Jamie M
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How can I cut this recessed PVC pipe?
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When I had to do this for our basement I used an "Inside Pipe Cutter", a fancy bit that fits into your standard drill. Looks something like this: You chuck it in your drill, put the blade at ...

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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?
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You could use a hand-held orbital- like you mentioned the biggest downside is time. But you're correct, sanding between coats of poly isn't stripping an old floor- it's just scuffing up the previous ...

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Crooked (Not Parallel with Wall) Electrical Receptacle
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At a certain big box home store with blue and white trim, they have a "Silver Steel Wall Plate Spacers" that look like this: These are purpose made for what you are trying to do. The description ...

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How do you secure solid blocking in joists without staggering them?
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It's called "Toenailing". Basically, you drive the nails at an angle through the block to anchor it into the studs on the side. More info can be found at Family Handyman

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Crack in paint seems to be slowly getting longer
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I had something similar, only horizontal. A hairline crack that slowly got bigger/longer, and was almost a perfect straight line. Turns out, it was the paper drywall tape letting go from the sheetrock....

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Cheap way of attaching canning jars to a concrete wall?
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Perhaps a hose clamp: Find one large enough to fit around the jar (bigger is better). Being mindful of how the clamp closes so you don't interfere with that operation, you could use a small screw ...

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What Type of Caulking will adhere to Composite Decking for water proofing?
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Typically you need those gaps for expansion of the boards in hot weather- if they're tight to each other they can get damaged as they expand from heat. They make under-deck panels that catch the water ...

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How to repair wall next to external door?
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From what I can see in those images, I wouldn't bother repairing that drywall until the new door is in. Sometimes hanging/fitting a door requires a lot of work to get it plumb, straight, and level, ...

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How do I stop a creek from eroding my steep embankment?
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Not sure where you are, but definitely check with some local authorities, such as your state (if in the US) Department of Natural Resources or equivalent, or the federal Natural Resources Conservation ...

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How to fix sagging paint
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Remove all loose paint and repaint. The leak most likely damaged the surface (presumably drywall, but it can happen with wood, etc), so the paint will not "stick" properly until steps are ...

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Is insulation or damp proof barrier a requirement for walls in wood sheds?
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Without sealing it pretty well (and it sounds like it's not right now), I don't think you'd gain any benefit from insulation. To be truly effective, you need to seal up air gaps, holes, etc. You'd ...

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Leaking gutter down pipe/elbow junction
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When mine leaked from a similar location, it was from the screw. Typically, they use self-tapping screws to hold the pieces together. Since this is just thin aluminum, the interior piece gets pushed ...

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Does my walkout basement stud wall need to be flush against the 2" rigid foam board I have installed on the basement concrete wall?
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There is no reason to leave a gap. In fact, you most likely don't want one at all. When I did the same for my basement, I put the 2x4s flush against the 2" XPS. This was for several reasons: To ...

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matching a wall texture
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Looks like a medium to heavy orange peel. Your local big-box store should sell cans of texture spray (Homax is a brand, I believe) that show what it will look like in a picture on the can. For this ...

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Install soffit before or after new cabinet install?
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Just imagining the logistics of it, I wouldn't want to build a soffit above already installed cabinets, especially if there are mechanicals up there already. Not to mention, trying to protect the ...

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Supporting foam board melts when cutting plywood
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A method to prevent tearout that I've had success with was using 1.5 or 2 inch painters tape. Roughly figure out where you want to cut and place the tape over that area. Tape on both sides, pressing ...

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ventilating mildew-prone walk-in shower
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Venting to the outside is the only option that won't result in more/different problems down the road. Bathroom vent fans have a flapper that should almost completely prevent cold air from the outside ...

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How do you protect your home while restaining your front door?
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Assuming you have another entrance to the home you can use, you could simply buy a sheet of plywood, cut it to the proper size, and screw it in to the frame. Now, i wouldn't want to do this and leave ...

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Filling gap between window sill trim and drywall
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Easiest would probably be a paintable caulk. Very forgiving, flexes with seasonal change, and depending on your colors, you wouldn't even need to paint it (white on white, for example). Otherwise, as ...

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What hardware would I use to attached this tight to a wall?
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A 3M Command strip. Little to no damage to the wall, will sit flush. Should be plenty strong to hold it to the wall- I've had one hold up my wife's holiday wreath to the front door outside in freezing ...

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Aprilaire 600: No power coming out of humidistat
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I had a similar issue with my Apirlaire humidifier last winter. Turns out the humidstat was bad, not the solenoid like I originally thought. In mine, I have a red wire from the transfomer to the ...

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How can I fasten pink polystyrene wall insulation into a structure?
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Several companies make a foamboard adhesive. Loctite PL300 Foamboard is one. The foamboard will be waterproof (at least as far as your needs are concerned) as it is. It is not fireproof, however. It'...

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What is this part called and where can I buy it?
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I have Jeld-Wen windows with a similar mechanism. You slide each (one on each side) towards the center of the window, which then allows you to tilt the window into the house for cleaning. I've seen it ...

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Upgrading Doorbell Transformer for Ring Doorbell Pro
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For my Ring Pro, I hooked one wire (the red) to the leftmost screw and the white wire to the rightmost for 24v. It's worked fine for a few years now.

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