• When renovating a house is it best to use one company for everything or multiple companies?

    I'd like to renovate my house and rent it out. The bathroom and kitchen definitely need replacing, along with a few smaller tasks like replacing faulty light fittings. Budget allowing, I may also decide to replace my very old boiler and tidy up the garden. Just wondering if it would be cheaper / easier / faster... show more
    I'd like to renovate my house and rent it out. The bathroom and kitchen definitely need replacing, along with a few smaller tasks like replacing faulty light fittings. Budget allowing, I may also decide to replace my very old boiler and tidy up the garden. Just wondering if it would be cheaper / easier / faster to ask one company to do everything or to out source the work to multiple companies? (DIY isn't an option).
    6 answers · Decorating & Remodeling · 6 hours ago
  • Broken A/c unit in apartment?

    a new compressor was installed for my A/C unit in may apartment. And the guy who installed it said it needed to have the coils cleaned. he advised it need to be done so the compressor would not run at such a high rate, the gauge he was using said it was running well over 280 (whatever units it's measured in).... show more
    a new compressor was installed for my A/C unit in may apartment. And the guy who installed it said it needed to have the coils cleaned. he advised it need to be done so the compressor would not run at such a high rate, the gauge he was using said it was running well over 280 (whatever units it's measured in). i am having a profesional come to clean the coils, was i ripped off when the guy said he couldn't clean them when he was already here ?
    8 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 days ago
  • Is releasing a queen ant in my house a good idea?

    Best answer: Ants are like teenagers. They will only clean what they want to and make a mess of everything else.

    Bottom line: Don't do it.
    Best answer: Ants are like teenagers. They will only clean what they want to and make a mess of everything else.

    Bottom line: Don't do it.
    8 answers · Cleaning & Laundry · 2 days ago
  • Polarity of Lamp Socket is REVERSED, or not?

    I had just replaced the faulty socket of my desk lamp with a new one. The plug for this lamp is polarized (one prong is wide,the other is narrow). I was careful to connect the wires so the polarity was correct throughout. After the job was finished, I used a multimeter to test for correct polarity and... show more
    I had just replaced the faulty socket of my desk lamp with a new one. The plug for this lamp is polarized (one prong is wide,the other is narrow). I was careful to connect the wires so the polarity was correct throughout. After the job was finished, I used a multimeter to test for correct polarity and continuity. When the socket is in the 'off' position, the socket's thread and the wide prong were connected to the multimeter and it was read to be ZERO. If this is the neutral polarity, should there be no continuity (non-ZERO)? Here is a table of multimeter measurements: When the socket is OFF: NEUTRAL: wide prong to thread of socket = 0 continuity HOT: narrow prong to tab of socket = infinity When the socket is ON: NEUTRAL: wide prong to thread of socket: 0 continuity HOT: narrow prong to tab of socket = 0 continuity I also checked for continuity if the polarity of he wires was reversed. In all cases, the continuity is infinity, so I assume my connections for correct polarity is correct. Am I correct to say I had done everything correctly? source for my references: https://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica... https://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica... https://www.familyhandyman.com/electrica...
    8 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 days ago
  • A flower that smells sweet?

    19 answers · Garden & Landscape · 6 days ago
  • Is it ok to run an extension cord through PVC pipe?

    My son’s room only has 1 outlet. He needs power to the other side of the room where his night stand is. If we run the cord along the bottom of the wall it will have to cross a doorway. Our idea is to run PVC pipe up the wall, around the room, and down the opposite wall with the pipe attached to the ceiling. Is... show more
    My son’s room only has 1 outlet. He needs power to the other side of the room where his night stand is. If we run the cord along the bottom of the wall it will have to cross a doorway. Our idea is to run PVC pipe up the wall, around the room, and down the opposite wall with the pipe attached to the ceiling. Is this safe? Or is there a fire risk having an extension cord in a PVC pipe? It will not be inside the wall.
    5 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 23 hours ago
  • Dryer won’t get hot?

    My Roper dryer just stopped getting hot all of a sudden. It works sometimes and other times will only blow cold air. Was working fine this morning and next time I checked it was cold again. Any ideas on what to check first ?
    My Roper dryer just stopped getting hot all of a sudden. It works sometimes and other times will only blow cold air. Was working fine this morning and next time I checked it was cold again. Any ideas on what to check first ?
    6 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 24 hours ago
  • Mini-fridge?? Compressor hot! Freezer and and fridge cold inside.?

    I have a mini fridge with a freezer . the brand is by Emerson. I came home from work and I put some snacks in there. I closed the door. I don t have a.c. in my room just fans.its hot where I live . around 7 in the morning the fridge door was open .due to so much stuff it must of pushed open. The compressor was hot... show more
    I have a mini fridge with a freezer . the brand is by Emerson. I came home from work and I put some snacks in there. I closed the door. I don t have a.c. in my room just fans.its hot where I live . around 7 in the morning the fridge door was open .due to so much stuff it must of pushed open. The compressor was hot so I unplugged the fridge defrost it,etc came back home around 8 pm that day plugged it up. Turned it on. All my drinkable got cold and freezer is cold. I m curious why do fridge compressors get so hot. I dusted the area real well like I normally. Why does it run hot like that? But everything inside is cold ??
    4 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 2 hours ago
  • Will a water filter make my water safe to drink?

    I live in a very old apartment, and the landlord let me know the pipes are also very old (but he won’t be replacing them). The problem is the water will come out a light brownish/red color and will leave some stains in places like the tub and sinks. It’s more prominent in my kitchen than bathroom and I tried to... show more
    I live in a very old apartment, and the landlord let me know the pipes are also very old (but he won’t be replacing them). The problem is the water will come out a light brownish/red color and will leave some stains in places like the tub and sinks. It’s more prominent in my kitchen than bathroom and I tried to drink it once but the taste was gross, so I deemed it undrinkable. Recently, I’ve been wondering if a water filter would solve the problem and make the water safe to drink?
    16 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 5 days ago
  • Can you use a big stainless steel pot (turned upside down) as an improvised step stool? Or is it too dangerous?

    Best answer: Too dangerous. It will slide away and possibly scratch the floor.
    Best answer: Too dangerous. It will slide away and possibly scratch the floor.
    6 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 1 day ago
  • If your house burns down and the town won’t let you rebuild what happens?

    Our house has a rebuild of 325K. We owe 68K on it. When talking to the city, they said if our house burns down or is otherwise totaled, they will not permit us to build it again. Our house was built in 1890 before there were rules on how close to the river you can be and the septic was added before there were rules... show more
    Our house has a rebuild of 325K. We owe 68K on it. When talking to the city, they said if our house burns down or is otherwise totaled, they will not permit us to build it again. Our house was built in 1890 before there were rules on how close to the river you can be and the septic was added before there were rules on where that should be etc. it’s not possible to build a house using current code on the lot we have. So if something happens to our house does the insurance still pay(minus our mortgage balance of course).
    8 answers · Other - Home & Garden · 3 days ago
  • Purging Unwanted Items?

    What are my best options to successfully remove clutter from a house shared with someone who has been hording excessively for decades?
    What are my best options to successfully remove clutter from a house shared with someone who has been hording excessively for decades?
    8 answers · Cleaning & Laundry · 3 days ago
  • How does one smuggle a bear into a castle?
  • Does lowes or home depot cut wood for you?

    I want to make something for my son for his birthday myself like toddler stove and refrig type stuff and if i have measurement for wood. will they cut each piece of wood that length for me?
    I want to make something for my son for his birthday myself like toddler stove and refrig type stuff and if i have measurement for wood. will they cut each piece of wood that length for me?
    10 answers · Do It Yourself (DIY) · 4 days ago