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comment what type of glue do I use
+1 With special emphasis on the wood. The glue just holds the new wood in. Toothpicks are great for screws with little strain, but for serious holding, drill, glue and insert a dowel.
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comment How can I remove a key that is stuck in a lock?
Is this a key in the knob or a separate locking cylinder?
1d
comment How to apply floor patch on underlayment for sheet vinyl
When you say fill in screw heads (#2 square), do you mean the indent for the driver bit? Do the instructions even call for filling in screw heads? It seems hard to imagine that the thinnest of sheet vinyl would deflect enough to show a screw head, even heads driven below the surface.
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comment How do I install a new light switch in a wall where there were none?
More information is needed. Is there an existing ceiling light in the room? Will the fans be near that light? Is there an existing switch? If not, is there a source of power in the room near where you want the switch? Can you cut into the walls and ceiling to install new wiring? A diagram of the room and the proposed and existing electrical items would help.
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comment Concrete brick patio, -how do I temporarily divert the water around a raised deck post?
Sounds like a plan. As my contractor says, the most important architectural drawings are those done on the back of an envelope by the contractor - site specific.
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comment Concrete brick patio, -how do I temporarily divert the water around a raised deck post?
@user2059078 That should work as well. As to whether the tape will stick, try it and see. It depends on how chalky the surface is. Even plastic sheeting held in place with bricks with no adhesive may be able to keep 99% of the water out if carefully placed.
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comment Concrete brick patio, -how do I temporarily divert the water around a raised deck post?
A picture would be very helpful.
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comment Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?
And there are a variety of self-drilling screws which make splitting unlikely in many woods (but not dense hardwoods such as oak).
2d
comment How can I stengthen the durability of my newly installed engineered hardwood floor?
Is there a finish on the floor now?
Jul
3
comment How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface?
A small caution - if you are drilling deeply, keep backing the bit out to clear the waste and keep the bit running freely. If you do not, you can end up with a bit buried and stuck in the wood that the magnet can't extract.
Jul
3
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
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 3 way switch wiring
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 hanging top mount solid wood closet 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.
Jun
30
comment sawing 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
comment How to bend chipboard into a cylinder without tearing it apart?
Like most paper products, it's formed in a wet state. Why not try wetting it, letting it absorb enough moisture to become flexible, and bending it around a cylinder?
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.