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Can filling up a 75 gallon water heater tank without opening a faucet cause damage?
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I wouldn't worry about it at all. A gallon of water is roughly 213 cubic inches. Assuming that you filled the tank completely (which is unlikely - see below), you would have displaced 213 * 75, or 15,...

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Fix drywall around outlets
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Luckily I just happened to have one of my own to do (in my case repairing plaster around an old work box, but exactly the same process), so I'll give a walk-through of repairing the gap on the left: ...

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Can I mix latex paint into concrete
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While you probably could, this wouldn't be a good way to try and match a color. It would likely effect the setting performance of the concrete and you'd never match the color of the paint. On top of ...

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Should roofing nails be visible in the attic?
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That's perfectly normal. I would have preferred to see the vertical joints in the sheathing line up with the rafters, but that's about it. Roofing nails actually should come through about a quarter ...

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Why do many construction projects leave so many nails behind?
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There are a bunch of different ways that nails wind up on the ground, and none of them are really avoidable. They fall out of nail pouches, they'll kick out and go flying if you hit them wrong with a ...

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How to repair damage to MDF baseboard trim
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That looks like MDF baseboard, which is very porous and will swell when it gets wet. It looks like there was a way for the water from your mopping to wick into the baseboard (likely a nick or cut in ...

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Possible to refinish hardwood floor without messing with quarter-round baseboard?
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The answer depends on what you are willing to accept for a finished result. Removing the quarter-round allows the edger to reach underneath what is visible when the quarter-round is re-installed. ...

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Hand tool for packing dirt
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I use a plate tamper. Most of the hardware stores, garden centers, and big box home improvement places around here carry them. Image from http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/tampers-from-building-...

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What is this weird plug?
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It looks like an NF C 61-315 standard French single phase plug: These are are rated for 400V, 32A on a single phase. The socket you have pictured looks like a French style Schuko (CEE 7/3), which is ...

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Are there special pocket hole screws?
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Yes, those are special pocket hole screws. They're basically just self drilling wood screws (which is why they have the fluted tips). Standard wood screws may work, but you are forced between trying ...

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Should I install a floor drain in my laundry room?
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Consider that a typical washing machine holds roughly 40 gallons of water. Now imagine that all gushing out onto the floor at the same time. I've never seen this happen because of a washing machine ...

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What is the best way to close gaps between a chimney and roof from the inside?
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Pretty much any fix that you attempt from the inside has the potential to create issues in addition to the primary problem, which is that your chimney isn't properly flashed. Spraying foam or ...

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Is a special circular saw blade needed to cut plastic?
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Back in the day when I used to put up vinyl siding, I found that the best way to cut it with a circular saw was with a cheap 140 tooth plywood blade installed backwards (to give the teeth a negative ...

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Why is the red (common) wire giving me a shock?
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This is perfectly normal. One of the two travelers can be hot at all times if the switches are wired correctly. Which traveler is hot depends on the orientation of the switches. That said, you ...

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what mil thick plastic to hang for dust management
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Any thickness of plastic will stop dust from going through it. The only reason to use thicker plastic as opposed to thinner is that the thicker plastic holds up a little better to punctures and ...

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Can a white (or other color) wire be remarked to serve as a grounding conductor?
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To my understanding, no. 250.119 Identification of Equipment Grounding Conductors. Unless required elsewhere in this Code, equipment grounding conductors shall be permitted to be bare, covered, ...

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Best way to install gutters on roof with no vertical facia or eaves
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This would be a situation where you'll have to use gutter straps (usually in T or K style): Image credit to acehardware.com They install on the roof decking - make sure to follow the manufacturer's ...

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Mild Electric Shocks in Bathroom
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Sounds like you have an improperly bonded neutral somewhere. If it isn't easily identified at the main service panel, you'll want to do a couple of things: Call your electrical company and request (...

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What do I need to do if the neutral bar is live in the panel box?
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If the main breaker was on this would be expected if you put the breaker (in its on position) in before connecting the neutral and there was something turned on in the branch you were connecting. If ...

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Should I be able to just peel tile off the wall by hand if it is installed right?
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Portland Cement has poor adhesive qualities by itself, which is why it is commonly mixed with a polymer. By definition, "thin-set" refers to an application thickness of under 3/16th of an inch. Other ...

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How effective to use zinc strip to prevent roof moss
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Yes, it works - although most recommendations I've seen prefer zinc to copper (both more effective and cheaper). In fact, you see it all the time on older roofs underneath galvanized roof fixtures. ...

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why did my mower suddenly start running slower?
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In my experience, unless the engine is running roughly idle problems are usually related to the throttle and governor. From your description, it sounds like you may have a problem with the governor ...

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Why does my toilet not leave enough water in the bowl after flushing?
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It looks like you are missing your fill hose. There should be a hose connecting the outlet at the top of your fill valve assembly running into your overflow tube:

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Toilet tank slow to refill (bowl refills normally)...bad overflow tube?
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The overflow tube drains directly into the bowl, not the tank. The only way I can think that it would prevent the tank from filling is if it was cracked or had a hole in it and allowed tank water to ...

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How do I remove a brass pipe that has been jammed into a larger iron pipe?
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I'd slip a cheater bar into the drain and see if you can pop it loose by turning it clockwise (so you don't unscrew the tail-piece). If you can get it to turn without twisting it you should be able ...

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Without Access to the Garage Interior, How Can I Replace the Handle/Lock?
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If the lock is separate from the handle and turns freely, my guess is the handle is the issue, not the lock. Overhead garage doors almost always latch by extending pins through the tracks on either ...

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Can I run a natural gas dryer from a portable propane tank?
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If your dryer is set up for natural gas, then it isn't going to run on propane - you'll need to install a propane conversion kit. Most manufacturers sell these for specific models, and I'm sure there ...

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What is the name of the hardware used to build this dinner console table?
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They're called table slides or extension slides. They generally come in 2 versions - one for pedestal type tables (sometimes called equalizer slides) and one for traditionally legged tables. As far ...

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does this look like an up to code support beam?
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For an 8.5' span I'd say no. The purpose of the jack studs isn't just to hold up the header - it also helps distribute the load more evenly to the foundation. For that wide of a span the IRC calls ...

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Can dryer vent touch ABS pipe?
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Residential clothes dryers typically vent at a temperature of around 130°-165°F (54°-74°C). Wikipedia gives the glass transition temperature (colloquially the melting point) of ABS as 221°F (105°C). ...

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