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How do I select a diamond tuckpointing blade?

what is the difference between the "sandwich" style and solid tuckpointing blades (besides cost)? Why are so many of these blades 1/4 thick while the standard masonry joint is 3/8?
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recommended heat tape for PEX piping

living in Maine, where temps can run minus zero for days on end, i feel that I need more than insulation to keep my PEX pipe running from my pressure tank to the main line underneath my mobile home ...
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Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?

I am trying to mount a TV onto an "exterior" wall. I used the quotes because I guess technically it may not be exterior (I live in a townhouse with dividing walls between the houses). Anyway, I've ...
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Why does my new lamp hum while turned off?

I just changed the ceiling lamp I had in my kitchen, from an ancient one (probably more than 20+ years old) to new and beautiful hanging one. I also switched from the old incandescent bulb to a CFL. ...
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Metal back on a slide in electric range

Is it necessary to keep the metal back on a slide in electric range. I have a fan that comes up from the back of the counter and it needs a little more room. The new range will not slide back as far ...
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Reducing air conditioner compressor vibration noise

I have a two year old Carrier air conditioner with an outdoor condenser. The condenser sits on a plastic pad on the side of my house, and I have two--one for downstairs and one for upstairs. ...
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Can I add cement glue and sand into my concrete mix to repair my cenent garden statue?

I have a leopard concrete garden statue that was given to me by my neighbor that has a broken foot and log. I want to repair it and paint it. It also has been weather eroded so I need to recover it as ...
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Pulsing water with PEX tubing?

Our home is plumbed with PEX tubing, from what I can tell. When summer started, the shower started running hotter, so we turned down the shower lower and lower. But when we reached a certain place ...
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How can I insulate and elevate an A/C line set on a flat rubber roof?

The Scenario An apartment building with a flat black rubber roof. The A/C condenser is on a platform on the roof with an air handler inside the unit. The line set runs across the roof for about 20 ...
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What's the difference between SFA99 and RIBA Agreements 2010 in the UK?

I am starting the process of having an extension on my house, and getting close to signing an agreement with an architect to have drawings done. The architect would like to use SFA99 as the contract ...
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How can I repair blown plaster on walls?

I live in a very old cottage (1747) some of the plaster mainly on exterior walls has blown/blistered with a powdery residue. We have hacked off the plaster - treated the walls and re-plastered but ...
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How do I level a summerhouse concrete base that dips in the middle?

I laid a 4x3 metre concrete base for my summerhouse/office thing. The corners are all level and so the summerhouse sits fine, but it dips in between and so the load bearing battens aren't taking any ...
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How can I insulate brick exterior walls in a 100 year old house with wood beams in brick pocket floor supports

My sister has a 100 year old or older home over a wet and damp crawl space on an island which has high tide and rain water flooding of streets an crawl spaces. A sump pump runs all the time. The home ...
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How can I make a smooth transition from granite to drywall?

I had solid sheets of granite installed for shower. Looks good except for the adjoining areas. First shower does not run width of room - so there is a support wall for the right hand side of ...
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Where could the air in the water system be coming from?

We live on the top two floors of a small brownstone walkup. To get the heating to work upstairs I need to bleed the baseboard heater almost every other day. All faucets in the house sputter, and the ...
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What could be causing thumping in the wall when the bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used?

I hear a thumping in the wall whenever the second floor bathroom shower, toilet, or sink are used (sound is similar to if you let the bottom of your fist fall against a sheetrock wall). It is 'almost' ...
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Why won't the lower agitator on my washing machine spin?

I have a Whirlpool top load washing machine. I recently replaced the dogs on the agitator which was very easy. The top agitator works like it is supposed to, but the bottom doesn't move. It's like it'...
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Are w1 and w2 both energized during a second stage heat call from the thermostat?

Short version: does two-stage thermostat always close W1 circuit when it closes W2 circuit, or they might be closed independently? Long version: I have two-stage furnace, currently connected to older ...
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How do I finish an outside corner where plaster meets exposed brick?

I have an outside corner where plaster on one side meets exposed brick on the other. It all used to be plaster but I stripped off the side where it's now brick. The line is pretty straight cause I cut ...
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What could be causing this weird problem with a 240v trainer?

I'm in electrical classes and we are hooking up a 240v trainer. Last year the trainer worked fine. When connected to power there is a 120v light bulb that lights up to show that power is on. ...
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How to re-insert a single-hung window into the frame over the guide rods?

UPDATE: window is fixed! The solution is here: youtube.com/watch?v=-TAjm4X8ubI I have a single-hung Madison window. The moving part has come loose and disassembled and I can't get it back in. There ...
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Change circuit breaker for dual purpose fitting

I have a power breaker fitted with a ducted outlet to exterior wiring. It is in white plastic, same size as twin socket, with push switches for on/off test/restart and neon light. I would like to ...
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Can I use a water tank and pump to feed a boiler?

As the title suggests I would like to know if I can use a water tank and pump to feed my boiler? I want to get rid of my electric shower and currently I have large water tank with a pump feeding to ...
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How do I adjust this balcony door so that it doesn't let cold air in?

A PVC balcony door that separates the room from the outdoors (which is currently −20 Celsius) is about six feet tall and about two feet wide. It is attached with two hinges - the upper one and the ...
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Can I replace Velux flexible tubes with rigid after installation?

My roofer has just installed three Velux sun tunnels. One will have a rigid tube, once the parts are delivered (it was broken in the box). The other two are flexible and I have pulled the tubing as ...
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Why won't my condenser turn on when I run my heat pump?

I have a York Affinity condenser. When I run my heat pump, I expect it to turn on somewhere in the cycle but it doesn't. It generally does this once a year. The usual fix is to cycle the power of the ...
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How do I replace an old-style (“wide screw posts”) garage T-lock handle?

My garage features an old-style T-handle very similar to Prime-Line GD 52169 or National Hardware V7643, except that the distance between the hole centers is 1-3/4". Unfortunately, I cannot seem to ...
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How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open?

How do I find out what's wrong with a uPVC window where the handle turns but it doesn't open? It seems like one of the hidden latches along the edge isn't undoing because one side of the window moves ...
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What are good Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an MHRV and are the settings related?

I need to configure the threshold Relative Humidity and Temperature settings on an whole house MHRV system. The way the system works is that if the RH threshold is exceeded the system increases the ...
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Dedicated 240v 30A Circuit Switched for A/C and NEMA 14-30

I have a dedicated 240 volt circuit that's hard wired into my air conditioning unit. The circuit has a 30 amp breaker at the main box and another 30 amp breaker on the wall next to my air conditioner....
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Double glazed solid door rebate size

I have a large double glazing unit (1220mm x 610mm) that I would like to use in a new external door I'm making out of red grandis hard wood. I plan on rebating the glazing surround, leaving the "...
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I have a water line to my fridge with no shut off valve

Is it hard to add one or even something to cap off the end? I removing the whole refrigerator and won't be using that line. I may want to use it in the future so I don't want to remove it.
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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Paint coming back off wall using brush

I have decided to decorate the bedroom and have now gotten around to do the painting. I initially gave all four walls one coat of a light grey soft sheen paint which covered nicely. I then gave 3 ...
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How long will a concrete bore plug take to cure?

I have sealed an old abandon deep boring which was 220 feet long. First I poured small stone chips up to 7 feet and poured liquid cement mixed with Dr fixit up to 220 feet. My boring had PVC cashing ...
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Help repairing Door frame/trim repair due to pet damage

I need some help fixing my front door. door frame damage How can i fix this damage to the door? Obviously the weather strip is easy but the actual wood is scratched up, deeper in some areas than ...
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Wiring 2 gang light switches

I have a two gang box with a dimmer switch to recessed lights AND a remote switch to operate a fan/light. There are 3 romex bundles leading into the box, however, only one of the black wires is HOT, ...
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Are Saddle Tees Acceptable According To Plumbing Code

I’ve been meaning to add a new fixture in my bathroom for a shower. The problem is the current way the drains are plumbed doesn’t allow enough slope for the horizontal parts of the new drain (...
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What is causing plumbing noise and pressure spikes after pressure regulator and hammer arrestor was installed?

I had screeching pipes & water hammer when the taps were turned off (straight after a new bathroom was installed - didn't have it beforehand). I then had a pressure regulating valve attached as ...
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4 way circuit, need to reduce it to 3 way

I have a 4 way circuit (two 3way switches and one 4way ) controlling one light in my back patio. I would like to add a second light and use one of the 3 existing switches to control it, turning the ...
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Problem connection C wire into Lennox Furnace

I would like to connect my new Honeywell WiFi thermostat (RTH6580WF1001) to a Lennox Elite dual Heater and Cooler system. I don’t have a C wire in my old thermostat. I have read online that I can ...
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Moving a toilet sideways?

Buying a home. Renovating a bathroom with concrete slab for a floor. Specifically need to move the toilet at least 12" to the right. After the toilet is moved we'll install a LONG 2 sink vanity. I do ...
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I would like to run two new outdoor electric lines to two locations in my yard

One location is a 3 vehicle carport which I just need some lights, 2 ceiling fans and some receptacles. Nothing too fancy except it might be nice to be able to run a compressor in there for working on ...
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Can ceiling be left open if hidden by cabinets?

My contractor is not going to drywall portion of kitchen ceiling as it will be covered by 9" cabinet crown molding. There are mechanicals (water supply lines, HVAC, and drain pipes) in the way. The ...
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Does a ceiling fan switch make a ceiling fan slow with buzzing noise?

I replace my 6 year old ceiling fan because of really weak speed in any setting and of course the noise but apparently the new one makes the same i just check the voltage when the fan is on speed off ...
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Install Vintage Ceiling Light Fixture

We purchased a vintage ceiling light fixture in Europe and I’m trying to figure out how to mount it. I’ve attached photos below. It seems to have a sort of hickey attached to the end of the post ...
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Faucet Supply Line Pinched

We recently had to have our island cabinets replaced. To do this the contractor had to remove and reset the quartz countertop. It’s a decent sized chunk, about 9’ x 4’. During the installation of the ...
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Updating a valve assembly: can a PVB have multiple downstream valves?

So I have this hose bib setup in my backyard that the pool company setup. It consists of a hose bib and then an ABV teeing off from that and feeding into two quarter-turn valves. One valve feeds an ...
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protect drywall from self-leveling cement pour?

I'm finishing my home basement, and I made the mistake of installing the drywall before deciding to level the concrete floor. So I'm trying to determine whether or not I really need to protect the ...
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Putting a breaker panel in detached home office half bath

I'm building a home office and have a question about placement of the main breaker panel. Ideally it will go in a half bath (toilet and sink only) in the corner of the structure. Reading elsewhere I ...

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