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Wiring home network patch panel (568A vs 568B)

Sorry if this simple answer comes across as too basic. But you really could get the decided by looking at your own setup. Rewire at the end that has more slack cable in case you need to cut it off ...
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Should this shingle have another shingle covering it?

There's always a last shingle as the caps overlap. If you have two different ones this way, there were two "last shingles" (not a huge deal.) If you put another shingle on top, you'd have to ...
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Patching holes in basement concrete floor under old framing

Instead of lowering the higher poured concrete, you could fill in the low rectangle where the wood used to be with some concrete patch. The bigger problem you’ve got is that in 1923, slabs weren’t ...
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how to patch the wall with multiple layers of paints?

First, make sure any loose or chipping paint is removed. Second, for an area that large, I would use joint compound instead of spackle. Also, a wide taping knife will help. One more tip: For a ...
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Can I warm up "cold patch" in a microwave?

Microwaves work by exciting the molecules in liquids that then trasfer their heat into surrounding materials. To be safe, "microwavable" products have water in them so that the water molecules are ...
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How can I color/style match concrete patch to old sidewalk? See image

Your repair will never match... perfectly. Your first question: How to remove the bad repair? It will be difficult and you won’t be able to remove it all. I’d start with a chisel and try a grinder ...
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If I drill holes in a door, would I then at a later time be able to conceal them reasonably well?

No. Or maybe yes. Replicating wood grain even in painted wood or synthetic wood is very difficult. If you create holes large enough for togglers (3/8" minimum), you'll almost certainly need to ...
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If I drill holes in a door, would I then at a later time be able to conceal them reasonably well?

There are better options to attach temporarily fixtures. I would first try using 3M Command Strips to secure the organizer to the door. In this way you can easily take it down without drilling holes ...
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Drywall skim coat has bubbles. How to fix?

Could be that your mud wasn't mixed well and had settled a bit, leaving excess water on top. A firmer application or a more thorough mix might've helped prevent bubbles. At any rate, just skim it ...
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How to strengthen cracking joint compound after application over insulating foam sealant

Cut the foam flush, cover it with real drywall, and apply your mud over that.
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How to fix concrete cracks with weed growing out?

Use a non selective herbicide to kill off the weeds, give it time to get to the roots and destroy them too so when you get a power washer, it will clean EVERYTHING out. Dirt that got in there for the ...
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Best way to fill a pothole in asphalt

Cold patch asphalt repair can be packed into holes and stands up well for standard car/truck use. If the hole is really deep you can pack crushed rock to fill the hole and save some $. I would not use ...
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Substance to help cold patch adhere better?

FWIW: I like to use the liquid crack filler for that purpose. Pour/smear it around on the joining surfaces. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Latex-ite-1-Gal-2X-Premium-Blacktop-Crack-Filler-2XCFC/...
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What should I fill this space with?

For the space with the copper pipe you could use a thin piece of pine or hemlock trim material that is typically called a lattice moulding. The type I am thinking of is 1/2" thick and 2 1/2" wide. ...
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How should I fill channels left in old plaster after dado rail removal?

I don't understand option 2, but option 1 is exactly what I'd do. A few suggestions: Be sure that the thickness of your drywall brings it to flush or slightly below. Do not install patches that ...
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Paint peeled on fascia board, how to get paint to stick?

Paint will not stick to silicone. You will need to sand it all off, be sure you do not leave any silicon on the board. If you need to do more patching use an exterior Vinyl patching compound Patch, ...
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How can I patch a hole in a painted wood paneling (or plywood wall)?

Process is similar to but not the same as drywall -- you patch with the material similar to what the surface is made of. In my case, I had to patch holes made by an electrician hunting between ...
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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?

Imperfections are hard to see on a white wall. I learned that adding some tint to primer makes the imperfections obvious BEFORE you paint the whole wall, so they can be patched before finish painting....
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Reparing rock lath plaster around thermostat wires in wall...need troubleshooting advice!

From your original picture, here's how I would have repaired it: Use some small pieces of (scrap) wood as strapping. Big enough to form a good support but small enough so you can get them into the (...
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How do I fix raised wall patch job?

Sand them flat (or even slightly dished). Apply joint tape to any cracks (my personal preference is mesh, though you'll find lots of opinions). Apply all purpose joint compound in numerous thin coats. ...
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Drywall Mesh Patch vs. Bulge? To remove or not to remove?

If you omit the mesh or paper tape a crack will form. I have had luck with a very high end home that had to have some but splices. The owners wanted absolutely flat walls and ceilings (did not care ...
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Patching small-medium drywall hole with wall cutout

You are on the right track. Do I need to use drywall tape, or could I get away with just using the drywall mud? Use tape. It bridges gaps and reduces cracking. Will I need the standard 3 coats of mud?...
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Is updating/avoiding this splice worth it, and if so, what's the easiest way to plug the hole?

In my opinion it's not worth the effort and cost to re-run the wire. As long as the inline splice is properly connected at B, e.g. using proper wire nuts, it is not considered a major hazard. Even if ...
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Is updating/avoiding this splice worth it, and if so, what's the easiest way to plug the hole?

If the wire gauge is too small, you do need to replace it. The only reason I can think of code wise that the box was added would be to have no more than 12 feet between outlets or no point more than 6'...
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Is updating/avoiding this splice worth it, and if so, what's the easiest way to plug the hole?

Do Not run afoul of rules requiring receptacles at certain spacing along the wall. Generally any point on the wall must be within 6' of a receptacle using sensible routings, because that is how long ...
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Is updating/avoiding this splice worth it, and if so, what's the easiest way to plug the hole?

Since the 6' / 12' receptacle rules are design rules, not safety rules, and violating them doesn't cause a fire or shock anyone, I wouldn't worry about it. It can be corrected in the future if need ...
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What's it called? Leather square

Eyelets or grommets Sorry for a one-line answer, but that's all you need to know.
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How to patch small anchor holes in plaster wall and potentially reinstall anchors?

Since this is just a towel rack, not a catwalk in a power plant or something like that, I see no harm in tinkering a bit. Very easy fix, use small zinc auger type anchors, they make a bigger hole ...
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How do I patch a medium size hole so that I can install a baby gate securely?

Since you're going to fix the drywall anyhow, you could cut out a section of it and install a piece of wood blocking across the inside of the studs to fasten the baby gate hardware to. (The picture ...
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How should I fill channels left in old plaster after dado rail removal?

As already mentioned, I would use a piece of Sheetrock to fill in. I would add a couple of points: You'll want to use mesh tape on this. Plaster is portland cement based, meaning it likes to absorb ...
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