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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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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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How can I fill a screw hole so it can be used again?
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If you are lacking a wooden peg or the skills to make one use round wooden toothpicks. Coat the toothpicks with woodglue. Place as many toothpicks in the hole as will fit. Gently tap in one more with ...

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Small branch stuck in electric wire
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Absolutely do not try to remove this yourself. You have no way of safely disconnecting the power or being 100% sure you have protected yourself from electrocution or arc flash. The power company is ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I remove large nails from cement?
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If you have acess to Dremel or other rotary tool you can use a cutoff /abrasive wheel attachment to cut them off. They may have been inserted by a power tool that fires them in with a gunpowder charge....

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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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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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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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Can a cheap angle grinder be used to cut concrete and ceramic tiles?
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In most cases the cost is directly related to expected durability. In expensive commercial/professional grade tools, parts spin on ball bearings and motors are more powerful. They are designed to run ...

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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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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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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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How can we security manage keys for a co-op building?
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You may want to consider keyless entry systems. The cards can be programed to allow or deny access. Once a conventional key is issued it will work until the lock is changed. A keyless system can ...

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How do you remove stick-on hooks?
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I have had success sawing through them with dental floss. Get an 18" piece of floss. wrap each end around your fingers or a pencil. Slide the floss behind the plastic section. while applying a ...

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What is the difference between a ball/pin detent and friction ring impact wrench?
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The pin/ball detent system is the more secure socket retention method. However they can be a real bear to release. They are especially tight when new sockets are used on a new gun. This is compounded ...

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How can I alter these wooden towel hooks so that the towels don't fall off?
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There's a product called Plasti-Dip that used to be carried at Harbor Frieght along with most hardware stores. I was a liquid vinyl used for coating tool handles. It dries to a soft grippy texture and ...

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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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Making a temporary walkway
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Your local home center(Lowes/HomeDepot) should have 12inch x 12inch concrete patio blocks for about $2 each, even less if you find some with chipped corners. Since it is a short term project I would ...

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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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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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How do I fix a hole in a hollow door?
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Most hollow core doors have solid wood frame that forms the top,bottom and sides of the door. Remove the molding on the field of the door so you have flat surface. Remove the doorknob. Cut A piece of ...

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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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Which way should a door between the garage and basement swing?
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Check local codes -- you may not get a choice in the matter. Check the door to see if the fire rating requires it to be mounted one way or the other. Otherwise, look at convenience. Will the door open ...

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