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  1. SavvyCat

    Solar Screen Usefulness

    The townhouse I bought has solar screens, which I guess is a good thing since I'm in Southern Nevada. But I was wondering if they serve any purpose other than reducing the sun's intensity when it's directly on the windows. I mean, do they have any actual insulation properties? The reason I ask...
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    Fixing Sloppy Spackling

    The former owner of my townhouse was told she didn't have to repair any nail holes, etc. Sadly, she did me the "favor" of doing so anyway--very badly--and painted her handywork with the custom paints she left me in mason jars. I actually consider myself one of the world's best hole repair...
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    Dishwasher Air Gap

    I was wondering if the dishwasher air gap is just a quaint tradition or codified. I didn't have one in my Utah house, but in Southern Nevada I do. I just bought a new kitchen faucet and realized it conflicts with the stupid wart on my sink. Is that thing really necessary these days?
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    Removing Glued Astroturf

    The house I bought has a very nice ~400sf covered patio with warm LED light circling the upper perimeter and a ceiling fan. I have a beautiful patio sofa set that makes the whole space so inviting. The problem is, the previous owners glued 4'x4' sections of fake grass with overlapping edges...
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    New to Two-Story Living

    I just bought a two-story townhouse, and I am baffled about how to have a consistent temperature between floors. It is so warm up top while chilly down below. The temp spread isn't huge, but I need a cool room to be able to sleep. In that case, I have programmed my thermostat to stop heating...
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    Refrigerator Issues/Diagnosis

    I know this forum isn't about appliance repair, but I hope to hear from some of you who have knowledge on the subject of refrigerators and can help me sound less stupid and gullible when I call for repair. I bought my house with the fridge included and with a home warranty. The last two times...
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    Garbage Disposer Switch Location

    I just bought a townhouse, and I think whoever wired it was drunk. Maybe it's just me, but whenever there have been two switches--one for the over sink light and one for the disposal--the one on closest to the sink operated the disposal. It's the reverse here and I keep hitting the wrong one...
  8. SavvyCat

    Replace Single 20A Outlet with Duplex?

    This is hopefully an easy answer. I have one 15A GFCI duplex outlet (two sockets) in my garage on one wall, and a lonely single 20A outlet (one socket) on another wall with my little chest freezer plugged into it. That's it for garage power unless I climb up to plug into the door opener. Is...
  9. SavvyCat

    Whirlpool Dryer Repair

    Probably the wrong place to ask this question, but I'll give it a shot. Any appliance repair people out there? I have a Whirlpool dryer (WGD5000DW2), and the moisture sensor has lifted on one end, and stuff gets snagged in it. Since trying to press it back into place doesn't work, and I can't...
  10. SavvyCat

    Sprinklers - Converting to Rotating Nozzles

    Does anyone have experience changing their traditional spray nozzles to the more efficient rotary nozzles? I have found too much information and not enough experience. Some say you need to replace the whole body and others just the nozzle in the popup. While I'm sure my system would benefit from...
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    Sprinklers - Converting to Rotating Nozzles

    Does anyone have experience changing their traditional spray nozzles to the more efficient rotary nozzles? I have found too much information and not enough experience. Some say you need to replace the whole body and others just the nozzle in the popup. While I'm sure my system would benefit...
  12. SavvyCat

    Pull-On Shower Trim Replacement

    Hi, kids! I haven't checked in for a while because I haven't had any stupid questions to ask or learned advice to give. But I have one now (stupid question, not advice). I'm trying to revamp my guest bath. I took out the bright brass showers doors, and now need to replace the bright...
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    Tips for Painting Cinder Block

    I have a cinder block wall around my back that is a reddish terra cotta color. The bottom three rows were painted a matching color to hide staining from mildew. I was told that comes from the house behind me being a higher elevation. There are a few places where it looks like salts are...
  14. SavvyCat

    Snap In, No Caulk Shower Drain Repair

    If you don't want to read the story, scroll down to "Repair Question." I like telling my stories. :). The master shower drain leaks and stinks. I know it leaks, and probably has for a long time, because there is rust, etc., outside at the floor level where the drain would be. It stinks...
  15. SavvyCat

    Back to those 3-way Switches...

    My question before about adding a dimmer to a 4-way configuration was helpful. As it turns out, I miscounted the switch locations and there are only three. Anyway, I finally got around to playing with switches again today, and was able to determine that the most-used location was a...
  16. SavvyCat

    Single Pole Switch on 3-way Circuit

    I'm sure this is a dumb question, but I'll ask it anyway. I can always be surprised. :) I received a single pole motion sensor switch that I planned to put in my laundry area. I decided against it because I'm pretty sure the switch is so close to the door that it will trigger walking by...
  17. SavvyCat

    No Common Wire to Thermostat

    Okay, guys, you're going to love this one. I have acquired free of charge in exchange for review the new Cor thermostat from Carrier. :clap: My inner nerd is giddy with excitement, because I didn't even know there were wifi stats until the house being built next to my cousin had two units show...
  18. SavvyCat

    Replacing all Hinges. Asking for trouble?

    Now that I have changed out all the polished brass handlesets for brush nickel, the brass hinges on my doors really stick out like a sore thumb. I want to replace those, too, but I wonder if removing/replacing hinges on a perfectly good door is asking for trouble. Anyone have experience with...
  19. SavvyCat

    Replacing 15 amp Switches with 20 amp

    I know for a fact I should not put a 15 amp switch on a 20 amp circuit. But is there anything nasty that will happen by putting a 20 amp switch on a 15 amp circuit? I am replacing light switches and I bought 20 amp because that's what all the lights in my last house were on. Thought the...
  20. SavvyCat

    3-Way, 4-Way, Any Way?

    It's been a long time, but I'm back with a new house and so a whole new set of fixes, changes, etc. Today's question is about dimmers. I love living in a cave--I don't deny it. The plantation shutters in this house are what sold me on it. Still, the very first thing I did was add dimmers...
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