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  1. DFBonnett

    Start up wattage

    I'm considering a back up generator and what capacity may be required.
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    Start up wattage

    How would I determine the startup wattage for the blower on a forced-air furnace?
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    I had good results with both Zinsser Perma White and Ben Moore Aura Bath & Spa for this type of problem.
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    crisp ceiling lines, 2.0

    Quality brush + practice.
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    Milling replacement for 70 y.o. redwood shiplap siding.

    When priming use a slow drying (long oil) exterior rated oil based primer. Pay special attention to the butt ends on any piece.
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    Bathroom fan

    Same issue in my daughter's condo. Inner portion has toilet and stall shower with no window. Fan works but I suspect just insufficient air circulation.
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    Window sill

    Looks like resins or something else bleeding through. A non-water based stain suppressing primer followed by a repaint is the usual fix.
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    Wet towel damage in master bath???

    Looks typical of when "builder's flat", AKA cheap paint, is applied over unprimed drywall. It will absorb water like a sponge and discolor. In your place I'd prime that area with a stain suppressing primer then repaint the entire room with an eggshell in the color of your choice.
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    What JH said ^, but my bet would be on a bad tape job.
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    Sump (Waste) Pit cover replacement

    Had the same issue with a rusted lid. I still had the original receipt for the tank from 1990 but it didn't specify the brand. The plastic lid from HD fit fine. It came with sealing tape but I added a thin bead of caulk around the rim after the install to be sure.
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    Help with Painting faded Front Door

    I've woodgrained or painted many fiberglass doors. Because the stain used when graining is top coated with a clear latex urethane, there is virtually no UV protection so South and West facing doors degrade quickly. You can try to strip the stain off the door and do it again, but you'll see the...
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    Antique Door Handle Fell Off

    I see a phillips head screw in the first picture. What happens if you remove that?
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    Painting old redwood

    I've never found a non-oil based primer that was effective on preventing bleed through on redwood. In your place I'd go to a real paint store, not a big box store, and ask there.
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    Older Furnace Not Kicking In During Warmer But Still Cold Weather

    Had what I believe is the same issue some years ago. Inducer would run, igniter would operate, but burner would not fire up. Bad gas valve.
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    painting baseboards

    I had the same issue with the same color stain thirty years ago with my house built in 1956. It involved all the windows, trim, and doors. First I thoroughly sanded everything to break the glaze on the varnish, then rubbed down small areas at a time with Wil-Bond followed immediately an...
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    Whole house humidifier fear of the unknown

    OP, Don't trust the humidistat on the furnace to be accurate. Get a freestanding hygrometer and place it in your living space, then adjust the humidistat on the furnace accordingly. BTDT.
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    What’s Up With Paint and Primer in One?

    They do provide better adhesion than other paint over essentially sound surfaces, but they are no substitute for a dedicated primer over problem surfaces or repaired areas.
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    Need pro advice here! Bubbles! Why!

    Had a similar problem with a dishwasher. Wife tried a new detergent and apparently it was a bad batch and didn't have the suds suppressant. Suds all over. Have you tried a diffrerent soap?
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    Re-paint Aluminium Outdoor Furniture

    Up to you. You might want to sand where it peeled to feather the edges out a bit.
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    Cleaning and Painting Aluminum Siding

    Over the years I did a few with chalked siding. After a thorough powerwashing to clean all the nooks and crannies, check again for chalking. If the chalking is still present, you will need you will need to rewash using a bristle brush and detergent to mechanically remove the chalking. Don't...