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I wouldn't worry so much about blades flying out, even when using a cheap harbor freight saw. What is more likely to happen is the motor will burn out quicker than a quality tool. I've bought many harbor freight tools for "time to time" use. I've got a drill press that's lasted quite a long while ... granted I only use it a few times a year so I got my ...


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There are at least three different types of stud finders; unless you understand what they're doing to try to locate studs, their results may baffle you. Magnetic - these are a pitiful joke, but they were the only thing available when I was a kid. They don't sense the stud itself (unless you're in an office building that uses steel studs!), but rather the ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...


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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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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 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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This online store has them for $15.90 each, and claims to be compatible with Dremel Multi-Max. EDIT: Taking shirlock's advice in mind, the right tool for the job can make all the difference. I did a bit of searching, and DeWalt has an angle grinder for pretty cheap - only 4x the cost of the multimax blade! Ryobi has one for about half that price too. ...


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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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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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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 ...


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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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Oregon (http://www.oregonchain.com/) makes chainsaw accessories, including chains that would fit my chainsaw. Stihl chains are pre-stretched, so you won't get as much initial stretch on the saw. I heard that Stihl chains are built to closer tolerances, but nothing authoritative. It looks like the Oregon chain needs a slightly different sized sharpening ...



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