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Making a custom bathtub, using fibreglass and a suitable high-strength smooth coating

The problem I'd like to fit a custom quite sizeable (2000 x 1100 x 550 ish) bathtub. The room won't take anything except custom, which is either horribly expensive or self-made, so I'm looking ...
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Dust like particules covers the attic floor. Is that the insulation material?

I went to my attic today and took a few pictures. Here is one which shows the "dust" that covers most of the attic (as far as I could tell, it's all over). So I would imagine this is ...
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Help identifying the method of construction my house uses

Walls are approximately 13.75” thick. Listed as stone and stucco. I saw what looks like water damage in a corner and the, what I’m assuming is plaster, had been damaged. I cut the paint to expose ...
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Looking for a non-stick space-filling foam

I'm looking for a material that will expand to fill a cavity of an irregular shape, and then solidify into a permanent shape. I am not using it primarily for insulation purposes. Polyurethane spray ...
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What is this floor material consisting of soft fibrous material covered by matte black layer?

We are renovating an apartment in a house in Germany built in 1957. I am unsure what kind of floor construction I am looking at. The concrete floor is covered by a soft brown fibrous layer about 1.5 ...
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What material is this?

The picture below shows some kind of tapestry at a wall inside the living room of a bungalow. The house was built in 1966 in (those days west) Germany: The material feels kinda warm and solid, but ...
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What is this dark material behind kitchen plaster exterior wall?

While renovating our kitchen the electricians opened part of the exterior wall. It is a plaster wall with metal wire lath in a 1920s-built home, but I can't identify this darker material behind the ...
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What material is my damaged kitchen ceiling?

Apologies in advance if the answer is obvious, I'm a complete novice! We're starting work on our first home including repairs to a water-damaged kitchen ceiling. Someone has suggested to me that the ...
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What can I safely burn isopropyl gel fuel in?

I would like to decant isopropyl gel fuel (i.e. Terraflame) into a safe container to burn in my fireplace. In other words, I would like to create a fire bowl essentially in my indoor fireplace. What ...
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What kitchen counter material would you recommend and why?

What are the pros and cons of various kitchen counter top materials? Granite Corian Concrete Laminate Quartz Silestone Other
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What is this treatment on the walls of my basement?

I'm wondering what this covering is on the walls in my unfinished basement? Most of it is pretty hard and rigid, though there is some near an exterior door that's flaking off. This mottled texture and ...
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What can I put over my window wells to prevent leaves and trash from falling down into them? [closed]

What can I put over my window wells to prevent leaves and trash from falling down into them?
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Most sustainable roofing for short term equipment shelter

A simple wood frame is going up over some infrastructure in a farm field (a device with a motor in a sealed weather-resistant stainless-steel box). This wood frame is meant to help protect against sun,...
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What are the “rules” for connecting different kinds mains electrical wires?

Aluminum wires can't be connected directly to copper wires - otherwise the contact spot overheats badly, such connections should only go through steel connectors. I was rather surprised when I found ...
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Can I plaster over this?

I found these "boards" under the wallpaper. They feel different from drywall, smooth and cold to the touch, kinda like a tile or ceramic of some sort. What are they? Can I plaster over them ...
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Does RTD in plywood mean "Rated" or "Resistance Temperature Detectors"?

Lots of plywood at Home Depot have the letters RTD in the title, with no further detail. Many of these have multiple user questions of the form "What does RTD mean?" Answers seem to be split 50/50 ...
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Is there a way to increase the reliability and quality of electronics by create custom electronics? [closed]

I want reliable electronics for my capmer. I don't want to buy any electronics for home usage, becouse it has a very limited shelf life, as well as certain operating conditions. In a camper, these ...
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What protective materials exist that would extend the life of electrical appliances? [closed]

I want to spend a lot of time in nature. Because of this, the electronics in my camper break down faster than they should. I don't know the exact reason, they just stop working, but I guess due to ...
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Heat and water safe material for internal dishwasher repair

On the inside of my dishwasher is a plastic tube that transports water to a spinning piece in order to clean the upper rack. Part of the plastic tube has melted through and the top rack is no longer ...
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What are the pros/cons of using porcelain over ceramic tile in a bathroom?

I'm planning on tiling a bathroom floor and a walk-in shower (including the ceiling). I haven't looked into pricing yet, but I've heard that porcelain would be a better, yet more expensive material to ...
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What does this mouse pad outline plastic tube made of? [closed]

A friend of mine got me a mouse pad simular to this one Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/RGB-Mousepad-Led-Mouse-Large/dp/B08QFB5KVS/ I noticed it has this tube in the outline (the glowy part). i ...
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Which material should I use for a whiteboard that would erase easily?

I saw some DIY tutorials recommending to use tileboard to make a cheap whiteboard. I had a piece lying around, and tried some dry-erase markers on it. Turns out they don't erase well at all when ...
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Good floor material for multi-purpose indoor sports court

We're building a new home and are considering a sports court that's large enough to play full-court pickleball. We want to be able to use the space for other activities as well, like basketball, ...
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Material options for protecting shed floor

I have a new shed (6x10) and it has a 12mm T&G board floor. This isn't the best for moving/rolling things around, so I'd like to put something over the top of it to help this, and also add some ...
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Is acrylic / Perspex a suitable material for a replacement fridge shelf?

My fridge shelves cracked and broke, and although I tried a repair mentioned in a previous question, it eventually failed as expected. Since it seems that replacement shelves are no longer sold for ...
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Material choice for a rigid spacer between a stem wall, floating floor and plaster stop?

By design, I have a ~1-1/2" vertical and horizontal gap between the floating hardwood floor I installed and the metal plaster stop at the base of the interior walls, as shown below: . As shown ...
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Can you provide me with advice for choosing appropriate materials for rebuilding the roof over my dug well?

My water supply is an 18' dug well with 24" inside diameter. The top of the well casing is below grade and within a 4' x 8' block foundation, about 3'6" deep. The well, pump and pressure ...
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What should I use for a smooth surface wall board for quilting layout?

For purposes of laying out a quilting project, I want to use an approx 4' by 7' wall space. I have a large piece of thin fabric that is tacky on both sides. One side goes against the wall and stays ...
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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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Ash/soot test after a fire

Pardon me if this is not a correct community to ask this question. My town was affected by the recent Marshall wildfire in CO. Some streets are gone, it's surreal here. Our street is saved, but there ...
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two-part fastener for right-angle wood connections

I have some furniture which is missing a screw/nut pair used for fastening two pieces of wood together at a right angle. The screw is 45mm long and 5mm wide, and it's paired with some kind of nut with ...
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What should I use for a sandbox bottom?

I'm building a sandbox for my three-year old. It will probably sit on the deck, so it needs some kind of bottom. Ideally, we should be able to move the sandbox around the deck. Is it necessary for ...
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How to prevent mold in stored joint compound

Joint compound comes in larger containers than I need. I have had this problem for years where storing opened but unused joint compound leads to mold growth, usually starting within a week or two. I'd ...
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Glue for sticking wool to wool? [closed]

Can anyone recommend glue for sticking wool to wool? This is for a small, stationary, non-load-bearing, long-term application for an indoor, non-heated environment. I would be willing to pay more for ...
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Which door is strongest?

I'm comparing two security doors. The first option is aluminum: It uses Meshtec which from what I've read is pretty much impossible to get through. However, from what I've read, aluminum is a lot ...
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Deck the halls with bubble wrap?

In order to insulate a room, would it make sense to apply a layer of bubble wrap to my walls/ceiling? What about some other material like mylar or foylon? What major factors would affect the answer to ...
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How effective are DIN 985 self-locking nuts?

They're DIN 985 self-locking nuts that have a plastic ring inside that is meant to cause extra friction and prevent self-loosening of the nut. How effective are they against self-loosening?
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What type of string lasts in strong UV and pool environment?

I need to use a string near or in a pool for one summer. It has to last strong summer heat (TX), sun, UV rays, and pool chlorine. My chlorine dispenser float keeps going next to the skimmer area. Some ...
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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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What are these very heavy blocks found on my family's property?

I need help identifying these blocks found on my family's property, which was a 17th century farm house in Virginia. The blocks are 8.75" long, 4.5" wide, and 5" high and weigh 58 lbs.
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Is it feasible to still have wooden elements with possible termite threat

I'm planning on getting a house built and I would like to incorporate a good amount of wooden elements similar to japanese house designs but I'm worried of possible termite infestation. Is it feasible ...
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Is screw/nut zinc vs zinc plating as advertise or a manufacturer shorthand?

I bought a set of machine screws and nuts which say "zinc" on the product. I also bought a box of locknuts from a different manufacturer which says "zinc plated" on it. Is the box ...
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Cedar shims disappeared because of COVID-19

I've been hunting for contractor quality cedar shims - the super-wide kind that easily break along the grain. The big box stores don't have them and neither do the local lumber yards. At one of them I ...
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Can a triple stud be replaced with a thinner, stronger material?

We have a galley kitchen and our fridge takes up a lot of room when the door is open. I'd like to recess it back into the wall using some empty space in the dining room directly behind it. However ...
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Are there screws made of materials that should not be exposed to heat, smoke or propane?

I've been assembling a propane barbeque grill that came in a box. It came with an exact variety and number of screws to be used in assembly. But it's actually missing one screw. I found an old screw ...
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Is there a dust-free alternative to gravel for an indoor Petanque Court?

We are considering constructing a Pétanque court in our office. The typical finished playing surface is sand, gravel, small pebbles or sometimes shell. We need a dust-free material so that when ...
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2a modified crushed stone vs minus gravel

What is the difference between 2a modified crushed stone and minus gravel? I understand that both are crushed stones and both have finer particles. Do they come from different species of stones? What ...
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Are there any new and/or innovative quality countertop products on the market? [closed]

Are there any new and/or innovative quality countertop products on the market that are easier to work with and not as heavy as quartz? For example, something like NSF certified "richlite" ...
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Which material for a sink bucket? [closed]

I'm thinking about making a small sink for my DIY lab. Since there is no running water or drain, I was thinking about something similar to a camping sink like this one. I'd make some modifications (e....
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Is it OK for OSB3 boards to get wet during construction?

In the UK it rains, as you know. a lot. Is it OK for OSB3 boarding to get wet now and then during the construction of a building? or will it be completely destroyed like chip board or MDF (which ...