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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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Retrofitting drip edges with a wooden spacer?

I'm preparing to install gutters, but I've noticed that rain just flows down my fascia boards. I anticipate having a problem with water going behind the gutters. I saw this Q&A, but the solution ...
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Best way to dry out wet, painted wood

So I just got this boat. It has a painted plywood roof, but it's been neglected for many years, and the paint has begun to chip/peel. Parts of the roof are a bit rotten, and most of it is damp when ...
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How can I reduce noise from an air handler unit in an open closet?

How can I reduce the noise from an air handler unit? I have a Goodman AR42-1 air handler unit in an open closet. The setup looks like this: When the air handler activates it sounds like this: ...
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How to Calculate Board Breaking Force

How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends? has already been asked, but I found the answers unsatisfactory because they focused mostly on the asker's particular ...
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Will shutting off water to house hurt a water softener?

Will shutting off the water supply to the house hurt a water softner?
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How do I remove a panel from the ceiling of my side porch?

I have an uncovered side porch attached to the my brick ranch home. I noticed that parts of my roof are sagging and it is getting worse. I also noticed that some flashing around my chimney looks bad ...
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Will insulating rim joist without sill plate lead to moister issues?

The house was built in 1930 and besides some bays stuffed with fiberglass the basement is uninsulated and unfinished. After two MN winters in the house I've managed to fill the larger holes but have ...
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Why does my outdoor AC unit make a screeching sound when it shuts off?

MY AC cools just fine. But when it cuts off, the loud screeching sound outside can be heard from far away. This only happens when the AC goes off. There are no other weird sounds, any other time. ...
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How to remove this kitchen faucet cartridge?

I haven't been able to determine the make/model but doing some research it looks like possibly Pfister. Either way, the cartridge part is sticking and handle is very difficult to use. I am trying to ...
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Is my room suitable for electric underfloor heating?

We are in the process of buying a new home and would like to have ceramic tiles on the ground floor. This is more resistant but can get very cold in winter, so we thought of having underfloor heating. ...
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Installing a sump pump to reduce relative air humidity

I have a damp basement. There are really no big water issues because the house sits on sloped terrain, it's just damp and musty. I've been running a de-humidifier, but that doesn't seem to be taking ...
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How can I install a faucet bidet if my faucet doesn't have a removable aerator?

I really want to install Aquaus Handheld Bidet for Faucet in my bathroom, but I have one of those faucets that have inner temper-free aerators. It is not like ordinary screwing type aerators. I have ...
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How to better seal and/or adjust a metal cellar door / bulkhead?

First of all, I am not exactly sure what the door is called. I have a metal outside door leading to steps into my basement. I have always just called it the basement/cellar door but it seems like ...
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Broken cabinet hinge?

I noticed that one of my Mepla kitchen cabinet hinges looks like it's broken, as the swinging arm (from the door) at the lower left of the picture is no longer connected to the mounting plate (that is ...
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Could the diverter valve be causing water to get cold quickly?

I recently finished a bathroom renovation. Went to take my first shower in the new surround and hot water only lasted about 15 mins. For the remainder the water was lukewarm. The new shower has a ...
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Help! enclosed porch/sunroom foundation

We just purchased a home and now that the snow level is not 4 feet high ( we live in central NY ) we see that the concrete patio/foundation has horizontal cracks, and crumbling along the side, corner ...
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Stain blemished/damaged surface layer in cultured marble shower?

Is there a way to stain what appears to be cultured marble? Two I've used in the recent past at different locations, with suction cup based hooks/holders have had some material removed over time ...
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Should we use carpet tape or tack strips?

We want to install commercial carpet in a basement that currently has damaged linoleum/vinyl tiles over concrete. Can we use carpet tape around the parameter or do we need to install tack strips? We ...
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Floor Makes Metal Clang When Walked On - One Room

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. The whole house has hard-wood flooring. One bedroom on the corner of the house has a floor that sounds hollow... When walked on it makes a loud clanging sound... ...
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How can I clean my fiberglass tub that was cleaned with abrasives to make it white and shiny

I used an abrasive cleaner on my new fiberglass tub. How can I remove the stains and dullness.
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Can I install 3/8" engineered Hickory hardwood over a painted OSB subfloor?

We bought a large badly abused foreclosed home to restore. The home exists in an area where hardwoods throughout are the norm for resale and engineered wood in the same where good product is used and ...
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My appliances are shocking me…but only me

The metal parts of the fridge, stove, and sink are shocking me. However, when my husband touches them, he gets nothing. I've also found that the metal gates and latches leading to the pastures are ...
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Don't know where lever is to open top latch on steel cellar door

I recently took over my recently passed Grandmother's house and she has a furnace in the cellar. Of course, the furnace went out, so I need access to the cellar in order to fix it. I moved from out of ...
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how do i plumb this rough-in?

The future bathroom in my basement has been roughed-in by the builder. Spot where the tub / shower goes was covered over by a square plastic tub (a "dap-out", if the spelling I see online is correct). ...
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Replaced a Heat/Light/Vent with a vent only. There does not seem to be a hot wire:

The three gang box previously had a HLV combined switch plus a switch that operated a separate light. Stupidly, I removed and discarded the switches and units (light and HLV) without studying the ...
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What's this black handle on my fireplace? It moves up and goes left

My fireplace is manufactured by arrowhead brass. Its a gas fireplace. There's a part to the left outside of the fireplace curtain and it's this iron black handle thing as seen in the picture. It moves ...
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Why is there no water in the kitchen?

There is no water flow hot or cold in kitchen. It works everywhere else in the house. The temperature has been between 0-20 in Northern VA.
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how do I remove this faucet?

The faucet runs even when the handles are turned off so I wanted to pull these off and see if I could figure out what is going on... but I have no idea how to get the faucets off. No visible set ...
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Need to unstick stuck shower divider valve

The shower divider value (which chooses between letting water flow into the tub or up into the shower) is stuck. I can't spin it with the installed plastic handle. Here's some pictures: With the ...
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What could be the cause of black streaks on the rubber seal on a front loading washer?

I have a LG front loading washer (about 2 years old) that has worked fine for little bit over a year. Some time ago though black streak marks started appearing on the rubber that seals the washer door ...
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How to remove latex-based tile adhesive

A friend bought a house that has tiles mounted over original tiles and she wants to remove the new tiles to restore/reveal the original ones. The over-layed tiles can be pried off easily enough with ...
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What's wrong with my replacement GFCI outlet?

I'm trying to replace a GFCI outlet in my bathroom. (the old one trips almost every time you plug something in) When I connect the line wires from the panel to the line poles and the load wires to ...
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How can I prevent my condensation tubing from freezing outside?

I apologize if I missed the answer for this. My plastic condensation drain tube froze outside and the water in my condesation pump could not drain correctly. I hardly touched the tube and it snapped ...
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What could cause moisture on my bonus room floor?

Last week during a cold snap with high winds. I discovered moisture along the floor on one side of my bonus room, above the attached garage. Their was enough moisture that the baseboard molding ...
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Why are certain radiators hot during the night when the thermostat is very low?

We have a gas central heating system and we have set the thermostat to come on at different temperatures during the day. Generally between 7.00 and 22.00 it is set between 19 to 22 centigrade. From 22....
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Thermostatic Shower doesn't give cold showers? Normal?

I have recently purchased a home with a Thermostatic shower and when at the coldest setting the water was hot. I did some researched and changed the temperature cartridge and now the water is warm. if ...
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How long can pressure-treated plywood be left wet?

I built a 12'x20' shed foundation on the Oregon coast last Summer. It is 3/4" pressure-treated Doug Fir plywood over P-T framing. The plywood was very wet when purchased and installed wet like most PT ...
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Why is my washing machine standpipe overflowing even after snaking/jetting every way to Sunday?

I have lived in my house for 3 years now with the same washing machine..in the past month my washing machine drain pipe has started to over flow. I do live in the country and drain my kitchen sink and ...
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How do I weatherstrip the bottom side of my sliding patio door?

The bottom side looks like in the picture below. THe second picture shows you the door and the corner that was zoomed in the first picture. The verticals have their weatherstrips in place. It is just ...
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How to best patch cracked and hollow plaster

In our victorian terrace the plaster in many places is very old and uneven. Under one windowsill the plaster has quite a large crack which is also a patch where the plaster is loose. If I tap the wall ...
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How should I seal and insulate a crawlspace to mitigate radon and allow for storage in the space?

Background: I recently bought a house built in 1996. It has a 1480sq ft (approx) living area, which is the same as the crawl space size. The location is in the Kansas City metro area. The yard is ...
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Is it possible to convert 3 handle shower to single handle higher on wall without trim plate?

The only access to the plumbing is through the tiled shower wall. The back side of the plumbing is not accessible. I've seen conversions where they break out the area around the old valves and then ...
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How can I build a septic tank?

I am considering renovating my house, that will be turned into a small student housing (approx 10 - 15 people). I would like to know what is the most efficient way to build a septic tank to dispose ...
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How can I match existing mortar?

I'm trying to find a good sand that matches the mortar that I have in our house right now. I live in Chicago. The house is 30+ years old and as I look at the existing mortar, I see that it has large ...
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How can I replace the seat on my wall-mounted toilet

My toilet seat is broken, so I've had to find a replacement. As it turns out, I need to get inside the bowl to fasten the screws that keep the seat steady. I also need to get inside there to get the ...
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What is a suitable mortar when repointing a wall made of soft red brick?

I am about to re-point the front of my Victorian (1895) house which has soft red bricks. Is a 4:1 ratio of sand to cement suitable? I have read that cement can force the moisture though the bricks ...

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