Home Improvement Weekly Newsletter
Home Improvement Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Can a GFCI receptacle protect other receptacles?

My contractor has wired one GFCI receptacle in the main bathroom on the same circuit as a normal receptacle in our en-suite bathroom (it is less than a foot from the sink). he says that since they are ...

bathroom gfci receptacle  
asked by kers 10 votes
answered by Ecnerwal 16 votes

Should my first power saw be a circular or jig saw?

I'm just beginning DIY projects, and do not own a power saw. The projects I plan to begin with will be simple, and I mostly plan to cut wood < 2" thick, PVC, and maybe some thin metal. I've read ...

tools saw  
asked by Chris Hoover 6 votes
answered by Mazura 9 votes

Should I be concerned if the toilet water level drops after a flush?

After flushing, the water level in the bowl drops a bit. It takes about 30 seconds and loses between one and two inches. It starts dropping fairly fast, then slows, then stops, and then the level ...

asked by Randy 5 votes
answered by DMoore 1 vote

What is the best method for carrying a 4x8 by yourself over tough terrain?

I have to travel about a quarter mile through the wilderness, carrying a 4x8 each time to get to a remote building location. Some of the terrain can be tricky, otherwise I might fall in the water. Any ...

wood tools  
asked by Akiva 5 votes
answered by Brock 1 vote

What is the name of this old glass pattern?

We've accidentally managed to break the glass above our front door, by letting the door slam. I'd like to match the glass replacement, so it matches next door. I have no idea what the pattern is ...

asked by grx 5 votes
answered by cVplZ 3 votes

What to do about a rotten top plate in the wall of old home addition?

This week's rainstorms brought a leak in my roof above a set of windows that are at the low end of a single-story addition with a shallow roof. Our search for the source of the leak (which turned out ...

framing dry-rot  
asked by Kate Golden 5 votes
answered by Michael Karas 3 votes

What should I do with the white wire when wiring a 240 volt garage heater?

I was given a 240 volt garage heater from a friend. When I built my garage I had the electrician run a wire so I could put a heater in down the road. He ran a orange wire with 4 wires in it black red ...

electrical wiring garage heater  
asked by Dave 4 votes
answered by DoxyLover 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Should I set fence posts in dirt, gravel, crushed rock, or concrete?

I have received conflicting advice about how to set wooden fence posts. Many web sites suggest setting them in a concrete cylinder. Someone at the local hardware store had seen posts set in concrete ...

asked by Vebjorn Ljosa 37 votes
answered by acrosman 15 votes

What's the most common cause of A/C refrigerant lines freezing?

I noticed my house wasn't getting under 75°F this weekend when I had the thermostat set for 70°F. Since I'd done a lot of drywall sanding inside recently, my first idea was to replace the filthy air ...

hvac air-conditioning central-air  
asked by Doresoom 10 votes
answered by Tester101 13 votes

Can you answer these?

Can I extend attic vents so they don't get blocked by snow?

I have 2 square low profile attic vents on the detached garage but I'm pretty sure they are blocked with snow during the winter. If I should alter them, are there extensions available to raise these ...

roof vent attic  
asked by Paul 1 vote

Can I work on resetting pavers on my patio after a heavy rain?

This is about a pavers patio. If you are curious about the whole context please see my other questions. Last night it rained a lot. I have some problems due to water collecting near the wall of my ...

asked by user2059078 1 vote

How best to add insulation under a rubber roof with an air gap?

I'm trying to find out if I can insulate my ceiling. Half the house has attic, half does not. Everywhere (from top down) I have rubber roof, 1" foam, wood planks, 2x8. Then, in the attic, that is ...

insulation ceiling roof  
asked by mankoff 2 votes
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