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Cleaning and lubing vintage door hardware
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Graphite has long been a popular lock lubricant. The properties that make it a good choice are that it is dry so it won't attract dust, it can get into very small spaces and it is not affected by cold ...

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How to get rid of mosquitos in swimming pool standing water
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Mosquito Dunks are a doughnut shaped product for exactly your problem. They contain a bacterium toxic to mosquito larva but not toxic to humans, pets or birds. They will only kill larva. Any adult ...

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Can anyone tell me why someone doing plumbing work might call something a "lake of fire"?
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This adage has nothing specific to do with plumbing. It is a Biblical reference from Revelation 20:10 "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the ...

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Can I attatch my garden hose to a hose bib on the water main?
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Of course trying to determine why something was done years ago is speculative. My guess would be that the valve on the left was the original shutoff. The hose connection may have been a whole house ...

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Tips for drilling two directly opposite holes in a square steel tube with a step bit and no drill press?
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A Black and Decker Drill Guide #71-055 may be what you need. While no longer made they are available used. I have had mine for 30+ years. The various profiles allow drilling squarely through most ...

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What is this sleeve in this toilet tank?
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The plastic bowl is a water saver as others have stated. If you just put less water in the tank you can have issues getting the solids to go down. The plastic sleeve only allows the water above ...

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Old Maple Wood Tool
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I don't think it is a woodworking tool. I believe it is a lead paddle tool used in automotive body work. It is used to shape the lead used to seal seams, fill dents etc.

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How to get wall plugs out
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I believe you are describing hollow wall anchors. Molly screw is a common brand name that has come to be reference for almost any hollow wall anchor. I think you have half the removal process. You ...

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Is my wood cabinet exposing asbestos?
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It is very difficult to say from a photo> You could test it or alternatively cover it with vinyl contact paper with a wood grain pattern that matches.

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Drill Bit Accessory Identification
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Several on line sources report it is for demonstration purposes. It is there to show you how the magnetic holder works. Pull, Tire, Tirez, are translated as "PULL" in English. This may ...

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Old Craftsman Table Saw Additional Load as Blade is Raised
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Is this one of the old Sears models where the motor hangs off the back on a hinge? The weight of the motor supplies the tension. It is possible that the hinge is frozen allowing the belt to over ...

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Black and decker drill won’t stop spinning
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My old B&d drill had a small knob on the front of the trigger. When it as screwed in (turned clockwise) it would pull the trigger in. If yours has this function try rotating the knob counter ...

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Resurface (or cover) damaged wood door?
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I would replace the door. It appears to be separating. As it is an exterior door, its purpose is to make the entrance secure. The strength of the lock depends on the integrity of the door. It looks ...

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Should I drain all the pipes before a freeze?
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Shutting off and draining the water is a good idea. If for no reason other than an unnoticed leak could cause considerable damage. Don't forget the water heater and fridge if it has an icemaker since ...

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Adjusting Steam Radiator
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Steam systems work on a fairly simple principal. Boil water into steam, it expands into the piping then to the radiators. The steam pushes out the air and heats the radiator, then cools back into ...

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How to stop metal bar from rotating?
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I would avoid drilling the bar as this could weaken it if it were used as a lifting bar. I would clamp a pair of vise-grips (locking pliers)on to the bar. Place the pliers on area an not likely to be ...

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Saddle valve keeps spinning?
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The valve should be replaced if for no other reason than if you have a leak you can't shut it off. You have 3 basic choices. Install a new saddle valve ( I wouldn't do this), cut out the pipe where ...

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How to tell one (unconnected) underground dead wire from another
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While a tone generator will work, it is a tool you are likely to use once. A multimeter can be used for a wide variety home tasks. An inexpensive multi-meter and a spool of small gauge wire (@ about ...

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Toilet question regarding fungus
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It is likely a result of hard water. Water is described as hard when it has a large amount of dissolved minerals. The water absorbs the minerals from the ground. As the water evaporates it leaves a ...

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Unlock door with no knob
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I would remove the hinge pins and unmount the door. Once removed, the hardware should be visible to remove the bolt assembly.

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Shopvac a Toilet that is clogged?
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I have used a Shop-Vac to empty a clogged garbage disposal, It was messy and smelly. I seriously considered throwing it away. It is nearly impossible to clean the corrugations in the hose. If the ...

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Above ground pool surface question
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While never having professionally installed pools I have been involved with a 1/2 dozen installations. All involved starting with a bed of level compacted masons sand. Most suppliers will know what ...

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How can I build a fence with posts that rest on concrete?
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You could build a modified free standing Colonial Style Log Fence. It is basically logs or boards in a zig-zag pattern. Instead of logs it can be built with dimensional lumber 2x4's or 4x4's etc. They ...

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Torque delivered by a hand ratchet with 1/2" socket
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Okay my curiosity was piqued. I am an average 60 something year old guy who turns a wrench for a living. I clamped my old school Beam Type Torque Wrench in a vise. Using a 1/2" square x 3/8 drive ...

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Will cockroach poison traps harm geckos?
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When I was in Japan in the 1970's we were told that the geckos will eat the roaches. Fewer geckos means more roaches. I would assume any dead roaches would contain the poison. Any geckos eating ...

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Do wall-mounted door stoppers with embedded springs provide any advantages over versions without a spring inside them?
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The difference I have noticed is the spring models are less likely to be pulled from the wall if they are hit by a stray ankle or vacuum cleaner. They will just deflect out of the way and return to ...

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Trial and error to choose glue for plastic handle on refrigerator?
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I have had limited success with super glue on pieces that get frequent loading (knobs, handles, latches, etc). I have had decent success with epoxies rated for use with plastics. Coat all the mating ...

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Furnace Blower Motor fan hums but wont start
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Before I would check for any of the potential electrical issues I would try lubricating the motor shaft. Shut off the power to the furnace. Gain access to the fan and motor. Spray a small amount of ...

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Should I paint over this wallpaper?
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I have experienced the trials of removing painted wallpaper. It is an absolute pain. The general principal of wallpaper removal is to get the paste wet. As use can imagine paint makes a very good ...

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What is the name of this Allen-head furniture fastener?
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While difficult to tell for sure I think it is an E-Z Lok threaded insert. It consists of a course threaded screw that is inserted into the wood. A pilot hole is drilled and the insert is screwed in ...

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