Tim B
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Can you identify this tool?
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They are old ladder jacks. Here is a picture in use: And they can go under as well:

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What is the proper name for a solid French Door?
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From http://architecturaltrust.org: Double Doors Two adjacent doors that share the same door frame, and between which there is no separating vertical member. Double doors are often referred to as “...

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What type of outlet is in the picture?
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My guess is that it is a 300 ohm terminal for a rooftop television antenna. I'm surprised it doesn't have any labelling molded in. If you pull it out, I think you'll find a flat 300 ohm (non-coaxial) ...

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How can I repair a snapped 4x4 mailbox post without digging out the footing?
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If it broke off below grade, you can fill in the original hole and use a drive-in stake anchor for a new post in a new spot. As long as you have the ability to move left or right a foot or so, this ...

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Mini-split for cooling only (not heat) -- do I need the outdoor part?
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Yes. you need both pieces. An air conditioner is a heat pump that moves heat from inside to outside. A dual mode system that can supply heat just runs the same process "in reverse." A heat pump ...

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How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?
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As stated in a comment, hiding behind crown molding is a possibility, as is going behind baseboard molding. If I really wanted to do this, I'd pull the baseboards, and run them on a tablesaw with a ...

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Should I remove this saddle valve, if so what is the best way to do so?
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Ed has the important part of the answer. Saddle valves are trouble, and since you're not using it, it's easy to eliminate. Even if you were using it, it makes sense to replace with a soldered-in valve....

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How can I prevent the hose in the toilet tank from popping out of the tubing?
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That tube is supposed to be attached (often with a metal clip) to the overflow tube. It shouldn't just be inserted down into that larger diameter plastic tube (overflow tube), since as you've found, ...

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Do home radiators waste water?
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To answer your question, the radiators in your home are a closed loop. If they are single-pipe steam radiators, then there is a small amount of vapor loss out of the little valve on the radiator. (The ...

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Is there a name for a duplex outlet that takes eight wires, plus ground?
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Leviton has a useful web page for device lookup here. Using that, you can find the replacement receptacle is a Leviton 5252. Most shopping sites (like amazon) don't show the back, but a Google image ...

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remove chamberlain wall unit
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It looks like this one which has a manual, which says: Remove the push button cover by gently prying off the top edge with a screwdriver

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What kind of grease can be used on outdoor screws to avoid rust
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Any coating of grease or other rust inhibitor will wear off over time. The right approach is to use fasteners that are corrosion resistent either due to their material (such as stainless or brass), or ...

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How to get a new tumbler pattern to re-key existing locks?
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You can have a locksmith rekey the locks, or you could even do it yourself with a rekey kit. To do this the cylinder will be removed, and the pins within it either replaced with different ones, or in ...

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How can I stop gurgling at discharge outlet from sump pump?
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If you have the clearance, you could put an air admittance valve at the high point of the drain. I'm not sure of the code on that, but since this isn't for a drain into the waste stack, it might be ...

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Which side of a sink should I install a garbage disposal in?
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I always install into the smaller bowl. (experienced but non-professional opinion) If you think about it, the only thing that would prevent access to the disposal is a sink full of water. I'd rather ...

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What are these lines called (on an air duct end) and how do you rebuild them if you cut the end of the duct?
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You’ll want a duct crimper to finish the end that way. Image below from google image search, which led to one on amazon. I don’t link it since products come and go.

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connecting to a transfer switch
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For a generator of that size, the primary connection would not be through those convenience outlets, but rather directly to lugs sized for the cables required. If this wasn't the primary use of the ...

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This old fashion drinking fountain leaks. How do I fix it?
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That looks like a Halsey Taylor "bracket style" fountain You could contact them for repair parts availability, or call plumbing supply houses now that you have a manufacturer and model. If you open ...

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Should I be worried if grease leaks from inside the new electric drill?
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It's a tool, and they use grease during assembly. The jaws of the chuck should have grease on the outer surface where they meet the collar. Spots of grease elsewhere are incidental and shouldn't be ...

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Can I replace an existing receptacle with a Leviton USB receptacle?
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At the link you provided, Leviton has a product sheet with installation instructions. As they note in there, if you need to connect two wires each for line and neutral, you must use the backwire ...

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Does reverse-cycle airconditioning in heating mode dry the air?
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Yes, that is correct. A closed-loop heat pump work by circulating a refrigerant in a loop, where there are two heat exchangers separated on one side by a compressor and on the other by a valve. Your ...

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How to fix a bump in the carpet?
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You need to restretch the carpet. It can be a do-it-yourself job for someone that likes to buy tools, but unless you already have them you won't save a lot. Though you might be able to rent one from a ...

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Building a wall in a rental property
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If the objective is purely visual separation, a fabric barrier would work. One approach would be to use the spring loaded poles used to create temporary plastic film walls as dust barriers in ...

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How should I prepare subfloor for backerboard installation in bathroom tiling project?
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If you have single-layer plywood, you might want to consider Schluter Ditra membrane. It serves as crack isolation and waterproofing: Designed specifically for ceramic tile and dimension stone ...

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What is considered Greener/Greenest laminate flooring option available?
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In my last kitchen remodel, I used linoleum, mostly because it was a natural and "green" product. Note that vinyl flooring is often inappropriately called linoleum. You can read more online, but I ...

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Need mfgr of double hung casements w/"PG" engraved on lock
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That logo looks like Portland Glass, located in lovely Portland Maine.

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Ontario kitchen reno: does a gas range require a 240V 50A receptacle?
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UPDATE: @doozit commented below that this document was just a proposal, which wasn't accepted. (It isn't described as such on the ESA webpage) A quick google search found what looks like the answer ...

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How to drill a grommet hole through a desk?
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You need a hole saw for that. In fact, if you search for desk grommet on Amazon, you'll probably see hole saws in their "frequently bought together" suggestion. (at least I did when I searched just ...

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What size hole do I need in masonry for an anchor that takes a 1/2" thread?
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Those hangars are designed to go into wood, but you should be able to install into concrete using lag shields, just as you would use with a lag bolt. My only concern is that lag bolts have a standards ...

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How to correct guttering / roof problem on roof corner
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The grey flashing is referred to as valley flashing, and is supposed to extend past the fascia for the full width of the flashing. (The fascia is the vertical board that meets the roof deck.) Your ...

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