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How to measure tile lippage?

I just had my bathroom floor tiled and I am concerned about lippage. Before bringing this up with the contractor, I want to get an idea of how bad it is really. The tiles are 2.25" octagons with ...
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How to locate a line parallel to adjacent building for a new building

I want to build a new building next to an existing building. The new building must be parallel to the old building, but shifted forward, as shown below. What is the best way to find a parallel line ...
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Minimum clearance between tree branches and overhead electrical (Indiana)

What is Indiana code for minimum clearance between power lines overhead and tree branches? I was able to find some things talking about how high cables should be off the ground, but nothing about tree ...
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Metric unit conversion for piping

The German manual of my washer-dryer says it needs a water connection with measurements specified as 26,4 mm = 3/4". Assuming those quotation marks were meant to be prime marks, i.e. stand for inches, ...
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What are the best practice in drilling anchor screw holes in right locations?

I am setting up several stations side by side that look like this: For each station I have to install a mirror that has two hooks behind it and look like this: Those hooks are supposed to hang on ...
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Diameter of an 11' foot high, 3" (2&7/8) steel post footer hole

I know that the general standard for post footers is to make the diameter of the footer hole 3 times wider than the post itself. However, I want to make sure that even in an 11' foot post (which seems ...
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marking & cutting odd plywood shape

I need to create a non-standard shape of thick plywood (1+") for an extension to a kitchen island. Shape is something like this: ... the size is roughly 3ft-square, and the inside and outside ...
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What is the viewing window for on this tape measure?

Can someone please explain me the significance of the window in this measuring tape? I am unable to understand its application.
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How accurate does corner angle measurement on crown moulding need to be?

How accurate does angle measurement on crown moulding corners actually have to be? What I am saying is say compare a manual angle finder that has 1 degree increments vs a typical digital one that ...
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What is the relation between these two measures? [closed]

Imagine you enjoy automation, and have a friend who makes beer. tl;dr: How would you mathematically correlate a scale of 7.2 to 2.5 (starts from 7.2 and goes down) to a scale of 1.060 to 1.000? Bonus ...
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How to precisely measure pipe inner diameter using digital Vernier caliper?

I have a pipe of unknown inner diameter. The pipe is big so I cannot measure it's outer diameter (the outside jaws won't reach the midpoint). I want to measure inner diameter. That should be easy, in ...
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Taking Measurements for Driveway Project

I'm a new DIYer and my first project is to cover my sand driveway with bluestone gravel. My question is how do I take measurements of driveway to determine how much gravel to buy? Thank you in advance ...
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How do I measure the thickness of something with a lip or frame?

I'm looking for a device like vernier calipers (ie 0.1mm resolution or thereabouts is fine), but in more of a C-clamp configuration which allows me to measure the thickness of some object's face where ...
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Measuring Electric Motor Shank Dimensions?

I have an electric motor that has threads on the end of it. I'm interested in making a wood pulley to put on the end of it for use in a lathe. The only thing is that I'm not sure if I have the right ...
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How to Measure Double Handle Push out Windows?

I want to buy some screens but I need them custom made. I need to measure them but not sure how to measure them properly. The screen would look like this http://www.southcoastscreens.com/double-...
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Swedish Crown Molding KS. Would this be useful? Are there better tools? [closed]

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/onecut/onecut-crown-molding-tool-patented-technology/description This tools that gives a template for half the measured angle looks simple and reasonable, but ...
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How to square plywood using the 3-4-5 method?

I know about the square triangle 3-4-5, and I know how to use it get a 90° angle. But I can't think or understand how people use it (accurately) to get 90° on a big plywood sheet. The most "proper" ...
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Why are fractions used for measuring? [closed]

Can someone provide a rational reason why are fractions used for measuring, instead of decimals or percentages? To me they don't seem intuitive and I fail to see how can be intuitive to anyone ...
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How do you figure out how deep the water table is somewhere?

I'm looking at buying some land, and was wondering how to figure out how deep it is to the water table so I can know what I can put in a location in the yard.
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Smart Thermostat C-Wire wrong voltage

I'm looking to upgrade the thermostats in my apartment to ones which I can control programmatically over WiFi. I opened up one of the old thermostats and discovered I have the classic "C-wire" ...
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How to measure head casing?

I have, what seems like a trivial question. How on earth do you measure the size of a head casing? I measured as it shows in this picture, going from the bottom side of the 45's. I measured my door (...
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Cosmetic fix for installing decking board when not parallel to house?

I am expanding the deck that goes very far (35 x 48 feet ~ 1000 sqft). So I am pretty sure the further end will not perfectly parallel to the house. It could be 1-2 inch off from one end to the other ...
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How to measure the radius of a fillet on a non 90deg angle

I have two filleted corners that are not at 90deg on an aluminium part. I want to measure the radius of the fillet, but I don't have fancy radius measuring tools, only calipers. Is there any way I ...
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Marking studs with tape measure

Maybe I'm a little dense, but I'm having a little difficulty visualizing how laying out studs 16" OC works with a tape measure. From almost every source I look at they say "Don't screw this up. Hook ...
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When tiling a floor must I start in the middle of the room?

I am tiling a small bathroom ~45sq ft. The book I am referencing suggested starting the tile in the center of the room to prevent laying any tiny fractions of tile near one side of the room. I'm ...
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lay out common rafters with combination square

I need to mark common rafters (plumb line and birdsmouth) to build a lean-to roof. I only have a combination square, a rusted try square and measuring tape. All explanations involve either a speed ...
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What does “Level flat to 3/16 per 10 foot radius” mean?

I am looking at USFLOORS CoreTec Plus installation instructions (http://www.usfloorsllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/USF-COREtec-Plus-Angle-Tap-Installation-Instructions.pdf) and it says Level: ...
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How do I measure for a table top inside a (slightly irregular) nook/alcove?

I have a little nook about 2' x 5'. It's surrounded by wall on three sides. I want to put a table top in there. But I know the area isn't exactly square. It's supposed to be, but it's not. How do I ...
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Distance to leave between drilled holes in plaster

I've drilled 3 6mm holes in a wall, about 30cm away from each other. They were meant to be vertically aligned but the measurements were off and it's on about a 5-10 degree slant. Because of this I ...
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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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What size pool jets am I supposed to purchase for 1.5 inch pipes?

In my pool, I have two white PVC pipes that push water out, where jets are supposed to fit to increase flow rate. The diameter of these pipes is 1.5 inches. I purchased a 5-pack of "Pool and Spa ...
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Mark 2 points on parallel walls directly opposite each other

I am about to mount some steel pipe which spans from one wall of a room to the opposite wall. (Here's why: Mount Pull-up bar from wall to wall) How do I accurately mark two points on facing parallel ...
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What kind of board is this, and where can I get some?

I have some tongue and groove floorboards from a bathroom. They measure 0.83" thick and are probably about 90 years old. Where can I get some boards that are equally thick? Tongue and groove is a ...
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On understanding housing measures

When we measure a room and say it's 4x4 this is to say it's 4' in length and 4' in width, right? What if the room isn't conventional and is say a polygon how is it then measured? The x between ...
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When is it appropriate to use a wood rule rather than a tape measure?

Wood rules and tape measures are similar tools, and I've realized I almost always default to the tape measure. When should I be using a wood rule instead?
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Is there a standard hole diameter for corner braces?

I'm planning a project that requires corner braces, and I want to figure out what size bolts I can put through them. Unfortunately, at least on the Home Depot website, the corner brace product ...
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Is there a tool to pinpoint an exact location through wood?

I have a wooden roof. I need to drill though it from above, and hit the beams exactly in order to attach something. The edges of the roof are not straight, and it is impossible to find out where ...
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Minimizing wall thickness for basement drywall?

I'm trying to optimize acoustics of my future home theater by maximizing dimensions to minimize standing wave problems. I would like to minimize the thickness of a finished wall consisting of drywall ...
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Exactly measure lumber for cabinetry

I am working on a bookshelf which, due to the way I am building it, requires some of the pieces to be exactly measured to within 1/64th over 4-5 foot lengths. Obviously no yardstick is so accurate. ...
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What is the easiest way to measure an irregular floor space?

I would like to order a comfort mat for the floor of a small kitchen. The company can make it to order but I have to provide exact dimensions. This is harder that it sounds though as the floor space ...
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How to get a straight line when painting wall with fillet to ceiling

We are moving to an apartment built in the 1920:s which have a fillet between the walls and the ceiling. We want to paint the walls, and to get a nice finish between the ceiling and the walls, we want ...
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How can we measure the air quality index of our room?

My house is situated near a construction site and dust, particulates, etc gather in really quickly. My room is currently set up such that there are two different air filters running continuously ...
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Calculating Tray ceiling dimensions

I am building a tray ceiling for my living room to install recessed lighting in. Is there any general ratio's for tray size to room size? I have looked everywhere and it seems most tray ceilings don't ...
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Will this replacement induction cooktop fit in the cutout for the old cooktop?

My induction cooktop died recently, and needs replacing. As it is under warrenty, and there are no replacements currently available, we have been offered store credit at the place we bought it from. ...
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How do I mark out gradient for tiling?

I am planning to lay a blue stone tiled terrace at the back of my house that needs to run in a slope away from 2 joining walls. The diagram might explain this better. How can I mark out this sloping ...
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How can I measure lengths greater than 50' to a precision of less than 1/16"?

Is it possible to measure a length greater than 50' to a precision less than 1/16"? If so, what tools and/or techniques should I use to do so?
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How can I estimate square footage of fencing for stain?

I have a fence that looks like the following: I plan on staining this fence with a paint sprayer and this stain product. The product notes that one gallon will cover Coverage Area (sq. ft.) 250 ft². ...
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How to read my radon system

I have a radon system in my recently purchased home which looks like this: However, I have no idea how to interpret what it is telling me. Can anyone provide clear and easy to follow instructions?
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How can I accurately measure the angle of my walls?

I have a lot of walls that slant inward. To measure the angles at which they slant inwards, I used an app that looks like: Was this the correct tool? Assuming it was, do I need to make sure I get the ...
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How can I measure the r-value of a wall?

What is a reproducible test to measure the r-value of an exterior wall? Or even a specific spot on a specific wall? It needn't produce an absolutely certain result, but a good estimate with known ...