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Paint for Gas Stove
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Most home centers have porcelain chip repair products. Sheffield and Rustoleum are a couple of popular brands. It is supplied in a small bottle with a brush built into the cap similar to automotive ...

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What is this black device on the wall of the furnace/boiler room?
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If you are in the U.S.A. I would say it is a termination point for you landline phone.

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Can't pry off sliding shower door frame
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I wouldn't use a hacksaw blade, it will likely scratch the finish. Try to pass a length of dental floss under the end. Wrap the floss ends around screwdriver handles. Use a sawing motion to cut ...

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Outdoor exhaust pipes from my heating system
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Under ideal circumstances the warm exhaust will melt the snow as it falls. The less than ideal circumstances could include but not limited to. You have a very energy efficient home. The heating system ...

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What is this part near the entry point to my irrigation system
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It looks like a backflow preventer. Its purpose is to prevent the water in the irrigation system from being drawn into and contaminating your house hold water supply. If the water pressure to your ...

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Is 16x20 feet big enough for a 2 car garage?
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The ideal size will vary with the size of the vehicles you drive. There is a vast difference in the space required to comfortably open the doors and exit a Mini Cooper and a full size pick-up. I live ...

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What is this thing on my junction box?
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It is a transformer. It purpose is to reduce your house voltage to something lower, typically used for doorbells.

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How to Stop Squeaking of a Lofted Bed
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First try tightening the hardware. If you can isolate the offending joint disassemble it. Rub some candlewax on both sides then reassemble it.

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What is this strip hanging down inside my dryer? Anyone know?
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Based on your description and the photo it appears to be the drum felt. The felt is the seal between the rotating drum and the stationary rear part of the dryer. Replacement will require removing the ...

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how do I remove copper stain coming from plumbing?
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There are products sold for your specific issue. Check your local hardware store or home improvement center for CLR (Calcium-Lime-Rust) cleaner. CLR is a specific brand name but there are many ...

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Pipe Insulation Slit Orientation
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Speculation would be that as heat rises more heat would be lost through the slit. The more expensive foam insulation has a self sealing adhesive film to seal the seam. At some measurable level the ...

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Hanging paintable wallpaper over paneling?
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I have successfully done this with rental units. I may have gone overboard but this is what I did. Skimmed the grooves with DuraBond, scuffed the panels with a polesander while feathering the edges of ...

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Strange mud-like formation on ceiling
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It may not be termites but it looks likes some kind of insect infestation. I would contact either the building owner or a local pest exterminator. What ever the tunnels are made of is likely building ...

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Identifying and crimping 2-pin connector
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I have always referred to them as "Molex Connectors". They are assembled by crimping the individual pins and inserting them into the plastic connector. The pins are crimped by a special tool. Using a ...

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What does R0/R1/R2/R3 stand for when referring to Robertson square screwdriver?
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The R0, R1, etc, refers to the bit or tip size. If you have Phillips head screw drivers you may notice the tips are different size, #0 being small, #2 being larger. Individual tips are usually 1/4" ...

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Lock can be opened with credit card even when deadlatch is fully depressed
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What you should be looking for is a "Dead Bolt" lock. A dead bolt lock requires a key turn to secure the door from the outside. It can be secured from the inside either by rotating a knob or require a ...

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Flies in the house daily
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Have you noticed any unusual odors, I'm referring to a possible dead animal. If you have a fireplace open the damper and check for odors. If you have a crawl space under your home check there also. ...

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How to put 5/8" oak dowels into holes which are just barely the right size?
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Some 1/2" drills will allow the chuck to open to 5/8". If you can fit a dowel in the chuck, clamp it in the chuck, touch it to a file while the drill is running. Use the drill as a low tech lathe. ...

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SDS drills with advertised chuck sizes
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Looking at the Milwaukee web site the chuck capacity refers to the largest solid bit (hole diameter) the drill is capable of drilling. They are referring to using a solid bit not a hole saw. If you ...

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Removing a stuck/frozen compression fitting
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I have found WD-40 to be a lousy penetrating oil. Liquid Wrench, Sea Foam or PB Blaster are much better. Experience has shown me that none of these are particularly effective on aluminum, I am not ...

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Priming for smudge coverup
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If you can't clean the smudges off I would seal the stain. I would use Bin or Kilz or other similar product. They are a shellac like product that seals the stain. This is important to keep the stain ...

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Why are my bathroom light and fan wired to the same switch?
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Many apartment owners wire the fan and light to a single switch. The reason I have done it is to limit moisture build up. Not all renters are responsible enough to turn on the fan while using the ...

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Help naming a piece
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A search for cabinet shelve hardware, show "shelf standards" as the part your looking for. Make sure that the clips you order are for the standards you buy.

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Liquid in Clothes Washing Machine for balance?
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Many front loaders use a fluid dynamic balance system. They balance the drum at the higher speeds that front loaders spin. Since most of these systems are proprietary designs you would need to contact ...

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How to deal with paint fumes from 2-pack paint?
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The process will be sped up if you can increase the ventilation rate. Try to run some fans that will draw fresh air in or the paint fumes out. I would avoid sleeping in the area until the fumes have ...

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Should I buy dry compound mix and mix my own? Pros/Cons
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I would agree with @ArchonOSX if you were a pro. Someone who uses it for a living will use a 5 gallon bucket of joint compound fast enough to prevent storage issues. I have always had issues storing ...

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How to fix broken plug
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Not being sure how the landscaper damaged the plug I would go with plastic again. My reason being, that what ever he did could happen again. If it was hit by a lawnmower, tractor or some other powered ...

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How to get rid of fleas in an apartment with carpeted floors?
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Due to the fact that you have an infant I would seek professional assistance. You don't have the choices of chemicals that trained and licensed pest professionals do. I can't testify to their ...

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How to hang electric fence from posts?
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Depending on how sturdy the fence needs to be you could cut the plastic conduit to a point and hammer it into the ground. Then use plastic wire ties to secure the fence wire to the plastic pipe. If ...

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Why does the blade of my table saw stop?
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At this point I would take it apart. It's already broke you have nothing to lose. I had an older Delta saw that had a gearbox fail. The parts were more than I paid for the saw. It may not be a total ...

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