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    How to remove old tile mastic?

    Hey all:

    We're currently renovating our family room. Pulled out all the old carpet and padding and we're going to install wood laminate. I found a roughly 3x6 patch where some ceramic floortile...
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    Sticky: Re: OUR MOST EMAILED QUESTIONS: Air quality

    To assess general air quality in a home, you could try a photoionization detector (PID, which is used to screen ambient air for volatile or semivolatile organics. Again, this is not a method to...
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    Re: Vanity drain stopper

    Thanks for the reply, AS. I'm going to tackle this today; it's a good day for inside projects with the pouring rain.
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    Re: Cold frame questions

    I've used shims and foam pipe insulation (really, just whatever I had lying around that seemed like it would work) to plug gaps in my cold frames.
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    Vanity drain stopper

    Hi All:

    I've got an issue with one of the stopper sin my double bowl vanity sink: the stopper will not move up and down when the lever behind the faucets is moved. I investigated this today, and...
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    Re: New dimmer doesn't dim

    Thanks for your replies, gents. To answer semi, the bulbs are incandescents, and after trying multiple combinations of wire to wire, I always got the light to come on, but was unable to dim it. I'm...
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    New dimmer doesn't dim

    I recently replaced an older dimer (likely mid to late-1980s age) with a new Leviton slider dimmer (model IPI06). This is a three way switch and the dimmer controls the light fixture on the ceiling...
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    Poll: Re: Leave plugs after aerating lawn?

    I'd leave them and let them break down.
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    No water from cold water faucet

    About a year ago (maybe a little longer), the faucet in our downstairs 1/2 bath would not produce cold water when the cold water handle was turned into the on position. I replaced the catridge...
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    Re: Soil in our area

    BErnie, you may live in an area with a seasonally or naturally high water table, thus your sump pump runs a lot. Alternatively, it may be due to your soil type, i.e., if you have a more clayey soil,...
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    Re: cold 20' x 16' familyroom - built on slab

    I would echo Canuk's comments. We have a similar family room that is not original to our house, and it is the coldest room in our home.

    Have you thought of checking your wall insulation to see...
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    Resources for Landscape design

    A prior owner of our home reportedly had a family member come ad landscape the backyard on our property. I can see how this person's intentions were good, but the design does not work anymore -...
  13. Re: Neighbor is about to add 3' of vertical fill on entire lot

    Does your town have stormwater or drainage ordinances for home construction and soil disturbance? If so, get a copy or call your town office and talk to them about what the codes/regs allow and your...
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    Re: Basement mold ?

    Jack, I would remove the plastic and investigate further to determine if you have a mold problem and/or the extent of it. The plastic may actually be contributing to a mold/moisture problem.
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    Re: Substance on walls

    Can you offer more details as to your problem Mike? What walls? What part of the walls is this substance on? Describe the sticky substance? , Etc.
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    Disposal wiring too short

    Hi all:

    We recently completed some renovations on our kitchen due to a 3 floor flood back in June. The new sink and countertop were last to be finished, and when our garbage disposal was...
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    Re: Cold water mystery in 1/2 bath

    Thanks for your replies, all. I am going to check the shutoffs this weekend, as I think that is the next most likely culprit.
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    Cold water mystery in 1/2 bath

    On Thanksgiving day, the cold water faucet in our 1/2 bath adjacent to our kitchen stopped producing water.

    Some background: Our neighbor had his main shutoff valve replaced the day before...
  19. Re: Old table with gouges in it and a corner cut off.

    Maybe try a foam brush. It's worked for me in a couple of similar situations. I'd test it on a small area first.
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    Running new electric

    Hi all:

    Just a few questions in regards to restoring electric to my garage. I'm running buried cable about 75 feet from our house to garage in rear (prior owner cut off the service for some...
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    Re: Home Improvement New Year's Resolutions

    My resolution(s) this year is/are to restore electric to my garage (cutoff by a previous owner), finish painting the attic, start on remodeling the full bath (drab, dark 1980s paint scheme and dated...
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    Re: Horriable lawn

    CG, why don't you start by telling us where you live and what your soil's like (loose silt, more clay, etc.). Have you had your soil tested? This may indicate that you need to amend your topsoil. ...
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    Re: Rooftop Gardens

    Well, as with most gardening queries, the best place to begin is to do some research on rooftop gardens. Find what will grow in your climate (I like to use native plants, if possible) and what...
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    Re: Garage wall cracks

    Thanks, i will look for some of that caulk.:)
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    Garage wall cracks

    My old garage block walls have several cracks on the exterior. I'd like to fill these in so as not to invite critters into my humble workspace. Will anything other than some mortar work okay to...
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