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Ground cover needed

Due to many trees (not on our property) and the orientation of our house, one of our side yards is very heavily shaded. It never gets direct sunlight, and maybe 1 or 2 hours of dappled sunlight. ...
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Understanding water and sewer

In my water bill (in U.S.), there are two charges, one for water consumption and the other for sewer consumption. I was wondering what the difference between water and sewer is? This month, our water ...
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Adding new lights to a switch

I have a single light controlled by a switch in my garage. It's really pathetic, so I decided to add some shop lights to the same switch. Upon opening up the light wiring box, I found not 1 but 4 ...
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Septic system failed - should I try installing an aeration unit?

My septic system's leach field is not able to absorb the liquid that comes out of the septic tank any more. It flows out of the pipes in the leach field and surfaces in the grass. Based on the reading ...
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What are some computer interfacing electric energy meters on the market?

Does computer interfacing electric energy meters exist? With possibilities to get/log current power usage and monthly used kilowatt hours. With ethernet/rs232 etc interface. I am looking for this for ...
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How can I repair scratches in engineered hardwood floors?

I have two large dogs, of which one has nails that any woman would kill for, and the energy of a nuclear power plant. My home's primary living areas are all hardwood floors: kitchen, bath, living ...
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Goldline/Aquarite Chlorinator electrical problem--what went wrong?

I'm installing a Aquarite chlorinator, and something went terribly wrong! As instructed by the manual for 110V installations, I removed the jumpers from terminals 2/3 and moved them to terminals 1/2 ...
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How do I paint a basement ceiling and heating pipes?

What is the best way to paint a basement ceiling? Can I paint the copper baseboard heating pipes? Do I have to use special paint?
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Noisy Downspout [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop the noise from my gutters? I have a very unusual problem with a downspout. It rises 20 ft from an elbow on the ground to a gutter above. It produces a sound ...
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How should I finish and protect outdoor wooden steps?

My house has a wooden staircase leading up to the front door. It gets a lot of traffic and is uncovered, so its exposed to New England winters. This means snow, ice, ice-melt, sand, shoveling, etc.. ...
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Does No VOC Polyurethane Work Well?

I am finishing a piece of furniture for my home and would like to use a no (or low) VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) product. However, there does not seem to be many on the market. I found one so ...
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How can I improve the cold floor in my ground-floor unit?

My home is a ground-floor unit in a condominium. The floor is really quite cold and I'd like to do something about that. I saw in another question the suggestion to use Platon. Would I be able to put ...
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Storing riding lawnmower under deck

I have a ceiling system under my deck so that no water gets to anything under there. I'd like to store my riding lawnmower under there. The surface of the ground isn't wet, but I wanted to put ...
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Online landscape design

I have some guys coming in two weeks to pull the shrubs in the flowerbed in front of our house and replace them with others. The problem is that I have no idea what I should put in. Is there an ...
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Fishing wire through exterior wall — what problems am I likely to encounter?

I've figured out how to get Ethernet run from the basement up into my attic. I thought that would be the hard part, but that looks relatively tame. Now the next challenge is going to be fishing wire ...
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Insulating attic ceiling and looking for synthetic t&g ceiling boards

We have a 3/4 upper floor room that is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. The current ceiling consists of 2x4 ceiling rafters with a foam vent and perhaps 2.5" of foam insulation, then the ...
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How close should a french drain be to a foundation?

I am preparing to install a perimeter drain in my crawlspace. I will be using NDS-EZ drain pipe. My question is Where is the proper place to dig the trench? Next to the foundation or 1 foot away ...
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How to detect mildew or fungus?

We live in an apartment, and since a couple of months, my girlfriend suffer from all sort of lung/breath/throat problems. ( Multiple visits to the Doctors give the same result: she has nothing, might ...
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furnace creating a ground?

our gas furnace has a junction box on the side of it for the 110 feed for the blower, the feed has no ground wire , if i put a meter on the hot wire and metal box i get 110/120 , without a ground wire ...
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Should I replace or patch a plaster ceiling?

My house is about 109 years old, excellent condition, other than cracking in the plaster ceilings. I've had one 3x3 section even fall out in my dining room. I want to replace the ceiling in the ...
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How can I eliminate a light circuit?

Background: We live in a co-op. Each unit has it's own electrical box to shut off electricity. We have a corner under-cabinet light that is hardwired into the box I THINK (I'd have to tear up the ...
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'Painter' stained our expensive beams incorrectly. What are the options for fixing?

We have two really big beams (18"x4"x30' and 18"x4"x10', cedar) holding up our vaulted ceiling. We had a company out who had a painter stain these for us. It was pretty evident right away he didn't ...
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Can I erect a barrier to keep water out of my garage?

Within the last year, I have purchased an 80+ year-old house. The house has a sealed blacktop driveway that runs parallel to the house. The house has an integrated garage with swing-open (horizontally ...
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How do we convert our drop-in sink to an undermount one?

We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and are trying to narrow in on our sink for our new granite counters. We like the Kohler Staccato with unequal bowls and would like to have it ...
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Converting from Oil to Gas heat. Any recommendations?

I've received news that I'll need to get a new boiler. My wife and I want to take this opportunity to switch to natural gas from oil. I'm a technical guy, but I'm having trouble deciphering the power ...
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Tips for removing drywall from bottom of closet header

So about two years ago, I added a header to make my closets standard height, instead of being full 8' doors (which, even without doors, made the rooms look much more modern). Unfortunately, I made a ...
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Can a tub and shower share the same drain?

Can a shower and tub share the same drain?
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Installing a duct fan

For a room in the basement we connected a ceiling register to an existing duct. It is not very strong, but I found this product that might make it a little more powerful: Does anybody know how ...
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How to tell if your locks are bump proof?

I was reading about lock "bumping" where burglars buy 'bump' keys and can open locks very quickly. I was also reading that some locks are bump proof (double chamber perhaps?). My question is: how can ...
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Kitchen Cabinets And Dry Wall Screws

I've got some kitchen cabinets that were hung using 4", course threaded, dry wall screwed. At every stud there is a screw at the top and bottom of the cabinet. Additionally, each cabinet is joined ...
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Electrical hum noise from shower fan electrics box

I had a shower fan installed about 8 months ago, a vent axia low carbon with timer on light switch. The separate small plastic box that contains all the wiring separate to the fan makes an electrical ...
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How to secure a wooden box (tunnel) in a wall?

I'm going to fit a cat flap in a brick wall. My intention is to drill out a square hole through the wall. Then create a wooden (MDF) tunnel to fit inside this. On one end of the tunnel, I will attach ...
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Should unsanded grout become darker when wet?

Anyone who recognizes me at this point will know I've been working on remodeling our bathroom (Should we use a tub surround and Curing time for grout with GroutBoost). We finally finished everything ...
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Repairing bubbling (blown) plaster on an interior wall

I have no idea what kind of wall this is. Both my walls that are near radiators have this bubbling plaster look. I have read that painting with temperature differences may cause the bubbling (such as ...
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How do I install laminate counter tops? What are some tips/tricks to it?

I'm preparing to install a new laminate counter top in my kitchen; as this is the first I have installed by myself, I would like to know if there are any tip/tricks or things to look out for while ...
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Does the specific gravity of a lead-acid battery indicate degradation?

Let say I have a battery that is a few years old. When it was new, the specific gravity was indicating 1.265 when full, and it lasted fairly long. If I do an equalization charge, for the same ...
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What are Automatic Garage Door Options for a Garage with a Low Ceiling Clearance?

I have a tuck under single car garage in my bungalow that currently has carriage doors that have seen better days. I would like to replace the carriage doors with an automatic (and insulated) door, ...
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What would cause my filtered water to have a thin transparent film suspended in it?

I have a filtered water dispenser in my Whirlpool refrigerator door. Lately I've noticed when dispensing water into a clean glass, that there are patches of a thin transparent film suspended in the ...
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What can I do about my lawn growing unevenly/patchy?

I last mowed about 3 weeks ago. There are parts of my front and back yards where the grass looks like it's ready to be mowed again, but other parts that look almost the same as they did fresh after ...
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What do I need to do to prepare for a storage shed?

I'm thinking of putting a small shed (something like this -- a Montana 8' x 10' mini-barn) and wondering what I need to do to prepare. I was thinking of getting a load of gravel, and having a bed of ...
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Refinished Rusty Railings Already Rusted!

I have exterior steel railings that have factory seal and paint. They started rusting, due to nicks in the paint, from show shovels, kids, etc. In summer 2009, I completely stripped one of the ...
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Fuse replacement in Xantrex solar charge controller

I have a Xantrex XW-MPPT60-150 solar charge controller. The moment came where I need to replace the fuse that protects the charger. The problem is that I need to replace it with Littlefuse KLKD 1 (...
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What should I pack behind a cast iron fireplace?

I have a cast iron open fireplace which is (loosely) attached to the chimney breast in my living room by the mantle piece. There is a small but significant gap behind it where the bricks have been ...
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Plastic bucket under gutter downspout

I am doing some work around my gutter downspouts and found that underneath the ones at the front of my house, someone had buried 2-gallon plastic potting containers (upside down). There was a piece ...
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My kitchen has no real walls. Is this going to be a problem?

I recently redid my kitchen, which included removing the back splash and putting in new tile, but when I went to remove the old tile, I found that the tile is only attached to drywall. Knowing this ...
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How cold can it be when painting exterior?

Last fall we rebuilt our front porch steps. Now we are finally getting warmer weather and I want to paint these as soon as I can. The primer I have does not give a minimum temp rating. I figured if ...
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Kitchen sprayer only uses half the water, how to fix?

I have a Moen kitchen faucet with separate sprayer. When I use the sprayer, it only cuts the main water flow by about half and sprays with the rest. Every other sprayer I've used will transfer all of ...
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Using screws to install a set of french doors?

I am installing a set of french doors. I have installed many doors before, but I was curious as to whether or not anyone has tried using countersunk screws to install the door? If I needed to adjust ...
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Non-toxic materials for edging garden

I'm looking for a edging for my garden which is non-toxic. I've currently got pressure treated lumber (supposedly it is not arsenic laced). I've been stapling chicken wire to the top of the lumber to ...
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Indoor sliding doors now stick at the top after replacing rollers

I have sliding doors for a wardrobe, and i replaced the roller-wheels. Now they stick at the top, its as if they are too close together. I replaced the wheels in the same spot on the door, but they ...

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