• Alternatives to heating by electric heater?

    I'm in an old apartment that has two electric heaters. But, I can't use both at once because the bill will get too high for the land lady. So, what alternatives could I heat a couple of rooms with that I don't have to plug into the wall?
    I'm in an old apartment that has two electric heaters. But, I can't use both at once because the bill will get too high for the land lady. So, what alternatives could I heat a couple of rooms with that I don't have to plug into the wall?
    9 answers · 1 day ago
  • Locks for my bedroom door?

    I need a lock for my bedroom. My door has a handle, not a knob. It’s an apartment, so I can’t put a different knob on it, it’s not allowed. Are there any locks I can put on a door handle without damaging the door?
    I need a lock for my bedroom. My door has a handle, not a knob. It’s an apartment, so I can’t put a different knob on it, it’s not allowed. Are there any locks I can put on a door handle without damaging the door?
    9 answers · 3 days ago
  • Should I be concerned about this crack in my ceiling? Any suggestions on how to remedy it if necessary etc? And is it a specific type?

    It’s an oldish house probably 1940/50s? I’m not entirely sure. Above the that ceiling is just the loft/attic.
    It’s an oldish house probably 1940/50s? I’m not entirely sure. Above the that ceiling is just the loft/attic.
    10 answers · 3 days ago
  • Brace to set a fence post?

    Simple brace to hold a post in place so water and quick setting concrete can be added. Photos or ideas on this? Thanks.
    Simple brace to hold a post in place so water and quick setting concrete can be added. Photos or ideas on this? Thanks.
    6 answers · 19 hours ago
  • Fence gate issue?

    The gate to enter the yard is only attached to one post. The other end of the gate touches the brick of the home. We can apply a good bit of physical pressure on the post and can get the gate to open smoothly. Otherwise the gate is too heavy to be supported. We can replace the post and hope to add more concrete. If... show more
    The gate to enter the yard is only attached to one post. The other end of the gate touches the brick of the home. We can apply a good bit of physical pressure on the post and can get the gate to open smoothly. Otherwise the gate is too heavy to be supported. We can replace the post and hope to add more concrete. If that fails isn't there a hardware item that we can attach to the posts and turn the part to pull the two post together an inch. An inch likely gets the gate to open smoothly. Also we have never been able to lock the gate because we'd have to use anchors on the brick side and if someone tried to force their way in they break the brick. Ideas on the gate closure as well as the name of the part that can be used to pull two posts toward each other.
    6 answers · 1 day ago
  • Is it safe to put a power strip inside a shoe box?

    Here’s the deal. I have my power strip plugged in and like 7 cords coming out of it. It’s a complete mess. So what I thought was if I just put it inside a shoe box, still allowing it to be plugged in, and all the cords still able to come out (because there’s those small holes on a shoe box on both sides). All of... show more
    Here’s the deal. I have my power strip plugged in and like 7 cords coming out of it. It’s a complete mess. So what I thought was if I just put it inside a shoe box, still allowing it to be plugged in, and all the cords still able to come out (because there’s those small holes on a shoe box on both sides). All of the cords would be contained in the box and it wouldn’t look messy. But is it safe to have the strip in the box? Can it cause a fire?
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • How much do you think it would cost to move the furnace to where the hot water tank is.?

    Looking to move a furnace to where the hot water tank is and install hot water on demand and install a shower for the powder room of the other side of this wall. If it makes any difference I m located in Canada.
    Looking to move a furnace to where the hot water tank is and install hot water on demand and install a shower for the powder room of the other side of this wall. If it makes any difference I m located in Canada.
    7 answers · 3 days ago
  • Should it be a fire hazard concern to mount a point-of-use tankless water heater on a plywood wall?

    I am just thinking to install a shower in my shed which has plywood walls. The water heater I am going to get is a 5.5kw tankless from Home Depot. The manual says the heater must be installed in a place away from flammable objects. I don't think plywood is flammable, but it is uncoated wood that can be burnt.... show more
    I am just thinking to install a shower in my shed which has plywood walls. The water heater I am going to get is a 5.5kw tankless from Home Depot. The manual says the heater must be installed in a place away from flammable objects. I don't think plywood is flammable, but it is uncoated wood that can be burnt. So I just want to know if it is necessary to get a metal sheet or something in between the heater and the plywood wall. Thank you very much! Don
    7 answers · 4 days ago
  • Is there a 'life-expectancy' with microwaves? We've had ours for a long time now and although it's still working fine, I wonder if I?

    Best answer: No. Like all things they may conk out, but the level of improvement has stopped since 900 to 1000w models came out. Early models with painted interiors do go a bit manky, but the stainless steel ones seem to go on forever. The magnetron has a finite life but many manufacturers offer ten years on that, so it is... show more
    Best answer: No. Like all things they may conk out, but the level of improvement has stopped since 900 to 1000w models came out. Early models with painted interiors do go a bit manky, but the stainless steel ones seem to go on forever.

    The magnetron has a finite life but many manufacturers offer ten years on that, so it is probably the least likely thing to go. Suffice to say if it breaks down it is not worth repairing unless it is something simple like the fuse.
    13 answers · 6 days ago
  • Pull up bar in drywall (with anchors). Will it hold?

    I installed a pull-up bar that is meant to be screwed into a doorframe. Instead, I installed it in the door-less opening of my closet. One side of it was drilled into a stud, but the other side is just drywall. I used 3 screws and anchors on each side. The 3 screws/anchors are about half an inch away from each... show more
    I installed a pull-up bar that is meant to be screwed into a doorframe. Instead, I installed it in the door-less opening of my closet. One side of it was drilled into a stud, but the other side is just drywall. I used 3 screws and anchors on each side. The 3 screws/anchors are about half an inch away from each other. So far it seems to hold fine. Will it eventually come loose, or will the anchors in the drywall do their job?
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Wet carpets and empty toilet bowls. Plumbing question please help!!?

    I live in a ground level condo and recently noticed water coming through the carpets in two bedroom closets. Both bedrooms share a wall with a bathroom. I called in my building matience who checked the pipes in the connecting wall and couldn’t find a leak so said that maybe I was splashing water from a bath or... show more
    I live in a ground level condo and recently noticed water coming through the carpets in two bedroom closets. Both bedrooms share a wall with a bathroom. I called in my building matience who checked the pipes in the connecting wall and couldn’t find a leak so said that maybe I was splashing water from a bath or wasted water on the carpets and other things that didn’t make sense. He wet vacuumed the carpets and said it was probably a random leak and should dry by morning. I placed a fan inside of the closets and woke up the next day to carpets soaked again and now the toilet bowls have no water and seem to be backing up. My house also smells like damp and mold. I can’t really afford a consultation fee from a plumber right now, does anyone know what exactly this issue may be?
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • Lightbulb Question: only 1 lightbulb will work in my ceiling fan. I’ve tried 6 different lightbulbs, any idea what’s the problem?

    Best answer: It could be due to a couple issues. Either the wiring to the other light sockets is bad or the contacts in the bottom of the other sockets is depressed too far to make contact with the light bulb contact at the base of the bulb. Or the light bulbs have too short of a neck to allow them to fully screw in and make... show more
    Best answer: It could be due to a couple issues. Either the wiring to the other light sockets is bad or the contacts in the bottom of the other sockets is depressed too far to make contact with the light bulb contact at the base of the bulb. Or the light bulbs have too short of a neck to allow them to fully screw in and make contact with the bottom of the socket...seen that a few times.Make sure the light bulbs do not have too short of a neck which can cause them to bottom out as they screw in before the bottom contact of the bulb makes contact with the socket base contact.

    If the one bulb that does work does not work in the other sockets, then you can try to turn off power to the light and use a small screwdriver or needle nose pliers and try to bend the contacts in the bottom of the bad sockets upwards a little bit so it can make contact with the bulb base contact.turn power back on and retry the bulb in the bad sockets.

    If they still don't work, then you likely have bad wiring issues for the affected lights.You'd have to turn off power again and disassemble the light set and look for any loose wiring at any connections or at the light sockets....hot or neutral wiring can be affected to cause the lights to not work.Repair as needed or install a new light set....sold at home centers for most brands.
    5 answers · 3 days ago