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Can I leave a wall primed, but without paint, for several sunny months?

I notice the siding and trim on my house is in urgent need of paint, as there are bare areas of wood where the paint is flaking off, but due to uncertainties with Coronavirus, I need to hold off on ...
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Can moisture travel through a microporous filler and fuel mould growth?

I would like to use this product to fill holes due to it bring good for sensitive people: https://auropaint.co.uk/product/natural-wall-filler-no-329/ However it says that it is micro poros which ...
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Toilet noise after a flush [closed]

After a flush, it whines and makes high pitched noises when filling tank up. Time for new stuff?
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How to wire new switch

I'm trying to insert a motion switch and am not positive on the connections I need to make. I'm trying to replace SWITCH A. Switch A was previously part of a simple 3-way setup, but now is just a dumb ...
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Oil clogged up my Honeywell Water Heater Gas Valve WV8840A1051

The gas company cleared oil from my natural gas lines to my house about 1.5 - 2 yrs ago. The gas meter was completely full of oil and was replaced. The water heater was also replaced. Things were ...
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How to handle gap next to sink

I have a house which was built in 1970 (so before the invention of the right-angle, I guess). Not a wall is straight. When installing a new bathroom vanity, I have it aligned to the rear wall, but the ...
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How to open the motor cover of craftsman electric lawn mower? [closed]

Problem The lawn mower suddenly stopped working during grass cutting Lawn mower details I have an old model of craftsman lawn mower (2013 model?). It says 20" corded 12 Amp electric on the top. I ...
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Which foundation type for conservatory?

I live in a new property where due to the underlying characteristics of the land, piling was required for the foundations. Due to the additional cost, I'd like to explore what options for extension or ...
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What to do with wall behind bath taps

The tiles behind the taps of my bath have come off completely and I don't know what to do. My main concern is if it could contain asbestos withing the tiles themselves, the adhesive or the plaster ...
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Boiler turning cold in middle of use

I have a valiant boiler ecotec 824 that was service about 4 months ago but has suddenly had a problem where the hot water for either the shower or the taps will run hot but flick between being luke ...
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Faced or unfaced insulation

So my house was built in 1957, I have shiplap siding and behind black boards that are fireproof. On the photo you can see the exterior wall where these boards are. Should I use unfaced insulation or ...
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Hydro isolation for foundation cut out (edge, not face)?

I live in Europe with a house constructed out of perforated bricks. I have sub grade basement windows. Our home inspector pointed out that the foundation edges exposed by the window channel need hydro ...
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how can I kill Insects that are boring holes in concrete

I have insects that are boring holes in my driveway and garage floor. Are there any remedies that would kill Them?
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what should I use to cover a table made out of a broken bookcase?

I'm working with a friend who is trying to make a kitchen table (i.e to use for eating) from a bookcase which broke. We're trying to do it as low-budget as possible (he's in a lot of debt right now). ...
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A bar broke on an out of warranty hammock, so how do I replace the bar? [closed]

We had a few people sitting in a hammock, and the spacer bar broke due to the weight. How do we replace the bar so the hammock is usable again?
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Drilling into foundation form ties

I am in the midst of waterproofing the interior side of my basement. I have many leftover form ties that I've cut off flush with the concrete. The ties originally looked like this: My waterproofing ...
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The circuit breaker does not stay on after lightning!

After lightning, one of the circuit breakers does not stay on. The breaker is connected to 4 different sets of lights in living /dining room. All receptacle are working in that area (connected to ...
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Air Condition humming noise

I recently bought a brand new house which has new AC unit. but the outdoor AC unit constantly makes the loud humming noise which also vibrates refrigerant pipe. see the attached video link. what could ...
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Can Old wiring be safe to run high currents through?

The electrical wiring in my house has two ages. Half the house has wiring from back in 1963 and the other half has wiring from 1986. Conveniently, my room runs on the older wiring. It's due for change ...
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Endoscope for a pools plumbing

Has anyone tried to use an endoscope for their pool plumbing? I bought one but it wont get very far into the pool lines without getting stuck. Ive tried using a plumbing snake by itself, but really it ...
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Wiring 2 prong outlet to 3 prong outlet

hi so i brought a old house and some of the rooms have 2 prong outlet with only hot/neutral wire and i changed the 2 prong outlet to a gfci 3 prong outlet but it doesnt have a ground. My question is ...
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Installing a sill plate on a crawlspace for a manufactured home. Does it matter if I use spf white wood or treated?

What type of wood should be used on a 8 inch cement block wall crawl space for a manufactured home. Spf white wood because of the metal I beams or treated lumber.
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Seams in beadboard ceiling

My porch was just built today. They stained it, but don't like the seams. Can I caulk with regular wood filler, or silicone, since it is outside? I guess I will paint over the stain.
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A celling vent does not stay in place

I have a vent in the ceiling that no longer stays in place. I think it is drilled into dry wall but the drywall is too corroded to keep the vent in place. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Do I just ...
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Increasing water supply for an irrigation system

I am in the process of planning to install and irrigation system for our front yard. I have been following guidance provided on the Rain Bird site. I have measured the pressure at the faucet, and it ...
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Fill the gap between door plate and slab

Thank you for reading my question. I replaced our front door awhile back and everything went ok. It's a 36" exterior door with one side light, prehung. After the door was in, leveled and screwed ...
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Should I paint copper pipes exposed to nature?

I'm using copper piping -- about 5 feet total -- externally, to make it easier to water the grass. In addition to copper pipes, the connectors and valves are brass (Sharkbite). Should I prime/paint ...
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Securing metal actuator inside metal leg

I'm trying to build an electrically height adjustable desk from an old coffee table and some linear actuators. I need a way of fixing the metal actuators inside the metal legs. I can't use the pivot ...
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When to use whole house fan

We just moved to the south and our house has a whole house fan in the ceiling of the top floor. I’m in a muggy climate in summer and a cool climate in winter. We have a single air conditioner for both ...
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Wiring two receptacles to an existing one

I have a 40 year old house. There is a receptacle in the garage that has two sets of wires coming into the box. One set is black, white and neutral. The other set is black, white, red and neutral. If ...
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Calculating Stair Strings - Is 7.92" Too High of a Rise for Patio Stairs?

I'm adding steps from a house down to a patio and am trying to build the stringers: 23.75" Total Rise 12x2 nominal lumber for the stringers. Total of 4 stringers @ 48" wide .92" ...
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Bad paint or bad drywall or something else

We bought a flipped home in 2013. Over the years, we've noticed that the paint chips and scratches very easily. We always thought this was about bad paint but we have recently started repainting rooms ...
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New Water Hammer Problem

I have recently started experiencing water hammer in my house. I have lived in the house for 30 years and it is about 80+ years old. Never had a problem with this before. The only thing that has ...
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Refrigerator restarts when a 3 pin plug is plugged to socket like Laptop Adaptor

Over last few months I'm noticing whenever I connect my Laptop cord and turn on the switch my Refrigerator in the kitchen is restarts as if power has gone and comeback. This happens primarily with 3 ...
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Possible moisture issue with partial insulation of unheated garage

I live in a zone 5 area in Ohio in a house build in the 60s. The garage is 20x20, attached to the house on two sides and shares a roof with the house. Current garage isn't insulated - the attic has ...
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How to supply 12 volt DC to all the windows in a new house build

We are looking to provide 12v DC power to all the window headers in a new construction home for later use to power 12v DC blind motors. As all the walls are open for now we are just going to have wire ...
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How do I reset the breakers after I shut it off

We turned off the main breaker being able to isolate power for one room that needed a new power switch. Now we can’t get it to reset. Outside is a small box but just contains fuses. No breaker. I’ve ...
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How do I fix or replace a misaligned ceramic cartridge tap whose measurements don't seem to fit a standard size?

We have a mixer tap (this one) whose cold tap has started dripping water when turned off fully (i.e. when the handle is in the fully vertical position). We can completely stop this happening by ...
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how to repair large crack going down length of garage?

My garage floor has a large crack in it that runs the entire length of the garage (approx. 20'). The crack is about 1/3 the way into the center of the garage. and a slab has sunken. my brother in law ...
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Installing shower filter - NPT adaptor for larger intake?

I am in the process of installing a shower filter, and am encountering a challenge where shower head and water pipe are not NPT. The shower pipe has a slightly larger female "wrapper" (...
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Nest Thermostat says “delayed” and never turns AC on

New Nest, replacing an old thermostat. Image of old setup: Nest setup: The Nest says "cooling" with the blue screen for about 1 second, then switches to "delayed", then just ...
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Problems crimping Cat6 Ethernet

I'm running Cat6 through my house, and I obviously need to crimp Cat6 connectors onto the ends (this is my first time), but I can't seem to keep the 8 wires from moving around after I've put them all ...
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Honeywell T6360 stopped working

When decorating I opened the thermostat cover to unscrew it from the wall. I never touched any wiring, decorated, screwed it back, closed cover, done! Now the thermostat won't work. Any ideas why this ...
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What would be the cleanest way to wire a wyze security camera from a light switch in a staircase?

I am planning to install a wyze security camera at the top of a staircase. There is a light switch right there I can draw from. Was thinking about wiring a romex from the light switch to the ceiling. ...
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Is there a special tool to remove this shower cartridge cover?

Underneath the shower handle I've found this interesting design where there's a cover or shroud encapsulating the cartridge. The threading on it is interesting: the threading isn't required for the ...
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Padding on dining chairs uncomfortable (compressed)

We have some dining room chairs that are about 10 years old and the padding on the top has gotten quite uncomfortable. When we sit on them, the outer frame of the seat part of the chair presses ...
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Toilet tank suddenly opened by itself and one of the toilet valve is extended beyond the toilet tank height. What should I do? Can I fix it by myself?

It cannot be pushed down or something like that. After this happened, the water also is leaking to the toilet bowl when it's full , so I turned off the water valve
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Interior french drain with 3" footing

My basement (built 1945) has been taking on water seepage via the cold joint between the wall and floor slabs. This has been fairly steady for the last month due to a very high water table . I've ...
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What kind of threshold can I use on concrete?

I just laid some vinyl planking throughout most of my house and there are a few places where I don't know what kind of threshold to use. Here I have a rock floor meeting the vinyl planking underneath ...
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Can I use a 20 # propane tank to connect to existing gas line

NOT AS A MERELY TEMPORARY THING! I want to "permanently" hook up a much smaller (20 pound) propane tank to the already existing gas line that runs underground from the present large rented ...

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