Questions tagged [home-improvement]

Questions on the subject of home improvement and the role of engineers in residential design and construction work. Technical questions about specific home improvement projects should not use this tag; instead, use tags that categorize the project itself. For advice on home improvement / DIY, see our sister site Home Improvement Stack Exchange.

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How could these 2 concrete pours affect algae build up?

Here's the image: https://ibb.co/12kJCg8 First off, I live in a third world country with little standards for home building. My family's driveway ended up like this as the laborers somehow didn't ...
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What type of engineer/profession specialize in the design and building of residential homes/houses? [closed]

Peace and blessings beloved. I come from a family of tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, welders, carpenters, painters, etc) but never took a real interest in learning about said trades (or anything ...
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Hack a kitchen freezer for lower temperature

Common home freezers usually have the lowest temperatures of about -24 degrees Celsius. Freezers that go lower exist but these are much more expensive (times much). I wonder whether a common kitchen ...
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What is the name of this kind of through-hole fastener?

I've seen these before but I don't know what they're called. It's a two piece insert that creates a through-hole between them. I drew a picture to help identity it!
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Are toilets supposed to come loose?

I have a typical, classical (but modern-made) Western porcelain toilet. Just a couple of years ago, they redid the entire bathroom (unasked for, forced "upgraded"). I've noticed many times ...
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what is issue with my room brick wall? How can i solve it?

I have seen a sort disformation on wall of my room I have attached snapshot of both inside view(from inside room) and out side view(that is out of room) inside view is below out side view is below
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Is there a way to find who holds the trademark? [closed]

WonderBoard is a cement-based backer board mainly used for tiling in wet places. Specifically, its components are Portland cement, expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads, aggregates, and fiberglass ...
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In order to soundproof external noise, do I need to build wall stud on concrete walls?

I assume this wood framing is the wall stud. My room looks like as follow with concrete walls In order to soundproof external noise into my room (red circle), do I need to build wall stud?
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Build new home on top of 50 years old house [closed]

We have a home, which built before 50 years, now we are planning to built one more home on top [ terrace] , Is it right to go ahead & built new home on terrace ? or do we need to check any other ...
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Can I oversize my air conditioner if I use a two speed compressor?

The upper floor of my house has a split A/C, three-ton. When the temperature gets up above about 95 Fahrenheit, the unit can't ...
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Heat storage mass vs. AIR in an ICF house

If we would want to build a family house (ICF) regarding operational costs, should we leave the insulation on the inside, or should we remove it from the inside? If we would remove it, the walls ...
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How to bend copper heat pipes?

I have purchased these copper heat-pipes; however, I am wondering how to bend them without kinking them or cutting them open due to pressure on weak points/bends. These are flat copper heat pipes, so ...
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Is it possible to cook with low power PV systems (under 300 W)

This topic is slightly related to this one, with some extra details. I would like to go off-grid and therefore buy a PV kit. I can see that the prices for PV systems with a power of +3kW are very ...
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When do I need to consult a professional engineer during a home renovation?

I am a homeowner who likes to save money by performing DIY work. When possible, I prefer to serve as my own general contractor to reduce the cost of a project. However, when I talk with professionals ...
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