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comment DIY machinist drilling problem
When a drill bit won't cut through, it's often useful to switch to an aluminum oxide grinder bit and bore through the piece while wet. Sometimes you'll have to go to diamond, but sapphire will take care of most steels. Always go slow enough to let the water keep the piece cool. Hot sintered binders have a nasty tendency to fracture.
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comment How deep do I set metal post?
So auger, not post hole digger.
Aug
28
comment Why would a microwave make sounds like this?
I kept mine after that happened. It didn't burn the house down. I replaced it a few years later when it failed for other reasons. Yours should be OK to continue using
Aug
28
answered Why would a microwave make sounds like this?
Aug
26
comment Can I use machine screws in wood to hang shelves?
That image looks like a drywall screw rather than a wood screw. However, drywall screws also make excellent, and cheap, wood screws for projects such as this.
Aug
23
comment Replying to people who answer my question
Usually in comments. You need some small reputation to up/down vote or make comments.
Aug
22
comment My Canister ceiling light bulbs, LED 65, BR30 burn out too quickly
Yes, there can be problems, but I've heard good things about the latest generation of spotlight style CFLs, designed for canisters. Granted, until I have one running for 6 years myself, that good word might just be marketing, but they're more energy efficient than tungsten or halogen, and far cheaper than LED.
Aug
22
comment My Canister ceiling light bulbs, LED 65, BR30 burn out too quickly
CFL's have come a long ways color-wise these past few years. They might also prove a good replacement for overheating LED's.
Aug
17
answered How do I remove wax or Mop-and-Glow from Pergo floors?
Aug
12
comment How to make a Tall Retaining Wall
So grade is 23' over 120'?
Aug
11
comment My neighbor keeps complaining about my music. How to soundproof my apartment?
Sony still makes decent headphones. Go to a music store to buy them, not some electronics outfit. People who play pianos, guitars or flutes for a living tend to know what good headphones should sound like. That's not likely the case at your local 'Electronics-R-Us'. Oh yes, last I checked, Beats are a bad sound buy. My latest pair are Yamaha; reasonable quality for not a ton of bucks.
Jul
19
comment How to stop a screaming pellet stove?
You can sometimes clean and rejuvenate the bearings by soaking in gasoline or the like, and then injecting fresh grease. Barring that, you can often buy replacement bearings. Since you probably need heat now a blower replacement is your best bet; but if you keep and repair the old blower motor, you'll have a back up for next time.
Jul
15
comment How can I fix a stripped hole in an aluminum piece?
Kludgery: Find a screw of the same diameter/thread count. Lightly oil the screw. Slather the hole and the screw with epoxy, and screw it into place. Do NOT screw the head up tight to the screw hole. Once the epoxy has set, apply a vice grip to the screw head, and rotate it out. That should give you a new set of threads that will last a while. You'll probably have to remove excess epoxy from both sides of the screw hole. A razor blade commonly works well for that.
Jul
14
comment How do I know when my water heater should be replaced?
A gas heater will not have anodes.
Jul
12
comment How to spray paint face-down surfaces?
Coat hangers, clipped with a wire cutter so as to create a hook, hang nicely from overhead water pipes and such.
Jul
10
comment How do I build a scratch-resistant computer desk for filming?
Precut countertop laminate is cheap at the big box stores. Sometimes they'll also have granite countertop 'scraps' that'd make fine desktops. Solid oak with a polyurethane finish is quite scratch resistant, and nice for electronics projects. Look for an old library table; although they seem to have gotten pricey since the 90's.
Jul
10
comment Is it okay that my bathtub is not level?
I've had the problem Gamal refers to. Put a couple fancy oaken shims under the back clawfeet to fix it.
Jul
10
reviewed Approve How do I build a scratch-resistant computer desk for filming?
Jul
8
comment How can I remove a key that is stuck in a lock?
I actually had one mangled in my car's ignition lock around '92. I think the hole the pin slides through had gotten worn, which allowed the key to put on some serious torque. Took the lock apart, jiggled and wiggled the bent pin out, then put the lock back in. Less secure by one pin, but who is going to notice that on an old beater anyway?
Jul
7
comment Safety with Dremel 8050 Rotary tool
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diorite