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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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Can I wire up a 353W projector with a 25W track light?

So I have a 25ft 16AWG power extension cord running up to my projector which draws 353W. I want to add a two outlet plug to the female end of the extension cord near the projector and get one outlet ...
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What to use to attach copper to stone?

I am modifying a fountain, by adding spouts, made of shaped copper. I need to attach the spouts to the stone bowl, but am not sure how. The fix must have a watertight seal with the stone, that is, ...
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Seamless construction joints on concrete floor

By construction joints I mean the joints between a batch of floor made one day and the new work in a following day. What is the proper way to get the most seamless joints when making finished concrete ...
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Dimmer switch issue

I have two ceiling lights in my lounge which are controlled together by the same switch. I currently have a dimmer switch and a dimmable LED bulb in each fitting. They work fine although when i switch ...
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Is it safe to use apple cider vinegar / baking soda to remove mold on (soft) plastic?

Will the (soft) plastic be eroded or produce bad chemical due to the low / high pH?
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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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How to install Light Fixtures - no ground in the ceiling box

I am trying to install a lighting fixture that I bought from Ikea. The ceiling box has one black, one white, one blue, and one yellow lines (as in the photo below). But, I cannot find a ground line ...
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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 do I source, remove, and prevent green mold on my aluminum windows?

I live north of the equator in a humid climate. The 2 north-facing windows pictured below only get direct light (lots of it) in the evening. We get a lot of rain. There is green mold growing from ...
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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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New residential toilets all so tall?

Are all new toilets high off the ground? Our existing toilets (one 20-year-old Toto and one ancient 5 GPF monster that I am shopping to replace) are around 14.5" from the floor to the rim of the bowl....
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Handles without springs: strong door latches

Our internal doors use old Edwardian door handles. However, the handles don't have a spring. The latch we have doesn't have enough strength to work the handle (they sag). I've tried searching for "...
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Loud noise in the pipes when I turn off my hot water

We have a combi boiler, and recently when you run the shower after turning the hot tap off there is a large banging in the pipes. It only seems to happen with that specific tap (as far as I can tell). ...
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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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Connect Taco Radiator system to a new Honeywell wireless thermostat

I have a Taco model 572 valve connected to an existing wired Honeywell TH8110 thermostat for my oil fueled radiator system. I'm getting a new Honeywell TH6320 wireless thermostat for a new A/C ...
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Repairing a gap under a eave.

Last night I heard scratching in the wall and upon investigation found that a squirrel had managed to knock loose a piece of wood (I assume as there was no covering to be found) in the eaves where one ...
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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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What does this button on my Electrolux refrigerator do?

On my Electrolux refrigerator (model: ER8029B), what does this button do?
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What prevents the water from flowing in a 13mm garden hose?

I'm harvesting rainwater with this kind of device: The same shop was also selling a rather expensive, clear, wide (maybe a diameter of 4cm) (like 200€+ for 25m) hose designed to work with it. So ...
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osb - Do I start the first sheet 5/8" out from edge?

I am putting on a flat roof on a building that is 24 x 44 block. The roof consists of : top and bottom sill plate, face plate, 9 - 4x4 treated posts for support, 2x10x12 joist every 16" on center with ...
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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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How do I plumb an outside line to a roof deck faucet?

I want to get water from the first floor up along the outside of the wall (with a parapet and projecting coping) to the second floor. I got this working as follows: 1st floor hose bibb -> 4:1 hose ...
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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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Interrupt whole house audio with arbitrary source, post-receiver but pre-amplifier

I want to setup my home audio so that I can inject a source of audio (which could be anything from a doorbell to computer audio) more-or-less "in-between" the receiver and the amplifier, so that audio ...
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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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Which wire is the C wire?

Model: Goodman AWB30-08C Electric AC/Heat I'm hoping someone can help me identify the 24V C wire. Fortunately the thermostat line has a spare wire already run, so I just need to find the C wire in ...
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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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Do I want low-SHGC windows on the east and west sides?

I live in sunny New Mexico and am doing research for having my windows replaced. I'm torn on the question of whether I want low solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) windows, though. My house faces east-...
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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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Are supports for spot lights required?

If I am planning to install this spot light on the ground (in dirt), are support beams or things like that required or can I just place this in the dirt and it would be fine?
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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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Is it possible to replace original vinyl windows with retrofits?

We're in a split level, in Massachusetts, that was built in 1997 with contractor grade vinyl siding and vinyl windows, nothing fancy. One window has lost its seal, another has a broken tilt-in latch - ...
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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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Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? http://img.ehowcdn.com/default/ehow/images/a06/rt/qv/build-above-grade-patio-800x800.jpg Is an additional ...
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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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How can I remove the stench from a p-trap?

In my shower room, there's a hole that's always filled with disgusting, slimy water. What I've tried I've sponged it out a few times to clean, but that didn't really help. I've poured bleach-...
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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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