getterdun
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When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?
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In my experience in painting my own house over 50 years I only sand when necessary, that is when the paint is loose, or, the surface is glossy. I just repainted some trim on my house that has Semi-...

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How can I restore my carpet's pile after too much cleaning product was used?
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Rent a carpet cleaner and don't put in any detergent. Just use hot water.

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Is there a huge difference between 1.6amp and 3amp power usage?
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The answer depends on: hours used a day (lets assume 10) days used a week (assume 7) rate charged by your power company (assume 13 cents per kilowatt hour) Under these assumptions, the ...

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What to do about toilet overflow tube higher than allowed level on new fill valve?
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I think @Tester101 has asked the pertinent question: Is the fill valve height adjustable? It is. You need to adjust its height:

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How can I solve an F-28 code problem on a Kenmore HE2 clothes washer?
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VICTORY! Bottom line: clean the discharge pump filter first if you get this code. Mine was clogged with years of accumulated junk (coins, pencil parts, keys, lint, etc.). What I did: cleaned filter, ...

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How to get rid of this shed?
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I would advertise "Free Shed" on Craigslist. I had a tree house I constructed for my grand kids, and when they outgrew it that's what I did. Some folks came out one Saturday, disassembled it, and took ...

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How can I find the first receptacle in a circuit?
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The problem is that each outlet (except maybe the last on the run) will have two cables, one bringing in the power, and the other taking it to another outlet. And, a non-contact voltage tester won't ...

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How can I mount 2ft by 4ft fiberboard panels on a wall?
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I've used 3M's hook and loop fasteners to hang pictures for years and they have held well. They are sold at a variety of locations. When I use them I stick one part to the picture first. Then I hook ...

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What can be done about water running under my house?
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Contact three or four local drainage contractors and ask if they will come out and give you a quote to solve the problem. You'll learn what methods they would employ, their guarantee, and cost. Then ...

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Replaced toilet valve & tube, turning water back on rumbles
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Yes, slowly. There's air in the line making the noise. It will dissipate if you slowly turn the water back on.

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How do I replace this switch with a dimmer?
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The loop in the black wire is normal when electricians are running a hot wire from device to device. It saves them time and is really safer since it involves fewer wire nuts. The orange wire is the ...

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How do I seal around an outdoor rated wall mounted luminary?
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What's the proper way to seal a exterior wall mounted luminary from water entry? Caulk it with a high-quality, paintable silicone caulk like this. I have been using this caulk for 8 - 10 years and ...

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Is this electric water heater wiring correct?
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I just did a search for John Woods thermostat wiring and found the John Wood website. Then I used it, and your pictures to create the modified picture below. It looks to me like you have it wired ...

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Does an extension cord from 2 to 3 prongs have any benefits?
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No. The two wires connected to the 2-prong plug get connected to the hot and neutral wires in the extension cord. Since there is no connection to the ground in the extension cord, the 2-prong plug ...

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How can I make a clothes rack from this pipe?
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Here's another idea. Hang it from the ceiling with chain. You can then use both the top and bottom bar to hang clothes. You'll need a couple of heavy hooks to screw into the ceiling joist, some ...

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Could I simply seal over this toilet leak?
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To get the silicone to adhere you would have to stop the leak. This means you would have to drain the tank until there is no water to leak. A better approach would be to shut off the water, drain the ...

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how do I keep leaves and foreign objects out of the top of my a/c unit?
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I used some 1/2" galvanized wire mesh to build a cover over my Mom's outdoor unit. I laid the wire on top and pushed it down all around the top of the unit. Then I cut it, leaving about 4" on the ...

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Black Holes Appearing in Oak Floor
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My guess is that the knots were previously filled with a wood filler like below which came out when the floors were re-sanded. You could buy several colors of the filler, mix them if you need to ...

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Finding the cause of a tripping breaker
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I would start with the GFCI by shutting off the breaker, opening the receptacle, disconnecting all the wires, separating all the wires, making sure no one would accidentally touch them, then turning ...

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What is the easiest way to install 4" recessed lights in 6" holes?
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My guess is that you really don't want to shrink the holes that the existing 6" recessed lights are in. That requires a lot of drywall skill, paint color matching, paint blending, and a lot of work ...

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How to connect flexible tube to copper pipe
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As requested, these links may help: Exploded Parts Diagram User Manual Looking at these, and comparing to your photos, it looks like you may be missing a part that clamps the connector to the pipe. ...

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Crawl Space Encapsulation Question
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You didn't say that there is plastic on the crawl space floor/dirt. So, I suggest you cover it in plastic first. Then I suggest you just put a cheap box fan (or two) down there to circulate the air. ...

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Should I use a roll or spray method to paint my textured ceiling?
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Definitely spray, especially since you don't have to cover anything, and the area is large. This is based on my experience spraying walls and ceilings at our home over 40 years. I find spraying to be ...

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How can I build a shelving unit like this?
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I found a matching image at http://www.furnitureinfashion.net/beech-home-wall-shelves-lasse-p-6628.html?osCsid=cf4c725a6d1c4b00d50adca495f827d3 which has dimensions of W85cm x D16cm x H47.5cm. As to ...

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Grout or caulk between acrylic bathtub and tile?
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Hope these tips from my experience doing caulking around tubs and showers help: Take your time. Don't rush it or you'll be doing it again within a year or two. It might take two nights to get the ...

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Primer scraping off
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Could be the surface was too glossy before priming or poor primer for this surface. I would scrape off a few square inches of the new primer, sand the surface with 220 grit sandpaper, and re-prime. ...

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What glue to bond metal and plastic in cold weather?
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You can use a soldering iron with a small pointed tip to heat the perimeter of the recessed area the magnet sets in. After it heats up, put the magnet in place, and the tip of the iron about 1/4" away....

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What's going on with this lightswitch (two wires to bottom connect, not connected on top)
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unreasonable gauge of wire being used (that can barely fit in the screws without popping out), The wire size looks normal, probably 14 gauge, maybe 12. That's what is used for lights. the ...

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How do I place a terminal fence post next to my house?
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One way to do it would be to cut terminal post off by the extra 10 inches, setting it in concrete on top of the footing concrete, and attaching the post to the house with 180 degree chain link brace ...

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Drywall installation on the ceiling without help
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Since you do not have a helper, but you do have a wall to lean the 2x4x12 with 1x4 cross piece (described by Michael Karas) against, you can lean the unit against the wall with the top edge of the 1x4 ...

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