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We are happy with our Granite. The only drawback is that we have to watch out for stain's - from oil or red liquids like red wine. And even then, as long as you don't let it sit overnight, you are fine, just wipe it up. After living with Corian and Formica, the ability to place very hot pans on the surface it a must. I can't tell you how convenient that ...


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It could be that they are trying to slow down a fire from spreading. The material at the edges might be more fire resistant, so the fire will spread to adjacent buildings more slowly, allowing the occupants more time to escape. You might be able to verify this by checking the local fire codes for conjoined (not sure this is the right term) buildings. See ...


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Twofold theory: Perhaps OSB is cheaper at the moment for this builder than ply and wants to use OSB as much as they can. OSB and Ply are apparently seen as the same in terms of performance and code see: http://bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/by-title/choosing-between-oriented-strandboard-and-plywood/ However, OSB, when cut, is more susceptible to water ...


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There is also white board paint, that you can use on a variety of surfaces. Here is one example. You can use this directly on walls, or on a board if you need portability. There is also blackboard paint for use with chalk.


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You left out butcherblock -- it can be cheaper than stone or 'solid surface' products (Lumber Liquidators sells both Cherry and Maple edge grain for $310-330 per 12' section). You can sand many problems right out of it (but it's self-healing like a wood cutting boad when kept oiled, or you can get it varnished for less maintenance required), and it's ...


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I'd first check for leaks. Even a tiny crack can let a lot of cold air in over time. Caulking would be the proper solution, but since you're renting, foam weatherstripping tape may be a quicker/cheaper solution. Next, if the window is single-paned or otherwise just poor quality, the cold could be coming straight through the glass. (This is probably more ...


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WhiteyBoard cheap whiteboard stickers that are cheap and come in a variety of sizes. Write up about them on LifeHacker: Whiteyboard was started by Jason Wilk, a principal with venture capital firm Y Combinator, after he discovered how much a whiteboard cost at an office supply store. Determined to give small startups an alternative, he came ...


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We totally remodeled our kitchen about six months ago, on a fairly small budget. We went with laminate counter tops because... Very affordable. Our whole kitchen was $500, custom fit, with the edges rolled the way we like them, and no backsplash, to accommodate my tiling (Lowes). The visual quality of today's laminate is excellent. We ended up getting ...


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There are a bunch site like hobbycnc that sell plans and parts to build your own hobby cnc. Here's a site that sells a kit. Looks pretty neat actually...now I know what I want for Christmas! Update: Just found the Torchmate series. They have a Torchmate 2x2 version starting at $3000.


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If you have a router, you can use the Beall Wood Threader. A kit to thread one-inch dowels is US$85. They have kits to do smaller sizes or multi-size kits. Parts are included to do both inside and outside threading. You can find a hand tool on eBay. Here's a source for ready-to-use threaded dowels in half-inch and three-quarter-inch diameters up to ...


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Personally, I hate OSB for anything but temporary uses. It's not as strong as ply, it's more suceptible to moisture than ply, more easily damaged than ply. They use it for things like roofs and such cause it's cheap. They are counting on the roof being covered before any extended exposure to moisture, and they certainly don't expect constant foot traffic on ...


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If this is an interior installation then no powder/gravel based playing surface will be "dust free" as the impact of the balls will create dust. Reading up on the game, it does say that it can be played on grass. Based on that, for an indoor game, I'd go with hard rubberized flooring (such as used in gymnasiums) topped with interior AstroTurf of a short ...


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There are aluminum to copper wire nuts available, like Ideals 30-16. Basically it is a wire nut filled with NOLOX. It is made mostly for mobile homes that have aluminum wire and updating devices that might have failed or if you want to change the color, etc... They are not cheap, about over a couple of dollars each. You can but them on the internet or at ...


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Durability - I have often seen the stainless/chrome plated hose breaking up after a few years... this is where the hose splits along the seam of the hose... This will not happen with the braided hose due to the fact that you have a netted sheath. Also. the braided pattern is more flexible than its counterpart. Cost - This hose is substantially cheaper ...


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It's done for anti-shatter, the silicone keeps the glass shards together. According to their product sheet, "Safety coated glass for shatter resistance provides a protective shield to safely contain the glass if the bulb should break" It first came out being used on incandescent bulbs for mechanic's trouble lights.


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You could use a sheet of Polycarbonate Lexan, It will stand up well to projectiles. When you no longer need it, you could convert it into a whiteboard as @Peter Bridger did.


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I am going to give you a very short answer to a very involved topic. Ceramic and porcelain are basically similar products. There are very good and very cheap versions or each product. When you go to your supplier, ask about the hardness rating. Softer cheap tile usually has a redish tint on the back side and is made from softer clay, typically in Mexico. ...


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Perspex is a brand name, but I've most often heard the name used by British English speakers. A similar product is Plexiglas which is also a brand name. In the US, people use the word "Plexiglas" generically and I believe that's true of the word "Perspex" in Great Britain. If you go into Home Depot in the US and ask for Perspex you're likely to get a ...


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I've tried several options (below) but recently the owner of our local Tech coworking facility, TechPad turned me on to the best one : Whiteboard wallboard from Lowes (probably available @ major hardware stores) for $14 for an 8x4 sheet. It's cheap, easy to install (although it's size makes it hard to transport) and erases great. You can also get smaller ...


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We have a concrete counter top, which is actually an amazing material when done correctly. It can be molded into almost any shape and thickness. It can be very fluid and doesn't have to have any seams. There are also a variety of finishes and colors. Ours is sealed with an epoxy, which makes it very durable and low maintenance. If I were to do it again I ...


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This may be heresy, but what about using soft indoor pétanque balls that should allow you to play the game on a carpet without having to deal with gravel and dust?


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That looks like asbestos - the age would be about right. I'd get your local authority to have a look. They'll be able to advise on what you can and cannot do. Asbestos is "safe" as long is at remains in one piece. It's the dust generated when it breaks up that's dangerous. If (and it's a very big if) you could remove it without it breaking then you'd be ...


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I don't know how large of a whiteboard you're looking for but I've used glass. I've used white acrylic paint on the back of the glass to give it a background and it's worked great!! I'd call around to some glass stores and see what a piece will run you. I've also used showerboard (tileboard) and it works fine as well and is available pretty cheaply from a ...


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micRo - ~$2000 (Need to buy a few pieces). This thing looks really nice, but has a small work area. The guy that makes them is fanatical about quality hobby equipment. http://lumenlab.com DIY - ~$750. If you want to take the DIY approach and have a larger work area, pick up a copy of Build Your Own CNC Machine. The companion website literally has videos of ...


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Here's a countertop material comparison chart. It compares them by appearance, durability, sink options & value. One thing it does not cover is how environmentally friendly the products are, both in production (raw material consumption and energy consumption) and ongoing maintenance. In that light, Quartz (aka engineered stone), wood (reclaimed or ...


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I would go with the wood. It will paint & caulk better. Some of the PVC stuff doesn't cut well on a chop box, has a tendency to break and may crack with larger nails. PVC just looks cheap when its up, you can tell its plastic. If the composite is MDF, I would buy that over wood. MDF is cheaper, and usualy straighter pieces. It also paints nicely. The ...


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For sure it is a cementious material utilizing portland cement as binding agent. Anything more specific is speculative. If the uneven, raised surface in the background is covered with similar material, this is almost certainly "shotcrete" or "gunite". Pneumatically placed concrete, cement, or mortar. Based on the sandy surface, it was probably a dry mix ...


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We used Travina for all the counters throughout our new house. It has all the benefits of granite or quartz, but is about 50% of the cost. From the website... Travina® is composed of 70-80% natural aggregates and a special blend of high tech polymer resin for strength and durability. Cost Effective Travina® was designed to be a low cost ...



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