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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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How can I put an IKEA “Expedit” shelf 75 cm above the floor?

I have a 4x4 IKEA expedit shelf (which is ~150cm x ~150cm in size) and want to put it 75cm above the floor, so that it lines up with the head-side of a bed. Its back would face the wall, like this: +-...
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Acceptable to install whole-house evaporative cooler with only a single supply vent?

My new house has a 20+ year old evaporative cooler on top of the roof. The cooler is ancient and rusted, difficult to service due to the location, and the forced air heating ductwork it feeds into is ...
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How can I connect a T568 cable to a 4p4c jack?

Currently living in Netherlands, the phone cable of my apartment is a T568 cable which I cannot confirm is A or B yet (will be checked later this evening). However, my ADSL modem only has a handset ...
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Wired vs Battery Impact Wrench

I was considering the purchase of a 1/2" electric impact wrench. The first application is to change out an anode rod for an electric water heater. I was looking at some online, and the torque given ...
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How to remove bathtub faucet cartridge?

I have a leaky bathtub faucet, how do I remove this kind of cartridge?
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What would cause mortar to have a patchy finish?

I started a re-pointing project in my basement, but it was way more work than I had anticipated, so I haven't continued in about six months. However, now that i'm looking at mortar I originally ...
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Treating a crack in a concrete patio before resurfacing

I am resurfacing a covered outdoor concrete patio. The original slab has a crack in it due to some heave. I am not particularly worried about this crack, however. The soil below is hard clay, and the ...
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Is it possible to use add-a-wire with my current configuration to add a C-Wire? [duplicate]

I only have four wires: Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. My old thermostat jumps the R to RC and leaves C empty. I have a new thermostat that wants 5 wires, but I don't have C. I am not sure what the ...
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How do I recharge this pressure pump?

The plumber is a notorious no show for days if not weeks and I would like some water pressure. Not to mention being self-sufficient. Here is a photo of the pressure pump. http://imgur.com/R3xkR6A
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?

I guess industrial is hip these days. Or maybe it's just me. But I'm thinking of making a snaking heater/towel warmer for my bathroom remodel. How many feet would I need, and how is this calculated? ...
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Repair tub liner with water trapped beneath

The previous owners of my home installed a tub liner rather poorly. The first time we used it, water was trapped between the liner an the tub. The top portion is tile, the bottom is a tub with a ...
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Can my garage ceiling handle this much weight?

I am looking to mount a shop light reel and an air hose reel on the ceiling in my garage and am worried that it might be too much weight. Here are the approximate weights: Light reel: 10 lbs Air hose ...
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Cinder Blocks crumbling

As it is evident from the pictures, cinder blocks on the bottom of the wall are disintegrating. I have tried painting with special paint but it continues to happen. How do I replace them? Why is ...
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I want to install the tub below with surround. How can I install the surround on only two walls leaving the end open?

These are the tub surround and tub style that I want to install. Also does tub need to have its own CB?
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What can I do if the sink tailpiece is too close to the wall?

I have a small Porcher brand, Elfe model, sink, whose tailpiece is only 4 inches [OC] from the finished wall. One solution is a non code compliant bottle trap, but is there a code compliant solution? ...
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How do I troubleshoot a Kenmore HE washer with an f-21 error?

We have a kenmore elite smartwash quiet pak 2 (723 wt-wt). It starts the normal wash cycle and about 35 mins in, it will not go to a rinse cycle and it stops.Error F21 or Sud comes up. I can not ...
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CertainTeed DiamondBack- Waterproofing needed for tile?

I picked up some DiamondBack CBU to tile a shower enclosure, as it seems like it would be a lot easier to work with than Hardibacker (I can't cut the stuff without making a huge dusty mess, so if you ...
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What should I use to patch curved surfaces over horse hair plastered lath?

The hallway running into my condo is unsightly. However, the association is saving for some structural work, and thus the hallway aesthetics have been put on the back burner. Typically I'd run out ...
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I cleaned the fridge and it still smells. What part should I clean / replace?

My last tenant was, to put it mildly, a slob. I spent several hours cleaning the fridge pictured below, with a steam cleaner and various cleaning products until it looked nearly new. I then removed ...
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Can I tile over Linoleum felt paper on a concrete slab?

I have a contractor coming in to tile my home. My floor is a post tension concrete slab, home is only 4 yrs old. The contractor said they could just tile right over the linoleum, but after reading ...
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Dormers with ridge vents lower than main ridgeline

My roof contractor placed ridge vents on all peaks on my home, including the dormers. So, I have the main attic space, which is vented by a ridge vent running the entire length. I have plenty of ...
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How do I raise the humidity levels in my home?

I installed hardwood flooring in my home late last fall. The humidity level in my home this winter dropped incredibly low (20%). I'm not sure if it's related to the new hardwood. I installed a whole ...
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What the heck is this pipe?

I removed the drywall in my utility room to inspect the plumbing and found a mystery pipe. I have no idea what it's for or what it is. Can anyone help me identify this thing's current or former ...
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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...
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Can I use a transformer to power a thermostat? [duplicate]

So I bought a Nest Thermostat off amazon, I read they used batteries and what not and after I purchased it I was looking at the description on amazon and it said it was a built in rechargeable battery ...
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How can I repair fiberglass wallpaper with holes in it?

I just bought a house that has fiberglass wallpaper in a couple of rooms. In one of the rooms the wallpaper was not properly applied and it's full of little holes. From what I read it means not ...
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Add floor framing using joist hangers?

I have a single story ranch where a corner of the house I believe was a car port. The roof line and walls all are framed such that it was always under the roof and considered part of the house, ...
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Ligth Switch with 4 wires

I removed an old light-switch and the following appeared: I went to Brico, showed them the old switch, and got the one below. I am wondering a bit how to connect it. I am a bit worried that I only ...
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Is it safe to use Extension Cord to Power PC/Routers on already used circuit?

Note: I have very little clue about electricity/circuits so I can only provide info on what I know. The setup: In our upstairs bedroom we have two wall sockets on either side of the room, with two 3-...
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How to seal new PVC to old Lead pipe “toilet bend”

I have an old toilet flange which was a brass ring on a 4" lead bend that connects to the main cast iron stack. The old brass flange ring corroded and broke. I found a nice PVC fitting that fits ...
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Replacing drywall above boiler… to Code? Inspection?

I own a mid-1800's house in New England, with a fieldstone foundation and dirt floor basement. I now have a mold problem in the basement. There is lone sheet of drywall above the boiler & water ...
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Main outdoor breaker is ONLY 100 AMP but total of Breakers AMP on internal panel is 165 AMPs. [duplicate]

Main outdoor breaker is ONLY 100 AMP but total of Breakers AMP on internal panel is 165 AMPs. From what I have read so far this still ok. I could have Subpanels/Feeder Panels down stream from the ...
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How much gravel to remove to plant grass?

I'm removing tiny (1cm) landscaping gravel from my backyard in hopes of putting down topsoil and then grass seed. I'm having a hard time getting all the pebbles up. I'm going to be adding, at ...
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Is tile primer suitable for plastering in bathroom?

I've plasterboarded using moisture resistant board and plan to title round the bath using Tile Adhesive Primer first. I was wondering whether this primer is also suitable for plastering the opposite ...
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Questions About Home Water Filter

My questions (pics below): How do these things work and does it actually make a difference? There is dirt inside of the water filter - does it need to be washed out? Do the white rocks inside of the ...
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Is frost at the far edges of my attic a concern?

(I am a first time homeowner doing my first attic inspection.) The prolonged cold weather in my area gave me a good opportunity to look for problems in my attic yesterday. The only thing I found ...
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Why use drywall tape when you can just mud over the crack? [duplicate]

Got a semi-small drywall project with several "joints" and just wondering what would happen if I didnt use the tape? (corners and "butt-joints")
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How can I fix a shower door that doesn't seal?

My shower door used to seal perfectly, I could slam it and it would stay shut. Lately, it has now started flapping around and not sticking. Here's a video. Can anyone put me down the right path to fix ...
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Do I need a sleeve for through the wall air conditioner in new construction?

I am about to buy a through the wall A/C unit for a small building, which the builder will frame out for the A/C. Is the framing enough, or do I need to buy a sleeve for A/C?
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how to wire two three way switch to a ceiling fan & add one switch for the fan and one for the light

I have two three way switch when I'm closing one of them switch , the fan is automaticly close with the light & I hate that because it's a big place & I'm short so it's hard for me to grab the ...
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Why does my toilet feed service valve still leak?

The metal pipe that comes out of the wall and feeds water into the cistern on my toilet is connected to the plastic cistern pipe (inlet valve pipe?) by a service valve. It is pretty much identical to ...
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How can I fix my loose toilet seat?

I have a toilet seat that has little by little, become very loose. I have searched the internet and found I had to tighten the two twisting things underneath the toilet bowl, in the back. They are ...
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Toilet water level lowers when other toilet flushes

I finally have 2 upstairs toilets working after a lengthy bathroom remodel. What I noticed is when one toilet is flushed, the other toilet water level goes down, almost all the way. The lower level ...
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How to determine depth of non-load bearing post when NOT using concrete?

I'm building a trellis/clothesline and using 4x4s as the end-poles. The load on these will be pretty small, and mostly bending moments (almost all) and not axial stress. I live in southern California —...
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Assemble and dissemble tools for vanity table

I am planning on building my girlfriend a vanity desk where she can apply her special make-up and all that lady stuff she enjoys as my anniversary gift. I have a concept in mind but one thing I know I ...
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How to learn home improvement for young adults? [duplicate]

I am 22, living with my parents. I plan to buy a house in the next 4 or 5 years. I want to learn more about home improvement so I can renovate my future house easily. My dad does renovations, but I ...
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Is it possible to rekey an Andersen exterior door with Kwikset SmartKey?

I want to use the Kevo lock on my front door and have my back doors have the same physical key (even though they clearly will not have electronic keying). To do this, I need to replace the cylinder ...

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