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comment How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?
(continued from above) will feel like they have sharp edges due to the square cut edges.
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comment How to measure and cut square tiles to make a herringbone pattern?
@JoePhilllips - I think what people are talking about is the fact that many types of tiles have a slight curved down shape along the edges. They are made like this so that the grout comes up to the very corner of the tile but is still below the actual surface level of the main part of the tile. When tiles that are designed like that are cut through the middle and then such edge is used as a grout line edge the grout comes right up to the very square corner of the cut. Of course that results in very different look. It also results in tile surfaces that (continued)
Mar
28
comment Determine depth of laminate flooring
Since you are on a slab you certainly want to be very careful to not set a circular saw to be cutting too deep!! I think I would mark the line for the area that needs cutting out and then start the cut with an oscillating tool equipped with a saw blade. Work till it just cuts through. This will give you an idea of how thick the flooring material really is. You could then continue the cut with the oscillating tool or switch over to the circular saw. In any case the oscillating saw can be helpful if the cut has to come up against a wall where the other saw cannot cut.
Mar
28
comment vintage lockset missing parts
How much pressure does it take to push the lower corner of the door in so that it is up against the stop?
Mar
28
comment How to fix falling out electric socket?
A photo or two would be a tremendous help toward getting folks up to speed on your problem.
Mar
27
comment How to accurately cut plywood with unpowered hand tools?
Pushing a handsaw between metal brackets is a sure fire way to knock the points off and the set out of the teeth.
Mar
26
comment Sistering stingers to convert stairs from closed to open stinger
@Tester101 - I think you are really on to something regarding the load bearing wall issue. From all the houses that I've seen with stairs as pictured near the central line of the house the adjacent wall is very very often load bearing.
Mar
25
comment How to cut a 1 inch thick 12x48 plank in half (thickness)?
Even the saw blade is going to take away resultant thickness.
Mar
22
comment Is it possible to fix bowed baseboards?
@Jack - Flooring is installed with a gap at the wall to allow the flooring to expand and contract within the plane of the floor. The lateral floor expansion will greatly exceed the thickness expansion of the flooring material. If you try nailing the base shoe to the flooring itself then the shoe will pull away from the base board when the flooring material contracts and will be jammed up too tight to the baseboard when the flooring expands. The correct idea is that the shoe molding is brought down to the flooring surface but covers the flooring gap and is nailed into the base board.
Mar
17
comment Is softwood appropriate for furniture squares on a hardwood cabinet?
I recommend the screws because I believe they do a far better job of tightly drawing the wood pieces together to make the glue joints as thin as possible. When you get done with screws you will have a piece that looks like and provides functionality similar to old world craftsmanship. The use of brads and nailers are for fast production shops that think they have to crank out stuff fast and at minimum cost. But afterwards it looks like that! My philosophy is that if you take your time and do a quality piece of work the time to install screws is really a small part of the equation.
Mar
16
comment Metal conduit balusters
Another thing to think about. Conduit is made of fairly soft steel that does not have properties that help it resist rust. This is one of the reasons the stuff is fairly inexpensive.
Mar
13
comment hanging closet bypass doors
@Jack - Yes, quality can make a huge difference in bi-fold doors. Low cost doors, particularly some models with louvered panels that are only 3/4" thick can be flimsy and lead to less than optimal operation. If they are made of wood with good sturdy hollow core construction with multi-ply face materials these doors at 1 3/8" thick (like a quality interior door) can stay working and last a long time.
Mar
10
comment Corner sink installation in corner lazy susan cabinets
From what you have written it kind of sounds like you are expecting to maintain the existing internal functionality of these corner cabinets. In order to accommodate the sink, water lines and drain lines you are going to have to completely gut the internals of those cabinets.
Mar
10
comment Why does my drill bit destroy the screw head?
@Qsigma - Agreed. I'll add this in a generic way.
Mar
10
comment Why does my drill bit destroy the screw head?
One way is to purchase screws and driver bits that are specified to the same size.
Mar
10
comment Very effective sound-proof room
What you are proposing just is not feasible in an apartment where you do not own the rights to do anything you wish to the structure. Things would be a lot different if you owned a standalone structure but in the end it would still be an expensive project. I suspect that for the average person, that wants to be able to make a lot of noise, the best bet is to locate out away from where there are other people.
Mar
7
comment French Drain placement question
If you want to advertise your location place it in your profile.
Mar
7
comment Are there any load meters available for my main electric panel?
One thing you could consider doing, if average current draw over a period of time was a useful data point for you, is that you could take a reading off your utility power meter at say 8:00AM and at 8:00PM for several days in a row. The differences between each of these readings would show kWh usage over each 12 hour span. Divide the reading by 12 to get the average kW utilized per hour. Further divide that by your AC line voltage to derive the average kA consumed per hour. kA of course meaning 1000A so 0.1kA would be 100A.
Mar
6
comment What is type of screw is this?
@DanC -- The stamped in + and - on the cam also help to show which direction to engage/tighten = + and the direction to release/loosen = -.
Mar
5
comment How to add additional speeds to a box fan
Also note that the speed controller that you linked is not even recommended by the seller. They say that it will work with some fans up to 120mm (~4.7") in size.