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Any pitfalls to shutting off house water supply while working?
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Generally shutting off the main causes no serious problems. Open the lowest faucet (usually an outside spigot or basement sink) to drain the pipes. As a precaution I remove the faucet aerators prior ...

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Wood laminate floor wont snap together can I just nail it down
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Without more specific brand information my definitive answer is likely not. The reason being that most prefinished lock together flooring is designed to float. By float it should be able to expand and ...

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Home Repair of Refrigerator Waterline
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A trip to the local hardware or home center should provide you with the tubing and fittings you need. If you shut off the valve you can cut out a section to bring with you. You'll need a couple of ...

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Drilling/screwing into exterior metal door?
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I would look in to magnets. I recently purchased a magnet and hook to hang a Christmas wreath. It was about $5. It is strong enough that the easiest way to remove it is to slide it off the edge. I ...

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venting dryer into unused lined chimney flue
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If you check the dryer installation instructions, you likely will not find any specifications for venting thru the roof. It is generally not recommended. I know my dryer blows a decent amount of lint ...

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steel poles with pine shelving - how to fix?
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As @ JPhi1618 has stated try adding a second clamp on the top of the shelves. Before trying that I would try bolting the shelves to the smaller hinge pin hole. For visual appearance sake I would try ...

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un-installing a microwave that does not have any visible top cabinet attachment
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My last over the range oven had mounting screws behind the vent grille. Remove the 2 screws in the grill face above the door. Look in the opening for screws that attaches the top rear of the microwave ...

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Can a gas fireplace insert heat an entire house?
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The answer will depend on how much you need to heat the house. Are you talking about taking the chill off on a 50°F morning or keeping the pipes from freezing when it is 20°F outside? If you need to ...

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If water level is rising on its own on oil heating unit instead of going down, could I have a leak? Or something worse?
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The two most common causes are: Defective auto-fill valve (most common in steam systems). The fill valve is similar to a toilet fill valve where a float ball raises or lowers with the level of the ...

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Will batt insulation ignite if it is laying against my steam pipes?
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In general terms no. The standard steam pipe insulation used today is shaped fiberglass tubes. I would have suggested installing conventional fiberglass pipe insulation on the pipes prior to ...

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Is this Radiator handle/valve a replaceable part? Do I need to drain the system first?
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Steam systems are typically black iron pipe. The valves may be brass or iron. The steam systems in my area, northeastern U.S. are at the least 60 years old. Most of the original valves are likely ...

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How to sound proof bedroom floor above garage door?
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Since you are renting you likely are limited in how extensive you modifications can be. I would first contact whoever is responsible for the buildings maintenance. It is possible the door just needs ...

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DIY machinist drilling problem
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First try to determine if the piece is a solid piece of steel or a casting, sometimes referred to as potmetal. Over heating a casting can turn it to a brittle paperweight The broken extractor bit is ...

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How can I make a new basement window fit the opening?
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If the window is flange mounted you have to be careful how much you trim. You need enough flange to secure the window. Most vinyl windows I have installed have a "C" shaped profile on the outside ...

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why is my generator running but you cant plug in anything
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Did you check to verify the circuit breakers haven't tripped. I attempted to find a manual on line and was unable to download the file from the SmartTool web site. I was checking to see if the unit ...

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What kinds of items should not be put into a sink waste dispenser?
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From personal experience I have given my family members the follow not for disposal list. Small amounts are ok but not the bowlful of Thanksgiving leftover amounts. They form a slurry that fills the ...

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How can I remove a large obstruction from a storm drain pipe?
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Depending on the location you could install a 4 inch or suitable size floor grate to prevent large items from entering the pipe. You could also fabricate something out of coarse screen, which in some ...

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Dropped Item in hot water heater
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Since you have a flue I assume it is either gas/propane or oil fired. Most water heaters have cover near the base to service the burner or the igniter. First shut off the fuel source. If you remove ...

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Need help identifying plastic grille
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If the clothes dryer (possibly Kenmore Elite) was included in the sale it may be the shelf unit that allows you to dry sneakers without them banging.

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Is it possible to have a pond that doesn't require a pump for circulation?
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A google search for "solar powered fish pond filters" shows many sources. Since you didn't mention the size of your pond or geographic area I didn't make any specific suggestions. But there is a ...

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how to carry 20ft lumbers to home
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My local Home Depot and Lowes rent trucks for something like $20 for 2 hours. I would look into that. Which is way less than the insurance surcharges from the accident you are likely to cause with the ...

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Weslock deadlatch is stuck
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Since you have the lock cylinder and the knob removed try to insert a screwdriver into the deadbolt mechanism and rotate it. This should retract the dead bolt. Failing that, remove the hinge pins, ...

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How can I remove a lockset latch assembly that's stuck latched?
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Remove the pins from the hinges. You should then be able to pivot the door out of the opening. Once the door is removed you can remove the screws that hold in the strike bolt.

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Can you use a power drill with the exchangeable screwdriver bits on a manual screwdriver?
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In an ideal world the power tool tips would be stronger. In reality the quality of the tips is anybody's guess. In general those with a large tool company's name on the package are better quality. But ...

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What to use to cut large roots
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If you are comfortable using power tools a Sawz-all also called a reciprocating saw will do the job. You will want a coarse blade with less than 14 teeth per inch. They are available in battery ...

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Sink drain plumbing pipes won't connect
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While they are not the most correct way to alleviate your problem, check your favorite home center/big box store for a "flexible tail piece extension". The ideal method would be to remove and realign ...

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How can I attach structure via oval holes in panel struts in a panel van?
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If this is a custom (read home made) set up the way it is typically done is to attach either furring strips or 3/4" panels to the ribs or frame supports. Use self tapping sheet metal screws to attach ...

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Is there a way to buy a sink stopper clevis separately?
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Home Depot shows Delta #RP12516. It should be a somewhat universal part. Any brand should fit. If they don't stock it they can order it. I would first try a local hardware store they are likely to ...

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How can I vent a portable air conditioner when there's no window?
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There are ventless portable a/c units. they are typically in the 5,000 BTU range. They have a container that holds the moisture that is removed from the air which you must empty manually. In very high ...

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Is Duck/Duct tape safe to use to insulate mains wires?
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No it is not an appropriate use. Duck tape isn't even good enough for ducts. It is not UL tested or approved nor manufactured for any electrical use.

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