shower thermostat like this the one shown here: http://www.guillens.com/index.jsp?path=product&part=392046. It is leaking and I need to get it apart to ...
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What's the name/type for the closest match to this siding around today?

I need to match some siding on my house that is a modular home built in 1993. The best I could come up with is reverse board and batten siding with 12 inch on-centers. It doesn't feel like wood, nor ...
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Insulating cantilever overhang - do I have mortar/stone between joists?

My house was built in 1928, its an old Milwaukee bungalow. I have a small cantilever overhang in the front of my house. That area gets pretty cold in the winter, so I wanted to investigate insulating ...
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convert three way circuit to two single pole circuits

I have two three way switches within arms reach of each other for the overhead lamp in a small hallway. I want to take them out and replace them with single poles the second to operate under cabinet ...
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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Trane Weathertron Stat to Honeywell RTH2510

I have a Trane Weathertron thermostat thst I am replacing with a New Honeywell RTH2510. This is a heat pump with auxiliary electric heat. The wires on the Tran thermostat are. R, T, O, G, Y, B, X2 ...
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Upsizing a Gas Line

I currently have a natural gas pipe coming into my house with a 1" diameter. It currently terminates after about 20' and supplies a hot water heater (33,000 BTU) and a furnace (60,000 BTU). I want ...
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Is Nest 3rd Gen Thermostat compatible as a replacement for Honeywell TH3110D1008

I have an Ultra-Zone EWC-ST-2E controller unit for my gas AC unit at home (heating and cooling). It is set for two zones. Where the first zone has to be on (heating or cooling) in order to enable to ...
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Sealing a cooktop to the counter? Manufacturer says no

I'm in the process of installing a Wolf CG365T/S gas cooktop, and according to the manufacturer's instructions, I am specifically instructed not to seal the cooktop against the counter. I'm inclined ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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Replace pop-up with flip sink drain covers?

I had my house replumbed to code and put new sink basins in with pop up wastes. But I find that the water drains slowly, and the brand I'm using breaks easily so that they don't click in and out. I've ...
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What's a clever way to stop old windows from rattling?

My old wooden windows rattle in their casings (the frame rattles in its tracks--the glass is secure). One suggestion was to use vinyl flooring as shims--that material would be too thick, but I'm ...
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How can I find a hidden water consumption source? UPDATED

After replacing a flapper valve in my leaky toilet, I made note of my water meter reading and went on vacation for a week. On return I found that I had used 100 gallons of water, about a half ...
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Dryer booster installation forthcoming, any tips or warnings?

Background: As the title says, I'm about to (within the next week or 2) install a dryer booster for a new (to my friend, not newly built) house. The dryer vent goes through a couple bends behind the ...
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Possible cross over issue with water lines

About 2 weeks ago our hot water started getting less and less hot, now it is completely cold. If I turn the cold angle stop off at the sink, so only the hot water line can feed the faucet, and turn it ...
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Air handler for an AC in the attic collect about 1 cm of water in it before it is high enough to drain… problem?

My air handler in my attic won't drain water(because the hole is 1cm above the pan) until the water reaches that hole. Why is this setup this way. From what I have read, NO water should be in the ...
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Replacing Exhaust Fan in Bathroom and connecting to semi rigid aluminum duct

I am replacing my exhaust fan in the bathroom and having a hard time connecting the new fan to the aluminum semi rigid duct, because is hard to compress, extend or curve. How can I make this easier ? ...
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Constant cold air from vents with new downdraft furnace

Replaced with newer, high efficiency furnace and cold air constantly coming out of vents (except when furnace running). It's like the downdraft is totally free flowing and when windy outside very ...
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Where to connect the c wire for a gas HW boiler (heat only) w/Wi-Fi Thermostat

I recently purchased a new Thermostat with Wi-Fi capabilites for use in one zone of a two zone baseboard hot water heating system. I pulled the existing thermostat (stat) to look at the wiring and ...
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Will my garage truss and beam configuration be adequate for a room in the attic?

I am getting ready to finish some of the space above the garage and have some questions. I am located in Pittsburgh, PA. The garage is sloped on both sides down to the floor. I was going to utilize ...
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Expansion tank is cold

My old-style expansion tank is cold from top to bottom, but I hear boiling water in the pipes right above the gas furnace. Is that normal?
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5800MICRA Transmitter in Door with Transom

I'm installing a home security system based around Honeywell products. I'd like to use 5800MICRA recessed transmitters for all windows/doors to maintain a clean install. Attached is a picture of my ...
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Microwave gave me an electric / static shock

I was using a microwave at work the other day and it's quite small, I was putting something in there with both hands and my right hand brushed against the section that is usually on the right that ...
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Help me identify the components of my switchgear?

I have a basic understanding of what I need to do when the power line goes down, though sometimes different switches pop and would like to understand more of what does what. I have no knowledge in ...
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Cracks in basement and garage floors

I'm I home owner and hope someone can help me because I've read so much conflicting information and don't know who else to turn to. I've called General Contractors who can't seem to fit me into a ...
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Does an wall-mounted electric oven require an air gap below, and if so, how large?

I've a wall-mounted electric oven. Or rather I did have before a small, smouldering fire started and neary burnt my house down. The fire brigade informed me there was no air gap (it was fitted 5 years ...
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What's so bad about single stack DWV systems?

We're in a region which allows single stack DWV installations in multi-storey buildings. In other words, a single large-diameter vertical pipe that serves as both discharge stack and vent for several ...
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drainage problem from kitchen sink

My kitchen sink(double sink) backs up, there is no clog I have removed the trap, I have also removed the basement trap and snaked both ways. Now the bathroom sink will also backup at same time, so I ...

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