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Jul
11
answered Does building insulation wear out and have to be replaced?
Jul
11
answered Bowed laminate flooring on slab: How to proceed?
Jul
11
comment How to sharpen a lawn mower blade?
I have never seen ANYONE mess around with a file for this purpose if they had any sort of grinding wheel available, whether bench, angle, dremel or drill attachment. Every time, without exception, that I have either taken the blade to a mower repair shop or done it myself, it's been run against a bench grinder and balanced on a nail. Without exception. I agree you must know what you're doing, but it is not difficult or damaging in the slightest if you have any skill whatsoever with power tools.
Jul
11
answered Water being dumped into street from basement?
Jul
11
comment How do I dispose of gasoline?
This was going to be my answer; any garage that does oil changes and/or fuel system work has to be able to dispose of hazardous wastes by the barrelful every day, so you can bet they have a contact for pickup/disposal. They may charge you a few bucks to take it off your hands, but better than getting fined hundreds or thousands by your local gov't for illegal dumping.
Jul
8
revised What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?
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Jul
8
comment What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?
Anything to say about square-drive? Never used them myself but apparently a lot of contractors really love them for ease of driving.
Jul
8
answered What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?
Jul
6
answered If DC adapters are so prevalent, why is AC used in construction by default?
Jul
4
comment Building a mechanical Clock
My father has Dremel that he's had longer than I've been alive. Get a good Dremel and it will last you a lifetime.
Jul
1
comment What are the qualities of a top end paint versus a low end paint?
I agree with all this, including the Behr paint recommendation. We've gotten good results from Lowe's Valspar too; a bit thinner but it covers very well. Don't bother with Glidden; it took us two gallons, two coats, and half the day to paint an average-size living room, and then we tried to use their primer and it was so thin it couldn't help but drip.
Jun
30
answered Sealant used to prevent water getting between bath and wall?
Jun
29
answered How to sharpen a lawn mower blade?
Jun
29
answered Small Concrete Paver patio under BBQ
Jun
29
comment can you glue tile to plywood?
Without seeing it myself I can't say, but if you can jump up and down on that floor and not feel it give, I'd call it good and move on.
Jun
29
comment Building a mechanical Clock
It is; you can buy very precise carbide bits or composite cutting wheels that will go through brass like butter. Even if you don't want a kit, I would buy plans, preferably including life-size patterns for gear-cutting; there are very fine tolerances required just to make the thing work at all.
Jun
29
comment can you glue tile to plywood?
It shouldn't be so wrong that you have to tear the floor down to its joists; the bracing should be there for any upstairs floor, or else the house builders screwed you. However, you must beef up the subfloor to at least 3/4" total thickness OSB. That probably means adding a second 3/8" layer of OSB, gluing and screwing. I do not know if backer board is durable enough long-term to be a substitute for OSB of the proper thickness, but as it's supposed to do much the same job, I'd at least take a good look at using it vs subfloor as it will likely be firmer than OSB at the same thickness.
Jun
29
revised can you glue tile to plywood?
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Jun
29
answered can you glue tile to plywood?
Jun
29
answered What are the requirements on buried propane lines?