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How can I coil up a rope so that it doesn't get tangled?

When I get stuff for DIY projects, I regularly use rope to tie it all down to my trailer. When I coil up a rope for storage I wind it around my palm and elbow (on the same arm) then use the last ...
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What are the consequences of allowing paint to freeze?

Insulating and heating my garage sounds like a pain. What are the consequences of simply allowing water-based latex paint to freeze in the winter? Is it ruined forever or does it just need tons of ...
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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

I'd like to setup some rainwater storage, collecting water from the rainy season, so use later on the garden. The hardware stores sell water storage containers, but to store 3000 gallons (11,000 litre)...
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Is there a way to store drywall vertically on its side?

I am going to have a surplus of 8 sheets of 5/8" 4x8 drywall (4 type-x, 4 QuietRock 525) until my next soundproofing job this Summer. I have been storing 8 sheets at a time stacked flat on my ...
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Is it okay to store laminate flooring in a dry garage for a couple weeks?

I have purchased some flooring that I won't be able to install for a couple weeks. I live in Canada and the winter is on its way, so the temperature is beginning to reach freezing. Is it okay to ...
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Is my attic floor over my garage strong enough to use it for storage and maybe as a small work area?

I would like to use the attic space above my 2-car garage for storage of items around the house and garage, and if possible, utilize some of the space as a small work area. The previous owners left ...
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What do I need to use one winch motor independently on several different cables (for overhead storage)?

I'm almost-nearly-started on installing a bunch of motorized ceiling-storage platforms in my garage. I was researching which winch/hoist to buy when I realized that I'd rather not buy one electric ...
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What are the proper materials and method to hang heavy-duty shelves in a garage for storage?

I am hoping this isn't too wide of a topic since garage storage can vary greatly from person to person depending on what's being stored. In my case, I will be storing power tools like my circular saw,...
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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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Is there a good way to store and organize try/combination squares?

I have a bunch of try/combination squares that I would like to store/hang in my work area but I cannot figure out a good system. Can someone recommend a good method to keep combination squares readily ...
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What are watertight storage solutions to protect objects from flood water?

Our home is prone to occasional flooding during the rainy season. There was only one time in 26 years where our home was devastated by the flood reaching up to half of the 2nd floor. This destroyed so ...
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What should I keep in mind for attic storage solutions for a small home with 14" rafter spacing?

So our attic and our stuff in general is not serving us. Yes, we need to get rid of the stuff we don’t need. If we need anything up there then it is not down here because we need it seasonally (think ...
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Storage of portable (but bulky) power tools

So in the course of this renno, I've acquired a few larger/more bulky power tools (portable table saw, compound sliding miter/stand, 13" planer, etc..). Currently I am using the soon-to-be kitchen ...
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Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?

I was at a model home the other day and checked out its structured media enclosure. Inside, it had a "Standard 4 x 10 Voice Distribution Module" and what appeared to be a "1 x 6 3GHz Video Splitter ...
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How can I create low-cost, fire resistant, hidden in-wall storage?

I've taken all the sheetrock off of an interior wall for some renovations we're doing. What I would like to do is use a section of that wall to create a fire resistant hidden storage compartment. It's ...
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How should I choose between a pegwall or slatwall as a tool storage solution?

I'm interested in putting up a tool wall in my garage/workshop. Taking into consideration the price, strength, ease of use and versatility. Which of the two boards will be best for the job and what ...
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Best household energy storage

We recently had photoelectric panels installed. We have 8 kw. In Germany this is subsidised and we reckon to break even in about 9 years, just by selling it and by own use during the daytime. Anyway,...
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How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?

If the bed were a few inches higher, I would be able to store my suitcase beneath it. Is there anyway to raise it and still be able to support a person lying down? I may be looking for something like ...
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What good storage rack or furniture are there? What considerations should I have to build one?

I'm thinking of buying a new furniture for my consoles. I've got a NES, Super Nes, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, and probably a Wii in the future. I'm thinking of maybe having a carpenter make a custom ...
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How can I trim my pegboard?

I really want to tidy up my tool closet, and step one is getting the pegboard hung back up. I'd like to mount the board on the inside of a closet door, but it is about 2" too wide for that. I've had ...
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How to prevent odor in clay pots, resulting due to drinking water storage?

We use clay pots to store drinking water in summers. Clay pots keep the water cool. The water lasts for 2 days and then I wash the pot with soap and fill the water again. There is no tight lid for ...
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“Built-in corrosion inhibition” - Does it work? How?

I recently bought a new toolbox to tame the piles of tools I've acquired for general home maintenance in my first year of home ownership. It's the Kobalt 26" hammer box; good size, sturdy enough for a ...
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Is it safe to add shelving to truss members in my attic?

I have a (I believe it's called) "W" frame loft: (sorry about the quality of the pictures - maybe I should ask in the photography Stack Exchange how to take such pictures) There are no floorboards, ...
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Will it damage my washing machine and tumble dryer to be left in a shed for storage

I have a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer, each worth around £600, that I bought last year. I just moved houses and my new already has a washing machine and dryer. Would it be safe to wrap ...
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How can I add a wedge to a U-haul ramp to avoid the step down from the truck bed? [closed]

Sometimes, I use U-Haul trucks that have a loading ramp that comes out of a slot in the bed of the truck. The problem is that because it is coming out of the slot, the ramp is about 2 inches below ...
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Is it ok to screw those red utility hooks into wall studs, or should I use a crossbar between two studs?

So, I'm hanging my tools in my garage, the wall is unfinished so I have direct access to studs. I'm using red utility hooks very much like the one pictured below to hang shovels, rakes, a few electric ...
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How do you store a magnetic base and a dial indicator to prolong their life and retain accuracy?

I'm getting into turning with a lathe, starting small with some decent-used tools from the local ebay(trademe) and some janky chinese-grade tools. But I want to learn Best Practices. Right now I ...
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Is wiring laying alongside an attic access opening a code violation or safety concern?

I have a new house nearing completion in Manning, South Carolina, with all non-metallic jacket wire. However, the scuttle holes for two retractable stairs and attic lift had wires blocking access ...
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Where is the best place to store cardboard?

Having recently moved, a thrifty state of mind, and plenty of room for storage, taking into account mice, mold, and structural breakdown: Would it be better to storage collapsed moving boxes in the ...
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Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?

I have installed engineered hardwood all throughout my house, in addition wood base trim (which comes pre-primed). Now that my projects are done, I dont want to throw away the wood, incase I can use ...
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what ground cover to use under bike storage shelter?

I recently built a lean-to style bike shelter in the yard; no walls, with a sloping roof, and big enough for 4 or 5 bikes. At the moment it's bare earth on the ground, does anyone have any ...
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How can I attach things to the inside of a shipping container without compromising the water tightness?

I just got a shipping container for use as storage/workshop and need to figure out how to attach things to the container walls and ceiling, without causing it to leak. I'd like to hang a garden tool ...
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What features should I look for in a small wooden shed for tool storage?

I live in Cambridge, England and I would like to buy a small wooden shed (about 4 meters square) to store my tools and a freezer but as I never bought one before I don't know the important features. I ...
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Castors for under stairs storage unit

I'm going to make a slide-out trolley/shelving unit to go under my stairs. This will be made to fit fairly snugly into the area to maximise usable storage space (I'm planning to make it 1-2 cm ...
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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 ...
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How Can I Attach a Box to an inside wall that will the hide internet router without damaging the wall?

I have a series of cables and an internet router on the floor of my apartment, like this: I would like to attach a box to the wall that will hide all of this, and tuck the wireless router inside it. ...
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How close can garage overhead storage be to fire sprinklers?

I've recently been looking at getting overhead storage racks for my garage which has several standard pendant sprinklers. The racks I am looking at are 4' x 8' and have rigid brackets, vertical posts,...
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Is it likely that this single skin brick wall can support a large kitchen cabinet?

I would like to hang an 80cm x 80cm x 37cm cabinet on this single skin brick wall (where the ladders are currently hanging). The bricks are 10cm deep. The span of wall, each side of the pier, is ~...
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How to support existing above garage-door storage platform?

I recently bought a house that has above the garage-door storage. This is hanging from the roof, which means that if you look at the house from the street you can see very faint waviness because the ...
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What type of shelving should I use in my basement?

We currently have single track brackets on a set of shelves 14 feet long & about ~7 feet high, with 6 upright posts. These need to be replaced with something much stronger. The options I know ...
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Storing comsumable dry goods in your car in the summer? [closed]

I live in South Florida where the summer sun has no mercy. I drive a new van and I've taken steps to keep the inside cooler during the day. I live in the van for weeks at a time and need to store ...
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Closing off Cold Storage Room

We have a relatively new house (built in 2002) with a cold storage room under the poured concrete porch. There is a door with full weatherstripping leading to it. We'd really like to close it off (...
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How to stack and store old pressure treated fence boards

I acquired some used pressure treated 1x10 fence boards from a privacy fence teardown. Some of the boards do show some wood beetle signs where they were in contact with the ground. However, they are ...
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How should I store between 30 and 50 sheets of QuietRock ES?

I will spare the details of why I am buying this much QuietRock. For now, let's just assume it makes sense and move on to my question. As I said, I am buying a large quantity of QuietRock ES to ...
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How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

I recently bought a 12-piece Wifa Torx screwdriver set, but am not sure how to store it. At first I thought of making a case, but that could be a lot of work and it would have to be deep, like 16 ...
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How to create a conditioned attic?

My attic has reached the point of no return with storage. I must use it for that purpose. So now I have to find a way to insulate the attic's roof. For this DIY handyman dad, does anyone know of a ...
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Storing riding lawnmower under deck

I have a ceiling system under my deck so that no water gets to anything under there. I'd like to store my riding lawnmower under there. The surface of the ground isn't wet, but I wanted to put ...
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How to support 4x4 posts on cement driveway

I'm designing some outdoor bike storage as a free-standing shed. It will go against a house on an existing cement driveway. We're renting, so I can't drill into the driveway or do any other permanent ...
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How can I help pantry cabinets stay cool?

My pantry doesn't have air conditioning, and recently I noticed (using a cheap wall-mounted liquid thermometer) that the pantry itself got up to 85°f degrees (it was >100°f outdoors). I don't know ...
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Wanting to add storage over garage

So I have picked up woodworking as a hobby and find myself becoming pressed for space in the garage. I looked in the attic and this is the layout: Is it possible to remove these angled supports and ...