Dan Mantyla
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awkward driveway curve has cars nearly colliding with house, how to mitigate?
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I'll throw an answer out there, answering my own question but not necessarilly the correct answer. Remove the existing driveway and build a new one that makes more sense: This has the upside of ...

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(How) Can I use existing stapled electrical wire to fish new wire?
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In my (limited) experience, it's not possible. However there may exist some experts who can do this but - of course - it all depends on the staples and wire and the situation in general. You could ...

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Can I put hard flooring over berber carpet?
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No, that's not a very good idea for a few reasons. One is that if water is spilled and leaks through the cracks in the hardwood floor then the carpet will soak it up and do lots of bad stuff do the ...

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What's the best way to repair this hardwood floor damage?
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Remove the old, rotten wood and replace it with new stuff. This is a very common repair. I've never seen anybody use a jigsaw to remove hardwood strip flooring before but I'm sure it's been done. ...

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Adding an Interior Door on a Stair Landing
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There shall be a floor or landing on each side of a door. Such floor or landing shall be at the same elevation on each side of the door. Landings shall be level except for exterior landings, which are ...

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Installing Baseboard Moulding with Brad Nailer
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A battery powered brad nailer is definitely worth the money. I bought mine before I even began doing the demo on my house (like your, also an old house that we're completely renovating) - I've used ...

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Water running in basement floor drain but no faucets or toilets are running
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Watch your water meter. For example, check the meter before leaving the house for the workday or something and make sure that all water sources are turned off and nobody uses water for anything, then ...

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Is my washer clutch in need of replacement?
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Does it agitate before doing the spin? i.e. does it slosh the clothes back and forth when washing them? If not then the problem may be the rubber coupling between the gear box and the motor, and even ...

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How do I turn a seized SS screw in a brass fixture?
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First I would hit the screws with a penetrating lubricant like PB Blaster or Kroil. Then I would make sure that I have the absolute best fitting phillips head bit on the end of my screwdriver. Then I ...

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How do I cut a beveled fence post cap on already installed fence posts?
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If it absolutely must be PERFECT then buy a beveled fence post cap and glue/screw it to the post - or remove the post and use a miter saw like in this video: https://youtu.be/-O6oVDHQ8sk?t=2m51s ...

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How to raise bathroom floor ~8"
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Well if it was me I would simply use 2x8s just like regular floor joists, running perpindicular to the existing floor joists, and plywood subfloor above that. Modern dimensional 2x8 lumber is actually ...

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Fixing streaky pickling (whitewash) stain
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I would say that you need to follow the directions on both the conditioner and the stain very carefully. It says to sand in the direction of the grain with sand paper and not with steel wool, and it ...

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Ceiling fan wiring problem
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[Edit: I've installed two ceiling fans since writing this answer so I want to amend it.] Your old ceiling fan will have the light socket circuit and the fan motor circuit separated so that, if one ...

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What's the reason to sand after priming?
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If it's a high-build primer in an aerosol spray can (more for automotive uses) then sanding will it will help the primer do it's job to fill in the little pin holes and scratches. This way the primer ...

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Why does my drill stop and start working when it feels like it?
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This doesn't sound like your problem, but in my experience modern lithium-ions batteries just suddenly quit when they're out of juice unlike older ones which slowly loose power.

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Should I add venting to my solid soffit, and how?
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Drilling holes will certainly work, however there are vents made specifically for soffits -- called soffit vents, believe it or not -- and they're quite common and will look better than drilled holes.

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How should I wire up a 3 prong dryer outlet to 120V?
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Is the breaker box in the garage where the car will be charged? Are there at least two unused panels in the breaker box? Is your landlord ok with you installing a new circuit? If the answer to all ...

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