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May
13
comment How can I put an IKEA “Expedit” shelf 75 cm above the floor?
Can you explain "wall is labile"? I'm not familiar with that phrase.
May
12
comment Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?
@alt I'd agree...just don't smell the treated stuff that much...not good for you. :)
May
12
comment Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?
FWIW, in MN, I'd use steel studs (and have). That said to answer the question...it doesn't sound like these are load bearing walls, so given that, I think it's likely 'whatever keeps the wall in place' will suffice.
May
6
comment How to build plastic prototype?
There's many ways to create molds. Alas, I think you're asking for a complete description of the entire design and manufacturing process. That's an extremely broad question that isn't really suitable for this site. I'd suggest starting by following the links in the answer. That should get you pointed in the right direction.
May
6
comment How to build plastic prototype?
@AlexTwain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandpaper
May
6
comment How to build plastic prototype?
@AlexTwain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNC_router
May
5
comment How to build plastic prototype?
are you asking about prototyping, or actual production? You seem to be asking about both.
May
5
comment How do sound-dampening drywall clips affect the ability to hang objects on the wall?
I'm not an expert on this, but I wouldn't mounting something like a TV to the studs somewhat negate the reasons for going with the drywall clips in the first place--which is to provide structural isolation between the noise and the studs? If that's true, it may make more sense to go with double (offset) studs instead.
Apr
28
comment Cover carport framing
I like Ecnerwal's idea of just painting it as-is. It would be much lighter, cheaper, easier (if you spray it all), and the 'seeing the bones' look is rather trendy. But if you insist on covering it, I'd save the effort of paint and heavy plywood and get white pegboard. Light, cheap, plus it's useful peg board!
Apr
28
comment Would a chunky mantel allow me to mount my TV above a wood burner?
@RenéRoth unless you're watching...Firestarter. Or maybe Backdraft. Then perhaps the fire would enhance. :)
Apr
25
comment Converting two-vent fireplace insert into one-vent: how much combustion air access does it need?
I'd agree. For us, since it's not primary heat, less of an issue. Plus, we have a REALLY tall chimney. :) As for the circle vent, I was thinking of using something like this to cover it: tamlyn.com/images/products/minicircle.jpg
Apr
19
comment Is there any way to predict foundation problems?
One thing to note if you are in the upper midwest is Radon...might want to get a radon test as well.
Apr
19
comment Is there any way to predict foundation problems?
The best way to predict if a 100+ year old house has foundation issues is to assume that a 100+ year old house will have some sort of foundation issues. It's less about if it has issues, and more about if they are serious (structural) or minor (bit of moisture) issues.
Apr
19
comment Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?
Might be a huge workaround, but one thought would be to rip off the tongue, then finish-nail this last strip to the subfloor. For this to work well, you want to make sure your floor isn't too large, and mostly dimensionally stable to avoid seasonal expansion (engineered bamboo tends to be really dimensionally stable, though)
Apr
19
comment Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?
The benefit is that a) you're less likely to run into the scenario you did and b) aesthetics...as now there's an equal size strip on each side. Admittedly, the latter is more noticeable the wider the boards you are using are. As for waste, half the time there won't be any more than you have now (you still have the same number of rows) but the other half of the time--when the gap on each side is less than half the width of a board--you will actually have less waste (as you can use one half the board on one side of the room, and the other on the other end at the finish.)
Apr
19
comment Do I really have to cut my wood flooring to a 1 inch width?
The "workaround" is to be sure to measure the room before you start next time...and then cut off an even amount from the first and last rows. Alas, kind of hard to do after the fact. :/
Apr
18
comment Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?
So, quick follow up question: One of the traits of this table is a few deep grains, old nail holes, and other imperfections (it appears to have been built with reclaimed wood). Since I can't easily sand out the water=based poly in these small areas, is that a concern if I apply an oil-based product on top of it? (Am I maybe stuck with water based from here on out with this table?)
Apr
18
comment How can I fix this gap in my kitchen counter?
also, I just realized this is a base cabinet. It appears that your floor (or wall) isn't perpendicular to the other. It could be that your floor is simply settling/tilting down causing the front of the cabinets to be lower than the back. If that's the case, shimming the front of the cabinents might be the solution.
Apr
18
comment How can I fix this gap in my kitchen counter?
Instead of tightening an existing screw, it might be easier just to drill a new one in nearby.
Apr
18
comment Is there a more rugged finish than Polyurethane for a heavy use table?
Thanks, Shirlock. Indeed, this was a water-based product. I'll look into giving this a go with an oil-based urethane!