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Home Improvement Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Should I buy this house that has a jack post cracking the basement floor?

I am buying an already-built new home. I find this in the basement. The builder says it's okay, but I am really concerned. Is this really a big issue? This house is close to the retention pond. Is ...

basement floor foundation support  
asked by John 19 votes
answered by alephzero 26 votes

How to deaden the noise that bounces from cinderblock wall in backyard?

I have a very large backyard surrounded by a tall cinderblock wall. Not only is it HOT in the summer (NM summers) but the noise that bounces around is bad. Someone walking on the sidewalk next to my ...

walls noise cinderblock  
asked by allyn 5 votes
answered by Jack 6 votes

Can a 220V US circuit have more than one 220V outlet, by code?

When I move the laundry, I'm considering switching to a gas drier -- but even so it'd be nice to have the 220V drop there for future-proofing. However, if I'm not using it for the drier, I'd like to ...

electrical code-compliance  
asked by keshlam 4 votes
answered by John Braeking 2 votes

Can I have a "hollow" basement bathroom floor?

I'm going to jackhammer my basement's concrete floor to install plumbing for a new bathroom. Normally, after the plumbing is done, we should pour concrete to it again. What will happen if I just ...

plumbing basement  
asked by Rollo R 3 votes
answered by Ippy 1 vote

Electrical breakers question

Does each hot wire in a double pole breaker carry the breaker's rated amperage or does each wire split the amps? For example, if a double pole breaker is rated at 50 amps, does each hot wire carry 50 ...

asked by user41948 3 votes
answered by Tester101 1 vote

Is transitioning to all electric heating smart?

I am in the process of overhauling my home heating and plumbing. I bought a 2600sq/ft 1980s Cape Cod in southern Maine on the coast. I've reinsulated the walls and roof and am continuing to make ...

hvac heating heat-pump  
asked by Chuck D 3 votes
answered by Joel Keene 2 votes

How can I tell if soda blasting was really done?

We're restoring a fire-damaged house and hired a subcontractor to do smoke remediation, after we'd stripped the house down to the studs. The contractor was supposed to soda-blast all surfaces, clean, ...

wood cleaning  
asked by Brock Adams 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How do I remove excess wood stain that dried before I could wipe it off?

While staining some wood, we had an emergency and had to leave. The stain has now dried and I'm not sure how to remove the excess; it's normally wiped off before it dries. When I get home I'm going ...

staining woodworking  
asked by Coward 5 votes
answered by Eric 6 votes

Where does the ground wire go in a 3-prong dryer cord configuration?

We moved to a new place where the dryer connection is 3-prong instead of 4-prong. The dryer was originally 4-prong, so we bought a 3-prong cord and installed it. It works fine, except I am not ...

electrical wiring appliances dryer grounding  
asked by Confluence 3 votes
answered by Tester101 11 votes

Can you answer these?

Monolithic frost proof shallow foundation, advice on the smaller details?

I'm building a 16x24 shed/garage. I have done most of the site work and I have a concrete guy starting tomorrow on the forms in preparation for a pour on Friday. He's done insulated slabs, he has 30 ...

insulation concrete foundation  
asked by kavisiegel 1 vote

Should I leave water in my galvanized radiator pipes when permanently removing boiler?

I have switched to using a ductless heat pump for heating and am planning on removing my gas boiler but leaving the hot water baseboard radiators and 65-year-old galvanized pipes (in the crawlspace). ...

plumbing pipe radiator  
asked by littleturtle 1 vote

Why would my boiler's pilot go out after the hot water comes on?

I have a Potterton Prima 40B conventional heat-only boiler that was installed in 1999. The pilot light goes out after the hot water comes on. It will stay on if the heating is on, but about 2 minutes ...

plumbing heating gas boiler  
asked by loudand 1 vote
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