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Hinged Christmas tree repair

Bought the most gorgeous Christmas tree & got it set up just yesterday. It is so lifelike, it’s trickery. I’m planning on it lasting 5+ years as it was kind of expensive. Overnight one of my @sshole cats made a nest in it and collapsed a few branches. I need to replace the hinge pins. The only place I found online has a 5pk/$5. That’s a crazy price...

Driveway expansion joint

I have a crack within the driveway expansion joint going from one side of the driveway to the other. Should this be filled to prevent water from doing damage to the driveway or did the joint do it’s job and I should leave it alone? Driveway poured about 6 months ago. submitted by /u/Adventurous-Peace-43 [link] [comments]

Extra Deep Stair Treads

Hi, I'm working on a project to replace some old and rather horrible to use steps in the garage. They don't have a consistent tread depth or riser height, so feels horrible to walk on, and I've lost my balance on there a couple of times and nearly gone AOT. When I look up the information on how to design them, I keep coming across formulas like 2r +...

Installing interior closet lighting

Hi everyone! I live in a pretty new build (2018) and am looking to install some closet lighting. In the bedroom closets and our pantry there is this junction box above the door, which I'm pretty sure is connected to the switch outside the closet door. I've installed lighting before, but only in a recessed box, not one that's mounted like this, so I'm...

Wife says whitewashed brick is "too white"...

So I planned and prepped to whitewash the brick fireplace in our den and thought things were going great! Until my wife came in to see the fruits of my labor and said "it's just so white!" Now she wants to reverse the whiteness a bit. First, I realize that it's not easy if not impossible to completely remove the whitewash from the brick. But that's...

Do you need to ground a metal electrical remodel box?

I'm in Canada and apparently they don't sell those blue electrical work boxes here because they're against code. So I have this metal remodel box and a standard receptacle and cover. I'm replacing my now dead range hood. The old hood was hardwired to a Canadian version of a romex cable that comes out of this shoddily made hold in my drywall above the...

Brick hangers

Hi everyone. Trying to hang some Christmas decorations on this brick. Sorry it's not a great pic. The point is the mortar comes out almost to the edge of the brick. I understand I could drill holes and insert anchors but I'd prefer something a little less permanent. I have seen various brick hangers but it seems common that they require at least...

New Van EE HRV wiring with old Van EE switches

I'm installing a new Van EE 150 air exchanger. But, I have old 3-wire Van EE switches. The wiring diagram for the switches says to connect to I, OC, and OL on the HRV. But, my HRV doesn't have these options on the electrical panel. How can I find the equivalents for the newer units? Picture of the options on the new unit is here. submitted by ...

Basement Renovation - Help with old Wall Panels

We pulled down the old faux wall panels in our basement but they weren't just nailed up, they were stuck with liquid nails. I'm left with all sorts of dry adhesive that I can't sand off without damaging the drywall. Any advice on getting the glue off so we can mud/tape and then paint without the rough dry glue ruining the primer and paint. submitted...

Should only the primer be tailored to the specific surface or also the finishing paint?

Sorry if such a question was asked before, but i could not find an answer. In my specific case it would be kitchen fronts which are covered in plastic, should only the primer be suitable for plastic surfaces or the finishing paint as well. Thank you already for your help. submitted by /u/Soka111 [link] [comments]

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