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Fixing Previous Owner Modified Sliding Windows

I'm trying to fix several (6) windows in my house where the locks don't line up and the windows don't slide smoothly. I took one panel off to see what was going on and it looks like there has been ...
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How to clean refrigerator water dispensing system when refrigerator water shutoff cannot be accessed?

I would like to clean the water dispensing system in my Bosch refrigerator. I found these guidelines suggesting that I locate the water tube going into the refrigerator and flush the system with ...
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How can I paint paneled walls covered in wallpaper?

I bought a house built in the 1940s (midwest US) and it appears that most internal walls are plywood and not drywall. This explains why the previous owner put up wallpaper in almost every room instead ...
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Tankless water heater cold water after 3 minutes then recovery

Rinnai Tankless Water Heater feeding about 6 fixtures. The two shower valves are thermostatic mixing valves. ALMOST reliably the water will slowly warm up and deliver hot water for about 3-4 minutes ...
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Severity of the water damage

I recently purchased a 100 year old home. I discovered some water damage that was missed during the inspection. I've identified that the problem is that the gutters are clogged which caused a water ...
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Melted GFCI receptacle

My wife turned on our electric teakettle for "about a minute" to warm a few cups of water, then turned it off herself. After that, we smelled a burning smell, narrowing it down to that ...
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Uneven floors around outside of 55 year old house

We bought a 55 year old house in an older part of town known for soft soils. Many houses in the area have harline cracks (both my neighbors have them around the same distance from the street, it ...
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Aluminum and Copper Wiring [closed]

I just bought a house built in 1968. When looking in the main panel you can see aluminum wiring, which makes sense given the year built. But when I started opening the outlets, they had copper wiring. ...
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Tools needed to repair carpet

My wife and I run a couple of rental houses for retirement income. In one of the the houses, I need to replace two small triangle-shaped staircase landings because of dog bites. I have some spare ...
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Is there a purely mechanical plumbing valve that acts like a relay?

I was thinking of doing something with a flow sensor and a solenoid valve when I realised I was perhaps over-thinking it: is there perhaps such a thing as a purely mechanical 4-port valve consisting ...
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Transition strip from carpet to laminate hardwood floor [closed]

I had laminate hardwood floor installed in my dining room and hallway but the guy that installed the floor didn't put any transition strips down and there's about 5 inches from carpet to laminate and ...
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Plumbing domestic water underground tee [closed]

I am in process of repairing domestic water line leak and I am curious why there is a tee with threaded cap underground as part of the system
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Ideas for cooling a small office space with direct sunlight

As the title says, I'm looking for ways to cool a rather small room (approximately 4sqm) during summer. Its southern and western walls are windows, and during PM hours this room turns into a sauna ...
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I been trying to install 1 commercial electric hubspace led light with lutron switch and light won't turn on at all, Even though I have power?though [closed]

All connections correct. A new wire was installed from switch to recessed light. I detect voltage to to light but light still doesn't turn on.
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Downspout positioning at gutter corners

Downspouts positioned at gutter corners at my house are all offset from the corners. There are no other downspouts at either end of the gutters away from this corner. I assume (haven't measured yet) ...
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How can I remove a broken drawer pull screw?

While trying to remove the screw I used for a drawer pull, the handle’s “arm” broke off, leaving a very tight sort of glove (imagine a hollow screw fitting very tightly on another screw) on the screw ...
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Why is my shower faucet not stateless?

The faucet handle for my shower has one degree of freedom (rotating either clockwise or counter-clockwise) and does not allow controlling flow independently of temperature. The handle turns clockwise ...
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PVC to copper domestic water repair

Hi I need to repair the PVC to copper connection here due to split in female threaded PVC. Is it against code to use Teflon taped fittings underground? I was thinking maybe raise vertical PVC above ...
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Reason the light switch isn’t controlling the fan part?

I have a ceiling fan in my bedroom the light switch on the wall only controls the light part…To turn the fan part on and off I have to use the pull chain…Anybody know what could be the reason the ...
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Oven control location

I currently have a gas oven front controls and over the years I've had to replace the control board at least twice because of how hot the oven gets pretty much killing the control board. Looking to ...
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What are the prep steps in buying a house for the first time? [closed]

What kind of preparation is necessary for someone interested in buying a first home? Taking into account the price difference between newly constructed houses/apartments vs houses/apartments built ...
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Any wood fillers for vinyl floor joints / click-locks that have partially separated?

I would like to provide cosmetic repair on a flooring section for which occasional joints have separation - and the click-locks are visible. The goal would be to cover the joints with the minimum of ...
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How do I install skirting around stairs when there's a stringer in the way?

In the hallway of our London Victorian terraced house, we recently removed all the plaster and hardwall, and are in the process of re-plastering. Halfway down the hallway are wooden steps up to a ...
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The walls in this house might have concrete inside of them, how would i mount large tvs , my pole mounted monitors and run cables thru where i need?

This house was moved from a southern state , not sure what one in 1969, owner says it was built in 1901,the owner is unfortunately one of those guys that destroys almost everything he touches, ...
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Hot water knocking and surging in the back shower then stop

I opened the hot water faucet in the shower and it started knocking and surging and then stopped flowing. How do I go about fixing this?
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Need to replace sliding glass door, but what is the metal on the frame?

I have no idea what this metal thing is and, thus, how to proceed since all the sliding glass door installation tutorials, instructions, and videos I've seen have wood framing instead of whatever this ...
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My thermostat is stuck on the on mode.What do I do?It won't go to the auto mode and the fan thing [closed]

My AC unit and my thermostat is stuck on the on the fan selection. It will not go to auto what do I do.
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Y'all, how to I fix this recessed medicine cabinet framing?! 😭

Good people of Home Improvement StackExchange, what is behind my walls looks nothing like the lovely Home Depot DIY video of installing a recessed medicine cabinet!😭 Why is there so much extra wood ...
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What is this part? Where can I purchase one? Elfa Classic(?) Rail Hook Clamp [closed]

I recently moved into an apartment with a wall-mounted rail hook system in a utility space. I believe the brand is "Elfa Classic". There is one unattached hook about 12inches/30cm long. ...
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Breaker trips after replacing light

3 black wires 3 white wires one black wire is always hot unless the breaker is off. When I wired the light connecting the 3 black wires to the light and connecting 3 whites together . Turning the ...
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Minimum distance between electrical water supply piping in a basment

Is there a minimum distance between the electrical and supply water pipes in a basement? I have a few electrical wires crossing over water supplies to the kitchen. I will be replacing some of the ...
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Insulate cinder block wall

The exterior walls of the first floor of our house are cinder block with brick on the outside. The inside of the wall was painted black (not sure what that is) with furling strips then sheet rock. ...
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Laundry strategy [closed]

When in college I adopted the following laundry strategy and it saved me lots of time: purchase 48 pairs of socks, all the same color or in no more than two or three varieties. This way you won't ...
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Rain stains on bricks newly built appartement

After a few days of heavy rain, there are rain stains visible on the bricks of my recently built apartment. The wet stains are located directly below my upper neighbour’s terras. These stains didn’t ...
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Is it dangerous to have no cover on a fluorescent tube (bathroom light)?

I have a bathroom light above my sink with two fluorescent tubes. The acrylic cover that slots into the fixture is "drooping", leaving a small gap from which the light escapes. I've had this ...
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P trap leaking at connection to wall pipe

So my sink in my bathroom as been leaking for a bit. I finally was able to borrow a pipe wrench from somebody and tried to tighten it. Still leaking. I took off the J portion and noticed it looks a ...
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plugs not working, breaker not tripped

My paranoid schizophrenic nephew disabled my mom's garage plugs to keep garage door openers from working. The breaker was not tripped and when I removed panel cover could tell it had never been done ...
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How to make a template for part of a cabinet door

I have a cabinet door I'm sanding with my kids. My older one got too aggressive and damaged the wood so I bought a veneer that I wanted to stick to the middle of the door. There's like this frame ...
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Why is my thermostat not dropping a degree

Would this use more electric? We had a new thermostat installed and whatever it is set on that's where it stays. It will not drop one degree. It will stay off 12 minutes and kicks back on in 6 minutes....
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Low Pressure Light Heat Pump

I have a GeoCool water-sourced heat pump with a low pressure issue. Every day, around the same time, the unit throws a low pressure light and we lose cooling. Not ideal since we are experience record ...
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Adding circuits to service disconnect panel

Is it code-compliant and safe to add 2 single pole breakers for 15A GFCI and 30A RV hook up circuits to this service disconnect panel? I opened the panel and pulled wires in expecting separate ground ...
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Trying to understand Nest thermostat wiring

I just arrived at my parents' house to discover that as of last week, their Nest thermostats (2, separate A/C, shared furnace) are continuously running out of power and needing to be charged. ...
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Entry front door transom

Help! Is it possible to get rid of this transom so I can have a regular door lol. The whole piece has to come out because there is some water damage under it. We can't find a similar door for less ...
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Blending new 2 1/4 oak flooring with 20+ y/o oak flooring

I’m installing 2 1/4” oak flooring in the kitchen. It will have to blend in with the dining room flooring and line up parallel to the family room. I’ve already removed the necessary dining room ...
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How do I describe these cabinet hinges?

I want to replace the hinges on my kitchen cabinet and what I've learned so far in researching this is that there are tons of different types of hinges. When looking for hinges online I want to be ...
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Mounting an outdoor box, but there's an existing recessed box

How would I mount this? I want to install an external box so I can run conduit, and we had an outlet here that was covered.
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How do I fix this garage bracket? It looks like it was held by glue?

I had my garage to manually open and locked it. After power came back I opened it with the opener and the top bracket broke. It looks to be fitted in a rivet at top and glue. Can I just put some ...
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What is the cost to move floor supply & return registers. to low wall [closed]

I'm flipping a house and want to move registers from the floor to the wall to put down new flooring
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Is it a bad idea to run a replacement water line under a water drainage pipe?

I just dug a massive moat in my yard which I intend to install a drainage pipe in to set up drainage for my house. My inlet water line is probably galvanized and very old. I would like to replace it. ...
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Should a breaker panel with mild interior browning be replaced?

I recently had an electrician change a breaker, and when he took out the old breaker he said that I should consider changing the whole panel as he found some browning behind the breaker, on the metal ...
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