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Jul
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comment How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface?
@Tester101 I agree that they are not great for high speed drilling. The bit does not lock into the shaft's collet, just held by the hex shape and a magnet. But for slower speeds they work pretty well. And you often need just a little bend to get the drill bit close to the wall.
Jul
2
answered How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface?
Jul
1
comment Is a dryer vent tube being compressed like this up to code?
+1 But the volume isn't quite the same, it's slightly less. A circle is the shape having the most area for a given length of perimeter, so an oval made from the same piece of pipe has slightly less area and therefore less volume (imagining continuing to flatten the oval until the sides touched when there would be zero volume). But the difference seems negligible in this context. The concern about a theoretical split seam from @Ghost would be the greater issue. I agree with your overall conclusion.
Jul
1
comment How do I wire a 3-way switch?
Is it a switch at the top and bottom or a light? Or Both? What is the wiring at the top switch and at the outlet box? Did they ever work? If so, what changed? Pictures of the wiring would help.
Jul
1
comment Can this sliding door hardware support solid wood doors?
+1 And Johnson claims 200 lb. capacity per door.
Jul
1
comment Cabinets with existing dowels in the wrong place. How do I fill for new hinges?
A picture would help.
Jul
1
revised How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet
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Jul
1
answered How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet
Jun
30
comment How can I cu a heart-shape out of wainscoating that has been nailed together?
A bit more info would be helpful. Are you trying to cut wainscoting that is on a wall or has been removed from a wall? If it is free standing, what is it attached to? Do you want the heart to be made of wainscoting or to be a heart shaped void in the wainscoting?
Jun
30
comment Have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan. What is safe way to cap it?
+1 Some people like to wrap electrical tape over the capped wires for extra protection.
Jun
30
answered Replacing a few boards in a hardwood floor: sanding and refinishing?
Jun
30
answered Will the original ceiling box in my 1939 home support a new 45lb chandelier?
Jun
29
comment What is “code” and what should a DIYer know about it?
And my local building department seems especially willing to answer questions and advise homeowners about what is necessary to meet code.
Jun
29
comment What is “code” and what should a DIYer know about it?
My town (the local building authority) mandates compliance with the "Uniform Code" which is a state standard that covers just about everything except electric, which is covered by the National Electric Code, but 2008 instead of the most recent version. But we have overlays that include an Energy Code and a Dark Skies code. In other words, check local.
Jun
27
revised Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?
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Jun
26
revised Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
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Jun
26
comment Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
PS, one more reason - big pieces result in fewer butt joints (edges that are not tapered), which are harder to tape well. In a full sheet you have 16 feet of tapered joint and only 8 feet of butt. Smaller cut pieces often have butt joints on three or four sides.
Jun
26
comment Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
Andy, there is no right answer here (and that makes this a bit off topic) but you can pick any level of redo or non-redo you wish. If the big pieces look stable, firm them up with a few screws and just replace the smaller pieces. Do be sure to get the same thickness drywall as any that you are retaining.
Jun
26
comment Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?
@Ecnerwal I respectfully disagree. I have seen nails pop 20 years later as the house/wall shift or wood shrinks and swells.
Jun
26
answered Wall of smaller drywall sheet pieces - tape or replace?