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answered How do I use hidden deck fasteners without compromising the integrity of the flashing?
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comment Types of floats and trowels for concrete
AFAIK, Magnesum and alumninum floats are simply "a lighter-weight metallic float" and from a finish point of view not fundamentally different from steel - but in the US, the lightweight floats are used for floating and and steel trowels are used for finishing, commonly. As a non-professional, I tend to use a wooden screed and leave it at that, or broom it for a less slippery finish, or hire the pros if I have a large job or want a steel-trowel finish. I would assume that a steel float would be a perfectly functional float if lightweight metal floats are not available.
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comment How should I fill gaps between floorboards?
Given the described problem with the existing floor (large gaps, perhaps 1/4-3/8") not rot or being horribly out of plane, it's not so hard to say for sure, sight unseen, IMHO. I've worked in plenty of old new england houses that were floored with wide green boards, that shank and created much larger gaps than described, which were perfectly fine subfloors for the floors laid over them.
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comment How to make a height adjustable shelf / desk
Is this in some why related to home improvement? - I'm not seeing any sign that it is for the question as it stands - a "slider?"
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answered How should I relocate my shed?
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comment How do you sister joists?
Nails are actually better than screws at shear. A solid, smooth chunk of steel .vs. one with delightful stress concentrations in the form of threads. Likewise, screws are generally harder - which also means they are more brittle.
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answered How do you sister joists?
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comment Will installing a 2inch fitting in a 3 inch water line decrease water pressure?
Be a litle patient - your water pressure may be fine, in which case buying a pum and tank will be wasted money. If you could supply more info about how the system is configured, we might be able to make a more informed guess as to whether it will or won't. If you are getting pressure from a gravity tank, and the meter is on the line filling the tank, there may be no effect at all if the tank is of adequate size, for instance.
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comment Can I replace one of the units in a stackable washer/dryer combo?
Depends how creative you are. I've done it with a shelf, my parents have done it with a customized bracket. So, it can be done. "You must buy a pair" is pure sales slime, coated in a tasty broth of deliberately not having a standard so they would easily interchange, in the attempt to sell you a dryer you don't need.
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comment schlage privacy set door knobs
Pictures, please! They will vastly increase the odds that someone may be able to help you, particularly if you take them with the knobs not on the door so the mechanism can be seen.
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answered How is standard washing machine “water usage” calculated?