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Alternative network/Wifi thermometer? [on hold]

I'm looking for a Wifi / LAN / network thermometer with a browser interface that shows historic temperature data for a room. Similar to ALLNET ALL3418v2 / IP Thermometer LAN / WLAN. But this device ...
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What are the must-have features for a Hackspace/Makerspace bandsaw?

I've been tasked with looking into Band Saw models which could be useful for in a Hackspace/Makerspace. This means the saw will be used fairly frequently, by many people, for a wide variety of tasks. ...
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Is this the correct way to vent my roof?

We recently bought a 1950s vintage house with no soffits, i.e. no roof overhang. Thus there are no soffit vents in my attic, only a ridge vent and 2 gable vents, one with a powered fan. However, those ...
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How do I mount this box without drilling or damaging the shelf?

I bought a network switch that I'd like to hang on the underside of a shelf immediately above my desk. The designers of the switch provides two screw holes on the underside of the box to mount it. ...
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What are these containers called?

I'm looking for a certain type of plastic container (around 2-3 gallons) that has a spigot on the bottom and allows you to drain liquid using gravity. I used to see them a lot in the Navy used for ...
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What are good options for protecting expensive lawn equipment?

Question is self explanatory. We had a zero-turn stolen last year. We plan on buying another one this year, and I want to protect it. I've never looked into options available, but I'd like to tag my ...
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Is a built-in oven easier to maintain than a standalone one?

What is the more suitable to buy, so that its maintenance is easier and less costly, a built-in oven and stove or a standalone oven? A built-in like this one: or a standalone oven like this one: ...
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What are the key criteria to consider when purchasing new locks and deadbolts?

On twitter, the cofounder of GDGT Ryan Block comments: Surprisingly difficult to find a list of expert-recommended consumer locks, padlocks, etc. Lots on defeating security, but few suggestions. ...
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How can I build an insert on a desk that adjusts the height of a sewing machine?

I'd like to take my executive desk ( now sewing table) and cut out a piece of it to use as a support for my sewing machine. I want the sewing machine support able to lower the machine to table height, ...
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TV mounting with long reach

I'm looking to mount my LCD TV (26" Sony Bravia) in an alcove next to a chimney breast. I'd we view the TV from the other side of the chimney breast, so the mounting will need to allow the TV to come ...
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Should I use sugar soap or denatured alcohol to clean nicotine from painted walls?

I'd like to clean nicotine off of painted walls, but I'm not sure if I should use sugar soap, or denatured alcohol (methylated spirits). Which would do a better job all-around, specifically for ...
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Is this rotary hammer capable of driving a ground rod into hard soil?

I was thinking of purchasing this SDS Plus rotary hammer, and I'd like to drive ground rods with it. Unfortunately, almost all of the ground rod drivers are SDS Max, not SDS Plus. I'm going to be ...
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Is there a way to prevent mildew/mold from forming on vinyl siding?

The back side of my garage is shadowed by branches from neighbors trees, which causes mold/mildew to grow on the vinyl siding. Since removing the trees/branches is out of the question, is there some ...
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Vertical adjustment slider for VESA mount?

I'm looking for something I'm sure must exist but simply cannot find to improve the ergonomics of both my workspace and my TV wallmount. Essentially, I need to be able to quickly and easily adjust the ...
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Are home warranties worth it? [closed]

As someone who is very busy, and not very handy, I like the idea of getting a warranty so that I know that all I have to do is call someone when something breaks, and I know in advance how much it ...
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Recommendations for portable/fold-up work surface?

Does anyone have any recommendations for portable/fold-up work benches? Growing up, my father had a Black and Decker Workmate, but from what I've been reading construction of those work tables is ...
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Is the 60T blade that came with my Dewalt DWS780 miter good for general purpose cutting?

I recently bought a Dewalt DSW780 12" sliding compound miter saw, along with 60T and 96T diablo blades. My question is, should I keep the blades? Is the 60T blade that came with the saw good enough? ...
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How should I install a signal cable duct from new home office to a wiring closet?

I'm constructing a new home office and rather than having fixed cables from the (existing) wiring closet, I want to have the flexibility to add/remove/change cables in future, so I've been looking at ...
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Where can I find unsanded epoxy grout? [closed]

I have a concrete counter that is a bit unusual in that the surface layer is just concrete dye. It looks awesome, very earthy mix of colors, but unfortunantly it cracks, pulls up a bit. I tried ...
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How can I replace pull switch lights with wireless remote receivers / switches?

does anyone have experience with the Lightning Switch or Illumra or recommend any other remote switches for replacing the pull switch light fixtures without having to rewire the house. The tech looks ...
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Is urethane based grout worth the cost for bathroom tile?

We are beginning a project to tile the master bathroom. The local tile shop where we are purchasing the tile is recommending a urethane based grout (specifically Bostik TruColor Pre-Mixed Grout). I ...
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What should I look for when choosing a stud finder?

Stud finders are notoriously unreliable at finding studs; some will indicate a "rapidly shifting network of hundreds and hundreds of studs". Is there a way to determine before purchase that a ...
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How can I install heat tape on a hard to reach PVC drain pipe?

I need to install heat tape on the INSIDE of a 6" PVC drain pipe. The challenge is that it must be inserted from the bottom and pushed up about 4'. I'll also need a thermostat. How should I go about ...
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First time home owner - books to introduce different systems and things to know (Closing in another 2 weeks)

We are closing on our first home (townhome built in 2000 in NJ) purchase in another 2 weeks, we are very excited at the same time concerned about not knowing anything about homes. Is there any books ...
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Which flat roofing system requires the least maintenance?

I am a board member of my townhouse homeowners association and our townhomes are unfortunately very tall (need a lift or 60 ft ladder to access the roofs) and also the builder made the roof one single ...
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What should I look for in a ladder?

I am a new homeowner, and I am looking to buy a ladder so that I can clean my gutters. There seems to be a wide price range and a lot of different features. What should I look for in a ladder? ...
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Is there a UL listed relay for a line voltage device?

I once saw a device with full UL listing that was effectively a relay that could switch on or off a line voltage device. It looked something like a short extension cord but then had a low voltage wire ...
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How can I protect the wall behind a closet from developing a mold problem?

I'm moving soon to a new two-story house, built from concrete and AAC blocks (Autoclaved aerated concrete). The walls have an acrylic paint over them. I'm planning on installing a wall closet in the ...
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What are the pros and cons of Owens Corning shingles vs. GAF shingles?

I am looking to get a new roof for my house. I have taken quotes from about 4 contractors and 3 of them are suggesting I should use GAF shingles. 1 suggests that Owens Corning is a better shingle and ...
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In a cool damp climate, should I use hardwood or synthetic decking material for a deck that will be near a large tree?

We're building a 12x24 deck in our south-facing backyard in Seattle (aka rainy Pacific NW). There's a very large willow tree in our backyard that doesn't directly hang over the deck, but certainly ...
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How can I prevent damage to fire sprinkler heads in workshop?

My new condo has a standard heat-activated fire sprinkler system. In the living areas the sprinkler heads are completely recessed into the ceiling but unfortunately in the garage, which I also plan ...
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Are there any major differences between a smaller table band saw and a larger stand up band saw?

I'm considering buying a small table sized 9" band saw because it's much cheaper than buying a full sized stand up band saw. Are there any major differences in terms of what kind of materials I can ...
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Suggestions for a replacement garage door opener

My garage door opener has finally failed and I need to buy a replacement. I'm looking for suggestions on the pros and cons of different types of openers. Here are the details of the current setup: ...
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Selecting a sliding patio door

I live in the Boulder Colorado area where we have hot intense sunny summer days, and below zero freezing winter nights. We are planning to install a sliding patio door in a south facing full sun area. ...
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Where to buy plastic (temporary) air ducting in the UK?

Does anyone know somewhere (ideally online) I can buy plastic air ducting? The stuff I'm talking about is what they used on Mythbusters to make that helium 'airship'. It's just a large diameter tube ...
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What is an appropriate sealer for a Papercrete bench?

I've built a bench out of tires and papercrete two years ago. i've sealed it with lime plaster. in the past two years it held up against 500 m"m of rain in the winter and Mediterranean sun 7 month ...
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How do cement boards and Kerdi boards for wall tile compare?

I came across an interesting product the other day, and thought it might be perfect for an upcoming project. I'm redoing the tile back splash in my kitchen and was planning on using cement board ...
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How can I safely get rid of fire ant mounds in my backyard?

I've got around 8-10 fire ant mounds in my backyard, and a puppy that has recently discovered a love for digging in them. We haven't let her out in the backyard unsupervised for the past week since ...
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I have a basement floor with lots of moisture, can I paint or seal it to make it waterproof?

My basement has a slight dampness issue, where if I leave things on the floor they will get wet. There are no leaks and no standing water, the moisture seems to be wicking up through the concrete. I ...
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Chrome vinyl tape in the UK?

I am looking for something like chrome vinyl tape - adhesive, and with a silver, reflective surface: No matter how hard I look for this in the UK, only US suppliers are available. Could this tape ...
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Is there a wall outlet power meter that I can interface with from a computer?

I'm wondering if there is a wall outlet power meter that I can somehow interface with from a computer. I'm aware of all the google power meter products, but those are for an entire house. I'm trying ...
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What products should I use to add sound insulation to a party wall?

My bedroom shares a wall with my neighbours bathroom and I would like to add some sound proofing to my side of the wall. Can anyone recommend any particular products? The wall is brick and does not ...
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Any recommendations for smoke detectors with wireless remote alarms?

I would like to put a smoke detector in my attached garage and barn, with a wireless/remote signal with a a receiver inside the house. So far I have found this one I am assuming that with that ...
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How does Schlage SecureKey Re-keying mechanism work?

Here is their consumer info. And here is an amateur teardown, although I can't tell from the pictures how the thing actually works. Does any one have any better powers explanation? But beyond just ...
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Clamp for rope to make in a hoop?

Here's a bit of an odd one for you. I have a length of rope I need to put one end into a hoop to support the weight of a boxing bag. The hoop cannot be "tied" though. I somehow need something like ...
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What are some options for a small electric water flow control valve?

I'm looking for an electric water valve for a DIY project. I need to be able to close it partially so as to control the water flow rate. The exact details of how to control it are not important; I'm ...
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Where can I find a cheap diamond stone-cutting blade for my Dremel Multi-Max?

I'm getting ready to place laminate flooring in a room with a brick fireplace. As per Mike's recommendation here, I'd like to use my Dremel Multi-Max tool to cut a space in the base of our brick ...
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How do I determine the “hand” of the door?

I apologize in advance if this post is confusing. Let me know if additional clarification is needed. =) I'm planning to install a new front door and am confused on what the appropriate "hand" ...
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Sources for small metal tubing?

This is more a DIY question than a home improvement one but I can't seem to find a beter place to ask: I'm looking for small diameter metal tubing, specifically 0.159 ID, ~3/16 OD (the inside ...
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What's a good general purpose light-use drill?

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a decent general purpose light use drill for around the home? It's not going to get a whole lot of use. When it does get used most of the time it'll ...