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    Re: burning electrical smell

    A thermal imaging camera can also be used to detect hot wiring, especially if it's hidden inside of walls. Your local fire department may have a camera and might be willing to come out to help you...
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    Re: carbon monoxide help

    Possible scenario:


    Your home is tightly sealed, maybe about 20 or 30 years old.
    You have a gas water heater.
    The air conditioner has a leaky duct that's leaking into unconditioned space...
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    Re: Density of soaker hose in garden bed

    It depends more on the soil than on the hose, and how well the soil wicks or draws the moisture from where the hose is sitting. In general, the greater the flow from the hose, the wider the area it...
  4. Thread: Slate roofs

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    Re: Slate roofs

    Slate is extremely durable. Any aging tends to be on the surface; it would take a lot of aging -- possibly hundreds of years -- to weaken a slate shingle to the point where it is no longer viable....
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    Re: Table Saw Safety

    Ever been to a threshing bee where they demonstrate old-time threshing machines powered by steam tractors connected by looooong belts and pulleys? There isn't a safety placard, guard, or e-stop in...
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    Re: What size Pex line to use???

    There are three basic style of clamp rings typically in use with PEX:

    Steel rings with a crimped "ear" on each side
    Copper rings (black anodized) that are compressed onto the pipe/fitting joint...
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    Re: Table Saw Safety

    ^^^ What they said.

    Most of the blade guards and anti-kickback devices on table saws cause more problems than they solve. If they aren't in the way, they damage the wood you're working with.
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    Re: Foggy Windows

    Check with the window manufacturer to see if it's under warranty. Some manufacturers have lifetime warranties.
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    Re: Relocating a support post

    The beam along the ceiling needs to be supported in some manner. You could probably move the post a few feet either way along the beam. Otherwise, you'd have to put another beam perpendicular to the...
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    Re: replacing windows that have weights

    One more step: remove the interior casing (trim that's flat on the wall), remove the sash weights, caulk the joints inside, stuff the cavity with insulation, and cover it back up. Paint to taste.
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    Re: Update/Replace old fluorescent lights?

    If you otherwise like the light fixture, you can replace the fluorescent tubes with LED tubes. Some of the LED tubes require removing the ballast; others will work with an existing rapid start or...
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    Re: What size Pex line to use???

    The city (or water provider) is responsible for the line to the meter. In the original poster's case, the meter is located inside the basement of the house rather than out by the curb. This is common...
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    Re: Oddball Garage Circuit Breaker Problem

    I'd recommend schedule 80 PVC conduit. Being PVC, it will be immune to corrosion. Being schedule 80 (instead of 40) it will be much stronger. Since you're going under a driveway, stronger is better....
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    Re: Crawl space difficulties

    If you go for doing the excavation from under the house, you might be able to rent a small conveyer to help transport the soil to the outside. That would save on the bucket brigade labor.
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    Re: 12x24 tricky wall tile layout. Help!

    Another way to deal with it is to design an inlay around the showerhead and valve instead of having the showerhead in the midst of a field of plain tiles. Then the field tiles can be off-center and...
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    Re: Toilet won't take water down

    Maybe the flapper is closing too soon. What happens if you hold the handle down? Will it flush when the tank empties further?
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    Re: Oddball Garage Circuit Breaker Problem

    There is cable rated for direct burial (type UF, looks like Romex; also type URD, looks like individual wires) outside of conduit and that's acceptable according to the National Electrical Code....
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    Re: DIY iron fence? Is this a good idea?

    Many "iron" fences are actually steel. Steel tends to be somewhat easier to work with, is more readily available, and probably cheaper. There are different grades and tempers of steel.

    You've...
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    Re: Oddball Garage Circuit Breaker Problem

    Is the underground run individual wires or is it a Romex-type cable? If cable, then the conduit could just be protecting the cable where it enters the ground, and for the horizontal run the cable is...
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    Re: 110-year-old house humps, scary humps!

    Remember, this is a financial transaction, not a new baby. Try not to get emotionally involved because that will cause you to make poor decisions.

    Everything is repairable with enough money and...
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    Re: Lifting old T&G flooring

    If you don't mind chewing up your subfloor, you can run a sawzall under the boards to cut through the nails.

    The nails are usually driven at an angle into the tongue side of the board.

    Another...
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    Re: BX wiring questions

    What kind of tester were you using? Was it one of those three-light testers?
  23. Re: How to make bathroom tile look more blue gray and less yellow gray

    Consider changing your light bulbs. Chances are the showroom where you picked out the tile has a different type and "temperature" of lighting than you have in your home.
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    Re: New exterior wall lights are too low.

    If you post a photo to a sharing site like photobucket and put the link here, we'll be able to see your problem.

    Without seeing what it looks like, it's hard to recommend a solution. What type of...
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    Re: cannot locate hot electrical smell

    We once owned a dog like that. She'd bark, hear her own echo, think it was another dog and answer the echo. Can you say infinite loop?
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