Home Improvement Weekly Newsletter
Home Improvement Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Is it advisable to paint interior walls with a sprayer?

We just purchased a house and before moving in we want to paint all the rooms: 4 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and family room (2000 sft home). Being we want to be as efficient as possible I had ...

painting spraypainting  
asked by Wayne In Yak 5 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 7 votes

Should I be calling a plumber or someone from my water supply company to test for contaminents in my water?

I have one bathroom where the hot shower water has a sulfur-like odor to it on most days and I'd like to have someone come and check it out but I'm not positive on who to call.

plumbing hot-water  
asked by mjt117 4 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 11 votes

10 AWG or use existing 8 AWG

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven is a 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?

electrical wiring kitchens appliances oven  
asked by sa9604 3 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 3 votes

Need guidance for venting a new rough-in for basement bathroom

I'm currently finishing my basement, and I wanted to rough-in plumbing fixtures for a future basement. I've already got the layout, but I just need to figure out the venting for the drawing for my ...

plumbing bathroom vent drain rough-in  
asked by amace 3 votes

How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...

electrical wiring lighting switch  
asked by user3285740 3 votes
answered by Tester101 1 vote

Why am I failing to connect this simple kitchen sink pipe?

Hi all I'm having trouble reconnecting this L shaped pipe to the main pipes under the sink. No matter how I arrange or push or connect the slip nuts, they seemed to get jammed by the washer/band ...

plumbing sink drain kitchen-sink  
asked by Jared 3 votes
answered by Mazura 2 votes

Header needed for door opening in load bearing concrete wall

I a walkout basement with a covered front porch 4'x 9' so the space under the porch is surrounded with concrete 9" walls. I want to cut a door in the basement in the concrete wall, empty the gravel ...

doors  
asked by Arlyn Pember 3 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What are the pros and cons of medium-density fibreboard (MDF)?

I heard mixed opinions about making cupboards and beds from MDF. Some said it doesn't matter, MDF is as durable as whole tree or sandwich boards. Some said that MDF is weak, and will not last for ...

wood wooden-furniture  
asked by Elazar Leibovich 11 votes
answered by flamingpenguin 13 votes

Is there a way to thaw a frozen pipe, if you can't access the pipe?

Big freeze, new house. Just found out the add-on bathroom was plumbed by amateurs, and the cold water supply froze. I don't have access to the frozen section of pipe (without major demo), so I can't ...

plumbing pipe freezing  
asked by Tester101 6 votes
answered by longneck 3 votes

Can you answer these?

How do I clean stains from suction cups on a shower wall (enamel)?

There are two shower stalls I've used in the recent past at different locations, and I put different suction cup based hooks, holders, dispensers etc in each them. What I believe are enamel shower ...

shower cleaning stain-removal  
asked by NOTjust -- user4304 1 vote

Should I bother to flip basement ceiling insulation that's on backwards?

the rolled faced insulation on the ceiling of my unfinshed unheated basement is on backwards(vapor barrier facing down instead of up towards the 1st floor),1st floor is uncovered hardwood. Insulation ...

insulation basement ceiling  
asked by Antonio Gomes 2 votes

Replace glass table top with a metal grid one to convert it to outdoor

I have an Ikea Granas table like this one: I don't need it anymore inside, but I was wondering if there's a way to convert it to an outdoor one. Theoretically, the table itself is glass and metal, ...

furniture outdoor  
asked by Nikita G. 1 vote
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