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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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How can I jack a steel post out of the ground?

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 ...
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What is a suitable mold material for a concrete bar top?

I would like to make an L-shaped concrete bar top (single piece). However, I want to make the corner have a large curve (12-15" radius?). How can I create a mold to accomplish this? What materials ...
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Long mat for shower? [closed]

I am searching for long (10m) pvc mat for the dressing room before big shower room and sauna. The mat is two layered. The lower layer maximises air while the top layer is for endurance. I saw such a ...
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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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What is it? Red and waxy debris from drilling studs

I was drilling two studs in order to install a wall-mounted shelf, and one of the studs smelled funny when I started drilling. It smelled kind of sweet and the dust that came out is sort of red, ...
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What material should I use for a tent house like this?

I'm planning to build a tent house like this in Paddy field. I'm totally new to this. I'm looking for the materials for tent. What is good recommendation for durable material for this?
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Where can I buy home improvement materials and supplies in my community?

I'm new to Home Improvement. I've been planning to start (slowly) finishing my basement myself. The first thing I need to do is tear down the existing ruined insulation and replace it. I'm trying to ...
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Differences between matt and silk paint

I have started to paint my new home in matt as i prefer the none reflective surface compared to silk. My Grandfather has said i should always paint walls with silk, but my outlaws say matt is just as ...
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What's the procedure for diluting bitumen mastic with a solvent?

The can of bitumen mastic says I can add up to ten percent solvent to make the mastic easier to apply. Applicable solvents list follows. The problem is the mastic is so stiff tat if I put a stick ...
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What type of material is flexible but not too much, water proof, and can tolerate 80°C temperatures? [closed]

The idea is to build an electric pad with an non-coated heating wire (~1.3 Ohm/metter): the pad must be flexible under the bed sheet (like this one) but not too much (to prevent it being crumpled ...
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Building fitted desk for home office

I have a spare bedroom which I'm converting to a home office. It's been stripped out and I'm about to start painting it. I'm looking ahead slightly to the next (I think!) step which is fitting a desk ...
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What type of material is this shower base?

I have a shower in my apartment with a pretty dirty base. I'd love to give it a real good cleaning, I haven't tried much yet, but I think the best strategy would be to determine the material of the ...
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Is there a program or system which will tell me what length (8' or 10') 1x3 lumber to get for making storm windows?

I am going to make some storm windows. 13 of them. The windows will be simple 1x3 frames with a 1x3 horizontal stretcher midway up. Mitered corners. I am including the measurements at the bottom of ...
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How Do I Tell What My Wall's Infill Is?

I live in a house that I can hang pictures on the interior walls, but if I try and put a nail in an outer wall, I can't. I assume that means my walls use some type of infill. In order to hang ...
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Lifting mechanism for height adjustable sitting standing desk

I have put together a sitting standing desk and all but one part works. The bit I would like some advice on is how to dynamically raise the keyboard/mouse surface to switch between ergonomic standing ...
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How can I connect metal rods together crosswise?

I have some stainless steel rods of diameters such a 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" or so, and I want to connect them together in some cases cross-wise to make a lattice. In some cases it might be convenient to ...