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Jul
23
comment Recommend me a portable power supply for this treadmill?
Generator. You'll struggle stringing together enough lead acid batteries to provide that wattage, and lithium ion will just burn on you.
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
Jul
7
comment How can I remove a key that is stuck in a lock?
He may have bent or broke a driver pin, which then jammed against the key. If that's the case it'll take a vicegrips and a hammer to get the thing out.
Jul
6
reviewed Approve Why does my drill stop and start working when it feels like it?
Jul
6
answered Why does my drill stop and start working when it feels like it?
Jul
4
comment Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft I usually work towards the small end. A few feet long. Boxes, platforms etc., not home construction. An extra 7 feet of wood should stabilize against splitting some. OTOH, if you try to use your drill to put a screw through 100 year old virgin pine, without a pilot hole, you'll stall your drill.
Jul
4
comment Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?
I've split plenty of pine 2x4's. New pine is very prone to splitting. If you keep the screw diameter small enough, and the length short enough, you can get away with out pilot holes.
Jul
4
answered How can I remove the faucet cover I dropped down the drain?
Jul
4
answered Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?
Jun
25
comment Would a brick TV stand withstand the weight of a TV?
Cinderblock, or regular brick. 60 Lbs should not be a problem.
Jun
24
comment Toilet problems
Red-Devil brand lye is also NaOH.
Jun
24
comment Weight rating for 2x4 shelving
@Tester101 Is that bracket aluminum or steel? Even steel that thin won't hold more than a few hundred pounds before the tab tears off, or rips through the upright; unless you've got 50 of them supporting the shelf.