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New wood floors being installed/finished - help with smell/voc?

I have a 4 bedroom house with all 4 bedrooms upstairs. One bedroom has new wood floors - the other 3 already had them. When the contractor finished laying the floors, he sanded the new floors and the...
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Want to build custom radiator cover w/temp-sensitive fans to distribute air

I have a steam radiator system that works pretty well in most rooms. In the kitchen, however, our radiator is in the corner and because of cabinet/counter placements, the natural convection doesn't...
08-29-18, 06:42 AM
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Considering new 'hyper heat' Mitsubishi mini-split for Boston addition - advice?

I'm adding on to my house. Basically, I'm increasing the square footage about 50% and adding two rooms (one on top of the other).

We had a plumber come out yesterday to plan/quote adding...
12-04-16, 02:50 PM
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Two Outlets Malfunctioning (different circuits)

Background: I live in a very old house, and one in which the previous owners seemed to do a lot of less than stellar maintenance.

Problem: I have 2 outlets that aren't working right.
First -...
10-18-16, 06:36 PM
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Then new receptacle has two slots for white and...

Then new receptacle has two slots for white and two for black. Can't I just put both blacks and both whites into the two slots and join them that way?
10-18-16, 04:55 PM
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Helping swapping out a receptacle?

I want to install a USB receptacle where a standard one is. I've swapped receptacles before and it's always been simple.

The existing receptacle is next to a light switch. When I removed it I...
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I ended up cutting the pipe coming out of the...

I ended up cutting the pipe coming out of the wall and gluing a new adaptor piece with a new p trap from home depot (the one shown previously). I used a 1-4" to 1-2" converter and reconnected...
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I guess I'm just confused - why is 1 1-4"...

I guess I'm just confused - why is 1 1-4" superior to 1 1-2"
Basically, do I need to include the adaptor or can I just go directly for the same piece with a 1 1-2" trap with union?

Edit: Also...
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@CasualJoe What is the difference in using a...

@CasualJoe
What is the difference in using a 1-1/4 vs 1-1/2 trap?
To use the piece you sent, I would need to cut the pipe coming out of the wall, is that correct?
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@czizzi Thank you for the link! Lowes did...

@czizzi

Thank you for the link! Lowes did not carry traps with unions like that - (threads were on the trap itself).

I tried the piece from HD and it is a hair too big. Are the thread...
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That seems like a much bigger job than expected -...

That seems like a much bigger job than expected - is there not a female to male converter or something I can use to just simplify..?
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Thought replacing trap under sink would be simple - help?

I should preface this by saying that I am aware I made a mistake here and also that the previous owners of my house did a lot of projects themselves that we have found to be done incorrectly.
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That was my initial idea, but my wife really...

That was my initial idea, but my wife really likes the 'deck board' look. Ugh! I was going to do a layer of thin insulation with laminate flooring on top -- nice seal that way, but apparently it was...
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Second post to add when we got quotes for this...

Second post to add when we got quotes for this most of the contractors recommended using a porch enclosure system from Harvey
See link here: Aluminum & Vinyl Enclosures for Decks & Porches...
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Why do you say that? I'm not looking for it to...

Why do you say that?
I'm not looking for it to be useful in the winter, just air tight enough that I can continue to use it in the fall. These types of 3 season porches are pretty common in my...
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I did, but was worried it may be more advanced...

I did, but was worried it may be more advanced than I am capable of.
Mudjacking is when you inject grout into drilled holes on the lower slab to raise it so that it is level with the original slab,...
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New "3 season" porch - looking for insulation help for the floor

We purchased a house with a wooden deck sitting on concrete brick supports. No foundation. The deck had a full roof over it, so we installed windows and walls and a door to make a very simple...
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How do I patch a an uneven concrete sidewalk?

I have a concrete slab sidewalk on my property that has sunk quite a bit lower than the adjacent slab. The result is an unsafe, unsightly mess.

If this was on city property, they would use asphalt...
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How to repoint a fieldstone retaining wall

In front of my house is a fieldstone retaining wall. A lot of the mortar holding the stones together has dried, cracked, and fallen out.
I had a mason look at the wall and he guessed that I have...
06-17-14, 07:47 AM
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Posted By Gtexan

I know the people who owned the house before us...

I know the people who owned the house before us had 2 units running upstairs during the summer without problem, and they used incandescent bulbs in all the lights, too!
06-17-14, 07:16 AM
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Posted By Gtexan

bigboypete, that's what I meant by adding new...

bigboypete, that's what I meant by adding new outlets. New outlets on a new circuit. I think what I will do is add 1 new 20amp circuit that supplies 2 of the 3 bedrooms. They will both be on the same...
06-17-14, 04:35 AM
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Posted By Gtexan

Thanks for the help! What is the reason for...

Thanks for the help!
What is the reason for using a separate dedicated 20a for each? That's going to get very expensive. Is that code? Even for a ~5amp window unit?
I've lived in many houses up in...
06-16-14, 08:49 PM
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Posted By Gtexan

Old house - will I be able to have window units in my rooms?

I live in an old 3 bedroom/1 bathroom house. I just bought it in fall of last year. This is my first summer and I'd like to put window units in each bedroom.
Potential Problem: All bedroom lights...
06-12-14, 06:51 AM
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Posted By Gtexan

Thank you so much, that is very helpful!

Thank you so much, that is very helpful!
06-11-14, 01:28 PM
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Posted By Gtexan

Also, should I consider a minisplit instead? ...

Also, should I consider a minisplit instead?
How much would something like that run to install professionally
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