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Nov
5
comment How do I close this hole in the HVAC vent?
In the auto industry, we call that duct seal dum-dum. Very tacky body sealer that will attach to any surface, is formable to fill any void and retains its shape under a broad temperature range. One of its uses is to fill holes around cables and hoses to seal up any gaps the rubber grommets don't fill.
Nov
4
revised How is a finish sander different than an orbital sander?
Random Orbital Action or DA
Nov
4
comment How is a finish sander different than an orbital sander?
Make sure it says Random Orbital Action for your finish sander, standard Orbital Action leaves small round spirals. As to the application, I would use the orbital action sander to remove the finish and a finish sander during the last fine sanding operations and inspect the surface for marring scratches. Rub it down with a tack rag to remove the dust and give it a visual inspection. Sometimes the scratches show up only after finish is applied, so choose an inconspicuous test piece to get your technique down.
Nov
4
comment Can rotary tool bits be used with a drill?
Running die grinder bits at drill speeds isn't very efficient. I've had to do it in a pinch. Proper tool for the job and all that. Save impact drivers for fasteners, you don't want shattered tool bit chunks flying around, hammering start stop motion doesn't work with them especially when they're cutter wheels or abrasive burrs.
Nov
4
comment How is a finish sander different than an orbital sander?
The wood grain may seem irregular, but scratches across the grain are more visible to the eye than scratches that run nearly parallel. At least that's what I've noticed. It's similar to why you plane with the grain and not across it. You get wood tearout going cross grain.
Nov
4
answered How is a finish sander different than an orbital sander?
Nov
3
answered Any way to correct stain bleed after the fact?
Nov
3
awarded  Revival
Nov
2
comment How to soundproof a wall between two apartments in a 1950s NYC structure?
Sheet lead sandwiched between felt. Dense materials between vibration dampeners. There must be an absorption layer between the wallboard materials or you end up with a dual cone speaker with air spring coupling. Both will vibrate.
Nov
2
revised What are some quantifiable metrics for comparing digital antennae?
links and added explanation.
Nov
2
answered What are some quantifiable metrics for comparing digital antennae?
Oct
31
comment What is a strong glue for bonding metal?
Marine-Tex is a little more industrial grade than JB Weld or any Cyanoacrylate Zap glue.
Oct
29
comment What is the purpose of this outside air return in my utility room?
@ChrisCudmore - Bronies <grin>!
Oct
29
comment What is the purpose of this outside air return in my utility room?
Good Article, it all adds up and if you've sealed things up, you need to think about fresh air intake. As a huh? Wow! Consider this. My living room has three decorative wood beams spanning 14 ft. On each side, there was a 1/4" slot between the gypsum board that was only covered by the insulation vapor barrier. Not much til you run the numbers. 14' = 168", 168" * 0.25" = 42 sq.in. which multiplied by 6 gives you an opening of 252 sq.in. Ok, square root of 252 gives us a hole in the ceiling 15.87" on a side. That's a lot of hot air to lose. Caulk is the wallet's best friend.
Oct
29
comment Potbelly stove standing on hardwood floor directly
4 inch chimney indicates you're replacing a pellet stove or natural gas heat, correct? Wood burning stoves must have a chimney that withstands much higher temperatures (600° F.) and also the likelihood of withstanding a creosote chimney fire (1200° or more). You will need to do some more research, but indicators say no. You cannot reuse gas appliance chimney's for wood heat at all, they were never intended to handle the stack temperatures wood heating runs at. (Pellet stove flue temp. less than 500°F.)
Oct
29
comment What is the purpose of this outside air return in my utility room?
You're welcome!
Oct
28
answered What is the purpose of this outside air return in my utility room?
Oct
28
revised Potbelly stove standing on hardwood floor directly
insurance note
Oct
28
comment Why would I lose water pressure in my house for several months after running the outside faucets?
Rusty iron pipes that clog because of a change in water flow patterns? I've seen these things neck down to 1/4" from rust, usually before rusting through and leaking. All it takes is some chunks in the wrong place. Also a bad pressure regulator?
Oct
28
comment What type of chimney liner and vent pipe are required for a wood stove?
If this is an existing chimney that was built with flue tile, there are stainless steel flex liners available (single wall) for use within the chimney.