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Keep finding thermostat on heat

On multiple occasions now, I have noticed odd things going on with my HVAC system, only to go to the thermostat and find that it has been set to heat! This happened once in the middle of summer, when ...
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How to control moisture in home?

I shifted to my new flat recently. I found that it's quite moist inside, due to new construction. Any one have any idea how I can control humidity inside? Not using any machines, but like Silica ...
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How much water should be on my pool cover?

I just covered my above ground pool, following the instructions supplied with the cover. Inflate pillow to about 50%. Install pillow in middle of pool using supplied leads. Drape cover over ...
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Steps for annual maintenance on a fuel oil furnace?

We have fuel oil and this year I'd like to try and maintenance the furnace myself: By "maintenance" I mean "clean it up so that it runs well throughout the winter." Just a basic tuneup and cleaning. ...
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Single pole circuit breaker won't close unless double pole above it is closed

I was trying to find out where a trip was in my house and turned off a double-pole breaker then a single-pole breaker. Went in reverse order to turn the single-pole breaker back on and it would trip ...
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How to make a height adjustable shelf / desk

My application needs to have a rail like sliding system but also needs few other properties Vertical Slider Range Lock Range Lock should be adjustable I've sketched the requirements for better ...
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How to form curved concrete seat for bench with back?

The contractor seems very unsure of procedure. He has put some very thin plastic around the front edge of the curve, holding it in place with wide black plastic tape. It is about 1.5 inches tall. ...
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Digital Shower Mixer with diverter(s)

I'm trying to supply 3 outlets in a shower from ONE output of a digital mixer. I want to be able to control the flow to each of the outputs individually and balance them as I need. I've spoken to a ...
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What codes are invovled in running an overhead subpanel feeder to a detached garage?

This subfeeder will be going to a detached garage about 30ft away, and powering a 100amp subpanel. I'm not sure what codes are involved in this feat. I'd like to know the codes involved for compliance....
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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sliding window with electric roller shutter doesn't fully close

I have this window which doesn't fully close. It stucks at some point while closing. I can hear its electric motor still working but something prevents it from fully closing. So half of the holes are ...
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Bosch washer won't start. Some lights are blinking

I have a Bosch washer model WAS20160UC. After I turn the programming selector to the desired position, the Start/Pause light comes on, then after a moment Spin, Regular Spin, and End lights start ...
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Hot water out of cold tap. Washing machine to blame?

Last night we noticed that only warm water was coming out of our kitchen sink when we had the lever to the cold side. Went into the bathroom and noticed the same thing. After some research I found a ...
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How to restore faded furniture color and sheen

I have a cabinet which is white in color however the white area looks a bit creamy and in some places dirty white. How do I restore the color to what it was when new? Is it possible without ...
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Thermostat replacement

My old thermostat is a carrier t-stat and has a jumper wire between o/w2* and L I am upgrading to a honeywell wifi t-stat, should I install the same jumper wire on the new thermostat? I have an ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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What is the minimum thickness of an insulated bathroom wall

I am trying to build a basement bathroom in the corner of the house. Where I am, basement insulation codes are R10/13. What is the minimum that I can do to frame and insulate a wall. The two ...
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Raise cupboard floor (under stairs)

We have a 1930s terraced house in London (UK) with a small cupboard under the stairs, its floor space is about 80cm x 190cm. The floor of this area is around 80cm lower than that of the hall that runs ...
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What precautions need to be taken while installing a hardwood floor on a very old hardwood floor?

I am planning to install a new solid hardwood floor on an existing hardwood floor(some variant of pine) - on the second floor of the 2-floor house. Rights now, we are considering putting an ...
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how to setup smoker in grass yard?

I'd like to setup a smoker in my backyard. Its one of the cylindrical fairly inexpensive ones. I'm hesitant to just put it on the grass because i don't want any embers to get on the grass and the yard ...
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Smoke detector giving false alerts

At home, we have two smoke detectors: one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. The problem is that the one at the first floor gives a lot of false alerts (and the one at the ground floor ...
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Asbestos in close proximity of floor repair

I have a floor repair to make in a 1950's home that had the large in floor central heater installed that has long been removed. The owner wants the grate removed and flooring toothed back in, matching ...
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How I can remove this Ingersoll window bolt?

I have a small window with security bolts which have become rusted and unusable. However, I can't see how to remove them without forcing them off and damaging the wood. Anyone seen these types before ...
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What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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cooking on a hot&humid day

I have 2 window air conditioners in my house. None of them seem to have a setting to bring in (a little bit of?) fresh air. When we cook, the house becomes a bit smokey. Also, the vapors of freshly ...
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Replacing old windows - how to make vapor barrier?

I'm replacing a couple windows in an 80 year old house. Not surprisingly, there is no house wrap or any kind of vapor barrier. It's 2x4 studs with 1/2" tongue and groove wood siding on the inside, ...
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How to resolve a crack in the shower floor?

My dad did a great job renewing his bathroom, but sadly a crack has appeared on the shower's plastic floor base. He believes the crack has developed because he installed it on top of wooden beams ...
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Rusty Bulkhead Repair

My bulkhead has rusted and I would like to know the easiest way to remove this rust and prevent further rust. It is a large area and sanding would be very tedious.
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Is it good to use a water based primer with oil based enamel on metal

I install outdoor fencing and generally use a water based zinc chromite primer, which attaches well to the raw metal. This coat is really quick to paint and the water based paint seems much quicker to ...
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How to correct the inclination of an old chair

I have an old easy chair, which I'm thinking to polish and use it. The chair is made of teakwood and has nut and bolts at the joints. As it is decades old and was unused for a long time, the holes at ...
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How to insulate this portion of split AC Pipe?

I bought a new Hitachi split AC lately which isn't cooling as much I was expecting. I checked for leaks/bad installation and found this. (This is connection point of external pipe and pipe which ...
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How do I stop water from leaking through the bottom of my shed walls when it rains?

I have a shed that was built on a low foundation so that when it rains water builds up against it and water tends to flow in between the concrete and the bottom of the wall and now there's mold ...
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How to identify location of intermittent water leak?

In the master-bath I have an over-sized tub and separate glass shower stall that are right next to each other, both on-top of sub-flooring / a crawl space. (Crawl space is because house is built into ...
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How can I pressurize stain into wood?

I'm thinking about how to stain the railing on my deck. What I have is the same design as the last three pictures on this page. I'm going to take the glass out before I stain, so there is some ...
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Drywall Type for Conditioned Basement

In my conditioned basement, should mold and moisture resistant drywall be used? I've read varying accounts, including use it everywhere, use it on the walls (but not ceiling), use it on the bottom row ...
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In kitchen reno, can I make the kitchen ceiling same height as rest of dining room?

Check out the picture below -- that bar / pony wall area and the rest of the wall where the thermostat is are being knocked down to open up the kitchen. Question is, can I make the kitchen ceiling ...
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Master-Slave type Thermostat?

I have 4 thermostats located in four different zones and a separate AC thermostat. I want to get some programmable thermostats for each location. I could buy 4 individual programmable thermostats ...
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Why does my outdoor tap have a diameter of 1-1/4“ inches, not the standard 1”?

The outdoor tap for the front yard of our house has an outer diameter of 1-1/4" inches, so it is useless for attaching a garden hose. A standard tap is more like 1" in diameter. My question is: Why? ...
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Leveling basement floor while keeping it sloping to the drain?

I am having similar problem with the basement slope being exceptionally steep around the floor drain (similar to this: How do I level a basement floor but not the slab underneath?). The discussion ...
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Can I run heat tape on my water pipe behind drywall without hardwiring?

In removing the ceiling tiles in renovating our basement, it came to my attention that the first 5 feet or so on water supply line has heat tape on it. While we've had no problems with it freezing (...
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Why does my electric range lack fine temperature control?

We had a Stove at the cottage for which all of the range elements ran either hot hot or cold. This made it very difficult to cook pancakes etc! We bought a new stove for our house and moved the old ...
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What type of asbestos is this?

I have a 1960's dormer-bungalow (UK). I'm currently having a back extension which requires removal of the old soffits. The soffits are boarded with asbestos. (Photo below) By looking at this, is it ...
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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How can I put an IKEA “Expedit” shelf 75 cm above the floor?

I have a 4x4 IKEA expedit shelf (which is ~150cm x ~150cm in size) and want to put it 75cm above the floor, so that it lines up with the head-side of a bed. Its back would face the wall, like this: +-...
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How to remove bathtub faucet cartridge?

I have a leaky bathtub faucet, how do I remove this kind of cartridge?
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What would cause mortar to have a patchy finish?

I started a re-pointing project in my basement, but it was way more work than I had anticipated, so I haven't continued in about six months. However, now that i'm looking at mortar I originally ...
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Treating a crack in a concrete patio before resurfacing

I am resurfacing a covered outdoor concrete patio. The original slab has a crack in it due to some heave. I am not particularly worried about this crack, however. The soil below is hard clay, and the ...
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Are wall air vents a potential problem?

A house I'm looking at has A/C vents in the walls, rather than in the ceiling or floor. I've never lived in a house with air ducts in the walls. Can I expect to have problems? The house was built in ...
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Using 1" black iron pipe as a hydronic radiator, how many feet of pipe would I need to heat a 500ft^3 room?

I guess industrial is hip these days. Or maybe it's just me. But I'm thinking of making a snaking heater/towel warmer for my bathroom remodel. How many feet would I need, and how is this calculated? ...
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Repair tub liner with water trapped beneath

The previous owners of my home installed a tub liner rather poorly. The first time we used it, water was trapped between the liner an the tub. The top portion is tile, the bottom is a tub with a ...

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