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How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?

When I get stuff for DIY projects, I regularly use rope to tie it all down to my trailer. When I coil up a rope for storage I wind it around my palm and elbow (on the same arm) then use the last ...
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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Is there a way to store drywall vertically on its side?

I am going to have a surplus of 8 sheets of 5/8" 4x8 drywall (4 type-x, 4 QuietRock 525) until my next soundproofing job this Summer. I have been storing 8 sheets at a time stacked flat on my ...
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Is it okay to store laminate flooring in a dry garage for a couple weeks?

I have purchased some flooring that I won't be able to install for a couple weeks. I live in Canada and the winter is on its way, so the temperature is beginning to reach freezing. Is it okay to ...
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What do I need to use one winch motor independently on several different cables (for overhead storage)?

I'm almost-nearly-started on installing a bunch of motorized ceiling-storage platforms in my garage. I was researching which winch/hoist to buy when I realized that I'd rather not buy one electric ...
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Is there a good way to store and organize try/combination squares?

I have a bunch of try/combination squares that I would like to store/hang in my work area but I cannot figure out a good system. Can someone recommend a good method to keep combination squares readily ...
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Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?

I would like to use the attic space above my 2-car garage for storage of items around the house and garage, and if possible, utilize some of the space as a small work area. The previous owners left ...
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What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?

I am hoping this isn't too wide of a topic since garage storage can vary greatly from person to person depending on what's being stored. In my case, I will be storing power tools like my circular saw,...
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Storage of portable (but bulky) power tools

So in the course of this renno, I've acquired a few larger/more bulky power tools (portable table saw, compound sliding miter/stand, 13" planer, etc..). Currently I am using the soon-to-be kitchen ...
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How should I choose between a pegwall or slatwall as a tool storage solution?

I'm interested in putting up a tool wall in my garage/workshop. Taking into consideration the price, strength, ease of use and versatility. Which of the two boards will be best for the job and what ...
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Best household energy storage

We recently had photoelectric panels installed. We have 8 kw. In Germany this is subsidised and we reckon to break even in about 9 years, just by selling it and by own use during the daytime. Anyway,...
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What good storage rack or furniture are there? What considerations should I have to build one?

I'm thinking of buying a new furniture for my consoles. I've got a NES, Super Nes, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, and probably a Wii in the future. I'm thinking of maybe having a carpenter make a custom ...
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How to prevent mold in stored joint compound

Joint compound comes in larger containers than I need. I have had this problem for years where storing opened but unused joint compound leads to mold growth, usually starting within a week or two. I'd ...
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How can I trim my pegboard?

I really want to tidy up my tool closet, and step one is getting the pegboard hung back up. I'd like to mount the board on the inside of a closet door, but it is about 2" too wide for that. I've had ...
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What should I keep in mind for attic storage solutions for a small home with 14" rafter spacing?

So our attic and our stuff in general is not serving us. Yes, we need to get rid of the stuff we don’t need. If we need anything up there then it is not down here because we need it seasonally (think ...
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How to prevent odor in clay pots, resulting due to drinking water storage?

We use clay pots to store drinking water in summers. Clay pots keep the water cool. The water lasts for 2 days and then I wash the pot with soap and fill the water again. There is no tight lid for ...
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How can I create low-cost, fire resistant, hidden in-wall storage?

I've taken all the sheetrock off of an interior wall for some renovations we're doing. What I would like to do is use a section of that wall to create a fire resistant hidden storage compartment. It's ...
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“Built-in corrosion inhibition” - Does it work? How?

I recently bought a new toolbox to tame the piles of tools I've acquired for general home maintenance in my first year of home ownership. It's the Kobalt 26" hammer box; good size, sturdy enough for a ...
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Is it ok to screw those red utility hooks into wall studs, or should I use a crossbar between two studs?

So, I'm hanging my tools in my garage, the wall is unfinished so I have direct access to studs. I'm using red utility hooks very much like the one pictured below to hang shovels, rakes, a few electric ...
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How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?

If the bed were a few inches higher, I would be able to store my suitcase beneath it. Is there anyway to raise it and still be able to support a person lying down? I may be looking for something like ...
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Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?

I have installed engineered hardwood all throughout my house, in addition wood base trim (which comes pre-primed). Now that my projects are done, I dont want to throw away the wood, incase I can use ...
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What features should I look for in a small wooden shed for tool storage?

I live in Cambridge, England and I would like to buy a small wooden shed (about 4 meters square) to store my tools and a freezer but as I never bought one before I don't know the important features. I ...
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How can I connect metal rods together crosswise?

I have some stainless steel rods of diameters such a 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" or so, and I want to connect them together in some cases cross-wise to make a lattice. In some cases it might be convenient to ...
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How Can I Attach a Box to an inside wall that will the hide internet router without damaging the wall?

I have a series of cables and an internet router on the floor of my apartment, like this: I would like to attach a box to the wall that will hide all of this, and tuck the wireless router inside it....
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What type of shelving should I use in my basement?

We currently have single track brackets on a set of shelves 14 feet long & about ~7 feet high, with 6 upright posts. These need to be replaced with something much stronger. The options I know ...
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Closing off Cold Storage Room

We have a relatively new house (built in 2002) with a cold storage room under the poured concrete porch. There is a door with full weatherstripping leading to it. We'd really like to close it off (...
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How to stack and store old pressure treated fence boards

I acquired some used pressure treated 1x10 fence boards from a privacy fence teardown. Some of the boards do show some wood beetle signs where they were in contact with the ground. However, they are ...
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How should I store between 30 and 50 sheets of QuietRock ES?

I will spare the details of why I am buying this much QuietRock. For now, let's just assume it makes sense and move on to my question. As I said, I am buying a large quantity of QuietRock ES to ...
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How to create a conditioned attic?

My attic has reached the point of no return with storage. I must use it for that purpose. So now I have to find a way to insulate the attic's roof. For this DIY handyman dad, does anyone know of a ...
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Storing riding lawnmower under deck

I have a ceiling system under my deck so that no water gets to anything under there. I'd like to store my riding lawnmower under there. The surface of the ground isn't wet, but I wanted to put ...
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Are stainless steel garage cabinets suitable for unheated garage?

I am considering adding stainless steel garage cabinets to my garage such as this one. As you know they are not cheap. My concern is my garage is not heated and it gets wicket cold in north east (...
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Storing heavy weight on first floor

I am renovating my house. I've come to the drywall stage. I would require around 40 sheets of sheetrock to be hung. Each sheet is 58.8 lb and I'll be buying them together. I'm planning to store them ...
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Does a 4x8 sheet of 1/4'' pegboard need support across the middle of the board?

Simple question, I'm hanging some pegboard in my garage tonight after work, and am not sure if I can get away with just screwing the edges into 2x4 (I'm using thicker boards to accommodate a recessed ...
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How should clothes and books be stored in an unconditioned space?

We are having our first child, and to prepare for that we have to move a lot of stuff to storage. The storage we have is not heated or otherwise temperature/humidity regulated. This means that ...
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Does it matter how the chuck on a drill is set when it is stored?

When I put away my drill for storage, should I be concerned about whether the chuck is fully open, fully closed, or somewhere in between?
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Can I build storage in front of heaters?

We're in an NYC pre-war apartment building. Under every window, there's a built in radiator: Each has a knob that supposedly shuts the radiator off but it doesn't always work. Meaning you can ...
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Storage racks - plastic vs Bronze inside room

I am thinking of putting storage racks in one of my carpeted room. I looked at the bronze one, big and heavy at costo and I thought they would not be suitable for placing on carpet because They are ...
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Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?

I was at a model home the other day and checked out its structured media enclosure. Inside, it had a "Standard 4 x 10 Voice Distribution Module" and what appeared to be a "1 x 6 3GHz Video Splitter ...
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Lumber Storage to Prevent Issues

Previously I had access to commercial style storage racks purpose built for lumber. Now I live in a smaller home. Is there an optimum arrangement to storing lumber in a garage or basement that will ...
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Running computers in basement storage room safely

I have kinda an odd one. I'm mostly concerned about fire safety here and am not concerned about power, I already know how to handle that properly. I have a somewhat large basement with an unfinished ...
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How do I attach storage shelving/rack to the floor?

This is perfect for holding our computer servers. MUST be these measurements (60x24x84) We need it to bolt/attach to the floor so it won't tip over no matter what. What is a way to do that with ...
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How can I store Latex paint for the long term - a decade or longer?

So I have a bunch of partially used latex paint in 1 gallon and 5 gallon buckets. How could one store and keep the paint viable for years to come? Could I just vigorously shake the buckets once a year ...
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How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

I recently bought a 12-piece Wifa Torx screwdriver set, but am not sure how to store it. At first I thought of making a case, but that could be a lot of work and it would have to be deep, like 16 ...
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Can I hang over-the-door organizers from exposed drywall?

One of the walls in my laundry closet is open into the adjacent closet between the ceiling and the raw edge of the top of the drywall (about a foot gap). Is it safe to use over-the-door hooks to hang ...
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Curtain to hide storage under stairs

We store bikes and other unsightly things under stairs. How would you go about putting a curtain with a drawstring in front? Here's someone who did something similar: diydiva.net/2010/03/how-to-...
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Where is the best place to store cardboard?

Having recently moved, a thrifty state of mind, and plenty of room for storage, taking into account mice, mold, and structural breakdown: Would it be better to storage collapsed moving boxes in the ...
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Will Modifying a Wardrobe Box for Temporary Use/Moving ruin its structural integrity?

I have some time between leases that I'll be living in a temporary location and I picked up a wardrobe box (a large box with a cross-bar for hanging clothes). I'd like to try to store most of my ...
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Is 12 by 20 feet garage big enough for today's cars?

My house that I am moving in was built in 1950s. It has garage which 12 by 20 feet but I measure the length and the exact measurements are 11.4 inches (internal width) and 20.4 inches (internal length)...
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Simplify the shop, reduce storage space… use hand powered tools [closed]

Sometime ago, I read something online, magazine, somewhere. It was the story of somebody who ran a chair making shop at Williamsburg (or similar venue). The shop owner went to use a hand held ...
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How to create craft paper storage

I am looking to make storage for my 12x12 papers and my 8.5" x 11" papers. I want to make it with lots of shelves and not sure where to start.