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Aug
12
comment How to prevent heavy rainwater from jumping the gutter?
What are those tiles made of?
Jul
20
comment How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?
@converter42 That was waste of duct tape. You could use some dull cloth instead.
Jun
2
comment Cutting structural steel
Okay, but how would you combine this machine with a horse such that they are both on the right height?
Jun
2
comment Cutting structural steel
Nice thing except it requires a large table for dealing with long beams.
Jun
2
comment Cutting structural steel
Grinding can heat steel and cause tempering. I wonder if that can be a problem for structural beams.
May
27
comment How can I lift buckets of mortar to second floor?
Btw adding expanded clay may well help you save a lot of money on cement.
May
27
comment How can I lift buckets of mortar to second floor?
With 20 square meters and 100 buckets it's ten buckets per square meter. That's quite a lot of mortar and the layer will be rather thick. You could perhaps save a lot of weight by either lightening the material or by using two layers. One option is that you add expanded clay to your mortar and use the resulting concrete for everything except the upper layer and the upper layer (made of just mortar) can then be like 20 millimeters or something. This will save you a lot of labor - easier to mix, easier to lift, easier to handle.
Jan
15
comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@skybreaker: That happened a lot and happened to me too. The shock strength greatly depends on other conditions - if you're staying on dry floor with dry slippers on your feet it's almost never strong enough to feel it yet a voltage indicator will light up no problem.
Jan
14
comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@skybreaker: It depends. If the device has "double insulation" accompanied by a square inside a square pictogram somewhere in the spec - then it is guaranteed to work just fine without grounding. Power tools such as drills typically have that. Otherwise you have to ground the appliance to prevent being shocked when touching it. That's not specific to new aplliances - old stuff had to be grounded too but 50 years ago people didn't care about electric safety as much as they do now.
Jan
14
comment How to diagnose an electrified refrigerator frame?
@skybreaker: I'd say "yes", most likely.
Dec
26
comment How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?
I have to add that the black thick thing on one of the ends rotates freely so you can simply place the drill bit where you want to drill and then press it with your index finger and use the other fingers to rotate the rest of the thing. This makes drilling a straight neat hole much easier compared to holding the bit with pliers of needle file holder.
Nov
7
comment Can you use plywood as roofing?
@JasonHutchinson: That's cool but I suspect it will more expensive than ruberoid.
Nov
3
comment What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?
@Jack: The chuck will not, but the file will. No matter how carefully you grind the threading will be damaged slightly and will need restoration.
Nov
1
comment What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?
@Jack: I've read that carefully. I'm talking about the thread part that is closer to the head, not the part which will be cut off. Both are damaged when you grind and the former needs to be restored, otherwise how will you use the bolt?
Oct
31
comment What type of bolt has a shoulder portion above and unthreaded region below threads?
This will get the beginning of the thread between the bolt head and the smoothed part slightly damaged. To prevent that you drive a nut onto the thread and once grinding is complete you drive the nut away and it kind of restores the thread - see this diy.stackexchange.com/q/12465/807 for more details.
Aug
19
comment Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?
Side cutters suit very well too.
May
13
comment How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?
That's a neat thing, even better than a needle file holder.
May
12
comment How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?
@BigHomie: That's a drill chuck detached from a drill but it can be used for this task. The downside is it can be relatively expensive and is of little use outside of this specific task.
May
12
comment How to drill a minute hole on a wooden pendant without a drill?
@BigHomie: One argument against buying a drill is that it takes up some space for storage. Many people don't like "clutter" which they call anything they don't need on a daily basis.
May
6
comment How do I drill through a shaped tube with a handheld drill?
I tried those once - they seem really dull and take a while to drill into the tube wall.