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Apr
17
comment What are these holes in my concrete wall and how can I mount things to them?
@HerrBag's suggestion about the short, wide screws as a wedge is good. That would be considerably more secure then just a plain wedge. In fact, if you do it right, the lag screw/bolt used to fix the mount to the wood plug block could also serve as the wedge making for a very clean solution.
Apr
17
answered What are these holes in my concrete wall and how can I mount things to them?
Apr
17
comment What are these holes in my concrete wall and how can I mount things to them?
Also, I'd recommend putting some kind of tape (duct, gaffers, or better, actual "grip" tape - think hockey sticks) around the wood plug halves. This will give you better non-slip traction on against the concrete. I'd hate to hear that your flat screen TV fell off the wall.
Apr
17
comment What are these holes in my concrete wall and how can I mount things to them?
A variation to the wood plug method is to use two short (or narrow) wedges, one from each end of the plug halves. With one wedge tip pinched between the halves, insert the wedged end into the concrete hole and push in snug by hand. It should be such that the wedge butts up against the back of the hole (assuming there is one) and begins to spread the halves. Then you can pound the plug halves in, forcing the back wedge to further expand the halves tightly. Then pound the second wedge into the front for a better, parallel spread.
Mar
18
comment How can I use bulk electrical wire to make a subfloor heating system?
My interpretation of "but bulk wire only costs $2.50" suggests that Ralph is trying to shortcut and use regular wire. That spells house fire to me. I would think that if regular wire got hot enough to be an effective heat conductor you'll run the very serious risk of catching something ablaze. I don't think this is something you should try to concoct yourself, especially out of non intended parts.
Jan
29
answered Why does the shower get cold when I flush, and how can I prevent it?
Dec
11
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Dec
11
answered Why doesn't my freshly painted door fit back in the frame?
Dec
11
answered Does a bathroom exhaust fan have to vent to the outside?
Dec
11
answered Who is the right professional to call for drainage issues?
Nov
20
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