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If this is a one-off project it may be worth asking the ply merchant if they can do the cutting for you, which might work out even cheaper than a cheap saw. Other than that, I suspect that if you do buy a saw you will end up using it more than you thought you would and should give consideration to buying the dearer one, which in all likelihood will last you ...


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More important question: Which contractor did you feel the most comfortable with and which has the best work history in your area -- have you checked BBB and something like Angies List? Who has the best relationship with their wholesaler/supplier and can get you support if you need it in case of roof damage? Owens Corning and GAF make comparable products; ...


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I'll defer to the experts but personally, I wouldn't mix brands of chainsaw chains. I seem to recall that Stihl chain designs help reduce/prevent kick-back and binding (which presumably explains why they're more expensive). Plus, they use a green and yellow color-coding system to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with ...


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Good info here: http://www.lockwiki.com/index.php/Schlage_SecureKey


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If you're willing to do a little modification, you can use a Kill-A-Watt and hook it up to your computer. Adafruit has a "Tweet-a-Watt" project that interfaces with a Kill-A-Watt and wirelessly sends the power readings to the receiving unit (which they then hooked up to tweet the current readings) In the Adafruit forums, I found a guy who was trying to ...


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A 60 tooth is a fine blade for semi-smooth finish cuts. Cuts on flooring are always at the wall ends, so even a 40 is good for that since the baseboard trim goes over the cut. You should be leaving a 1/4 inch expansion gap at he ends anyway, so they won't show. The DeWalt 12" blade is a good long lasting blade. It has good balance, heat dissipation and takes ...


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I've had pretty good luck with Ryobi tools in the past, and the drill you are looking at will certainly do what you want it to. Normally I'd recommend a cordless drill to just about anybody, but if you find that you will hardly ever use it, a corded drill might be better. No point in having a cordless drill if the battery is always dead when you need it ...


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Great question! My wife and I were examining laminate flooring a little while ago too. Not all of them are alike -- here are some things to consider. Check the warranty. Cheaper laminate will usually have a shorter warranty with more conditions (e.g. 10 - 15 years only protecting factory defects). More expensive laminate will usually cover more ...


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I am going to weigh in although I haven't had time to check specs etc on a couple of products I have used in the past. High moisture levels in a concrete floor can come form only two sources, insuffiecent curing time (new concrete) or ground water. The informal test you did with the plastic patch is a sure sign of excessive moisture in the floor. This means ...


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The weak points in any guttering system are where the various sections join. If the gutters aren't fitted correctly then any system will leak. So look for a system that has an easy to fit joint, or perhaps one where the joints are bonded. As long as they have the capacity to carry the volume of water you expect then any correctly installed system will be ...


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Mixing brands of chains is no problem, provided you use compatible chains. I'm no longer able to buy "original" chains for my old Homelite so I buy it off the roll at the local mower/chainsaw dealer, who also joins it up for me. It's worth noting that this particular dealer won't sell you a chain unless you know exactly what to ask for or bring in an old one ...


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Some aspects you should consider would be: Size: If you're just starting out with your tool collection, you may want to look into a tool set/tool box combo. The one from the link has several drawers with a bigger top compartment. You can also get an expanding tool box which lets you see where all your tools are without having to go through all your ...


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In the end, I ended up using DRYLOK® LATEX CONCRETE FLOOR PAINT It's holding up well so far, we'll see how it does over the next few years.


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You can get sprinkler head cages to protect the sprinkler heads from damage. Some have bright colors (easier to spot and avoid) and somewhat rounded edges which probably would hurt less if you bumped your head into them.


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For the duct work, since we don't know how many cables you are talking about, I suggest ENT (Electrical Non-Metallic Tubing). It is flexible, corrugated and comes in a range of sizes, same as PVC. You can even use PVC connectors on ENT if in a bind. For termination, you can either use a box / terminating structured media center or make your own with a J-...


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I own this cordless string trimmer: Black and Decker NST2018 ($100) It comes with two batteries, so if the first one goes dead, you can pop in the second one and keep going. (Always keep the spare one in the charger!) I am happy with its performance. My lot is 0.35 acres. I use it to trim along my driveway, sidewalk, swing set, and a few flower beds. I ...


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If it was just for a one time project, I'd go ahead with the Harbor Freight. Otherwise, for light occasional use, the DeWalt should be fine. If you think you might become a heavier user, then I'd recommend stepping up from the DeWalt.


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You can make an eye splice Instructions on animatedknots.com and many other places.


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Try Fancy Tapes. They sell a product called mirror tape.


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I haven't used KIRDI-BOARD itself, but I have used similar products. Mostly, the biggest advantages are found in weight and longevity of the material. The synthetic foam will last longer than traditional concrete and produce significantly less dust when cutting and installing. The biggest disadvantage will be the cost. Synthetics (KIRDI-BOARD and similar ...


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With a roof line that low, I'd recommend a multi-position ladder because it can be used as either a step ladder or an extension ladder, making it useful for a lot of the projects that you'll probably be working on in the near future: getting on the roof, painting high up on the walls, getting up in the attic, etc. If your roof line was much higher than that,...


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I am not an expert in this type of roofing, I do however have some questions and recommendations that may help you get the right answers. First the questions. Is this roof drained with an internal system or scuppers along the edges? How large (square footage) is this roof? What part of the country are you in? Have you consulted an industrial/commercial ...


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Depends on who's paying for it. When you buy a home, you can often get the seller to cover a 1- or 2-year home warranty for the basics (structure, roof, plumbing, HVAC). This is usually insurance as much for the seller as the buyer; if something goes wrong that the seller and home inspector thought were fine, the buyer (who must now fix the problem as they'...


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A 5-stage reverse osmosis / UV filter will likely give you the results you want. This will filter out heavy metals as well as viruses and bacteria. Downsides: Cost (~$400, plus consumables) Maintenance (new filters every 3-6 months, new UV lamps / membranes periodically) Waste water (Every gallon of purified water produces at least 3 gallons of waste ...


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I'm assuming here that they're not going to replace the ducts in the wall; if I'm wrong I'll adjust my answer accordingly. Cut three or four pieces of 2x4's long enough to fit between the studs at the sides of the hole. Toe nail or screw one in horizontally near the top of the hole, one at the bottom and the other one or two in the middle. Provided your ...


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Perhaps the most important point in installing vinyl gutters is to use expansion joints, rather than having rigid joints all the way through, for lengths over about 20 or 30 feet. Vinyl expands and contracts much more than metal, so you have to give it somewhere to go. Brackets used for vinyl should also be designed to allow some sliding movement, otherwise ...



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