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How can I make a long wall perfectly level?
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Use a 70 foot water level. Here is a diagram of one. Use 1/4 inch tubing or slightly larger. Fill tubing with water before submerging one end. The container of water is required because a huge ...

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How can I cut this recessed PVC pipe?
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A pipe cutter may fit in the hole.

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Are these sprinkler control valves?
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They are vacuum breaker valves. Also called backflow preventer valves. They prevent the water in the irrigation lines from being sucked into the city supply lines when city water pressure drops by ...

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How can I secure a door latch blocker without drilling?
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Use cable ties instead of the elastic bands.

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The cheapest (in terms of efforts) way to mount mic stand to a table with slanted edges
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A piece of a board between the clamp and the tabletop should work. If not sturdy, then drill a hole in the clamp arm and use a screw to secure the end of the board. You could also attach the board to ...

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Identify this Screw - Came with Google Nest Sensor
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It appears that they are called double-headed bear claw hangers. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Double-headed+Bear+Claw+Hangers&iax=images&ia=images

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Need to keep pressing the unlock button on a reciprocating saw: is that typical?
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The trigger lock is a mechanical safety mechanism that prevents the trigger from being pulled. It needs to be depressed before the trigger can be pulled. I would not activate the two buttons at ...

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Replacing light bulbs with receptacles in garage
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You can install one of these light sockets.

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Who is the manufacturer of this shower faucet brand?
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Extracted the image of the logo from the picture and edited a bit to get this. Google search of the image revealed this. Which led to this. http://www.jb-products.com/

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Can I replace this light switch with a switch/outlet combination?
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The two wires from the old switch go on the two top screws, hot on left and switched hot on right. Add pigtails to the black and white and ground bundles with the wire nuts. Black goes on hot side (...

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What is this electrical tool?
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It is a soldering aid tool. Used for holding components down while soldering. The slot is for manipulating wires.

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Is this TV mounted safely?
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This is how it is meant to be mounted. The plastic cabinet does not support any weight. If you put a large washer, or cardboard over the plastic cabinet without using a spacer, then you run a chance ...

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How do I untwist a very long, very twisted Ethernet cable?
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Make a couple of cable holders that are shaped like the picture shows. You can probably buy something like that for christmas light strings or extension cords. Wind about 41 m of the twisted cable ...

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Attaching a towel hook to a glass shower door
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You could use over door hooks, such as this, on the bathroom door. Google suction cup hooks for hooks that attach to glass. Supermagnet hooks are also available. You could attach a decorative metal ...

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Dryer being on of off effects other appliances, and has no heat
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one of the phases to your house is off the dryer element, which is 240V, is connecting the two phases together 1/2 of the breaker panel is getting power via the dryer the problem may be the main ...

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How to temporarily repair a hole in a window pane?
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Clamp the glass between two pieces of plywood, using a bolt and nut.

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What are these brass spacers on a simple porcelain drawer pull called?
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That item is known as a “knob base stem.”

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Mounting long pipe as curtain rod from ceiling between exposed beams. What are these hex bolt sleeves used for existing pipes / better alternative?
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That is called a rod coupling nut. The part above it is a double ended wood screw threaded rod stud, or something like that Or you can buy a vertical threaded rod hanger

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Can hanging a 70 lbs punching bag from my garage ceiling cause damage?
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something like this drill from the attic side afterthought: use lockwashers

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Sticky faucet handle of unrecognized faucet
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It looks much like this one--wow ... not cheap--found by doing a web image search for "antique brass faucet". This is the install document. Item 16 is a setscrew that you loosen so that you can ...

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Is this stuff in my furnace toxic?
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That is vermiculite. You can buy that stuff at Walmart in the garden department. There is a small possibility that it contains asbestos. It is possible that there was an asbestos vein in the ...

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how to fix bent iron rail
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You could try this before replacing the bar. Just a thought off the top of my head, so it may or may not work. Clamp the bar between wooden boards. Then pull to straighten. The boards will prevent ...

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How do I stick a plastic clock hand to a metal spindle?
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Attach the pointer to a short piece of tubing that fits snugly onto the stepper shaft. Something like a drinking straw could work, or a piece of a ballpoint pen, or toothpaste cap, or toothpaste tube ...

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Why might we have 3 twin wires in our doorbell chime?
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Three pairs are most likely connected to the three other components in the doorbell system, the transformer, the "front door" pushbutton and the "back door" pushbutton. The circuit ...

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Remove ceiling lamp holder to change light bulb
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The arrow on the clip can also indicate that the glass diffuser should be pushed in the direction of the arrow. That would cause the diffuser to disengage from the other two clips.

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What is the name of this Allen-head furniture fastener?
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The item looks like a grubscrew.

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Microwave oven is not working but display works well
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The red circled parts appear to be microswitches, labeled 1) and 2). Part numbers are circled in yellow. I think that they are behind the slots in the faceplate, circled in blue. They are activated ...

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wiring of occupancy switch in 3-way situation (odd-looking instructions)
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I think that you are getting confused by previous experiences with 3-way switches. The OS306U is an electronic device, much like a light dimmer. It has a controller that has several inputs, and the ...

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Where do you put multiple washers when you have a bolt and a threaded hole?
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Slip the lock washer on the bolt, then slip the large washer on the bolt, then screw the bolt into place. The lock washer "bites" into the bolt head and into the large washer so that the two become ...

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How do I tighten an out-of-reach PVC pipe fitting?
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put a wall access panel in the ceiling below the shower http://loftsandladders.co.uk/plastic-loft-hatches.html

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