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comment How much load can a (wood) board support, if it is supported only at the ends?
@Brad It shouldn't be, as long as you make the "Y" shallow enough that neither side ever loses tension. Anything shallower than 45° or so should work -as long as your tire swing angle doesn't reach parallel with one of the arms of the "Y", there's no way for the other to go slack.
Apr
19
comment Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom
Nice! That's a huge time saver, especially if someone is doing multiple rooms.
Apr
18
comment Do I need a separate moisture barrier for basement laminate flooring
This is probably too late to help you, but for others' reference, it might help to double check the instructions that came with the laminate. Mine had specific instructions for above-grade, on-grade, and below-grade installations.
Apr
18
comment Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom
Ahh, sorry, I missed that. Apparently I have poor reading comprehension.
Apr
18
comment Laminate flooring in multi-width bathroom
@geoB In this scenario, a "best guess" would work pretty well, since all the widths turned out fine. However, if you just guess in a different scenario, there's always a chance that you'll end up with a tiny 1/2" strip of flooring at one side, and then you're screwed. It always pays to do the math first.
Mar
30
comment dry wall anchor won't hold
I love me some EZ Anchors - I usually use the metal stud solver ones. My favorite part about them is not having to pre-drill a pilot and then switch out bits. You only need a Philips head bit.
Mar
14
comment Which hammer drill should I buy?
Just an FYI for anyone coming across this question at a later date - most of these answers are VERY outdated at the current moment. Cordless technology has come a LOOONG way in the last 5 years - which is why shopping recommendations are off topic on SE sites.
Mar
14
comment Should the hammer function “feel” different from normal drilling function on a hammer drill?
@HerrBag Higher end regular hammer drills can handle a lot bigger holes than 1/4" diameter. Not sure how much the industry has progressed in the last 2 years (from the time of your original comment), but a few of the newer 18V drills can handle masonry bits at least 5/8" diameter with holes > 4" in depth.
Mar
11
comment How can I test my drill and batteries for faults?
Just a note: Most 12V power tool systems are actually 10.8V nominal. They may read 12V immediately after charging, but once put under load they'll drop to 10.8V. Article with explanation here. Same goes with 18V vs 20V Max.
Mar
6
comment Do I need an egress bedroom window if I have a walk-out exterior door?
@Mazura Yes, an exterior door inside the bedroom would be fine.
Feb
4
comment Can I use a jigsaw to cut fence rails?
"Cheap" and "nice cordless" tend to be antonyms in the tool world, especially with Lithium Ion batteries. I present you cheap, and even cheap cordless (bare tool). However, most nice Li Ion circular saws start at $100-200 for the bare tool, or $200-300 for a kit.
Dec
17
comment What is the difference between an impact driver and an impact wrench?
Impact drivers don't exert an axial force. They use rotational impulses for increased torque. Hammer drills exert axial force. Here's a good look at the internals of an impact driver - they don't have an axial component to their anvils. toolguyd.com/…
Oct
9
comment Should I fill eroded mortar in exterior brick?
@Budric Weep holes are planned vertical spaces without any mortar between two bricks. They're generally only one brick high. A crack in mortar will not have the same amount of open surface area, so moisture will not escape as readily. Also, cracks in mortar usually propagate to wider and longer cracks, while weep holes do not.
Aug
11
comment How can I prevent or remedy “bio slime” accumulation in a sink drain?
Zip-Its are great! Disgusting to use, but great. I've been using the same one for 5 years. I've gotten pretty good use out of the $3 tool.
Aug
10
comment How do I join my horizontal slat fence with my neighbor's fence (vertical fence)
@user2059078 If you're using your own post and are sure of the property line, then you don't need to talk to your neighbor. However, if you're attaching to their fence post (as you imply you're planning on doing in your question), then yes, you absolutely need to talk to them.
Aug
10
comment Mounting TV - can't find studs
What evidence do you have that there are horizontal cross pieces? Just tapping? Or did you use the nail on spots in between the red squares?
Aug
4
comment How can I get a straight line at the ceiling when painting a textured wall?
I can never seem to find the fine line between "overloaded" and "not enough paint." After a bit of trial and error, I found using a sash brush to be much easier, plus I don't have to pay for pad refills. But hey, if it works for you, great!
Aug
3
comment Is there any legitimate reason you would NOT connect the ground wire on a circuit?
This doesn't answer the question.
Aug
3
comment Is there a significant benefit to using plastic window insulation year round?
Link only answers are discouraged on Stack Exchange sites. Please summarize the relevant content.
Jul
31
comment What direction should laminate flooring be placed in?
Just a note - running a floating floor longer than the maximum recommended length without an expansion gap will void the warranty. Maybe you didn't have any buckling, but that doesn't mean someone else in a different climate won't.