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Cutting beam corners

I have a wardrobe in the room I use as a little office. The wardrobe is built in and I'm planning to make a frame with beams to fit half of the wardrobe as shelves. If you note the pic below, the ...
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Stove-side table material

My apartment has a small gas stove, and I'd like to build a small table next to it to act as additional counter-space (as there's currently no counter-space immediately next to the stove) and also as ...
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Pellet Stove Ventilation

I have an Englander PDVC pellet stove that came with my house when I bought it in the spring. Never used it. Currently its vented through the wall and comes straight through the exterior of the ...
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Why a fuse blow in my house?

Yesterday, I had an issue with our electricity in our house. All power points in a kitchen, bathroom, and a small room suddenly stopped working, but not other rooms. I opened a fuse box to check if ...
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Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods

I'd like my 2 sets of outdoor security lights to be dimmable (in all settings) from a single switch. The electrician said he ran one (always on) power line for the motion detectors and another line ...
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What material should I use for a table tennis (ping-pong) table top

I would like to be able to convert our outside table into a table-tennis table for me and my children. The existing table is the right height (1" lower than standard table tennis table) and about the ...
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How do I reattach a hunter douglas clutch cable?

My hunter douglas clutch cable, for their shades, has ripped open at what appears to be a glue line. Is there a way to repair it without replacing it? (ie, some sort of glue or kit i can use)?
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Coving around borrowed light doorframe

Have a 70s build house with covered borrowed light above the doorframe. How would one go about fitting coving in this case to achieve a quality finish? I can either (1) attempt to route the coving to ...
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How do I manually program the TWM4 (IMX10)

My X10 system is on its last legs. I don't have any functional programmers. I can not find the programming sheet for the TWM4 (or IMX10). There is a way of programming it using a mains switch. I ...
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Replaced fluorescent tubes and starters - now lights are getting triggered by other light switches. How to identify the cause?

I have two fluorescent tubes in the kitchen. Having been buzzing, flickering and turning themselves off for a while I replaced both the tubes and the respective starters, assuming this would eliminate ...
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Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?

Can the brine tank from a water softener be installed into the slab of my basement floor? Are there tanks designed for this, so that only the lid is exposed above the slab?
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Fastest way to install wire trunking?

My hand is not that strong to hammer those concrete nails into trunking+wall. May I know what tool should I use for this purpose?
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what is the cause whereby compressor working gets hot and stops, after cooled down picks up

My challenge was that, I have this refrigerator I'm working on and after awhile it is working and then the condenser become hot as the compressor discharges excess heat, which as time goes on ...
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How to repair “textured” ceiling texture

I am in the process of making small improvements around the house prior to our starting to rent it out. A few months ago a bit of the paint on a small part of the ceiling in our master bedroom fell ...
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New Fireplace Mantel Shelf

So My W̶i̶f̶e̶ Goddess has not liked the fireplace mantel shelf for a long time so she started to do a little demo and what she found did not make her happy. The mantel it-self is only attached to the ...
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wood tongue and grove ceiling - does it need drywall under it for fire protection.

I want to install wood tongue and grove cedar wood ceiling in my family room and kitchen in a single story home. I plan on removing the existing drywall since the ceiling height is low and I don't ...
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What kind of trim should go under a deck patio door?

So an inspection on my brother's house revealed that it has been missing any kind of trim under the patio door that goes out to the deck -- possibly since it was built (he says he just never noticed ...
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run data cable for outlet inside box?

I'd like to run a data communication cable through all of the outlets, light fixtures and switches in a house. (I already have the walls open for other reasons.) Think something like a hardwired X10, ...
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Framing half-wall in basement to full wall over exterior wall

Debating on whether this is something I can do or if I need to call in an pro. I have a basement room I'm looking to use as a theater room, and I need to finish a wall to the ceiling so I can hang a ...
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Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch

Just had the contractor install some recessed LED lighting in some of the rooms of the house. Due to building codes we can't have one location with enough switches to control the lights as we have ...
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Is it worth spending extra on R14 or R20 fiberglass insulation

I've put in 1" Type 1 polystyrene (estimated at R3.75) around the exterior walls and I'm deciding which insulation to use in the framing. The R12 works out to $.38 p/sqft The R14 works out to $.54 p/...
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whats the minimum water pressure for a shower/jet combo unit?

specifically, this unit http://www.houzz.com/photos/12411778/AKDY-Aluminum-Shower-Panel-Tower-with-Rainfall-Shower-Head-52-Mirror-Shower-modern-shower-panels-and-columns It says minimum is 28psi - is ...
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Sewer Smell in Sumps

I recently bought a house with two sump pumps in the basement. They do their job well despite running every hour or two due to the high clay table in the area. The property also has a septic system, ...
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glue to fix rubber gasket on kettle

I have a Sunbeam electrical kettle that started leaking. I took it apart and found a crack in one of the rubber gasket/grommet pieces that hold the plastic water reservoir in place on the metal ...
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Finished basement with just painted concrete walls

I have a house from 1955, where the basement has been finished with lighting, carpet, interior walls, etc. I don't know when it was finished, only that it was so when I moved in. The strange thing ...
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How to ground old style Romex (no ground) multi-wire circult

I have a multi-wire that is very old and doesn't have a ground. I'd like to change this to using new Romex so that AFCI breakers will work. My question is this... Can I band the red wire in my ...
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Washing machine dumps detergent

I have a top loading washing machine in which I use liquid detergent. It has a receptacle on the inner side of the lid for different kinds of detergents (pre-wash, wash, rinsing agent) which would ...
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Will a modern AC automatically switch between cooling and heating?

Say I set the temp to 23C on a hot day but the weather turns cold eventually. Will it detect later that autumn came and heating is needed? I'm talking about a Panasonic inverter AC.
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Are metal face plates safe for metal gang boxes?

So if I understand household wiring correctly: The ground prong is meant to safely conduct stray current (shorts, etc) to the ground. All outlets and switches need to be grounded to the gang box. A ...
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Is there such thing as a bowl shaped “ceiling bounce” lamp?

I'd like a lamp that acts like an IKEA floor lamp but without the long stick. Ideally it's bown shaped to not limit much of the light output to a tiny circle on the ceiling. I'd place a LIFX bulb in ...
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How do I connect a garbage disposal into a single hot outlet?

We just moved into our new house. When putting in the new dishwasher I found that the old dishwasher was hardwired into the BLACK WHITE BARE black shielded wire going directly to the breaker box. The ...
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How can I stop the hose from the pump to the filter from leaking?

Replaced broken hose from above ground pool pump to filter. Slip on hose. Have clamped both ends as tight as possible but both ends still leak. Not a lot but enough to be annoying. What else can I ...
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Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate)

Can this post support be used for a fence (especially for posts that support a gate) ( http://www.homedepot.ca/product/bolt-down-in-khaki-4-in-x-4-in/971849)
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Fill/seal large gap around shower base

We just bought a new house and I noticed the shower is leaking. I went to reseal the shower with a silicon based sealant, but then noticed that the gaps are pretty large. Along one side, between ...
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How to hide DVR for a wall mounted TV

I want to mount my TV on the wall but I'm not sure what to do with the set top box. I have Comcast and the set top box doubles as DVR as well. I don't think I can mount it behind the TV because I need ...
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Building a retaining wall

I live in Zone 5. Frost level is 36". I need to install a retaining wall against a bank that is about 30'. I am wondering how deep or wide of footing I should install. Retaining wall will need to be ...
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Is this electric furnace likely to be insulated with asbestos?

I inherited this electric furnace and I'd like to identify the material it's made from. I've not managed to find any record online, but the company itself no longer exists. Given its vintage (90s at ...
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replacing subfloor

How does one replace the sub floor? I will redo the bathroom and need to get to the pipes under the sub floor. This is the first layer of flooring... so it is installed before the walls went up. ...
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Can I make my bulkhead stairs steeper and still be up to code?

The bottom few steps of my bulkhead stairs go beyond the wall of the basement. The problem is I would like to put a door in my basement at the bottom of the stairs. To do this I would either have to ...
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How do I replace 2x4 outdoor decking with 1x4 hardwood decking?

I have a small entry area deck outside my front door, roughly 70 sqft. The deck is currently made of 2x4's and a few 2x6's screwed into ~16" on center floor joists. I replaced the front door and ...
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Furnace not working

I came home to my furnace having no power even to show trouble codes. I turned off my breaker opened the blower door and it had a blown 5 amp fuse on the curcuit board. I replaced the fuse turned the ...
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Completely waterproof top of deck/shed (would TigerPaw work?)

I have a deck at my front door. I have made it so that below the deck is a shed. I am having trouble water proofing the top of the deck. I have seen many things on the internet to have something under ...
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Is there a way to remove paint from cinderblock walls that is not sand/glassbead-blasting?

The basement in our 1979-era house has cinderblock walls. These walls have a tacky (DryLok perhaps? It's not efflorescence) coating on their surface that looks like a heavy, thick paint. On top of ...
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How to find a faucet with a decent drain plug mechanism?

So I've replaced one bathroom faucet with a basic Delta model faucet. The problem is that the mechanism to raise and lower the plug sucks. They include a semi-hard plastic rod to connect to the rod ...
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Non-Permanent Air Conditioner for Townhomes

I own my in townhome and my HOA specifies that I cannot have a through-wall or otherwise permanent air-conditioner. Additionally that window mounted units must be removed sometime in October. However ...
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Sprinkler Box Drainage

Photos & more explanation here: Sprinkler System Album Installed Box w/ Description I recently paid a lawncare company to move my sprinkler box ... I was busy with work, patio was being ...
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Low hot water pressure from cylinder

I have a flat with a cold water tank in the loft space, which feeds into an indirect (coil) heated cylinder in my airing cupboard. Hot water pressure has never been great, but acceptable. A couple of ...
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How Do I Tell What My Wall's Infill Is?

I live in a house that I can hang pictures on the interior walls, but if I try and put a nail in an outer wall, I can't. I assume that means my walls use some type of infill. In order to hang ...
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Decking boards with grooves on both sides

I'm planning a deck build in the UK. The 3 biggest DIY retailers here all seem to sell decking boards which are grooved on both sides. There's a lot of mixed advice from the videos/instructions I've ...
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Does NEC require a separate circuit for a whole house fan?

I can't figure out any additional details that would improve the question, so let me take this space to say THANKS for your help. I am in Los Angeles County if you happen to know of any L.A./...

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