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173 What is the purpose of these holes on my wire stripper? 2012-11-20T12:14:32.513

116 How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter? 2015-08-10T19:02:42.127

111 Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree? 2011-06-21T01:32:02.293

94 When should I not use WD-40? 2011-05-10T14:04:40.073

86 How can I add a "C" wire to my thermostat? 2011-12-06T17:37:33.713

85 Why does my freezer get a little warmer every 14 hours? 2017-11-08T10:03:23.770

82 How do I make a height adjustable desk? 2010-09-24T04:57:07.243

76 Are solar panels cost-effective? 2010-08-05T00:31:34.553

74 Is there a case where nails are better than screws, from an engineering/structural standpoint? 2010-08-03T19:09:13.720

74 How to remove screws with stripped heads? 2011-12-05T19:56:10.203

73 Why did my electrician put metal plates wherever the stud is drilled through? 2016-10-15T16:20:03.103

65 Should a washer go on nut side, or the bolt side? 2012-12-12T11:59:05.440

63 How can I improve the water pressure in my shower? 2010-07-23T14:14:01.723

62 What should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house? 2012-03-19T15:40:41.347

62 If metal expands when heated, how does heating a bolt loosen it? 2016-05-11T17:41:38.173

60 Understanding US Screw Sizes 2012-04-23T15:58:06.193

55 Is there a trick to applying caulk using a caulk-gun? 2010-07-21T19:32:27.617

55 What are the tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own? 2010-07-21T19:41:24.867

52 When I turn down the dimmer switch on my lights, do I actually use less electricity? 2012-01-26T06:34:06.820

50 Should I set fence posts in dirt, gravel, crushed rock, or concrete? 2010-07-22T11:48:18.277

47 How can I fix electrical outlets that don't "hold" plugs that are plugged in to them? 2011-03-07T13:26:13.390

44 Which way is up? (electric outlet) 2011-08-10T14:59:35.817

42 How can I speed up my slow hot water? 2010-07-28T19:19:06.447

42 How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV? 2010-07-29T19:19:32.933

41 What is the purpose of this Y shaped bit? 2012-11-12T18:31:01.760

40 Should I use a subfloor for a finished basement's floor? 2010-07-21T19:47:05.290

40 When would one use an impact driver versus a regular drill? 2012-12-03T05:14:48.937

40 When drywalling a room, should I do the ceiling before the walls? 2014-07-01T14:18:01.347

40 Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken? 2014-08-18T13:39:18.910

39 Is the Electrician trying to scam me? 2015-09-15T20:11:09.413

39 How can I restore power after a switch was shorted with scissors? 2018-01-19T04:45:20.530

38 Why are there so many different types of screws (phillps/flat/hex/star/etc)? 2010-11-09T19:48:25.730

38 When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter? 2011-09-08T17:32:55.890

36 How do I secure my house against intruders? 2010-12-02T18:30:47.367

36 How can I pull a wire through a pipe that has too many turns for fish tape? 2016-10-02T00:51:06.423

36 Why don't you connect unused hot and neutral wires to "complete the circuit"? 2016-10-05T23:53:54.123

35 Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced? 2010-07-21T19:25:43.360

35 Home electronics break daily and wiring is OK. Any ideas? 2016-11-26T03:31:42.033

34 How can I paint over mold to prevent it from coming back again? 2010-07-22T09:42:08.813

34 Is there a proper name for this kind of toothed disk? 2017-01-03T16:53:01.697

33 Are there ways to determine if a wall is load bearing? 2010-07-21T19:16:23.863

33 How do I wrap pipe threads with teflon tape? 2010-11-15T10:36:24.410

33 How do I drill a 2⅛ inch door knob hole over an existing 1½ inch hole? 2011-12-02T16:15:38.947

33 If a light bulb is dead, does it still consume electricity if the switch is in ON? 2017-05-04T17:36:45.673

32 How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator? 2010-11-18T23:04:52.387

32 How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity? 2011-06-28T08:00:51.830

32 How do I ensure the bathroom door stays open unless someone is inside? 2011-07-21T20:25:08.547

32 Should I use steel or wood studs for basement exterior walls? 2011-08-31T17:31:27.107

32 What kind of IKEA screw is this? 2017-01-16T16:28:28.963

32 Why does my home's power fade and surge when I plug things in? 2017-12-10T17:15:39.123

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