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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Home Improvement Stack Exchange's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please ...
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Should I request migration?

I posted at Lifehacks, but am wondering if I should request migration here. https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/q/19104/5433 I have moved into a place that has an elderly black sink in the ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Home Improvement Stack Exchange will be hosting an election on August 27th, 2018. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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You are using a picture of a window well cover from my website with out my permission

I have not given you permission to use my photo. You have not mentioned where the picture came from. Please remove the photo from your website
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I'm stepping down from moderation duties, and here's why

I simply do not have the amount of time to give, that I think this site deserves. While my family continues to grow, "free time" has become a thing of the past. My responsibilities at work have also ...
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Is cleaning on topic?

This question, about cleaning oils and such off of a small stove, was closed by me and 4 others as off-topic. The reason I gave is that operation of appliances is off-topic, and I consider general ...
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Why are there no top contributors who identify as female?

While the construction trades are still horribly misogynistic, home improvement as an individual activity isn't so much. Many women undertake upgrade, repair, and remodeling tasks in their homes with ...
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Is upholstery on topic?

A new question was posted about upholstery. To me, this doesn't seem to be within the defined range of topics for the site. I checked the upholstery tag, which contains no guidance, and there are ...
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Why are small appliance questions off topic?

I posted a question about fixing a small appliance : How to replace Blender's Drive Coupling? A comment said this is off topic. When I read the help section it says questions about small ...
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Make [odor] a synonym of [smell]

odor smell There's no compelling reason to keep these separate. odor doesn't even have an excerpt.
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Why was this question not reconsidered after editing?

Why was this question changed from hold to closed and no feedback provided after edits were made? It was originally put on hold as off topic, so I updated the question and restructured it to try and ...
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Duplicate flat concrete roof questions

I am looking for a solution for waterproofing flat concrete deck/roof and found there are several duplicates questions. As I don't do a lot on this site, I am just bringing it your attention on how ...
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Should I incorporate information and suggestions posted as comments into my answer?

For example, several good comments were made on my answer. In the interest of housekeeping, should I add them to my answer and provide attribution, then flag them for removal, or should I simply leave ...
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When to close for product recommendations

I do a lot of closures on the main Stack Overflow site so I've seen more than a few recommendation requests. While DIY is a different subject set, I've been increasingly baffled by people wanting to ...
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Should we flag questions with insufficient detail?

I've been working the First Posts review queue and I am often finding questions that do not provide enough details to permit a helpful answer. (E.g., "Why is cold air coming out of my vents?") Many ...
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Adding answer to my own question with details on how I resolved it?

A couple of weeks ago I asked this question on how to fix a cracked stair step. I got a good answer, and have acted on it. During the process I learned more that might be helpful to future searchers: ...
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Is [building-regulations] a generic tag? Can it be made UK-specific?

I saw a question tagged building-regulations today. I initially assumed that it was asking about the UK Building Regulations, a specific set of codes. I checked the tag info to make sure... but there'...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Which site in stack exchange family is recommended for 'smart wifi plugs' and 'Google Home'?

I'm going to have various questions about our new 'Google Home' speech-based assistant, in regard to finding compatible 'smart wifi socket plugs' and setting them up. So, I'm wondering which site ...
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Can I ask about industrial construction on DIY.SE?

I know the site is called Home Improvement, and the tour says "Don't ask about... questions that are not about home improvement", but there is not a general 'construction' Stack Exchange site that I ...
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What online tools exist for creating home wiring diagrams?

In the Q&A Request Support for CircuitLab schematic editor, I disagreed with the proposal to use CircuitLab for creating wiring diagrams. But that raises the question if there is an app that ...
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Burninate this [old-house] tag

Insert Bob Villa joke here. Also, obligatory link to what Burnination is old-house Saw someone editing this into a question. This is the very definition of a meta tag The reason meta-tags are a ...
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Why can't I answer a question on “Home Improvement” although I have a very high reputation on other networks?

I don't get it. I can't answer a question on Home Improvement although I have a high reputation (2400 points) on stackoverflow, and also good scores on other networks. What's the wisdom of this rule?
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Make [health-and-safety] a synonym of [safety]

safety - 312 questions (appears canonical since [dangerous] is a synonym) health-and-safety - 57 questions I can't see any reason why these should remain as separate tags. Something unsafe is, by ...
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I just want someone to check my work — where do I post?

Where should we post questions that aren't necessarily looking for a detailed answer, but more geared towards just wanting a second set of eyes to look over your work and point out blatant mistakes or ...
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Do we need the [gas] tag?

gas - 254 questions natural-gas - 95 questions propane - 59 question Is there enough variance for this tag? Should we retag to the specific natural gas or propane tags?
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Is a question about using the hammer function on a specific type of drill on-topic?

I inherited an old drill. It supposedly has a hammer function (it's a Black & Decker that calls itself Schlagbohrmaschine), but I don't know how to switch it on, and need help. Is that too ...
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Would a question about where to report a contractor's behavior be on-topic?

I have the following question: Subj: Where would I report bad contractor behavior? A contractor in my area is asking for 50% of the quoted price for the work as cash up front with a promise to ...
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Home Sales question in Home Improvement SE

I'm new to home Improvement and have a rather specific question I need answered. I am not sure, however, if it is off topic. In summary, I'm looking for some advice on selling my house during the ...
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How should we handle questions when the asker is not in a position to provide more detail or enact solutions?

A recent question came up where there is a problem with the water in the OPs apartment - in fact, all of the apartments in the building. The OP is just a tenant there, and is not part of the ...
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Tagging questions about multi-way (i.e. multi-location) switching

I have noticed that a couple of users have been trying to categorize questions about multiway switching setups with their own tag. While the effort is appreciated -- I've been rejecting the edits ...
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Off-Topic, belongs on another site — Why is Meta the only option?

Start here: Direct USB Charging Battery This is obviously OT on DIY, the best fit would be electronics. So, Close, Select "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" and ...
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Does image data get erased when uploaded?

I often upload photos of my house and neighborhood when asking questions. Does the meta data associated with these photos (such as geo data) get erased when they are posted? I wouldn't want someone ...
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Should questions about which way to orient flooring be off topic?

In my opinion, these types of questions are subjective, and could possibly even be closed as decorating advice. Here's the latest example of this type of question: Correct way to orient laminate ...
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Difference between legal questions and questions about building code

It has been suggested that my question about if a licensed contractor is required to pull permits is a legal question and therefore off topic. I read through the help center before asking and given ...
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How can I retract erroneous downvotes after five minutes have passed?

I just noticed a newuser who has 4 rep. I was trying to figure out how that's possible and I realized they might have +5 for one upvote and -2 for one downvote. Went to check for that and found I ...
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Is the diy-vs-pro tag useful?

Currently there are 43 questions with the diy-vs-pro tag. Looking quickly through the list, I couldn't find any that were asking if they should do a job or hire a pro. Is this tag useful in any way, ...
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What should we do with OPs suffering from a case of utility futility?

Sadly, in some parts of the world, trying to get a utility (electrical is the one I've seen so far, but other utilities are probably susceptible to this as well) to do anything for you without an ...
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How to flag landlord/tenant (aka legal) questions

Using this question as an example. What is the best way to flag the question? Nothing seems to fit. It boils down to landlord / tenant relations and/or a legal question. In any case, it can't be ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Should questions about sizing plumbing for outdoor fixtures be on topic?

Recently there was a question about determining the size of pipe needed to supply a water trough, which received a vote to close. There was then a discussion in the comments, as to whether or not the ...
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How best to handle flags on posts that are subsequently edited, making the flag obsolete or wrong?

Let's say I correctly flag a question for being unclear. The question is then edited to provide missing details, so that it is clear and on-topic. My flag now appears to be wrong, so would get ...
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Closing old answered questions as off-topic?

I agree with closing old off-topic questions, but in this case the question is answered: In an AC circuit, where does hot end and neutral begin? What is the point of closing it?
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Site promotional idea and a little fun

Can't stack send a t-shirt or prize to the person that submits the worst contractor/DIY disaster of the month or maybe have a running list for the year? I would certainly visit site and meta more if ...
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Should we remove the [wire]?

As I noted here and here, the DIY.SE electrical folksonomy is in serious need of cleanup. While a couple of the minor tagging errors, such as ground, are small enough that I can handle the editing ...
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Remove “Carpentry and woodworking” from the “Ask about” section of help page

I suspect it's leftover from before the woodworking site launched, but given that woodworking does exist, the tour for this site shouldn't encourage users to post questions which would be more suited ...
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Banned from flagging due to old(er) flags that were recently acted on

Today I went to flag a post and got a message that too many of my recent flags were declined, and I'm banned from flagging (not at issue here). I went to look at the declined flags in the last 7 days, ...
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What is the proper way to introduce relative context to a question, answer, or comment?

What is the proper way to introduce or expand relative context to a question, answer, or comment? For example, A person asks for the best way to caulk the exterior of the pictured window sill. A ...

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