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Removing Old Deck - how to patch missing aluminum siding

I want to tear off the deck and replace it with stairs down to a patio. What stops me is what to do about the "holes" it leaves in the aluminum siding. There will be small holes where the railing ...
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Pressure Treated or Composite Floor Joists with Galvanized Nails?

I need to replace some floor joists in my crawl space. I suspect the wood is low quality and the nails are basic stainless steel. Would I gain or loose anything by replacing the said floor joists ...
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How to make pressure treated wood look old quickly

We are adding a porch onto our old tobacco barn and are using pt lumber. We started this project in July to prepare for my daughter's outdoor wedding in late October. I would like for the porch wood ...
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What is this thing in my dishwasher?

What is this part in my dishwasher? It is not shown anywhere in the manual. The brand is Electrolux.
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Removal of toilet flange in bathroom remodel with subfloor replacement and tile installation

I had a leaking bottom seal for my first floor half bath toilet, buckling linoleum tiles. I took up the linoleum and 0.7 in composite board that sits on the primary subfloor. As part of this ...
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Glue for Bonding PVC

I need an adhesive to bond some PVC spindles to a wooden box that has been primed with Bullseye 123 primer, I cant use any mechanical fasteners so the glue has to create a strong permanent bond. Thank ...
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How would I repair the edge of this table

I'm looking for some ways to repair this little knick at the edge of my dining room table. There's a little chunk missing so you can feel the transition. Any tips and suggestions would be helpful
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What is the ideal fitting to reduce gas line diameter from 3/4“ to 3/8”?

I purchased a gas dryer with 3/8" gas fitting at the back (typical of most gas dryers). My main gas line in the wall is 3/4". Total distance from meter to gas dryer is about 15-20 feet. Given the ...
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Caulking question

So I've never applied caulking before and need to refresh around my kitchen sink and tub. Question: is it ok if some gets smoothed over on the actual sink and tub or does it need to fit in the ...
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hooking up a portable generator to power my house

If I remove the electrical meter going to my house can I safely wire my 7000w/8750w max portable generator to the lugs that go only to the inside panel? If so what gauge wire should I use? (I know I ...
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Low hot water pressure in one sink after draining electric water heater

Old water heater with copper hookups on top that started leaking slowly. Bought all new hoses and nipple to replace them. Turned off the power, turned off the water, and let the tank drain. Everything ...
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Should I change the routing of the return air flex duct?

I've been in the attic quite a bit before the summer, and every time I look at the duct work, I keep wondering if some crazy/lazy person did it. For example, I have a flex duct running from the main ...
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C wire for Ecobee3 thermostat in 2 zone heating and A/C

My previous post was deleted by the community. I'm incorporating updates from the very helpful users here in this updated entry. I have hydronic baseboard heating that uses a Weil McClain oil boiler. ...
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How do I finish enclosing my screen porch to be livable?

Thanks ahead of time for any help! Central Florida area (sandy soil, no frost, 130mph wind zone, no snow load) Late 1970s block house Back porch is on 6 inch slab; Dimensions are 50 ft long by 14 ...