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  • Planning To Build A Deck

    DIY Questions and Answer March 20, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I’m planning to build a deck attached to the rear of the house. It will be about 2 feet high. Is it necessary to connect the deck to the house ledger using the lateral load hold-down anchors that I’ve seen in your magazine? A: Always consult your municipal building department to determine local code requirements, but the lateral load […]

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  • How Do I Fix A Furnace Fan?

    DIY Questions and Answer March 20, 2017 Sonia

    Q: The fan to my furnace/AC system stays on after the furnace has finished its heating cycle. This causes it to blow unheated air non-stop, using up a lot of electricity unnecessarily. How do I fix it? A: A faulty thermostat might be the problem. While the fan is stuck running after the furnace has shut off, remove the face […]

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  • Adding a Ceiling Fan

    DIY Questions and Answer March 17, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I’d like to add a ceiling fan in my bedroom, but the center of the room (where I’d like to locate it) falls right on a ceiling joist. I was hoping to install between the joists from the attic side, but now I’ve found an obstacle. How do I mount the fan? A: Try using a PVC saddle box. […]

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  • Problems Replacing Floor Tile in Bathroom

    DIY Questions and Answer March 17, 2017 Sonia

    Q: I replaced the floor tile in a bathroom. The new tile isn’t nearly as thick as the old tile, and now my toilet sits 3/4-in. too high. How do I fix this? A: The old tile may have been installed in a thick mortar bed, whereas today’s tile is generally installed on a thinner bed of adhesive. Now that […]

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