BrianK
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What to do with risers when they aren't great quality
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I think I would put a veneer on as suggested by JACK, but would then paint the stairs. Mine are white pine, which are also a soft wood, but they seem fine. Also if painting, the veneer could be a less ...

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How should I level the ground for my above ground pool?
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Sounds like the sand is shifting. Like Tester said, you may need to build up the low side with something more secure, like using those landscaping blocks with a bottom layer that is at least half in ...

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Should I paint door hinges?
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For a new door, I would take off the hinges, paint and then put them back on. I even put masking tape where the hingles mount to the door and frame, so they don't get shimmed out with layers of paint. ...

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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?
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Is it a public road? If so, then the road, the puddle, and some right away from the edge of the road belongs to your village, city, town, county or state. That puddle is bad for the edge of the road (...

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How do I remove floorboard nails from joists?
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A pair of vice grips might also work well. Clamp onto the nail near the wood, then rock back and forth to pull the nail out. Or clamp highter and then use a claw hammer under the vice grips to lift ...

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How can I stop the icemaker on a GE fridge from overflowing water?
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I threw in the towel and called an applicance guy. He looked at evertyhing I did, and could see no broken parts. Putting our heads together, we came to the conclusion that its a design flaw. We wound ...

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Should I install hardwood flooring under my kitchen cabinets?
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I ran mine all the way to the wall. Turned out to be a good thing because I made a cabinet change which pushed everything down six inches.

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Are there alternatives to sinktop backsplashes and sidesplashes?
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Seems like most vanities have somewhat of a rounded edge and a backsplash or sidesplash provides a nice clean place to caulk. A vanity seems to be a place where quite a bit of water can wind up on the ...

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How do I prepare patched drywall to be painted over?
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Get a wide drywall knife and and put on several thin coats of filler. Don't try to put too much on at once. Then sand. Finally apply a primer / sealer that says it's for drywall / wallboard.

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Can I install tiles directly over a concrete floor in my basement?
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Yes you can, I would add a modifier to the thinset (instead of water) to make it flexible and bond well.

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What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house?
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Have some "walkaway" issues in mind: - foundation - water in the basement - big exterior projects like a deck falling down, or an abandoned swimming pool Look for a good neighborhood, buy reasonable, ...

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What would cause a clothes dryers thermal cutoff to keep tripping?
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You might have to take the dryer apart and check the entire vent path, there may be some lint buildup inside it. Sometimes the front panel is easily removable and you can get to the air path that way. ...

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Washing vinyl siding -- hard to reach high up places?
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I use a brush and pole for washing RV's. The pole is a telescoping one usef for painting. I stand on a tall stepladder and the combination can reach pretty high. Lowes had the RV brush. So I spray on ...

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What's a good cheap sander to sand the ends of wooden blinds?
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Your best bet for sanding would be a belt sander. It will take it off in a hurry with agressive belts. You probably want to use something like 80 - 120 grit. An ideal solution would be to get a table ...

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How do I seal a leaking plughole fitting?
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Silicone can also be used and is recommened for marble sinks where the plumbers putty could stain.

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Tips for texturing ceilings?
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I have spent a great deal of time scrapping popcorn off ceilings. I don't know if that is the type of coating you are planning on, but I would tend to leave the ceilings smooth. I think that looks ...

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Should I use thread-seal tape for steam pipe?
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My favorite pipe thread sealer is RectorSeal #5. Here's a link. I see according to its datasheet that its rated for steam pipes. You might have to let it dry a little while before pressuring, but ...

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How do I cut nice mitered corners?
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Are you cutting with the board standing up in the saw like it will be positioned in the room, or with the board laying flat in the saw and using the compound setting to cut it? The reason I mention it ...

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Is it ok to use caulking instead of tape and mud on my new drywall ceiling?
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I would stick with the tried and true taped and mud joints. You can't sand calk to make it smooth. Sounds like a mess to me. Kris is right, no way will it work on tapered edges.

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Foul smell in living room
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Have you heard about dirty sock syndrome? Its the smell a heat pump can make if microbes start growing on the indoor coil. If you have gas heat, then never mind. I'm just going to throw out ideas to ...

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Smooth cuts on small ceramic tile
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I would use a wet saw. The least expensive one at home centers is around $70. That will give you clean cuts. Scoring and snapping has always been stressful for me because some would not break cleanly ...

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Most reasonable way to raise desk by 4 inches
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I probably would rip a 2x6 down to 4 inches, make a three sided frame out of that and put the desk on top of it. Then attach the desk to the frame with some pieces of metal called "mending plates". ...

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Can I drill a bathroom vent through what appears to be an exterior joist?
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The rim joists are over the foundation so you should be fine. That's how mine are done for bathroom vents, outside water faucets, etc.

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Joint Compound was too dry, now what
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Looks like you are ready to sand a little and continue. Especially for small areas, I just buy premixed joint compound. And as Ben said, never, ever put the working mud back in with the new mud. Take ...

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How do i kill off the termite inside the wood beam indoor?
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Don't delay. Termites can do a lot of damage. I would get them professionally taken care of.

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How would I secure a pex shut off valve to the stud in the wall interior?
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Generally you would just secure the PEX with some pipe clams near the valve and that would be good enough. The valve just hangs there in mine and I usually grab a pipe with one hand when I turn it.

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Best way to remove textured wall (joint compound)?
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I have heard of an old Wall-paper installers trick, but have never done it myself. You take some joint compound and thin it down so that it can be put on with a smooth roller. You then roll it onto ...

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Why would a GFCI trip on refrigerator circuit?
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Is the GFCI breaker in the outlet the fridge plugs into or is it a GFCI breaker in the breaker box? If its an outlet and you really want GFCI, you could try replacing the breaker in the box with a ...

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Hanging an over-the-range microwave without top cabinet
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I have installed a couple of these. I don't see how it could possibly hang from just the wall without support from above. If you don't have a cabinet above it, then you need some creative ideas, like ...

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How can I remove excess commercial flooring tile adhesive?
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Does the container for the adhesive suggest anything for cleanup? Maybe mineral spirits or acetone? Be careful with those on your tiles though. Maybe "goof off" would work.

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