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How to create threads in leveling feet
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Your cheapest and easiest option is a spacer under the foot. A small piece of plywood or a couple of wood shims will do the trick. Both will be available at a home improvement center or lumber ...

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Is this "ice damming"?
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Even if you are absolutely sure there is no water leaking into the attic you still have a problem. I am guessing that the water is getting pushed up and under the drip edge. It is migrating under the ...

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Best tools for woodwork project
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While a 4 1/2 inch hole saw will do the trick it would be an expensive investment if this is a one time project. The hole saw will leave a center hole from the pilot drill. You may be able to limit ...

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Safely use a bare light socket
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You are right to be concerned about safety. Attempting to use the sockets as they are is a hazard, the exposed conductors are an electrical and safety concern. What you have is a replacement part for ...

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How to remove dried hot glue from a closed door?
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Carefully cut as much of the glue as possible with a utility knife. With a small pry bar, cats paw, or flat bar gently pry at the gap. If you can, cut some more glue while prying. you may also ...

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What is the purpose of these attachments on my picture frame?
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The purpose is to hang the frame from a nail or low profile hook. The ridge allows the frame to be shifted slightly to the left or right in the event the frame hangs unevenly. Mounting two hangers on ...

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Easy way to temporarily insulate gap between hardwood floor and baseboard?
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If you have a concern about potential damage I would use "Moretite". It is a clay like material. It comes in a roll of various diameters.It is inexpensive and somewhat reusable. You can wrap several ...

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Any way to do a mitered corner without a table saw?
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If you have a limited amount of woodworking tools you could use molding. It will cover the seams. Use an "external corner" molding. You can cut it with almost any wood saw. It is usually available in ...

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How do I remove paint from pipes?
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If the paint is in good condition, with no chips, peeling unsightly blemishes I would repaint. It would be a lot of work to get the pipes really clean. Any exposed thread at the fittings will be tough ...

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Should my chimney cooker hood have a flue?
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There are two basic stove/range/hob type hoods. Externally vented would have a flue of some sort that vent smoke ,fumes and odors to the exterior. An internally vented type just filters and ...

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Drawbacks of a stacked top-loading washer + drier
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My primary concerns with stacked (single non detachable unit) appliances is durability. In my experience dryers outlast washers at least 2 to 1. I have had three washers in my life and still use the ...

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How to remove screw anchors from wall?
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If the wall is standard drywall, I would use a punch, wooden dowel or something similar and push them in. By design they are resistant to pulling out with out some wall damage. They just need to be ...

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How to unblock a blocked toilet?
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I would use a toilet snake as @Wayfaring Stranger suggested. The home depot treatment you looked at is not a drain cleaner but a septic treatment. You might try warm water. When the water is low in ...

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How do I repair this interior door?
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I would try applying some wood glue into the split with a small brush. Sandwich the door between two 2x4's with some clamps. It may help to put some wax paper on the 2x4 to keep any glue from ...

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Why won't my outdoor motion detector shut off?
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If you have had any lightning in the area it can leave the sensor in the always on mode. Some sensors I have used require a 5 minute powered off cycle to reset them. A power surge,spike or blip can ...

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Which is better indirect or tankless hotwater heater
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Tankless units are limited in the amount of hot water they can produce. It is rated at a certain number of gallons per minute. Think of it in terms of continuous versus multiple use. With a tankless ...

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Do I really need a redundant sump pump?
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Most pump failures that I hear about are due to one of several causes. The pump runs on a regular basis due to poor drainage, high water table etc. Eventually it wears out and fails. Usually it fails ...

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Need to replace lock on car top carrier
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If you live near or have access to a good tool supplier, Sears,Auto Zone etc. The best tool for the job in my opinion is a nut cracker. It looks similar to a pipe/tubing cutter with a chisel tip ...

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When to turn on the water for my washing machine?
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Most modern machines will self regulate the amount of water allowed to enter the washer. The typical washing machine is connected to the water supply by a hose. The hoses can fail with age. The most ...

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In slip joints, what's the difference between rubber and nylon washers?
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In my experience the flat rubber washer is used only where the tailpiece attaches to the strainer. The tapered nylon washers are used when connecting slip together sections of pipe.

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What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?
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I would drill a slightly larger hole and run the wire thru pvc conduit. It will protect the wire from accidental damage from a weedwacker, lawnmower etc. I think look cleaner and more professional.

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How can I secure a shed with a skid foundation in a windy location?
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By looking at some mobile home anchoring systems you might be able to adapt something to a smaller scale. They appear similar to the screw in the earth anchors used for dog run tie outs albeit on a ...

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What are these pins for that I keep finding in my steel cabinets?
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They are the remnants from the rivets used to hold the pieces of steel together. Each rivet contains a piece that holds the metal together and a piece that looks similar to a finish nail. When the "...

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How to reduce noise from trash chute door closing?
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Since you rent this apartment don't try to adjust it yourself. If adjusted incorrectly the door can be a safety hazard if it closes too fast. Call the maintenance person or building super and ask them ...

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How can I prevent a wooden bed frame from creaking?
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If you can disassemble the frame, separate the siderails from the head and foot boards. Use a crayon or candle to wax the mating surfaces of the wood. This will help eliminate the squeeks. If the bolt ...

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Dresser drawers getting stuck
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Along with @getterdun suggestions try rubbing a candle on the tracks. The wax will lubricate the tracks. Trial fit the drawers in another location. It may fit better in one location than another.

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Why don't my CFL bulbs stay on in my ceiling light fixtures?
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I have found a vast difference in the quality of CFL lamps. It is possible you have a batch of bad bulbs. Some brands last for years, other several months. I would swap the bulbs so that one room has ...

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How do I replace a missing exterior wood shingle?
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You should be able to get a replacement shingle at a lumber yard or home center. They may sell them solo or you may have to buy a bundle. Looking at the photo it is hard to tell the style but in my ...

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Using Outdoor pavers stone for fireplace
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The characteristics and composition of firebrick also called refractory brick make it suitable for high heat applications. Conventional pavers will fail quickly when exposed to heat. I can't testify ...

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How can I find replacement parts for an unknown faucet?
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My local big box store (Lowes) has a catalog of pictures in the plumbing aisle. It contains a variety of parts for the brands they carry. You don't have to know what the part is just what it looks ...

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