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How can I fit a board to walls intersecting at an obtuse angle? [duplicate]

I want to mount a board to the wall like in the image. It's currently rectangular, so I need to cut out the blue section. How do I mark the board correctly before cutting? It's not quite trivial, ...
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Door size for 32-7/8" door frame

Looking to install a cheap slab door in this door frame, which measures 32"7/8 at it's widest point: I was going to get a hollow 32" slab door, but I'm worried that there will be a ...
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How do I measure my recess for a shelf accurately?

I have a recess in a room about 60x 200cm, but it isnt perfectly rectangular. I'm not even sure the drywall is particularly straight. I want to put a built in shelf there - any advice on how to cut ...
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what is the nail size i can use when it says 2-1/8 -inch Brad Nailer Kit?

I have a nail gun that has this label 2-1/8 -inch Brad Nailer Kit does that mean i can use 2 inch to 1/8 inch nails? i know that measures start from smaller to larger e.g. 1 inch to 3 inch not sure ...
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Marking out metal tubing

I have some 2m long aluminium tubes of 15mm and 20mm outside diameter. 50 mm from the end of each tube I need to drill a hole to take a bolt and the two holes should line up along the length of the ...
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How do I find the (2018) IBC spacing requirement for floor ledger bolts?

I simply want to know how many bolts I need to put in per foot, and how they're spaced. The ledgers for each house floor are 2x8s with joists every 1'.
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Measuring windows for replacement

I'm a little unclear on how to measure windows for replacement. Most reading I've found says to measure the opening for the sash— sill to head, and jamb to jamb. My questions are: Why isn't it the ...
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How can I measure the actual amperage rating of my circuits so I can match it with correct fuses/breakers?

My house has a fuse panel instead of a circuit breaker panel, and as such it's way easier for the wrong ones to be installed. I don't trust that the previous tenant had the right ones in the right ...
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At what height should I install my (coat) rack? [closed]

I'm planning to install a coat rack on the right side of my bedroom closet, at the place marked with *: +----------------+ | | | | | | | | | ...
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Where do measurements start on a ruler/tape measure

I feel really dumb asking this question, but I need help reading the lines on my tape measure. I need to make precise measurements, but given the thickness of the inch lines, I'm not sure how. I've ...
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Are recipes for render expressed by ratio of weight or ratio of volume?

I'm currently mixing render to cover ugly brick walls in my front garden. Let's say I want to use this recipe for the top coat, just for an example: Cement 1 parts Lime 1 parts Sharp Sand 2 parts ...
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What are these little diamonds on my tape measure?

Not a very important question, but I'm wondering what the little diamonds are on my tape measure. It's a Stanley Fatmax from the UK © 2011. The first one is at ~488 mm (~19.2 inch), and then every ~...
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What is the purpose of the notch at the end of the depth probe on callipers?

I have read this question about the shape of the jaws of callipers, but it didn't explain why there is a small notch at the end of the depth probe. You can see it on the far right of this image: It ...
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How do you measure the inside of something (like a cabinet)?

Usually I use a tape measure to do carpentry, but a problem arises when I need to take a precise inside measurement. Because the tape is longer than the area inside the cabinet (or whatever it is) I ...
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What's the best way to measure the center of a shallow bend?

Is there a tool or custom setup I can use to measure the center of a small, shallow bend? The arc length of the bend would be too small for a three-point radius gauge (around 5 mm).
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How do I know if a new dryer will fit? Existing base/floor vent and nearby doorframe

Our existing washer and dryer need to go, but the space they occupy is a bit limited. The main issue is depth - the existing washer and dryer are Frigidaire AES7000ES and ATF7000FS. In the current ...
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Best Practices for Measuring Screw/Bolt TPI?

It is extremely nice to be able to use a caliper to measure screw/bolt major diameter (and length) to find correct replacements. However I am struggling to come up with a good way to determine ...
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How to visualize air circulation between rooms?

My house gets very hot on some days. I don't have a central AC system, and cannot install it because the house is a rental. I have to make do with various floor fans and portable AC units. There are ...
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Anyone know a name for this measuring tool? [closed]

I've been looking at height gauges and they don't quite fit what I need. I'm trying to measure a ceiling not an object. I've seen some old fashioned height gauges that seem to do what I'm looking for ...
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Weird filter size for airconditioner

I have a weird size air-conditioner filter that is 414 x 544 mm, which is a little over 16" and a little over 21". When I go to to the hardware store here in Canada, they carry all sorts of ...
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How do I measure my screws to match how stores label them?

When I buy screws, the container often has measurement labels, e.g. : 50/4 or 20/2.5 and such. I'm pretty sure the first number is a length in millimeters, and the second number is a width in ...
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DIY Swing Set. Need angle measurements

Using common swing brackets for use with 4- 4x4x8 posts and 1- 4x6x10 beam, at what angle do I cut the bottom of the 4x4 posts to sit flush on the ground?
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Storm door on odd sized frame

I just bought a storm door for my house's front door (HD custom order). Of course, I followed directions measuring the door opening, but without considering that I have an old house, and the door ...
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How to estimate the area required by first responders with a stretcher? [closed]

I am editing a book about taking care of elderly people. Imagine the charge (person that is being taken care of) lives in a room sketched below and spends most of their time in the bed. In case of ...
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How to find a right screw for a hole

I want to hang some stuff on my wall so here it comes to the part where I need to get screws/anchors. Saying I have a hole in a piece that I would like to attach(a picture attached), how can I ...
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How do I read the specifications for this Panasonic microwave trim kit?

The web page for the NN-TK922SS 27" Wide Trim Kit for select Panasonic Microwave Ovens includes these specifications: TRIM KIT OUTER SIZE Side A: 18-9/16" Side B: 27" TRIM KIT INNER SIZE Side C: 24-...
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How do I determine the rough-in width and height of a window?

I am thinking about replacing a set of double-hung windows with a single picture window. To get it quoted and order the window, I need to determine the rough-in dimensions of the space. How do I do ...
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