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  1. Electrical
    The house was built in 1972 with a 100A supply. It was upgraded to 200A in the late 80s. I bought the house in 1996. I am wanting to add a new circuit and there is a space for an additional breaker, but this panel, and I'm not an electrician, looks like the definition of spaghetti wiring. How...
  2. Building & Construction
    I'm replacing all the fasteners on my pool enclosure in FL. It's not near saltwater FYI. I pulled a few fasteners out to check the size, and they're slightly different: some are 3/4" x #12, others are about slightly thinner shafts, maybe #10, and are 1/2" long, etc. I don't want to buy three...
  3. Painting
    Can anyone advise me on whether there is a 'right' sort of paint to use on exterior walls of an old granite house, please (and if so, what?!)? I have recently moved into the house and would like to give the exterior large granite stone walls a fresh coat of paint once the weather warms up a bit...
  4. Electrical
    Thanks in advance to everyone! I'm in the process of installing recessed lighting in my basement and I'm hoping someone can help with advice. Here are the specs: Ceiling height: 7.5 feet (approx 91 inches) Room size: 41ft 5in x 10ft 9in. (497in x 129in) Can size: 5 or 6 inch (Probably a 6...
  5. Flooring
    Hello. I am planning to lay Grip Strip Flooring in my bathroom and then carry it through to my connected Bedroom. However there is a pretty decent downwards slope leading into the bedroom from the bathroom. How can I even it out or make a slope that would be suitable for laying vinyl plank along...
  6. Insulation
    I'm interested in the best method for insulating my crawl. the house is 6' on center beams 2x6 T&G Boards. I have been told that each method is the best option. I stuff the floor... I am not 100% how to acheive this becasue of the span between the beams. Also, I have been told that...
  7. HVAC
    So we currently have a Aprilarie 600 system that simply stopped working due to age. So we need to replace it - reading things indicates that the steam humidifier (Aprilaire 800) is the most efficient for getting real humidity into the house but the cost for the unit sn installation approches...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm wanting to pour a slab about 5' x 8' for my trash cans at the edge of the street, but the only location where the garbage pickup can reach it is over a buried drainage pipe. I can see one end of the pipe (near my driveway) and it appears to be less than 4 inches below the surface. I'm...
  9. Painting
    Our home is about 6 years old and the wood siding, trim, and support beams are needing some attention (see attached pictures). My question is do I need to strip off the current stain to apply the same color or can I go right over the top? Hoping to get a little more than six years out of this...
  10. HVAC
    Hello all. Thank you already to anyone taking the time to read this. I have a Rheem RALB-030JAZ outdoor unit. Yesterday while weeding around it, I noticed that the smaller (I'm guessing low voltage) red, white and green wires going into the back of the unit had become frayed. In attempting...
  11. HVAC
    I hired a guy to replace a couple valves on my boiler (It's a New Yorker) because they were very rusted/corroded. However, the unit worked fine. It turns out that the expansion tank was on it's way out so he suggested that I get a new one. Not a huge expense, so I agreed. Today, he said...
  12. Appliances
    My wife and I are considering getting an outdoor hot tub, but we have no idea what to look for when it come to quality or efficiency. All companies claim to be "the best", but I know there has to be some major differences in quality and efficiency (Arctic spas would claimed the #1 selling brand...
  13. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I am looking for some advice. We have a small "starter home" in Michigan. The previous owners had installed a brick paver patio and sidewalk that was buckling, rippled, and loaded with weeds. Last weekend we pulled (about 2,000 brick) it out thinking that we would re-lay it ourselves. Then we...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hello! Boyfriend and I are still in the planning stage for what is a rather ambitious project. We would like to have a hot tub in our backyard. There is currently nowhere to put a hottub on the property as far as a foundation goes, one needs to be built. We rent our property. We don't want to...
  15. Building & Construction
    Thinking of purchasing a Laser Distance Measure and wanting to know if anyone has experience and maybe recommendations on a good model.
  16. Insulation
    Hello, We are renovating our 1600 sq ft. house. It is stripped to the studs and joists. There was no insulation at all anywhere in the house. The question is what is the best quality and most cost affective insulation to go back with. I was thinking just bat the walls and blow in the attic...
  17. Plumbing
    Hello, I currently have a Gledhill Pulsacoil 2000 water heater in my 2 bed flat and am having countless issues with it and I have decided to get it replaced - but am not sure where to begin. There is no gas supply in the flat. The heaters are electric and so I do not need a combi boiler...
  18. Plumbing
    Should I go with a 13 year old Kinetico Model 60 for $1,000 or a New Fleck 5600 for $500? I have just purchased a home and the seller was planning on taking his Kinetico (Model 60) with him. For $1,000 he is willing to leave it with the house when he moves in a couple weeks. The Kinetico is 13...
  19. Building & Construction
    Okay guys need some advice please as I plan for my next project. I am a novice at best but tend to figure things out once I am directed :) I am looking to remodel my master bath, its original to the house, built about 20 years ago. I don't have the exact measurements handy but its about...
  20. Flooring
    We have a new hot tub that we put on our tongue and groove wood flooring. We are trying to figure out what would be the best flooring to put under the hot tub as far as the flooring being waterproof. Any suggestions? What about the Allure flooring? We are trying to stay away from the expense...
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