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Expanding foam. It seems like every time I grab a can of it, I somehow convince myself that I will be very careful and not touch any of it until after it has dried. I always end up with it on my hands/clothes. I spend the next 15 minutes with a bottle of acetone promising myself that I will wear disposable gloves next time.


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A list of "Know Before You Dig" services, by state, is available here: 811 Website For New Hampshire, contact Dig Safe Systems, Inc.


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I once had a tenant who lived next door in our duplex and thought she could hook up her own gas drier. Smelled gas one day and couldn't find where it was coming from, so I knocked on her door. Walked in and the whole place reeked of gas. Checked the drier, and sure enough, the supply line was barely even screwed on. Asked her about it and got one of ...


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Treat your router like a loaded gun, it has a ton of power and can shoot things with a lot of force if you aren't using it correctly. Consider that a router runs at around 24,000 rpm compare that to... A table saw: ~4,000 RPM A drill: ~800 RPM The feed direction and double checking that the bit is securely locked into the chuck is critical if you value ...


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Well, I had one that more so lead to a DIY project then happened during. Commercial building built in the 1930s, had lamps hanging from ceiling by chains. One day I'm changing a light bulb and someone walks in and flips the light switch. It threw my arm back, almost knocked me off the ladder, and my hand was spotted black for a little while. The wiring ...


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811 is the universal number for all US states. Canada has different numbers. Listing here


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If you're doing a job that creates a lot of dust, it's really worth tarping off the doorways to limit exposure. After doing a floor sanding project, for the next few months my laser printer smelt like a fireplace every time I printed something.


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You can get an air purifier that utilizes a HEPA filter and an Ioniser. HEPA Filter Helps remove particles as small as 0.5micron, dust and other particles. IONISER Blasts the area with negative ions that binds at molecular level to odours, particles, chemicals, smoke, pollen, etc. Causes these particles to become heavy and fall the floor. You will ...


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Sorry there is no such thing as 'Sick Building Syndrome', it is just a lazy way to label a problem that is not understood. So you first need to find out in detail what is causing the problem. Given that your wife is expecting, it may have nothing to do with the building at all….. A doctor may be able to do tests and give you a list of the things she is ...


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Mineral Spirits Roofing tar in a caulk tube Gasoline to name a few. I used to not wear gloves until I discovered that my local drugstore sells latex gloves for next to nothing (I think $2-3 per box of 100). So now I use em for almost everything from painting to changing the oil in my tractor .... but I keep a supply of GoJo Orange with pumice handy ..... ...


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I know this is along different lines, but I was staining my deck this summer, and I got oil-based stain all over my hands. I checked the internet about how to remove it, and everyone suggested vegetable oil and some light scrubbing. Imagine my surprise when just 2 minutes of work and my hands were cleaner than before I started!


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Acetone. Great for prepping some surfaces for adhesives. Also great for seriously irritating and/or drying out your skin. Use nitrile gloves - it'll go right through latex. This was a three part learning experience for me. I was prepping a large surface for an adhesive, and my hands got really irritated. "Hmmm, maybe I should wear gloves." Out come the ...


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Be careful when walking/working in your unfinished attic... it is very easy to miss a beam and put your foot through the ceiling. Best thing to do is use a piece of plywood if you need to work up there for any extended period of time.


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Always, always, always, always, always make sure the power is off before snipping 240V power cables. And when you do snip them, even if the power is off, make sure your hands are insulated. We had an electrician swear to us that he had disabled all the power to one part of the building, but even so I felt a tingle so I went and confirmed with him that the ...


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Never leave wire ends unprotected, even for a moment. It's too easy to get distracted and forget to replace a wire cap or crimp a connector. And once the junction box (or wall!) is closed up, it's too late, and some day later you cause an electrical fire.


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This question is really too localised, so this answer doesn't apply to all, but in Australia there's Dial Before You Dig on 1100


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That dark, sticky, pasty, black stuff on the pipe snake when you pull it out of the drain. Fiberglass Faced Sheet rock. ITCHTY ITCHY ITCHY


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Not really a chemical, but...pine tar. That took forever to get off, even with turpatine. High-quality primer is a pain to get off, too. Reveals the difference between it and regular paint.


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I try not to get anything on my skin that claims to remove Rust. The two products that come to mind are Rust Free and Royal Jelly. When it gets on my skin I swear it is taking off the outer most layer of my skin. Might be all in my head though.



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