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Main water shut off
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Yes. Shut off the water off at the street before you try to fix it. Elsewise you will get a big flood. Then put in a ball valve. Ball valves work faster than gate valves, which can come in handy in ...

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Gas oven goes "Thup" every 5 to 30 minutes. What to do?
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RESOLUTION: WEAK IGNITER, NO DANGER. I called in an appliance repair person. The "Thup" sound was just the gas coming on. (I watched the gas igniting and heard the thup at the same time, several ...

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How can I secure windows which have been bypassed in my security system because they're open?
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In addition to the "add a magnet" approach described by another person, if you want to keep the window open a little to get some fresh air, but you want to keep your home secure, you can put in a ...

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Pieces of soft black gunk on dishes
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It seems this problem arose because I was trying to save power by not using the dry function and running the dishwasher at night. That meant the dishwasher sat with moist dishes in it for several ...

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How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?
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Understanding the flea life cycle is important (e.g., http://www.petmd.com/dog/parasites/evr_multi_understanding_the_flea_life_cycle) because different treatments work on the different flea stages. ...

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Which tools to use for changing locks?
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If you are concerned about security (e.g., the previous owner gave a key to a friend) you can rekey the lock rather than change it. Take the cylinder out of the door and go to a locksmith to have it ...

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Blocking the light from a window that spans up to the ceiling
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If you want a complete solution for the whole window, or want to block the light just at the top, you can tape aluminum foil on the whole window or just at the top of the glass. I did that once in a ...

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Cheap wood-ish replacement for glass panel in door
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The molding that holds the glass in place probably is held in place with small nails. Just gently pry up the molding with a wide (1" or even wider) wood chisel or screwdriver. Try not to dent the ...

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Which type of portable generator will power my furnace during an outage?
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The least expensive way to power both natural gas furnace and fridge/freezer is to manually plug each, one at a time, into a suitably powerful generator. Both these appliances draw a lot of amperage, ...

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Ant proofing a wall
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Since you see the ants by an interior wall, it is likely the ants were in your house all along and are just being seen now. If you can see them, you can treat them. Some baits (aka poisons, like ...

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Basement Flooding suddenly. It looks like I have a French drain. Why is it still flooding?
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The french drain has to empty someplace. Perhaps that path has gotten plugged up.

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Latch bolt stuck inside door jamb
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The tongue is stuck due to friction. The friction may be inside the latch or may be between the latch and the plate on the door jam. So, spray lubricant on all parts (both those easily accessible ...

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Half-inch Gap between wall and floor in second floor bedroom
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I called in a competent contractor and here are his findings. He took up some floorboards next to the gap. There was a gap between the bottom of the sheet rock wall and the floor. He cut through the ...

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How do I repair a curtain rod anchor that was ripped out of the wall?
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If it is on an outside wall, a long screw (3 or 4") will bite into the sheathing of the house and hold up the rod.

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help with improving HVAC performance on the second floor of an old house
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Before undertaking expensive options, you might try some inexpensive options. You can buy vent booster fans that fits in the rectangular openings. This increases the flow of cold air. Search on "...

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What is the proper way to solder two different gauge stranded wires?
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For low voltage applications, fan out the copper strands and then twist them together. Use rosin core solder. Tin the soldering gun (i.e, melt a little solder on it). Heat the copper and apply ...

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How to temporarily connect inverter-generator safely to mains panel
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The simplest approach sacrifices the automatic switchover, but can be done at no cost. When there is a power outage, just plug your fridge, computer, standing lamps and the like into the generator. ...

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Opening tubes to unclog bathroom sink
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A snake has a long reach, 25 feet, 50 feet, and more. So, if a clog is some number of feet into the piping, you may well need a snake. Alternatively, you can try to plunge the drain, forcing the clog ...

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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof
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Roof raking is a pain (especially in nasty winter weather) and has its cons, as others pointed out. Better to avoid ice dams. Consider putting heating cables in the gutters/downspouts and place the ...

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How to extend shelf life of already opened one-component silicone sealant or glue?
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Take a piece of aluminum foil, about 1" square, and put it (smoothly) over the opening of the mouth of the tip of the glue tube, and fold the rest of the foil down the sides of the tip. Then screw the ...

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Can I replace a mechanical doorbell with a digital one?
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Yes. Even if your current doorbell is totally mechanical, with no electrical power, you can install a digital one by going wireless. Search the web for "wireless door chime" or "wireless doorbell". ...

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Ways to add proper ventilation to attic with ridge vent on roof?
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Another option is to put an exhaust fan in your attic, on a thermostat. Which type of fan would depend on the construction of your roof. There are even solar powered attic fans.

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What protection is needed to access the crawlspace under the house?
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Also, make a lot of noise before entering, to let any critters leave of their own choice. (Bang on wood or stone with hammer or the like.)

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How to connect LED tape strips in separate locations to one power source?
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You could wire them in series or in parallel. Just be sure that the power supply is matched to your wiring, and large enough for the load. If you take one long tape and cut it up into 3 lengths, you ...

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Is it safe to remove this wall transformer?
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It looks like a telephone transformer. It once powered your landline telephones. If so, if you have no land lines, you don't need the transformer. The removal advice from manassehkatz seems very ...

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Why can't SharkBite plumbing connectors be sold in CA and VT?
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Perhaps lead was an issue in the past, but it seems no longer. The manufacturer website says that their fittings are almost all lead free. For example, "SharkBite Push-to-Connect Fittings The ...

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How do I remove the acrylic knob on my faucet?
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You might try a faucet pulling tool like this. They are inexpensive.

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Warm Floor - Water Leak?
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Do you have forced hot water heat? If so, the leak could be in the heating system, not in the drinking water pipes. Try turning off the water to the hot water heater and see if the hiss stops.

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Copper pipe identification using electrical current
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If you can light up a bulb with a battery, you should be able to use this approach (assuming the two runs of pipe never touch). Attach one side of a low voltage battery (e.g., 1.5, 6, or 9 v) at the ...

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How would I set the temperature of my water heater so that it is the most energy efficient?
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Dishwashers have an electric heating element. If the water going into the dishwasher is not hot enough, the dishwasher heats it. So, see if you can disable this on your dishwasher (and the effect of ...

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