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I will give you an honest answer and could care less about the upvotes/downvotes. Just my experience flipping houses in many US areas and even some overseas over 25 years. First every municipality will have a detailed list of things they require a permit for. almost all places require you to pull a permit for electrical if you pull an electrical permit ...


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Short answer: Inspectors can't be everywhere, see everything, and probably have enough other work. I speak as municipal inspector for a smaller city in the Midwestern US. For you average DIYer who is working on their own, owner-occupied home, I don't lose too much sleep if they extend a branch circuit on the weekend. Even I have moved my washer and dryer ...


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This can be caused by a bootleg ground together with a poor neutral connection at the service panel. In building wiring, a bootleg ground is an electrical ground that is wired from the neutral side of a receptacle or light fixture in an older 2-wire home. This essentially connects the neutral side of the receptacle to the casing of an appliance or lamp. ...


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I see several misconceptions, and a general sense of authoritarianism (the government being a "big brother" there to protect citizens from their own mistakes, prohibiting by default, only reluctantly authorizing). in an area where permits (only offered to licensed pros) are required. outright doing it themselves illegally First, permits are ...


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You can get a hose cap and screw it on nice and tight. You could also remove the handle if it has one screw in the middle. You can also do a web search for "locking hose bib" and find a plethora of options.


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DIY option: rent a skid steer scrape off existing driveway buy crushed rock spread with skid steer, rake rent a compacter and compact crushed rock layer bring in sand, spread, screed and level. buy concrete pavers start laying them depending on your age/health, buy lots of Advil Good luck!


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I had a similar situation. I purchased some outside corner moulding, similar to this: and used that on the edge. I had to run it down the table saw to rip it to the correct depth. I used an all purpose adhesive to attach it, and then finished the edges with caulk.


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If you go to a large tile store you should be able to find an edge similar to this in ceramic.


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Hose caps as mentioned above will definitely do the trick. You might think about just removing the spigot handle. They usually just have a screw in the center holding them to the valve stem.


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The only way to do it right is to pop those ten tiles and just redo it. I say this based on 19 years' experience. You won't regret it in the end. The thing about going over the tile with a wood or ceramic molding is that there is no give, and the tiles are not sitting even. The molding will sit on the highest tile and you will have gaps (blacklining) in the ...


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I just happened upon your question when I was looking for some advice on ceiling insulation for a house we will build next year. My opinion about your attic is that the first thing you have to do is air seal the attic. Not necessarily expensive, but certainly a pain, especially when the air temp in the attic is so high. I worked on the attic in my rental ...


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A simplification of @spicetraders answer: Pump up switch You can do this with a "pump up float switch", which operates at line voltage and thus avoids the need for a relay, separate power supply, etc. These cost tens of dollars. These often have a plug on the end so they can control a plug-in pump directly (be sure to get one with the appropriate plug ...


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Homeowners should never do anything where they cannot list 3-5 ways in which the project could go wrong.


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Do what a professional would do - don't touch it when wet. Sand the affected areas with fine grit and re-stain, leave until it dries completely, then move, flip over and do the opposite side, etc. Apply the poly in the same manner. You cannot handle pieces until they dry fully. You also cannot handle them with hands that are wet with finish.


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Pretty much anyone can demo a roof. Now it might take you a ton of time if you don't have the right tools but its not rocket science. There is a lot of trash so you need to get a dumpster. Laying new felt or paper is pretty easy too. But at the same time this isn't something you would get charged a ton of money for and if a crew was doing your roof ...


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If your timeframe is inside 5 years, you probably can't make an economic argument for new windows. Suggest you attack one (neither the worst nor the best) and see what is in there when you pick away at it. New storms are easy. Brick mould is easy. The sill might be a little harder, but patience is a virtue. Depending on the level of rot, don't immediately ...


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Safe loads are determined through engineering and experimentation. The experimentation is used to gather real-world data, which then is used as input to engineering processes, which then result in guidelines and building codes. This is all updated over time as new materials are introduced and new experience is gained. When there's a situation that is non-...


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The attic is likely so hot because it has a lack of proper ventilation. I would first check if there are any vents that allow hot air to leave the attic. Often, people throw insulation into the attic which blocks the vents to the outside air, turning the attic into a greenhouse. Current thinking is that you should have a combination of soffit vents and ...


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The easiest way to run an LED off of 120VAC is to use an LED that's already designed for 120VAC, like a 120VAC LED Panel light. They come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and form factors. (Photos from Digikey's catalog). Just keep in mind that 120VAC is dangerous, and if you're not actually going to panel mount them where only the front of the LED is ...


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It all depends on how much you are willing to learn. If you are confident in your ability to do it safely, go for it. If not, do more research until you are or hire an electrician. Personally I am confident doing anything up to replacing a main electrical panel. That is something I would have to hire an electrician for, even though I could in theory do it, ...


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Regrading isn't typically a recurrent necessity. It may be needed shortly after a home is built, and maybe again a few years later. However, eventually the soil becomes compacted to the same degree that the undisturbed adjacent soil is, and that's more or less the end of the story. Then it's a matter of whether rainwater flows adequately away from the ...


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Keeping it simple. Get a water tank float switch which is available at many hardware, farm, or marine supply stores hook it up operate your pump motor. Add a relay with appropriate contact value rated for the pump motors voltage and current. A battery or low voltage transformer would provide power for the driving the relay on and off with float switch's ...


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I just bought a 1940's home with original windows and some termite damage on the frames. We decided to replace the windows due to that damage. While original wood windows a very sturdy, by replacing them with decent Anderson windows, we will have better insulation and no issues with breaking pulley systems. Basically, for 12 windows it was about $3700 with ...


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Your idea is sound, but EMT isn't the right tool for this particular job Your line of thinking (pre-installing conduit and boxes to give you control over the work on the building finishes, while the electrician runs wire and installs wiring devices and panels) is reasonably sound provided you can get an electrician who's on the same page. One could say it ...


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I would put a hose on it and add a valve at the end--either one that he can't operate or one that's stored out of reach. Other ideas: Add a hose cap to the spigot Do a "safety wire" locking technique, like race car drivers do, where a small wire is passed through the knob and tied around the spout to prevent it from turning Install one of those spinning ...


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If there is such a hinge it would leave a big gap and the door might be too heavy for your cat to comfortably go through it. I looked into this myself and decided it would be best to just use a cat flap like this one. http://store.petsafe.net/2-way-locking-cat-door Alternately you can do something similar like round over the top of your wood and use 2 ...


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It depends if you want it to function or function and look good too. DAO1 had a good answer. I think you asked if hanging blinds is a DIY. On a scale of 1 to 100 hanging blinds is maybe a 10. Doing your driveway is maybe in the upper 80s. DAO1 gave you probably the easiest way to do it. Even doing it this way requires lots of man power, renting lots ...


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Granite slab counters are typically not a DIY install if you have any custom edging. It can be done, but requires some finesse and skill working the slabs. Cutting out even sink holes, polishing edges and bullnosing and the like... If you just have a basic pre-fab layout, it's easy enough to make straight cuts... but few surfaces are designed with this in ...


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As a staunch libertarian, I do not believe in govt preventing homeowners from doing any kind of work and leaving it open to be done by anyone actually betters the odds of getting more work inspected, which I see as the ultimate quality signoff. Conversely, illegalizing things like plumbing and electrical leads those who don't feel like forking out big bucks ...


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This is done all the time by insulation contractors. The technique is to drill a series of holes at the top of the wall. They next use a commercial 'blower' that forces insulation into the walls bay. It is a very non-invasive form of insulating because (as you asked) it doesn't necessitate the demolition of existing walls. It is also well with-in a competent ...


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