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    Cleaning outdoor light sockets

    We have a large outdoor chandelier type light, over our front porch. It is covered, but there is damage to the sockets as far as corrosion and a little rust. I noticed a few of the bulbs were out, so when I removed them I found the corrosion on the bulbs and the sockets today. What’s the best...
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    Can concrete be added to the top of existing form?

    I’m not sure if I worded that right but I put in a concrete base for a flagpole. I used three bags, but still came up short. I’d like it to be almost flush with the top of the sleeve you see in the picture. Without drilling holes for rebar, can I just add another bag of concrete on top of the...
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    Can tile edges be rounded off?

    We had a tile floor put in about a year ago. I didn’t ask at the time about the edges being “softened” or rounded off where they meet the carpet, but I’d like to do that now. It’s a little painful to walk on so I’d like to see if I can use a grinding stone to soften the edges?
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    What siding is this?

    When we had our home inspected, the inspector told us it’s not stucco, but called it something else. It looks like stucco, but I can’t recall what he said it was. He said stucco would have a board underneath it which this doesn’t. The first pic is looking up from below the bottom edge. The...
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    Can I not do a pocket joint with this Kreg?

    I bought a Kreg Jig, (model 310 I believe), and the directions are lacking. I can’t tell how to do a butt jig with this. I’m building frames and using 1x4’s. The jig has a small grey adjuster that I can see how that works for other joints, but I can’t tell how, or if I can, adjust the jig...
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    Are double interior closet doors standard width?

    Hello, We’re finishing up replacing our interior doors but have run into a snag. We have three closets left; all are double interior doors. I measured the width, and they’re 23 3/4” wide. My plan was to just remove the old, buy the new prehung, and put those in place as the hinge mortises are...
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    Odd Entry Door Lock Mechanism

    We’ve got two locks on exterior doors that are awkward and need to be replaced. One is from the kitchen to the back deck, and the other is from our bedroom to the same deck. The bedroom one is broken, and not lined up. It’s a weird setup in that to lock the door, you lift up on the handle to...
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    1St World Problem, I know... Rocker Switch Question

    I know it’s not something to lose sleep over, but I’m a perfectionist. We’re changing all switches to rocker switches. I have a couple three way switches that are not in the same “position” as other switches in a dual bank box. So as in the attached pic, the 1st, 3rd, and 4th are OFF, (left...
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    How to Hang Free Float Mantle

    We tore out the side posts and old mantle, and I built a free floating wood beam mantle. I was going to use a French cleat to mount it to the wall, but I was going to use a 2x4 for the mount , but only have 4” of space for that. A 2x4 French cleat won’t work due to space. I don’t think 3/4”...
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    Insinkerator air switch question

    We had our countertops replaced, and bought an air switch for the disposal. The installer said I’d need an extension for the switch because it would be to short. I bought the extension, but then looked at the switch and countertop, and I don’t see why I would need an extension. The tops are 1...
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    Wall repair after tearing off tile

    We have a project goIng on after replacing our countertops in the kitchen. The old tops had 4” tile backsplash that I’m in the process of removing. It tore the heck out of the wall, so I’m going to remove all the damaged drywall and replace it with new. I’ve run into an issue with a 4’x6’...
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    Glass cooktop wiring

    I have a four burner cooktop in my kitchen. We just had the countertops replaced and the guys disconnected the cooktop to install the new counter. They didn’t tell me which wires went to which, and from what I’ve seen on the net, it’s not how I think it should be. So the outlet box on the wall...
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    Ecobee3 Lite install has no terminal for black wire

    I ordered an Ecobee 3 Lite and picked the self install. I started unhooking the wires on my old thermostat which is a Trane XT500C. I found that the old thermostat has a black wire going to the X2 terminal. This is a heat pump system, so that's what's confusing me. On the OLD Trane...
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    Double up wax rings or use an adapter?

    I recently had some new tile and backer board installed. Yesterday, me and my brother in law tried to set the toilet. When it went down, it didn’t feel like the wax ring compressed much, so he suggested doubling up wax rings. We did that but in the process of trying to line up the bolts, he...
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    Tile Installation Questions

    I started a new tiling job in my hall bath this week. I had to breakup the old tile, and it came up pretty easily. Now, I just have the old mortar on the floor. My first question is, can I tile over that mortar, or do I have to scrape it up? I'm hoping I can go over it with new mortar, but...
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    Fireplace use causes heavy smoke odor

    We’ve been in our house for a couple months now, and have run in to a fireplace issue. It’s a dual fireplace setup, one upstairs and one down with separate flues. We haven’t used the downstairs one yet, so I’m not sure if it’ll have the same problem. I had a sweep clean both flues when we...
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    Need guidance on my new house heat pump?

    We just moved into a new home and I’m looking for info on the HVAC. I don’t see any info in the paperwork on the AC unit. I think it’s a heat pump only because it’s been running during our cold days when the heat comes on. I’ve only had AC units at my other houses and they didn’t run in the...
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    Easy light switch power question. But I’m dumb....

    This is a question I’d normally make a quick phone call to my Dad to answer, but he passed recently so I’m on my own. It should be easy to figure out, but I can’t get it. I have a room under my porch. It has a pull chain light on the ceiling, so that box is always hot. I removed the pull...
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    Replacing wood balusters with metal

    We're removing our round wood spindles for square metal ones. I've never done this before so I don't want to mess it up. I've got a few questions before I start. This is on an interior stairwell, but I wasn't sure what forum it would be best for; I figured it would be the same with deck...
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    Ok to use 1/4” trowel under 12x24 tile?

    It’s a little late now as I just finished today, but I was looking through my tool bin and found the 1/2” trowel I bought just for this job.... I looked at the one I actually used, and it’s a 1/4” notch. It’s too late now, but am I in for issues in the future? It’s the laundry room so it’s not...
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