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How can I prevent water from flowing into my carport under the wall plate?
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I had this same issue when I built a workshop on-grade on an existing slab. The solution I used was to take a piece of 1" x 4" L-flashing, lay down a thick bead of asphalt emulsion sealant on the ...

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Should gaps be left between sheets of drywall for any reason?
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I typically leave a gap about the thickness of the taping knife, so 1/16th or less. I also use "hot mud", which is the dry powder mixed with water that sets via a chemical reaction similar to ...

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Can I convert galvanized ducts to wood stove black ducts by coating it with high temp RustOleum paint?
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You cannot use HVAC ducting for a wood fireplace or stove exhaust. The stove/fireplace exhaust parts are typically triple-wall and are totally different in terms of their construction and connection ...

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How do I move the strike plate on my bedroom door down by 1 cm?
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You can remove the existing strike, then use Bondo, JB Weld, or epoxy putty to fill all the existing holes before reinstalling the strike. This will give the screws something to bite into and prevent ...

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Acceptable material to cap a brass/copper fitting
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You could cut off the threaded adapter so you have plain copper pipe, then push on a Shark-Bite cap (they're about $6-8 at most home centers or hardware stores). Otherwise, a stainless steel cap ...

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What are the risk of floating a solid hardwood above grade floor using a clip system?
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A product called 'DRIcore' (or similar) would work. DRIcore comes as 2ft x 2ft tongue-and-groove panels made from OSB with a solid plastic bottom. You fit them/install them on top of your substrate (...

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How one is supposed to "plug" a conduit running from basement to attic?
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My favorite is to use a thin plastic bag and inject some fireblocking foam into the bag while it's stuffed in the open end of the conduit. That way it expands and plugs the conduit but the plastic bag ...

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Can I thread the inside of a steel water pipe (encased in concrete) to safely make a connection to the remainder of the water system?
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It may be possible but I would be concerned that the age and condition of the pipe might make it brittle and not good for tapping threads into. My suggestion for a solution would be to rent a "core ...

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Compatibility of aluminum fittings with brass rough-in valve
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Aluminum and brass with an electrolyte between them (water) can still result in galvanic corrosion. Are there any plastic (PVC) fittings you could use for this application? I would choose a plastic ...

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How long can I leave a wood fence after pressure washing, before staining it?
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Some fences are never stained. Keep in mind that sunlight will "bleach" wood that is not protected from UV light. So, you can leave the fence as-is but it might significantly weather with no ...

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Used paint with the wrong base, will painting with the correct base cover it?
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As the customer, you shouldn't be picking out the base yourself. That's the responsibility of the employee who mixes the paint. If the employee picked the wrong base, you should be able to exchange ...

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What's the best way to select windows for heating efficiency? I have an older house in a northern climate
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The true answer is that it takes more energy to remove heat from a space than it does to add heat to a space. For every watt of heat you want to remove, you have to expend an additional 2 to 3 watts ...

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In layman's terms how much pressure is 4000 psi?
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4000 PSI is exactly how much pressure it is. PSI = Pounds per Square Inch. I'm not really sure what kind of example you are looking for. PSI is a general unit that depends on context to determine if a ...

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What types of tubing can I use with Push-to-Connect fittings?
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You need to use tubing that is rated for hydrogen gas. McMaster-Carr may have some. Likely you'll have to use stainless steel or an exotic plastic like teflon. Normal hardware-store tubing will react, ...

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What's a high R-value insulation material alternative to dimensional lumber
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There is a product called Thermo-Lite which is probably what you want. it's available in a sheet/board form and it contains a closed cell foam with fiberglass reinforcement. It's incredibly nasty to ...

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Add expansion joints on garage floor - too late?
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You can cut expansion joints with something like this: This is a walk-behind concrete saw that can be rented at most rental centers (I know that home depot has them). After the joints are cut, fill ...

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How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?
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Measure your tiles, chances are they're not a true 18" anyway. You can cut all four edges of course, but that's a lot of work. Are you able to order more tiles that match what you have? If you can, it'...

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How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?
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I'm a HUGE fan of Wago's "Wall-Nuts" ... They exceed all NEC pull-out tests and they're much more secure than the crappy wire nuts everyone has been using since plastic was invented. And they come in ...

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What size wire should I use for a 60amp subpanel?
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6AWG copper wire would be the minimum for a 60A subpanel but with a 105ft distance you have too much voltage drop and need to go up to 4AWG copper to keep the voltage drop within acceptable limits (...

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What's the difference between "physical damage" and "severe physical damage" in the NEC?
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I don't know for certain but my interpretation of that language would be that "severe physical damage" would result from impacts or accidents caused by machinery, and "physical damage" would be an ...

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Bubble of air out of toilet when flushed
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If there was a clog in the main drain line going out to the street, you would likely see everything in the house, or at least the basement and ground floor, being backed up or draining slow. More ...

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How can I secure wire fished between two plastic switch boxes?
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NM cable cannot be fished, because it needs to be secured to the framing of the structure within 8 to 12 inches of the box (the "clamps" in the box do not count). Type MC cable can be fished, but will ...

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How do I properly prepare newly-finished drywall for priming?
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I've heard from professional drywallers/painters that they don't even try and take all the dust from sanding off, just a quick sweep of the walls to get the majority off. The really fine drywall dust ...

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Missing front of cabinet drawer, need to sell my house
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The major home centers, Lowes, Home Depot, etc can typically order items such as this custom made. If the cabinet was originally a "stock" size cabinet from such a place, it should be easy to get a ...

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Building a ledger for indoor use with with some cut to size 2 by 4s, should I stain or paint them?
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A true wood stain does not build a "film" on the surface. It only changes the color of the porous wood fiber near the surface. You will want a film-forming finish if your goal is to make it easier to ...

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How should I fix an electric shower pull cord that doesn't work anymore?
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I've never seen an electric shower (looks to be a European thing?) but based on the diagram in that article you've got electrical contacts near moisture. Corrosion is quite likely and would cause ...

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How do I fill drilled holes on a concrete floor and won't make it look fresh and blend it with existing floor?
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If you're using epoxy or a urethane based putty to fill the holes, scrape some of the nearby cement with sandpaper or a wire brush and brush that over the filler while it's still "tacky". It should ...

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Fixing ceramic tile that have a large ceramic chip off
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Try a porcelain repair compound such as this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Homax-White-Porcelain-Chip-Fix-2164/203086992 They can be used to repair chips in porcelain/ceramic coated sinks, tubs, ...

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Is my water contaminated?
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You should take a sample of the water to a lab for analysis if you're really concerned. There are minerals that fluoresce under UV light, so it could be that and not bacteria. But I doubt that anyone ...

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Can you use casing molding for baseboard molding?
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There's no real issue with it, except only that the more complex the profile, the harder it is to clean. If you use a gloss or semi-gloss finish, you can probably wipe dust up pretty easily. But a ...

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