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Jun
28
comment Do I run screws through the “tops” or through the “bottoms” of the corrugated steel in roofing?
those are for sealing the ends, not for attaching the roofing to the sheathing.
Jun
28
comment Do I run screws through the “tops” or through the “bottoms” of the corrugated steel in roofing?
@sharptooth I'm not familiar with that product, but one theory would be that it doesn't have the expand/contract issues that metal has. The primary reason for installing screws in the valley with metal is due to the movement on the metal over time. As stated, a screw on the ridge would have to deal with a lot more movement.
Jun
28
comment Drilling “misting” pin holes in PVC
electrical tape might be a better option than the duct tape.
Jun
28
comment When to stop putting out mouse traps?
There is never just one mouse. ;)
Jun
28
comment Is this hole at the corner of the foundation major issue?
Have you hired an inspector yet? If not, absolutely do that. Never buy a home without first having it inspected. This is a question you need to ask the inspector.
Jun
28
comment tiles getting spongy and water coming up between the cracks
it's definitely not normal
Jun
25
comment Small hinges for reusable domino rally
about 30 years ago I had a domino set designed just for this. They were specially weighted (top heavy) dominos that clipped into plastic tracks to 'hinge'. Maybe scour ebay to see if you can find them.
Jun
25
comment What's a good way to sharpen a carpenter's pencil, without buying a special sharpener?
These are all good answers. I chose to take a different approach, however, and have managed to train a beaver to do all my pencil sharpening for me. Alas, I found out beavers like to chew things and now have to order pencils by the case on an almost daily basis to keep him busy.
Jun
25
comment What's a good way to sharpen a carpenter's pencil, without buying a special sharpener?
A pencil is pretty small, I'd definitely upgrade the miter saw to include the laser guides.
Jun
25
comment What's a good way to sharpen a carpenter's pencil, without buying a special sharpener?
@gunner a utility knife? There's no fun in that! For proper pencil sharpening, you want yourself a nice professional power grinder!
Jun
25
comment How to find and fix a bad smell of moisture?
You have mold/mildew somewhere. That's likely what you are smelling. Are there carpets? Peeling paint? Enclosed rooms/cupboards? Keep snooping.
Jun
22
comment How to finish dirt floor in a basement?
Before removing any dirt, check where the footers are. 40cm isn't that much so perhaps it's just extra dirt, but it could also be higher there because the footer is also higher.
Jun
20
comment How can I remove the old wood smell from furniture?
Cedar smells, but that's usually new cedar, not old cedar. I'm guessing your smell isn't the wood but perhaps the finish or remnants of what was previously stored within it. I guess I'd start with your standard odor removal techniques...stick a box of baking soda in there for a while. See what happens.
Jun
19
comment Can I build a deck from reclaimed 2x4's?
I think that would be a fun project.
Jun
18
comment Is installing a gable fan worth the investment?
I don't think the fan would help with heating costs. As for cooling, ideally you'd first invest in more insulation on the attic floor.
Jun
18
comment Is there a suspended ceiling tile that allows sound to pass through without reflecting sound?
I would say it was designed wrongly in this case. But I'm not an acoustical engineer. Hopefully an expert will chime in.
Jun
18
comment Is there a suspended ceiling tile that allows sound to pass through without reflecting sound?
That's what I'm saying. The insulation on top isn't designed to reduce the sound inside the room you are putting the ceiling into. If you need to reduce the sound inside the room, then you need a different type of material. They make fabric-covered sound deadening panels for that type of need.
Jun
18
comment Can I build a deck from reclaimed 2x4's?
That's probably pretty nice, tight-grained wood, then.
Jun
18
comment Was coal ever used as an insulator?
Where do you live? I've never heard of such a foundation before. I'd be a bit wary of the entire thing, but perhaps it makes sense given your region.
Jun
18
comment Was coal ever used as an insulator?
I've never heard of a dirt footer. This entire foundation might be a bit of a home made 'use whatever we have laying around' thing. Back in the 20's lots of builders WERE the homeowners and used what they had.