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Eight months probably wouldn't be enough time for standing water to have caused much significant damage to the decking, and from the pictures it looks like it is fairly sound. Also, in that the timespan we're talking about was over the winter, it wouldn't have been a whole lot different than normal ice and snow accumulation. The one thing that you should ...


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Most products you purchase will have the information on the label. If no information is provided you can look for a marking similar to the following that will help you identify the type of plastic it was made with. ABS does not have a symbol, but is often marked >ABS<. In your case, I'd look around the base of the hose reel you should be able to find ...


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That looks suspiciously like somebody decided to cut a door through the wall and either gave up or decided it was too much work. The wall construction looks like veneer plaster, which would fit with the age of the house. Whatever method you decide to use, you're going to have to get some more framing in there. You at very least would need to replace the ...


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To clean and de-wax the old floor, as well as smooth out the areas that are worn with those that are not, use #1 steel wool and a 50/50 mixture of denatured alcohol and lacquer thinner to clean the floor. It's a laborious process, but if you do the entire floor working from the non-worn edges into the center, it will brighten the entire floor and clean it of ...


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The surprising (to me) answer may be ABS cement. You probably won't find this in the hardware store glue isle, instead head over to plumbing: You'll want the smallest can possible (e.g. 4oz), and after use to seal it in a zipper lock bag and store in a cool dry location. The stuff goes bad in the can pretty fast. The ABS cement worked for me far better ...


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According to the lego community, to glue ABS (Legos happen to be made out of ABS plastic as well), you actually want a solvent, not a glue. The solvent loosens up the molecules on the surface of the plastic allowing them to combine, leaving a cleanly fused surface with no residue. The best choices for solvents to "glue" ABS are MEK or GBL. Although acetone ...


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You can use acetone to glue ABS We do this a lot with our ABS 3D-prints at our local hackerspace.


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At this point I would take it apart. It's already broke you have nothing to loose. I had an older Delta saw that had a gear box fail. The parts were more than I paid for the saw. It may not be a total loss though. Some of the older models had a router mount cast into the table. It was useless as a saw but made a dandy router table.


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If that grate-covered hole is in a "common area" and up against a wall, you can bet that it was once a floor furnace. The combustion boxes on older gas floor furnaces would crack over time (decades) and become a carbon monoxide (CO) danger to inhabitants due to flue gas escaping into the home instead of going up and out the vent pipe. A utility inspector ...


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I am sure that this can be fixed with a thread locker material. There are products available that can be placed onto threads before assembly and then will cure into a very tight joint to keep the threaded fasteners from coming loose. You can get this at almost any auto parts store. Ask them for "loctite" thread locker. Before trying to use it clean out ...


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This is a tough one. Very odd to have that "cube" adjacent to the tub with a cabinet so close. The cabinet should have been pushed up against the tub and the cube/cabinet gap bridged, waterproofed, and tiled, so there would be no gap. If the problem were just aesthetic I would say use some porcelain repair, it comes in a bottle with a paintbrush type ...


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After 30+ years in the plastics industry, my tried and true method is to take a scraping of the plastic piece and burn it, extinguish the flame and smell the smoke. Polyolefins will catch fire, smell like candles (a paraffin based plastic); PVC won't usually ignite, smells like chlorine and will burn your nose - BE CAREFUL; ABS has a sweet smell and burns ...



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