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How do I properly wire a 5-wire thermostat? What is this ambiguous '4' label?

I took the old thermostat off, and had G,Y,W,Rc and '4' terminals connected to the Green, Yellow, White, Red and Black wires respectively. Voltage from Rc to G|Y|W was 24VAC as well '4' to G|Y|W ...
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How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...
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Can I use mulch as a driveway covering?

I'm about to put a driveway down. Is it possible to cover the driveway with mulch instead of gravel? Context: In the woods. I want to keep the woodsy feel. Long, mild winters. January average ...
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Why do my new door hinges prevent my door from shutting completely?

I have installed some new standard 3" door hinges with a small corner radius on a 32" door. The doors are solid-core oak doors. The hinges appear to look fine and fit perfectly flush in the existing ...
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What can (and cannot) be put down drains that are connected to septic systems?

This might be more appropriate as a community wiki... We have a septic system and I'm extremely paranoid about what can (and cannot) be put down our sink drains. I know the general answer is "...
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How should I rebase a clothesline post on sloped property?

I live in Toronto, Canada. Our old clothesline was affixed atop a 14' post attached to the vehicle shed (the shed is too low, dug into the side of a slope), the bottom of the post was eventually ...
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Are there other advantages to using turf over grass seed besides getting instant results?

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm planning to eventually have a lawn in our front yard (right now, it's bare due to septic work). I'm confused on if there are clear advantages to using turf vs ...
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What is a UFCL brand circuit?

I'm shopping for a combination vent fan/light for a bathroom, and some of the ones I've found state this: UL Listed for use over bathtubs and showers when connected to a GFCI protected branch ...
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I am removing some Knob and Tube wiring. Can I leave the NEUTRAL wires hanging in the walls?

I am renovating my bathroom. I am bringing in new circuits for all the electrical, and replacing the boxes. I will have no problem capping off/removing the live (black) knob and tube wires in boxes. ...
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Why does my Paloma tankless water heater turn off randomly without errors?

We have a Paloma Tankless water heater, model: PTG-74PVN that shuts down when in use for a few minutes. There is no code displayed on the screen, it just powers down. This started happening a few ...
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Is installing crown molding a DIY project?

My wife has lately been thinking about ways to improve our home, and has settled upon installing crown molding in our 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms as one of the things she would like to do. My ...
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Can I replace an outlet that uses knob and tube wiring with a grounded outlet?

Can I replace an outlet that uses knob and tube wiring with a grounded outlet? Obviously the best choice would be to replace the old wiring. Is there a standard way to ground these outlets? Do I need ...
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With a shower, should the edge where the wall meets the floor be caulked, or is grout okay?

Some of the shower tiles have come loose in my shower and need repair (specifically the ones at the base of the wall). There's no 'tub' per-se, the whole thing is tiled, and it looks like whoever ...
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How do I make my floors more stable?

My builder did (what seems to me) a cut rate job on my floors. When I walk around in my house my table and entertainment center (and other such things) shake as I walk past them. (Heaven help me if ...
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What are the best practices for a low deck built half on a concrete slab?

In our current place, we moved the main access door from going into the kitchen, to entering an old laundry room converted to a mud room. In order to do so, the front door was moved over about 4', ...
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How do I attach a ledger board if I have no interior access?

I would like to build a small, 24" high deck, for a new entry door to the house. I have the deck plans all laid out, and am in need of a 2x10 ledger board under the door to attach the deck to. Most ...
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Do plastic sheds require a foundation?

Do I need a foundation for this type of shed, or can I just put it on level ground?
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Where can I find LED indoor floodlights?

Where can I find LED Indoor Floodlights? I have recessed lighting and one of the lights over a nook in my house gets the person hot who sits under the light for too long - plus LED is more energy ...
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What do I do about a toilet flange that is too high?

I just had the floors in my bathroom replaced and now the flange is too high. When I put the toilet on top, the front touches the floor, but the back does not. The flange and piping are PVC, and the ...
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What is a strong glue for bonding metal?

I have a (cheap) garage door that has the metal frames/hinges connected to the actual metal door by some kind of glue. The glue on one part of the frame has broken off. What is a glue that is strong ...
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What should I consider when cutting a dryer vent hole?

Our dryer has been taking forever to dry loads so, this morning, I disassembled the vent pipe and scrubbed out all the lint. However, before reassembling the vent, I had an idea. The current vent run ...
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What are some cost-effective tips for reducing external sound from entering a room?

I have a small office room that shares a wall with our living room. When we have guests over, their voices travel fairly well; they sound somewhat muffled but are still audible. As I work from home ...
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How to reduce noise while drilling?

Unfortunately I can only drill in the late afternoon or during weekends, but my area is very quiet and I would really like to avoid driving my neighbours mad... So is there anything I can do to make ...
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Looking to Replace a 32 Watt T8 Fluorescent Bulb in an Office: What Are My Options?

I'm looking to replace a 32 Watt T8 fluorescent bulb in my home office. I noticed that the old bulb was a Philips 32T8/COOL WHITE PLUS, while the replacement bulb that I picked up at Home Depot was a ...
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What can cause foggy/misty/gray water when water heater is turned off?

This may be expected behavior but I thought I'd ask anyway... We recently had gas turned off at our house in preparation for a fumigation this weekend. We have a gas water heater (with a tank) so ...
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How should I mount a TV stand on a wall covered in drywall?

How should I mount a TV stand on a wall covered in drywall? Should I trenail it to the wall?
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Is installing a chimney liner a DIY project?

My chimney (25ft approximately, one story house) was recently inspected and the guy recommended a chimney liner for the furnace due to the grouting having been eaten away. He quoted $2000 for the ...
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Furnace control board - interchangeable?

A few months ago, I had someone working on my outdoor a/c unit, and he accidentally shorted out the control board in the furnace (it's a Goodman gas furnace GKS91155DX). He replaced the board, and the ...
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Should I put caulk/silicone at base of toilet on hardwood floors?

When installing a toilet in a bathroom with hardwood floors, should I put a bead of silicone or caulk around the base to finish things up? Is this necessary, or is it merely aesthetics? I have heard ...
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Which material should I use for a whiteboard that would erase easily?

I saw some DIY tutorials recommending to use tileboard to make a cheap whiteboard. I had a piece lying around, and tried some dry-erase markers on it. Turns out they don't erase well at all when ...
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How do I achieve required torque when using an impact driver?

There's such tool called impact driver (like this one for example). The manual says it uses a special mechanism to produce a series of torque impulses to fasten/loosen nuts and screws. The tool has ...
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How do I build shelves on non-square (>90 degrees) walls?

I want to build shelves into an alcove, but the corners are not square. What is the best approach to this?
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Is it necessary to sand before the last coat of oil paint?

When I'm painting high-gloss oil-based on woodwork (architraves, skirtingboards, windows), I have been following the tin's advice and sanding between all coats. I don't resent sanding after the ...
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How Is “Super Laminate” flooring installed?

I recently learned about AABSO "Super Laminate" flooring (aka Vinyl flooring planks). It seems to have some advantages over standard laminate flooring when it comes to moisture resistance so I'm ...
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What is your best wire management solution for an entertainment system and a home office?

What gadgets or devices have you used to help manage wires or cords at home for the entertainment system are and for the home office?
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How do I level an unlevel floor?

The second floor of my house is not to level. The walls are, everything is straight but the floor has a slight pitch. I'm about to remove the current glued vinyl tiles and replace it with a regular ...
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Should I drill a large hole through a double paned window?

I have a laundry room in the basement. There is no exhaust vent for the dryer. Currently we just open the window when drying, but this is not the greatest solution. There is a window and it is ...
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Should a bathroom fan vent to a separate duct system?

Is it acceptable to route a bathroom exhaust fan to the return of a central air system? I'm afraid this will cause mold to grow in the air return ducts. There is currently a fan in our bathroom and ...
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How can I remove superficial pet urine stains from subfloor?

After removing the carpet from our bathroom closet, I found urine stains on the plywood sub-floor (serenity now). It sounds bad but the floors are quite sturdy so I'm reasonably certain that it's a ...
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How do I remove glued-on carpet?

I'm trying to remove carpet from a small closet in our bathroom (at most 3.5 ft by 3.5 ft). I started to remove it and it looks to have been glued around the perimeter. What's the easiest way to ...
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Is it a good idea to chisel out the edge of rafters for wires?

I am wondering if it is a good idea to chisel out the edge of rafters for wires? We want to floor our garage attic, and there are wires criss-crossing on top of the rafters. Update: These are regular ...
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How do I get the sheen even?

I am using Behr eggshell paint, and I have put 2 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint, but the sheen is not even in spots. I'm almost ready to give up and get some flat paint. Is there any trick to ...
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How do I remove drip marks in flat paint on smooth interior walls?

I recently had the walls and ceiling in my home office refinished with a smooth texture. When I was painting the walls, in a couple of the corners, I bumped the roller against the adjacent wall. I ...
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How do I uninstall a receptacle when the wires are stuck?

I just installed a receptacle in my basement and I realized I need to reinstall it someplace else. The leads are inserted into the holes behind the receptacle and I can't get them out! The ...
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What is the order of tasks when refitting a bathroom?

I need to completely refit my bathroom, including the following tasks: Replace an old boiler (involves removing an immersion heater from the first floor, adjusting gas supply and changing pipe work) ...
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How long do batteries typically last in electronic deadbolts?

I'm considering getting a Schlage Plymouth Keypad for our front-door but was curious how long the 9V battery typically lasts. The web site says "3 year battery life" but I'm... skeptical. =) Has ...
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How to seal small cracks in wood door?

We have a solid-core wooden front-door and would like to repaint it as our dog has scratched it many times (ahh the joys of pet ownership). We've sanded down the rough spots on the door but we noticed ...
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Drought-Resistant Lawn/Turf Recommendation For Area Above Septic

We recently had a new septic system installed in the front yard. The installation went fine but the front-yard is quite bare now (almost all dirt). I want to have a nice lawn in front but am ...
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If my air conditioner return line iced over and the fan stopped, is it broken?

We've lived in our house for three summers and have never had any problems with the air conditioner. Today I noticed that there was ice on the coolant return line outside the house. I didn't think ...
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What to look for in buying laminate flooring

We are beginning to look at replacing the floors in our home and are considering laminate flooring. We are wondering if there is a difference in type and quality, especially when pricing is concerned. ...

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