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How does one replace an adjustable back box lug?
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I don't think you can replace the lugs. They're effectively T-shaped and the cross piece is thicker than the upright so that it can't be pulled out of the slot. You're going to have to remove the old ...

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How to enlarge grommets
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You can get conical grinders that fit into an electric drill: Amazon.com search for "cone grinder" You might be able to get one the correct size. Assuming you can then clamping the curtain and ...

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How to add insulation to a hollow core exterior door?
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I think you've hit on the easiest solution. Putting in a layer of insulation board and then boarding over the top of that is the approach I'd take. If you don't want to use the door then you can just ...

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How do I run wired internet from a single router to several different rooms in an apartment?
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Yes you will need four LAN ports next to the router - or at least next to the switch (which may or may not be the same box) - one for each room. As for connecting the LAN ports in each room to the ...

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How can I tidy up a hole in drywall that has pipes coming through it?
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From the picture you've posted it seems to me that the real problem is the plumbing of the pipes to the towel rail that needs to be sorted out. You'll probably have to cut a bigger hole in the wall ...

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Can I install used carpet that's been removed from another home?
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In theory I can't see why you shouldn't be able to re-use carpet. Things you might want to check would include: Size and shape of the room (obviously) Why is it being replaced? You mention people ...

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What is a good uPVC window or wooden double glazed replacement window solution?
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You can get uPVC sash windows now that look very much like the traditional wooden sash windows they replace. They run on springs rather than pulleys and weights and can be tilted inwards to allow for ...

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Joining two pieces of curtain pole together
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What I'd do is drill out the too large hole to make it large enough to take a dowel. You'll need to clamp the curtain pole to ensure you get a clean hole. Then glue a dowel into hole and cut it off ...

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Why is difficult to unplug things from this electrical receptacle?
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It's probably best to get the socket replaced rather than repaired - especially one that's in a bathroom as you might need to have a RCD socket to protect against shocks. Sockets should have a ...

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Will I cause problem/cracks with jumping exercise in upper floor?
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You shouldn't be able to damage a concrete floor by jumping up and down on it. There will be sound transmission (as you've noticed) and there might be some movement in the floor if it's not properly ...

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Is it a legal requirement / building regulation to have a stopcock within a property?
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If it is a requirement to have independent control of the water supply now then it won't be applied retrospectively unless and until you have some work done on the water supply. The first thing you ...

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Should I install an inline water heater for my bathroom?
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If you lag the hot water pipes you can help reduce the time it takes for the water to heat up as the water in the pipes will stay warmer for longer. Obviously this won't help first thing in the ...

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How can I remove paint from slotted screw heads?
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I've found that using a hot air paint stripper works. Use the concentrating nozzle and a low to medium setting. Then when the paint is soft use a flat bladed screwdriver to first take the paint off ...

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Is it safe to have a gas stove on the same circuit as a couple lights
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It's only necessary that electric stoves (ovens in the UK) have their own circuit. This is because they draw more current (30A in the UK) than a lighting or power circuit. It's OK to have a gas oven ...

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What should I do to make good on some lightly water damaged plaster?
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If the surface is undamaged and it sounds solid just leave it to dry out completely. If it's now dry to the touch then it is drying out. If there was a lot of water coming in it will take a while to ...

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What is the difference between equivalent watts and lumens?
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Lumens is the absolute amount of light that a bulb puts out. You can use this to accurately compare how bright two bulbs will be. The one with the higher lumens value is the brighter light. However, ...

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Does turning circuit breakers off cause wear?
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The basic answer is that as the breaker is a mechanical device there will be wear, however I'd suspect that it would be negligible over the lifetime of the breaker - unless you are turning them on and ...

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Is there anything I can do to make it easier to remove plugs from receptacles?
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You could try something like this attachments to make plug easier to pull out: Source These appear to stick onto your existing plugs. You can get new plugs with a built in handle: UK Source but ...

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How to drill a hole in brick with precision?
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The most important part is to start off in the correct location. Once you have started the hole it's relatively easy to keep straight if you take it slowly and have a steady hand. If your drill has a ...

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What is the best way to insulate a room with glass window for winter?
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The cheapest solution will probably be to fit some insulation film. You fix this with double sided sticky tape and then use heat (from a hair-dryer) to shrink the film so it becomes taut. There are ...

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What to do with a cold corner?
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Ideally you should insulate the whole length of both walls. You will need to strip the wall paper off the walls to make sure that there's no moisture trapped underneath, then line the length with ...

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How do you screw in double-ended screws?
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Does the screw look something like this: You can see that there is a piece in the middle that doesn't have a thread and is faceted rather than round. You should be able to use a small spanner or ...

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Can I make cabinet doors out of mdf?
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You shouldn't have any problems using MDF. A lot of modern cabinets are made out of MDF these days as it's a cheap material to use. It comes in a variety of thicknesses so you'll be able to get one ...

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When making kitchen cabinet doors out of plywood, what details will impact the final product?
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Your main concern is the wood warping. I've used plywood for cabinet doors in the past and they have all warped to one degree or another. Your best bet might be getting marine ply which is designed ...

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What is correct way for radiator plumbing/connection in multi-story flat
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The pipes should look like this: There should be an unrestricted flow around the system. Each radiator should be connected to both the flow (red) pipe and return (blue) pipe. The turnable value (or ...

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Is it likely that there is lead in the varnish of my old 1930's hardwood floor?
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This page from Stanford University states: Presume all paints and varnishes applied before 1980 contain lead including finishes on old toys, furniture and playground equipment. Therefore you ...

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Can I bore my own hinge holes?
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Yes you can do this. You need a hinge cutter: For best effect, use with a drill press if at all possible. You can accurately set the depth of cut and keep it perpendicular to the panel. As long as ...

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Door replacement - will door still be solid after cutting?
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It would be better to cut 2" off the top and 2" off the bottom. It's unlikely that the bottom 4" (or more) of the door will be solid. It's not certain the the top and bottom 2" will be solid either - ...

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Cladding removed from sides of dormer, should it be covered if not being replaced for a week?
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I would cover the openings with plastic sheet or some other water proof material. It doesn't have to be perfect, just enough to prevent the rain getting onto sensitive surfaces. The timbers should be ...

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When bolting down a porcelain toilet, how tight is "too tight"?
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One thing that will help prevent the porcelain cracking is to use a rubber or plastic washer between the head of the bolt and the bowl. This will take some of the "excess" force by deforming slightly,...

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