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How can I get a bolt with no head out of my wall?
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This is a job for vise grips. What I would do is file the bolt flat on two sides. Don't take off so much that you significantly compromise its strength - just flatten the threads. These flat sides ...

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What is the consequence of using lag bolts without pilot holes?
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Pilot holes are done for two reasons. One is to help prevent the stud from splitting and the second is to make the lag bolt or screw easier to install. The ease of installation is important because ...

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Exterior Door hits Jamb
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When I force the door closed, the gap between door and frame by the top hinge is much larger than near the bottom hinge. This indicates to me that the top hinge was sprung at some point. In other ...

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How can I remove a lemon from a toilet drain?
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I'm assuming you're sure that the toilet is blocked by the lemon. Of course it depends on how tightly the lemon is wedged in the toilet. Toilets have a goose neck built into them that serves as a trap ...

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Do I need a slope in drain lines under sink?
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You do. You want at least 1/4" per foot to keep liquids flowing and carrying any sediment or waste into your drain line. It shouldn't be hard to accomplish given your setup. Edit To adjust height you ...

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Changing loft bed's beam to diagonal braces?
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I'm really concerned about the stability/safety of what you're proposing. The diagonals seem under-sized to me but even with heavier diagonals I don't think the bed verticals would hold up. A 12 year ...

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How to safely hang this bathroom mirror and medicine cabinet
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An alternative: Most recessed medicine cabinet installations I've seen would attach through the sidewall of the cabinet into the framing. Your pictures don't show if there are mounting holes for that ...

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Gas Fireplace - Starter or Gas Log?
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That is a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter. The intent is to use the gas starter to get your log fire burning. You can then shut down the gas starter jet. Since it's a foreclosure the flue ...

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How to remove junction box that is nailed on?
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This looks like a common ceiling receptacle box. Why are you trying to replace it? If all your doing is installing a ceiling light fixture the box in the picture appears perfectly adeqate. Most new ...

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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?
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Not a big problem but moisture is almost never a good thing in a house unless you live in a very dry climate. Why not turn the fan on first thing? In addition to mildew, moisture isn't good for ...

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Should I use an orbital sander or a belt sander for sanding a section of varnished floor?
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I always find belt sanders for this type of work to be a tad too aggressive. Especially when you only have a small area to do. An orbital sander will glide over the surface easier and has less risk ...

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Join wooden poles end to end
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I think you need a threaded coupling that can be screwed into each end of the shaft. It's similar to what Ack recommends for pool cues but unfortunately cue joints won't have a 3" diameter. You can ...

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Can I use 12-2 wire on a 20amp breaker to power an entire bathroom?
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You are right on target with a 20 amp breaker and 12/2 with ground. You don't want 15 amps in bathrooms or kitchens due to heavy current draws from appliances and hair dryers. A 20 amp circuit in your ...

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Is my p-trap installed correctly?
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@Ecnerwal hit several of the big issues here but there may be more. There is definitely a venting problem. A good rule of thumb on venting with a P trap is if the P trap can't "see" the ...

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How to screw in tub draine when pipe keeps getting pushed down?
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What I've done in the past is to loop a thin wire down under the drain pipe with both ends coming up through the hole in the tub on either side. Use the wire to pull upward on the drain pipe until you ...

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Installing trap with new deeper sink
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The trap seal depth in the P trap should be a minimum of two inches deep and a maximum of four inches - see the diagram below to know how to measure it. First of all, trim all you can off of the black ...

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How to child-proof a floor vent?
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It sounds as if the vent is completely open - hope that isn't the case. It could be dangerous. Assuming you have some type of vent cover on it I would cut and attach a piece of wire or even cloth mesh ...

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Help changing direct hard-wire to outlet for new dishwasher
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I think your methodology is sound. You want to make sure the plug and outlet is accessible so putting it under the sink is the way to go. When you mount it be sure to secure it to a stud and away from ...

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What is the difference between fireplace gas lighter and burner?
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What you have is a gas starter for lighting wood logs to start a fire in your fireplace. I've seen them before in some older homes and it's simply a means of getting a fire started easily without ...

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Loose mirror on the door?
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A high quality construction adhesive should do the trick. The gap looks wide enough that you should be able to get the nozzle of the adhesive tube between the door and the mirror. Apply the adhesive ...

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Should existing drywall and floor be cut to install a partition wall
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You're asking a simple question and I'll provide a simple answer but in order to meet building codes this may get a little complicated for you. Yes- You will need to remove drywall and attach the ...

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Are metal anchors or buried posts better for 6 x 6 posts for a pavilion?
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The pier and footing is the best approach. A structure, even a deck or pavilion should not have to rely upon the posts being anchored in concrete for structural support. The pavilion itself should be ...

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Second Opinion on Tiling
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This appears to be very shoddy workmanship. I can't tell a lot about how plumb the walls may or may not be but the wallboard has to be done properly in order to get good results once the tile is ...

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Poor air quality in a small room
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Yes. If the washroom exhaust vent pipe is accessible you can hook up a bathroom exhaust fan. However, they tend to be noisy and could be irritating to listen to for 8 hours. Since you already have an ...

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How should I fill deep holes in my wall?
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All you need is some spackle and a putty knife. Recommending brands is against policy here but any high quality spackle will do it. Sometimes on very large holes you may have to pack it with something ...

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Are all shower arms removable?
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Every and all are unforgiving words. I personally have never seen a shower arm in the US that wasn't removable. Typically they unscrew. Regardless of the type of supply line (usually copper) the ...

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I need help identifying what type of screw head this is
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I've successfully used 'damaged screw extractors' in instances like this. I can't tell the size of the screw from the pic but it looks small. There are extractors that can do the job but it may ...

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Best/easiest way to install access door to dead space in house
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I'd recommend a prehung knee-wall door. A prehung door is already on hinges in a door frame. A small 24 x 48 door would be very manageable. You can buy them online in various sizes. I understand you'...

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How to patch hole in furnace pipes?
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There are a several things you need to do. Remove the fan from the heating duct. This will entail properly wire-nutting the wires and terminating them in a junction box that is covered but left ...

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Identifying wood type of broken stair treads and installing new risers
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The wood looks like and probably is fir or pine. This is typical in many basements and transitional areas from house to garage for example where only a short stair is needed. It's hard to tell from ...

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