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How bad is it to use 5W-30 instead of 5W-20 in a car? [migrated]

(This may be the wrong forum to ask - it's about cars, not houses, but it seems to me to still be a DIY thing.) I have a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The oil cap states that the engine is to use 5W-20 ...
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How to (if I even should) create semi-permanent cabinets?

I am going to put some storage cabinets/drawers for tools underneath joists of my raised deck. The deck has a rain diversion system (Trex Rainescape) so there wont be much rain on it. That said I ...
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Insulation between walls of two showers

Remodeling a bathroom and come to find no insulation behind any of the walls. One of the walls is shared between the shower of another bathroom. I would like to insulate this wall, but I'm not sure ...
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Contractor installed new concrete "deck?" around my house. What is wrong with it?

Contractor added concrete "deck" around the back of my house, but its already cracking after less than 6 months. I believe that there should be cuts and expansion seams throughout the "...
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Should I Do A Multi-Level Bulk Head For Basement Finishing?

The AC vents run right along side my structural LVL beam down the middle. I know you typically box the studs and make the bottom equal to the bottom of the structural beam (as seen in picture). If I ...
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Does a 1/2" GE-type Combo AFCI circuit breaker exist?

I've found 1" (THQL?) GE-type CAFCI breakers in stock, but can't find the GE-type CAFCI breakers in the slimmer 1/2" size (THQP?) for sale anywhere, not even out of stock listings. Do they ...
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Has my home water pressure meter (or regulator) gone bad?

A few weeks back I started seeing water dripping from my water heater. Called in someone who said my home water pressure was 130 and causing the valve to “leak”. He said my water pressure regulator ...
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Help identify NG boiler popping sound

Help me identify cause of popping sounds coming from a hydronic natural gas boiler (for home heating, NOT a water heater): 2 or 3 pops occur after burners light up, within 10-15 seconds, never at any ...
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What are these covered ceiling vents in Arizona residence?

What is the purpose of these 1-foot-square vents in the ceiling, which have a loose thin sheet of some white board on top of them? These are in most rooms in a 50-year-old single-story residence in ...
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How to replace subfloor under torch-on deck

A friend has a deck that is exposed to the elements, and the sub-floor is rotting. The finishing is torch-on roofing with a coarse granular finish. I would like to help him replace rotted sections of ...
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Tie 4x4 to 2x joist with hanging strength not supportive strength

I want to attach a short 4x4 to a 2x12 joist which will be part of a treehouse's floor. The 4x4 will be hanging down and not touching the ground, so the force will be pulling and not the usual force ...
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Gas stove issue

Anyone handy with gas stoves? Our burners stopped igniting (no clicking) so we opened up the top of the stove to check the spark module and one of the cords had somehow come disconnected. Plugged back ...
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Using cycle for sensitives/handwash/synthetics for all clothes [migrated]

Is it ok to wash clothes that are marked to be washed in e.g. 40 degrees in regular cycle but instead wash in the cycle for sensitives/delicates/hand-wash (or even synthetics) (30 degrees or cold ...
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Loft insulation - existing pipes and wood planks/boards & access [closed]

I have a few short questions around loft insulation. I'm planning on putting 100mm fibreglass (or topping up) between the joists, then putting a further 170mm on top. Q1 - Our boiler is in the loft, ...
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Need help plumbing problems [closed]

Toilet problems A toilet will not flush we have the plunge we tried different products to put in the toilet we try sneaking to when I wash dishes it smell like rotten eggs down the drain please help
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has anyone here been exsposed to asbestos? Are you ok? [closed]

Hello I was doing a reno on my mates house where I was exposed to asbestos for a couple days. I want to know if anyone has been exposed to asbestos on this site and how they are health wise.
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How to make posts level across the top, with precut posts max length

I see other people asking similar questions, but it seems most have some wood to cut off the top of the post - I didn't plan for that when I cut it, so I want to get it level on the tops, and bottom ...
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Noisy ventilation when cold outside

Odd question from one that understands nothing about airflow, but has been obsessing over an issue for a while. I live in a cold area, and when it's around F -4 (or C -20) or colder outside the noise ...
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Insulation in loft between joists - UK

I am currently doing some tidying up in the loft and I'd like to replace the old insulation. The current insulation is glass wool, it is missing some chunks and has gaps, it has compacted in places, ...
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Filling gap between tiles fixed on gypsum board and gypsum board

Tiles fixed on gypsum board by silicon and there is a gap inbetween at door space , because of bad gypsum board installation . How to fill this gap? Thankx
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Drain plumbing under sink to washer to main drain

I'm replacing the drain pipe from the kitchen sink to the washer drain to the main drain under the house. Can I use fernco couplers?
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Better way to hold a shower niche than silicone

My contractor installed a shower niche (commercial one, aluminum or stainless) but tells me that having it holding just by the silicone caulking is enough. I'm concern that over time, since it doesn't ...
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Turning HVAC on/off using the circuit breaker

So my thermostat is fried. Had a very capable HVAC technician take a look at it and he found this out. I have ordered a new one but it isn't going to be here for the next 2-3 days. I live in Texas and ...
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Hose timer is it bad for spigot and pipes?

We just had new landscaping put in and need to use a drip hose for the next few weeks. We have a timer to go for :30 mins at 7:30am and then again at 7:30 pm. My question is “won’t the water pressure ...
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Priming a spackled drywall hole

I have filled a hole in my wall with joint compound. The hole is about 3 or 4 inches wide, and part of the drywall had ripped out. I had to fill it twice, with a lot of sanding because i just couldn’t ...
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How to replace middle picture window

I'm trying to remove and replace a middle picture window that is attached to two crank windows. I can't figure out what is holding the picture window in place, if it is screws, where are they coming ...
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Tile/Paver interlocked design patterns -dimensions do not add -what am I missing?

Take this pattern for example, the three pieces circled there won't align at the edges if you want to maintain the same gap between the tiles/pavers. For he horizontal 6x12 the width is 12 +2x1/4 gaps ...
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How can I ventilate an underground garage to make it safe to work from?

I live in a townhouse. We have an attached garage which is underground and with no windows. it gets air by either the attached stairways which leads home or by the garage door which leads to the ...
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Glue for laminate flooring

No sacrilege here, I'm not gluing a laminate floor! I'm doing stairs so I need to glue the laminate planks to the stairs. I tried, as suggested by this video to use carpenter's glue, but after leaving ...
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I painted over rust with rust-resistant paint. A few days later it's back. How can this be possible?

I have this pipe through my kitchen. I painted the pipe with rust-resistant paint and in a few days was back. Could it be rust? Could it be some kind of mold? It's quite extruded/"3d" if I ...
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Hot tub receptacle location

Can a 120v GFI receptacle be near a not tub? The practical location of the receptacle that accepts the GFI plug for the hot tub is 2 feet from the tub. No one has any reason to stand inside the tub ...
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What size/color wire nut?

I am replacing a 220v 40a hot tub circuit with a 120v 15a hot tub. 8ga is wired to the box. Im replacing the breaker with a 20a GFI 120v and caping the unused line. Question is it within code to ...
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Recommendations on professionals [closed]

I've lived in this house for 2 years, and 18 months into it, there was a blockage in main sewer line (city water & sewer). Got the drain cleaning folks to come & clear it. 4 months later, the ...
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Carrier HVAC System with Variable Speed Motor burned out after 6 months

I just recently purchased a Carrier Hvac 3 ton heat pump system back in February of this year. The heat pump has a variable speed fan that just burned out. Is this common? This is a new system and it ...
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What do we call this simple ragged-end cylindrical tool for making round holes in walls? It's a hand tool, to be hit by hammer

I came across the Russian word шлямбур (shlyambur), describing this kind of tool for making holes in brick/concrete walls, but I can't seem to find the correct English term. The entries in the ...
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What are the devices that can be used for Pole/Phase Selector Switching? [closed]

I am currently Making Operation of my 1 HP Water motor connection into automatic such that, it senses water in main input Water line and starts running till overhead tanks fill up. And for redundancy, ...
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Skirting boards over vinyl - seal with silicone?

Thinking of sealing under the skirting boards, as the flooring is waterproof. I have laid 22 square metres of vinyl planks in an apartment; the sort that lock together as in the photo. Now I am ready ...
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Hot tub off a sub panel

I have a new 100amp rated sub panel , grounded with a new copper rod in my shed 50 feet from main breaker box, with 6/3 as the feeder to the sub panel.. my question is I’m installing a hot tub , I do ...
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Contactless integration of Z-Wave capability into blinds and SomFy-remote system [migrated]

I want to control a couple of Garber blinds via my Z-Wave network. I already have a SomFy remote (looks the same/similar model as the picture in the link) to control the blinds, which a local dealer ...
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Grounding with portable using interlock [closed]

Was a similar question; but they were not using a interlock. I have a DuroStar dual fuel DS 10000eh that is hooked up to my main breaker using a 50 amp plug and using an interlock set up. My panel ...
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Is it safe for a water hookup for washer to be located directly above 240 V electrical hookup for dryer?

We are buying a newly built house. It has 2 laundry areas. In both cases the water hookup for the washer is directly above the 240 V electrical hookup for the dryer. Is this safe? The Builder refuses ...
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Recessed 6 inch can lighting retrofit sag

I currently am trying to install some retrofit led halo lights into some existing airtight cans in my kitchen. I was able to successfully install most of them but some of the recessed light cans are ...
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Connect ceiling fan romex to switch controlled outlet or directly to switch?

I’m installing a ceiling fan in the living room. I want to control the ceiling fan light and fan on separate switches—the ceiling fan is capable. However, the wiring in the switch box made me pause. ...
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Assembling a lawn mower for the first time

I assembled the lawn mower for the first time, job done.. The mower is : Troy-Bilt 3-in-1 160cc Gas Engine FWD Walk Behind Push Lawn Mower, 21-in I tried reading the manual but it is more confusing, ...
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Increasing hvac flow on return or supply

I have an office in the corner of my home that is as far from the HVAC system, on the same floor, as possible. The air flow is pretty weak and I have two computers and 3 larger monitors that make that ...
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Gap Between Trim and Brick (Exterior)

I'm trying to find a solution for gap between trim and brick around my house. Specifcially the area in front of my house by the garage. When I bought the home, the house had settled and you could see ...
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When wiring multiple lights with independent switches on the same circuit [closed]

I am doing lighting in a commercial building Situation is two rooms on the same lighting circuit I need to switches on that same circuit to operate lights independently
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Permanently disable auto lock of outside handle

I have a Falcon door lock and handle. I don't have the exact model but I believe the closest current model is the MA series. When I turn the deadbolt (part 1 in red), the switch on the door (part 2 in ...
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Disposal must be plugged into above counter outlet to be used

My daughter just moved into a small apartment. The tiny kitchen requires you to plug in the disposal to a GFCI outlet that is on the wall above the stove in order to run it. There is no on/off switch. ...
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Well pump reads 125v on each terminal but wont come on

When we bought the house the pump was wired directly to the breaker on a 240v circuit. I went to add an outlet and a sprinkler controller between the two. The picture shows the old vs new set up. The ...
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