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accepted When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?
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comment Can I upgrade existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 just by replacing the ballast and bulbs?
Thanks for the tips on the wire connectors and 3-tube ballasts. I only have seven 2-tube fixtures to upgrade in my house, but after I've gotten some practice at home I might upgrade the dozen or so 4-tube fixtures at my wife's shop, which run about 14 hrs/day, 6 days a week.
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accepted Can I upgrade existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 just by replacing the ballast and bulbs?
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comment Can I upgrade existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to T8 just by replacing the ballast and bulbs?
Thanks for the warning about the wiring and notes about cost. I found some ballasts in the $16 price range at Lowe's and Amazon. The existing fixtures are just shop lights, but even the new shop lights I bought for my garage were $30-$35 (I shied away from the $10 Wal-Mart special). So I guess I'll still save a good chunk of money by upgrading the existing fixtures with higher-quality ballasts.
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accepted Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?
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comment Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! Do you know of some resources that would give me just enough of a crash course to be able to do the math myself?
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comment How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?
I'd add the Garden Claw and 2" auger bit on a cordless drill to the "comic relief" category. The Garden Claw will NOT help. I own one and it's back-breaking work just to loosen up compacted topsoil only 4" deep. Even worse, my Garden Claw's tines bent! Breaking up 324 sq. in., 3.14 sq. in. at a time with a 2" auger bit would be even slower than just jamming a shovel or post hole digger into the ground to break it up.
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comment How is a floating desk top supported against the wall?
The "wooden strips" Michael refers to are commonly called cleats, and this is also how cabinets are attached to walls. If this were a shelf, it would be called a floating shelf.
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answered How can I cut/route a small, straight slot through a piece of wood?
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comment When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?
Thanks for the quick answer. What does it mean to "tooth" the clean paint? Is that just roughing it up? Does it make sense to do the cleaning as the last step so all the sawdust from sanding is gone?