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microwave oven (kenmore) not heating
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I've found from repairing and "hacking" microwaves that they all follow a flow chart when a symptom prevents it from working normally. From what I can recall about the symptom "unit not heating" and ...

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Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light
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Possibly a coincidence having 3 bulbs burn-out, but here are some suggestions. The voltage in the circuit is over the normal household 120 volts. It would be best to verify this with a voltage tester. ...

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Paint thinner can leaking
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When containing petroleum-based solvents it is best to place them in a metal or glass jar that can be sealed. Empty paint cans or preserve jars work well (but be sure to re-label the new container to ...

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What should I use to reattach loose tile?
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To re-secure ceramic tiles it is best to consider what environment it will be subject to. If, for example, I am re-attaching a loose wall tile in a shower stall I wouldn't use a "mastic" type adhesive....

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Why is there dirt in my wall (by the tub)?
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The dirt you have removed is probably from around the tubs drain pipe. When the slab floors are poured all the plumbing has already been installed. When pipes protrude from the floor the contractor ...

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How much sanding do I need to do to refinish a wood floor?
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Hopefully you are using the palm sander for a small area. If not, you'll have your work cut-out for you. If the floor has gouged or scratched marks you should try to sand them out with a low grit (36-...

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Shopvac drywall attachment too restrictive?
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If your Shop-Vac is more than a few months old and you are noticing a decrease in performance the smartest action you can take is to start looking for a replacement. That smell you detect after the ...

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How to Winterize an Outdoor Shower with no Valves
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If plumbing supplies an exterior shower that is subject to freezing weather then any standing water must be drained or it may break the pipes as it freezes. Just shutting the valve off will not ...

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Do wooden storm windows need weep holes?
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You will see weep holes in aluminum storm windows when the frame is projecting from the exterior wall and has a "lipped" edge. The weep holes allow drainage that otherwise would not occur because of ...

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How to get cable staples to stick in the wall
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The routine I found works best when a customer insisted that I use this particular wire clip, is to replace the nail with one of the same gauge, but a longer length. I only replaced the clips that ...

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How do I connect this saw's motor to 220 volts?
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Looking at the first photo, under the label "208-240" the "white line" is the in coming white wire from the power. It shows that it is connected to the white wire from the motor. The "blue insulate" ...

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How safe are flammables as indoor cleaners?
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Using any volatile and flammable fluid indoors can pose serious health and property damage if used in a reckless manner. By reckless I should say "not adhering to the warnings by the manufacturer". If ...

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Electric baseboard wiring
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Low heat output could very well indicate a improper voltage connection. Especially, as you noted, that the 110V receptacle's and the 220V heater are on the same breaker. The repair would consist of ...

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Ugly dark leaf stains on a concrete patio - any modern 2015-ish way to treat them?
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I'm not sure if any new or different cleaners have appeared since the 2010 question. I think the tried and true cleaners on the market presently will remove most stains in existence. For cleaning un-...

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Toilet won't come off the flange
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I'm betting that whomever installed it last used an adhesive to secure and seal the toilet to the closet flange and/or the floor. It sounds as if you are renovating so unless the toilet has value (or ...

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How do I stop a countertop soap dispenser from leaking?
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So it appears to be leaking at the connection of the white plastic pump to the metal dispensing spout? The first issue to check is to make sure the liquid soap has not congealed inside the metal spout....

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Filling holes in a timber workbench top
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If you don't mind not having the patch resemble the surrounding wood species; for a quick long lasting wood filler I've always used automotive body filler (Bondo). It is a two part product and once ...

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Copper failing under the house
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when conduit or plumbing is covered in concrete it must be insulated from the cements high alkalinity, otherwise the metal will corrode and eventually fail. I don't believe the circulating pump has ...

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My house has Exterior & Interior insulation. Would it be advisable to remove the internal?
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It sounds like you are willing to spend money to remove something that that is designed to help save money. If your houses walls are made entirely of brick and mortar the two layers of (rigid) ...

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Under Deck Ceiling Using Barn Steel Roofing Panels
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The slope or pitch of the under panels can be at any degree that will shed the water. If you consider it as similar to a roof than according to Code: "minimum slope is 1/4 inch vertical in 12 units (2%...

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how to remove these screws without taking a huge chunk of wall with them
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I believe you are describing an "expansion wall anchor". Here is what the manufacturer states: Primarily used in drywall, the hollow wall anchor is a medium duty fastener. Once the body of the ...

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How can I secure / fasten a half installed floating engineered hardwood floor?
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I've seen this opening of seams and it regularly happens with a "snap together"-type floor. Unless the manufacturer states the flooring can be secured it would be wise not to chance any repercussions ...

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Bathroom hot water issue
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The only thing I can think of that the plumber adjusted under the sink is he swapper the hot and cold lines which had been installed backwards. If the hot water tank is at a distant location it would ...

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Cutting out shapes inside cement board
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There is no real experience needed when cutting an opening in cement board. I've seen openings for faucet handles created with nothing more than a well placed hammer strike (one hit each hole!). What ...

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Repair power cord with heat shrink tubing without cutting or disconnecting cord
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I'm not aware of any shrink tubing that will shrink that much and still insulate the wires. If the damage to the wires is such that you will need to use shrink tube for an individual wire that might ...

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Can I vent a portable airco exhaust in the wall cavity?
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Moist warm air when it is exhausted behind enclosed walls (even slightly vented ones) have the potentially damaging effect of becoming condensate (water or moisture) if the temperature is cooler. ...

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There is a brown burn mark on my dryer's vent
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No. burn marks are not normally seen on dryer vents. If the scorched mark was caused by excessive heat from the dryer (and not by an unrelated incident) then there is a potential hazard and danger ...

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Why won't toilet flush after replacing wax ring?
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Recheck the passage way that runs from the bowl to the horn. There must be an object lodge in there since the toilet flushed properly prior to the wax ring being replaced. Don't remove the toilet from ...

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1" S-Type Screws OK for hanging 5/8" Drywall on short wall in basement?
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yeah, you should be alright with the 1 inch drywall screws. The optional way to fasten any drywall is to have screw head slightly dimple the drywall paper (not penetrate or damage the paper) so as to ...

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Digging a well, hitting a rock
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rig up a 20 foot masonry bit extension and perforate the outline of you hole on it. There is also a product that will shatter boulders by using a material that expands in the holes drilled. heres a ...

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