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comment How do I remove polyethylene that's melted to a nylon carpet?
Having used a heat gun just like that to remove paint, I wouldn't want to get it anywhere near my carpet. Even at its "coolest" setting, it's still extremely hot (also, I don't agree with the assumption that it's temperature can be set more precisely: irons must maintain very narrow ranges of temperatures to avoid damaging clothes).
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revised How do I clean a sink overflow drain?
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answered How do I clean a sink overflow drain?
Apr
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answered How do I repair a chain link fence?
Apr
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comment Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?
Your answer is too comprehensive for me to add another, but here's one more case: when you need to unscrew something that's been in place for a long time; power drivers usually just rip the head up or (for adjustable torque) whine quietly.
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answered What should I do with leftover sulfuric acid from a sump pump battery backup?
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comment What should I do with leftover sulfuric acid from a sump pump battery backup?
@Brock - I agree that mikes' instructions are pretty extreme, but the OP's questions indicate that he isn't familiar with basic chemistry. And, having grown up as the son of an analytical chemist, whose home lab contained some pretty nasty stuff, I can say that strong acids and bases (including Drano) scare the heck out of me. Without knowing that condition of the container, I wouldn't be willing to say "yeah, just toss it in the back seat."
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comment How can I replace my main water shutoff valve?
I have to ask: what does the part of the pipe that's underground look like? This might not be the time for half-measures.
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comment Does it make sense to try mounting the jigsaw onto the table?
+1, although it is slightly more dangerous: if the blade snaps when handheld, you're shielded by the work; when inverted, the blade has no place to go but up toward you. On the other hand, it is easier to guide a complex cut when you can see the blade. And some jigsaw manufacturers design their saws with straight sides so that they can be clamped in a vise (my Black & Decker is this way).
Mar
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comment How can I temporarily fix a leaky faucet?
A picture would help. If you have an old-style faucet that uses a washer (ie, the faucet hasn't been replaced in the last 90 years), then the you might have to grind the seat as veljkoz mentioned. The fact that plumbers have "fixed" the problem with relatively low cost indicates that you do have washers, but I'm surprised that they didn't clean up the seat as a matter of course. So it's possible that there's something more to the problem.
Mar
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comment How can I temporarily fix a leaky faucet?
+1 - it's the faucet seat, and there is a tool to do it but I couldn't find a link on the Home Depot site
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comment How do I secure a steel rod inside a blind hole of a silumin part?
+1 for suggesting a new hacksaw (and because this must've ended up on the front page because there were no votes). It's worth repairing tools that are expensive and/or hard to replace. Others can be left out for the trashpickers.
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revised Type of Wood able to be Curved around Line Bent Acrylic
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answered Type of Wood able to be Curved around Line Bent Acrylic
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comment Type of Wood able to be Curved around Line Bent Acrylic
Lamination is generally the way to go for bent shapes, not only because it's more flexible, but because the glue bonds between layers don't let the wood return to its original shape.
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comment Type of Wood able to be Curved around Line Bent Acrylic
I haven't looked at the video, but generally you cut kerfs in the back of the plywood to give it the ability to bend. You're still limited by the flexibility of the underlying wood.
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answered How do I unscrew a broken aerator?