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    Ceded fence paint / stain question

    I have a 6-7 year old cedar fence and deck was stained with a semi-train parent stain when new. Now it is showing some age and need to be cleaned and stained/painted. What are the proper steps for restraining / painting a previously stained fence and deck? Should I keep it a...
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    Help With Adding Floor Joist Support to Cabin

    Got to the cabin yesterday and made progress. Found the main support beam is attached to a 4x6” post in the ground. A 2x8 is the attached on both sides of the post to provide a point to attach the additional floor joists. Since access was limited, I pulled back the bedroom carpet and cut myself...
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    Help With Adding Floor Joist Support to Cabin

    From what I can tell, the wall in question runs along the beam highlighted in red. I’ve attached a photo without the markup as well. Later this week I’m going to remove the black drain pipe in the photos and clear out some of other junk underneath so I can get a better view of what is going on.
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    Help With Adding Floor Joist Support to Cabin

    We have a cabin at our camp which isn’t built on a solid foundation. The front part was constructed on an old concrete pad/driveway. The rear of the cabin has 4x4 posts in concrete for the framing and floor joists are just off the ground (maybe 6-8” of clearance. I have an interior wall with...
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    Can you disassemble a 2-piece toilet and reassemble without leaks?

    I actually used the Fluidmaster Better Than Wax gasket and it seemed to work fine. Better than messing with the wax stuff IMHO.
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    Can you disassemble a 2-piece toilet and reassemble without leaks?

    Thanks everyone. The toilet is an American Standard Champion which cost around $250 at Home Depot. It’s only been installed for about a week. I did purchase a new seat for it (it came with a cheap plastic seat) and the wife seems to be slightly happier, so thinking we will keep it where it is...
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    Can you disassemble a 2-piece toilet and reassemble without leaks?

    Asking because the wife insisted we get a round toilet for our main level 1/2 bath which is small. After a couple days she has admitted she hates it and now wants an elongated toilet. FML. I have a full bath upstairs with an older toilet, so thinking I can move this one upstairs as it doesn’t...
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    How to dim just one LED light

    Thank you for the feedback. I decided it was a hassle to deal with and would be better to return the light. I got another one with an adjustable K rating (2,700/3,000/4000/5000) and not as bright. Why do things wrong once when you can do it again and get it right the second time. Story of my...
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    How to dim just one LED light

    The middle light is the one I added which is too bright. The task lights around are connected to the same circuit as well and get dim much quicker, so looking for a way to dim the center fixture.
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    How to dim just one LED light

    I recently replaced an old 48” fluorescent kitchen light with a new LED fixture and it is way too bright. I’ve replaced the standard switch with a dimmer and it works as it should, however there are six other lights on the same circuit and the new LED light is still too bright when the others...
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    Condensation on windows

    We purchased a home out in the woods and had terrible humidity issues. Turned out the HVAC super expensive filter was dirty, which created humidity issues inside the house. Crazy I know. Doubt this is your issue, but worth checking.
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    31” door frame - best way to add door.

    The house was built in the late forties/early 50s so the door jams are odd sizes. This doorway never had a door but I’m trying to install the door now to make it a bedroom.
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    31” door frame - best way to add door.

    I’ve replaced many an interior door in my day, but believe I’m doing it wrong. I’m looking to add an interior door to a frame which measures 31” wide. In the past I would purchase a 32” door and used a planer to trim it down. (I cannot find a 31” slab, only 30 ans 32” options.) The last...
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    Here’s a link to view the video.
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    Help with dimming lights in house.

    Correct, it was a standard shop vac. It’s also doing it with the dryer, which is connected to a new breaker in the new breaker box via new wiring. It’s so odd. Have no idea what is causing this issue, but it is concerning. Attaching a video for reference.
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