How to Coil an Extension Cord

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How to Set Up a Garage Workshop

Skill Level:

Miter saw
Table saw
Jig saw
Pocket hole jig

Shopping List:
2×4 lumber
Sheet of ¾” Birch plywood
Window Fan
J Hooks
Table Saw stand

1. For the folding workbench, build a frame out of 2×4 lumber approximately 4 feet long by 3 feet wide. Include two additional 2x4s for center supports.
2. Attach a 2×4 leger to the long side of the workbench using hinges. This leger will screw into the wall.
3. If you’re also using the workbench as an outfeed table, it should be slightly lower than the top of your table saw. Once you know that height, cut two 2x4s to serve as legs and attach them to the inside of the front of the frame using hinges.
4. Use a masonry drill bit and concrete screws to fasten the leger of the folding workbench to the wall.
Cut ¾” plywood for the bench top, and allow 1 1/2-2” around three sides for an overhang for clamping. Attach the workbench top to the frame by countersinking screws.

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How to Install a Wireless Light Switch

1. Before doing any electrical work, always turn off the power at the circuit breaker.
2. Disconnect and remove the current light fixture.
3. Attach the the ground wire of the new fixture to the incoming ground wire, and if using a metal box, to the ground screw on the electrical box.
4. Splice all the neutral wires together- from the power supply, the white from the fixture, and the white wire from the wireless module- and cover with a wire nut.
5. Then, splice the black wire from the module to the black wire from the power supply and cover with a wire nut.
6. Finally, splice the black wire from the fixture with the red wire from the wireless module and cover with a wire nut.
7. Attach the light fixture to the electrical box following the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. The light switch mounts to the wall at 48” to center, preferably inside a doorway. It does not require any wiring or batteries.
Restore power at the circuit panel and test.

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How to Install a Towel Warmer

Shopping List for How to Install a Towel Warmer:
– hydronic towel warmer
– chrome nipples with shut-off valves
– ½-inch copper pipe and assorted fittings
– lead-free solder
– flux
– emery cloth
– flame-resistant cloth, used to protect surfaces from propane torch flame
– toggle bolts or screws, used for attaching hanger bases to wall
– drywall screws, used to reattach plywood subfloor

Tools for How to Install a Towel Warmer:
– reciprocating saw, used to cut pipes and saw through plywood subfloor
– drill/driver
– adjustable wrench
Adjustable wrench
– hammer drill, used to bore through tiled wall
– propane torch, used for soldering copper pipe
– screwdriver
– pliers

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How to Replace a Corroded Water-Heater Fitting

Shopping List for How to Replace a Corroded Water-Heater Fitting:
– bucket
– copper pipe, threaded fitting and coupling
– teflon tape
– lead-free solder and flux
– emery cloth

Tools for How to Replace a Corroded Water-Heater Fitting:
– close-quarter tubing cutter
– pipe wrench
– propane torch
– pliers

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How to Quiet Heating Pipes

Shopping List for How to Quiet Heating Pipes:
– plastic ‘Mickey’ pipe clips, used to isolate hot-water pipes from surrounding surfaces
– 1-inch screws, for fastening plastic pipe clips

Tools for How to Quiet Heating Pipes:
– pliers, for removing metal pipe clamps
– drill/driver, used to install plastic pipe clips

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How to Repair Squeaky Wood Floors

Shopping List for How to Repair Squeaky Wood Floors:
– 2-inch (6d) finishing nails
– counter-Snap breakaway screws
– wood filler stick

Tools for How to Repair Squeaky Wood Floors:
– drill/driver fitted with ⅛-inch-diameter drill bit

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How Thermostat Setbacks Save Money

Steps for How Thermostat Setbacks Save Money:
1. Temperature setback is the act of adjusting the thermostat while you’re asleep or away from the house.
2. Lowering the thermostat in winter keeps the house colder, but the furnace doesn’t kick on as often, so you use—and pay for—less energy.
3. In summer, raising the thermostat makes the house warmer but prevents the air-conditioning system from running all day, which lowers your electrical bill.
4. There are several types of thermostats, including manual single thermostat, programmable clock thermostat, and smart thermostat with motion sensor that you can access via a smartphone.
5. R-value is the amount of heat that transfers from the inside of a home to the outside during the heating season, and from outside the home to the inside during the cooling season.
6. Delta T refers to the temperature difference reflected by heat transfer.
7. Imagine it’s zero degrees outside and the thermostat is set at 70 degrees, which is called the target temperature.
8. If you lower the thermostat to 60 degrees, less heat will transfer to the outside because there’s less of a temperature difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures.
9. According to the Department of Energy, for every degree you lower the target temperature, you’ll save 1% of fuel over an 8-hour period. In the above example, you would save 10% on your heating bill.
10. The amount of energy it takes to reheat a home will always be less than if you didn’t lower the thermostat and the furnace kicked on and off all day. The same is true in summer with air-conditioning costs.
11. Don’t use a clock thermostat with an electric heat pump, super-insulated house, or radiant-heat system.

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How to Install a Toilet Below Grade

Shopping List for How to Install a Toilet Below Grade:
– macerating toilet, required for below-grade installations
– PVC pipe and fittings
– PVC pipe primer
– PVC pipe cement
– stainless-steel hose clamps, used to secure connections between toilet and macerator unit

Tools for How to Install a Toilet Below Grade:
– nut driver, used to tighten stainless-steel hose clamps
– drill/driver, fitted with Phillips driver bit and 5/32-inch drill bit



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How To Replace a Bathroom Vanity

Shopping List for How to Replace a Bathroom Vanity:
– new vanity cabinet, top, sink, and faucet
– copper pipe and assorted fittings, for making new water-supply lines
– lead-free solder, flux and emery paper, used to clean and sweat copper pipe and fittings
– plumber’s putty, used to form a water-tight seal around sink drain
– madison bars, for securing electrical outlet to vanity cabinet
– silicone adhesive, for securing the vanity top to the cabinet

Tools for How to Replace a Bathroom Vanity:
– utility knife, used for cutting caulk seal around the old sink
– flat prybar, used to lift old sink from the vanity top
– adjustable wrench, used to loosen and tighten plumbing connections
– drill/driver, used to remove and drive screws
– reciprocating saw, used for cutting through the vanity bottom
– jig saw, used to cut hole in vanity cabinet for electrical box
– tubing cutter, used for cutting copper pipe
– propane torch, used to sweat copper pipe and fittings
– compass saw, for notching cabinet back to fit around pipe
– caulking gun, used to apply silicone adhesive

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