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What is this roof constructed from?

I am trying to answer questions about the construction of a roof and was wondering if it is possible to tell from the picture attached, and if so what the construction is? EDIT: The roof is difficult ...
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Material lighter than concrete for planters?

I'm trying to build several 24"x 24" square planters with each wall 1.5" thick, similar to the following picture. The issue is that each one of these planters will weigh at least 200 pounds (without ...
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Can I replace just part of a 1x6 roof deck with OSB?

Redoing Roof, Roof Decking is 1x6 inch planks, and some OSB so the sheathing is mixed materials. Is it ok to replace the lower half of the roof with 3/4 or 1/2 inch plywood and keep the top half ...
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Material that lets air and sunlight in & keeps rain out?

I have a small open area, it's like a small balcony. The issue is that I get wet when it rains. I ended up buying a regular tarp that covers this open area, and it works well. The issue is that this ...
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What material are Velux FSCC room darkening solar blinds made out of?

I had some new skylights installed, which included the installation of some double-pleated Velux solar blinds. I'm pretty sure the Velux website says that all of their blinds are made out of fabric, ...
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The structural integrity of a backyard structure

I need a shed, but I really don't want to put a standard-looking shed. I would like something that's pleasing to the eye and fits my property. In addition, I thought it would be cool to have a second ...
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Cheap material for stiff, thick, lightweight, insulating walls?

I want to construct a large water tank. The walls need to be fairly thick (several centimetres) very stiff (they will be decoratively plastered inside and out and the plaster should not crack) ...
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How to avoid mouldy properties?

I've been wondering if there is any way to recognise materials/home designs which may mean the growth of mould in a house? For normal properties, simply opening the window during a shower prevents ...
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Can anyone identify this material? Having a hard time cutting it using a bi-metal hole saw

My FIL gave it to me, said he found it in when he was cleanig out an old cabinet shop. It's a very hard composite material of some sort. Fine-grained and powdery when I drilled a hole in it, the "...
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Pictures Covering Home Theater Speakers [closed]

So I have some in wall speakers that I've installed. I would like to put pictures in front of them. I was thinking that a silk screen or similar should have essentially no sound distortion. I reason ...
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affordable metal tubing longer than 10ft? [closed]

I am working on a project where I require several lengths of metal tubing in lengths of 12ft or so, 1.25-2" diameter. The rub is, I need it to be affordable, perhaps no more than double the cost of 2"...
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Assemble lead sheet to be tight, but able to be disassembled

I want to make an acoustic barrier which include about 6-8 square feet of 1/4" lead. Normally when making such a barrier, it is desirable to solder it together so that there is a tight fit between the ...
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What's it called? Leather square [closed]

I want to acquire a piece of black leather with "rings" in it - holes that have been reinforced with a steel ring like you might find on a tarp. #################################### #O################...
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what is good material for 100C to 130C for heat box [closed]

I am trying to design a small box (25" x 25" x 25") for an uniform heating oven. I am planning to heat around 100 C (212 F) to 130 C (266 F). I was searching for several material such as green board(&...
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Need to stop sound of rain hitting top of window AC

I want to silence the sound of rain drops falling on my window air conditioners by putting some kind of pad on top of them. (The sound is keeping me awake.) I also need to be very frugal right now so ...
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What is the best material for the pivot in a pivoting base?

I will have a pivoting base with 3 fixed casters and a pivot in place of the fourth. I'm having trouble trying to come up with a easy to setup and no maintenance pivot. The weight requirements are not ...
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What's this tarry sheet under the tiles?

The tiles are becoming loose on the steps to my home and need to be replaced. As I pull some of them off I discovered this black sheet under the tiles. It smells tarry and has a texture between fabric ...
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Suitable surface to cover old harvest table for use as desk

I use an old harvest table as a desk. Most of the time it doesn't matter that its surface consists of four fairly rough planks because I use a keyboard and a trackball. I seldom use a pen. Still it ...
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How important is it to use 4x12 vs 4x8 sheets of drywall? [closed]

We are going to be starting drywall hanging in 2 weeks, which is the final part of my GC's contract. We are separately hiring another contractor for mudding and painting. My GC has informed me that he ...
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Hard 3/4" rod that will not bend

Following on from this and this question I've got to the point where I am trying to "jack" a pole out of the ground. I had a spare 3/4" bolt that I thought would be strong enough but unfortunately it ...
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What material is this in my 1950s home's walls? Is it dangerous?

I am renovating an old bathroom. It's in a house built in the late 1950s in Germany. I have removed the bathtub. The bathtub was built in a box, which had tiles on the outside and this black material ...
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How feasible is is it to build a house structure from different sources of free timber? [closed]

In my area in Europe there are regularly classified ads for free building materials, like old wood from roofs, which looks like this: Would it be feasible to gather my wood from multiple such sources ...
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How do I identify if a caulk is water-based or solvent-based?

I have a new position in a hardware store, and I have customers asking me which caulking materials I have are water-based, and which ones are solvent-based. This is important for cleanup and tooling, ...
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Making a temporary walkway

I recently had a sewer line replaced, and part of the walkway to the house was dug up. I'll be getting a new walkway put in sometime in the summer, but until I do, and especially when the spring ...
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Wall scuffing protection for bicycle

I just moved into a 2 family apartment. The porch leads to two doors, one for the upstairs apartment, and one for the downstairs apartment. The upstairs entryway has a relatively thin space to the ...
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Asbestos risk in my roof? What is this material?

I'm a homeowner in London, and have recently started losing sleep over something. Hoping somebody can shed some light! Our next door neighbours are having their roof redone, and some manner of ...
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What tools should I use to machine large holes in polycarbonate sheet?

I need to drill two concentric holes on a 10 mm. polycarbonate sheet. The first one is 50 mm (diameter) and 6 mm. deep, while the second is 30 mm. (diameter) and goes through the sheet. I am not ...
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What are the differences between pneumatic nail types like “smooth” and “ring” for house framing?

I'm getting my material list together to frame a house and am a bit confused by all the similar looking pneumatic nails which all have a slightly different wording/features and different prices, ...
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Looking for alternative to Lexan sheets for DIY or crafting projects

I have a few DIY projects in mind that need some rigid non-metal sheets that I can easily cut, drill holes in them. Lexan would have been a perfect choice, but it is a bit expensive. Plywood is not ...
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Best practices for disposing of waste that is diluted in water? (paint, finishes/membranes, cement, dust/particles from wet saw, etc)

Usually I let waste dry up in the case of cement/paint, then throw away. But often times waste is diluted in water. Should I bag these up and then throw away? I do not want to put it down the sink, ...
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How do I find doors of unorthodox sizes?

I have three doorways in close proximity to one another, and I want to replace the doors in them. Aside from one door being completely absent, the other two have numerous problems, including gaps at ...
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Connect two sheet materials with no access to other side [closed]

I want to make a connection between to thin sheet materials that can be disassambled. Seems easy enough, right? Just use nut bolt and washers. The problem is that when the connection is made there is ...
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Making a small drain/vent/hole in a glass box

I've got a glass box that measures 900mm x 450mm x 450mm. The width of the glass is about 6mm thick. If I drill, cut, or grind a small hole in/through one of the faces; will it significantly ...
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House davit? Do they exist?

On boats there is a often a boom with a winch called a "davit". It is essentially a sort of crane that allows things to be loaded on and off the boat. Houses do not seem to normally have davits, even ...
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What clear coat material would last as an exterior traffic surface?

I have an idea for a decorative project, but I haven't been able to find much information about which materials might work. In short, think "thick bar top for a concrete walkway." Specifically, I'd ...
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Where to get anti slip treads for walkways? [closed]

I've tried looking for the following in HomeDepot, Amazon and various online supply stores but can't seem to find this exact product. I have seen this used as pedestrian walkway dividers in streets ...
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Do the house plans contain the info about the material?

I'm planning to build a home addition and I'd like to know if the construction drawings will contain the information of what material the walls need to be built? I have some experience in building a ...
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Roofing material for flat slope western pacific northwest

10 months after purchasing a manufactured/RVIA certified home the, landmark arch, ridge venting shingle roof began to leak, with water leaking out of the crevasses of the main beam. A roofing ...
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Why is a screen used to sand drywall, but paper used to sand wood?

A sanding screen is comprised of small holes: A sheet of sandpaper has a flexible paper backing: Despite using different methods of abrasion, the abrasiveness of both products is measured in grit. ...
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Wrapping fibreglass/ rock wool to seal in fibres in acoustic panels (bass traps)

I'm Making acoustic panels to treat my home studio and plan to use mineral wool or fibreglass insulation to do so. Likely Owen's Corning 703 or something marketed as safe insulation like Bradford ...
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What type of screw is the most resistant to rust: galvanized, stainless steel, or deck screws?

How do the following screw types fare in an outdoor (wet) long-term application? Galvanized screw: Stainless steel screw: "Deck" screw:
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Is fibreglass dangerous?

I have recently been having problems with the sound in my room and somebody has suggested I use fibreglass to soundproof. Unfortunately the sound is entering through the window and so I thought of ...
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Identify this roofing material

Is this torchdown? Modified bitumen? Or something else?
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What material to use for replacing interior porch panels?

I really have two questions, both pertaining to the enclosed porch on the front of my house. The first is, what material should I use to replace the panels that are starting to warp (bottom of the ...
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Aluminum Corrosion

Can I use a sheet of aluminum as a roof above some small structure and just leave it there for years without painting it? I heard it will corrode on the surface and lose its sheen but will there be ...
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What is this white fluffy material? [closed]

I've been finding this material all around my house for the last six months. To give you some perspective, the sample below is about 2 inches by 1 inch. The sizes of the pieces I find vary ...
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Permanent greenhouse structure materials

I'm planning a permanent greenhouse structure that will be attached on one wall to my house. The estimated size will be about 16ft wide, 45ft long, with the lowest wall being approximately 9ft tall ...
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Materials for building a sound proof home office in a 5 ft x 6 ft x 8 ft cube

I have a big living room 16ft x 22ft x 10 ft(height). I wanted to take a small corner 6ft x 5ft x 8ft(high) to build a home office. I was initially planning on building a steel cube frame out of 3/4 ...
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How should I build the walls for a tiny house on a camper frame?

I am preparing to build a tiny house on an old camper frame, and am looking for advice on how to build the exterior walls. I'm planning to use 2x3 wood studs at 24" o.c., with 1/4" plywood on the ...
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Coating for whiteboard

I want to make a whiteboard using hardboard. I understand it works pretty well, but if you leave marker on it for a while, it could become hard to erase. I'm hoping therefore to try an experiment ...