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Single large tanks They sell plastic water tanks in the $1000 range for 3000 gallons (11000 litre). Two such tanks were famously seen in Breaking Bad season 4, as the repository for both the magic “methylamine” they needed, and also for the (spoiler alert). Figure on 8 foot (2.4 metre) diameter x 10 feet (3 metre) tall. These tanks are absolutely enormous ...


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In large parts of the world this is routinely done with underground concrete cisterns. Odds are that's the common way because it works effectively and for the long run, though I'm sure plastic tank suppliers would prefer you buy a plastic tank. Given that a 3000 gallon (11000 litre) plastic tank is still going to require major equipment to install, the ...


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While this borders on being a "shopping recommendation" question, I think a "dry box" or "dry bag" is what you're looking for. These are often used by backpackers, rafters, kayakers, etc. to keep their items dry when out in the wilderness. Obviously, you'll need something larger than those folks will use because they usually don'...


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I can't say for every stapler, but this works for all the ones I've used; While in the Open position, pull the lever handle backwards. This will disengage it from the spring mechanism, and you can then lower the handle and use the storage loop to hold it in place. When you subsequently release the loop, the handle will engage itself on the spring.


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As people have mentioned, in other parts of the world, and on farms, rainwater is often collected in cisterns. And they are not always dug in pits, or underground. If you are collecting from a roof top, you can use containers along side the building, or in a separate silo like building. I've seen silo like cisterns used by residences in the Caribbean ...


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In France we can get soft water cisterns. I don’t know if they’re available in the US. They look like this: This one holds 2600 US gallons (2200 imperial gallons, 10000 litres).


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On all of the rental trucks I've driven that had a ramp, the ramp could be pulled out a bit further and was able to be lifted up and latched into place at the same level as the inside of the truck, for exactly this reason. U-Haul has a youtube video showing how to use the ramp; lifting the ramp up to the level of the interior is seen at around 45 seconds in....


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Mold grows on any surface that provides food for growth. Joint compound contains organic compounds and lots of moisture. The compound will only last a finite length of time even under "ideal" conditions (if mold spores don't ruin it drying-out will). To slow down its' expiration time: when storing the compound for any length of time, place the plastic ...


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Use the circular saw. Clamp a piece of scrap 1" by something down to guide the saw for a straight cut. This will take some time to lay out, but it will be worth it. Get your saw up to speed before cutting the hardboard. Additional Tips from the comments: Put masking/painters tape on the cut line and cut down the middle of the tape. This will reduce ...


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The hook is going to be inserted horizontally, so the load is mostly shear (downward) on the hook itself. You are in effect compressing the shaft of the hook downward on the bottom of the screw hole. There is some tension pull outward on the wood, but it is minimal for the types of items you listed. Studs made of 2x lumber can easily handle light loads in ...


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Ventilation This is basically what you're trying to achieve, with respects to ventilation and insulation of the roof. Soffit (eave) vents Start at the bottom of the roof, with soffit vents. Baffels Baffels are used to provide a channel along the underside of the roof decking, to allow air to flow from the soffit to the roof vents. You don't necessarily need ...


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Go to your local hardware store and buy 4 of these. Maybe $1.50 each? Bring them home, and lay them on their side. $6 and you have a very sturdy 8" lift. If you need higher, buy 4 more. If it is too heavy for you, pay a youngster $10 to haul them up the stairs. Still under $20.


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Go get yourself an 8' untreated 4x4 (~$10.00). Determine how much higher you'd like the bed to be, then cut the 4x4 in appropriate lengths adding an inch to each length. For example: If you want the bed to be 4" higher, cut the 4x4 in 5" lengths. using a spade or Forstner bit of appropriate size (just slightly larger than the bed frames feet, so ...


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I had 5 gallons of paint freeze and no amount of mixing would get the lumps out! I mixed it for over an hour, no difference... ruined!


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If all your tools are steel or other ferromagnetic material, I would try something like this: It's a magnetic knife holder that you should be able to buy at any kitchen store. Alternatively, you could build something along the lines of a traditional knife block by glue-laminating pieces of wood and leaving appropriate gaps for each square. Although, some ...


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+1 option #4, plastic standoffs. "Any thoughts on the most robust way to anchor the posts?" You said you are renting and can not anchor. Take some five gallon buckets and mix up some cement, fill the buckets with the cement and put an eye bolt in so it stick out of the top. Put a nut and washer on the threaded part of the eye bolt that will be in ...


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Ponds are a significant modification to a property. The water will percolate into surrounding soils, evaporate from the surface, and attract pests like mosquitoes to the stagnant water. If you were going to try to establish one, a simple plastic liner isn't all it takes. Perhaps if you have clay and silty soils you could just keep filling it with water until ...


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I can't confirm that this is the way is "should" be done, but... I've had a similar staple gun in my garage for about 28 years. I almost always put the lever catch on (lever down), and I still have to squeeze pretty darn hard to fire a staple and it still sinks them all the way on every fire (unless, of course, I'm not holding the stapler firmly ...


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If this is short-term and you have the space (i.e., private driveway) and permission (you don't live in a neighborhood where a homeowner's association or similar bureaucracy has rules against such things), the best thing would be a storage container that is brought to your location. Essentially like the trailer of a big truck, but designed to be lifted up ...


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The best way to raise your bed is too use a product designed for the task. These bed risers from The Sleep Shop will do the trick. They're going to raise your bed about three inches but keep the sturdiness so there's no rocking! They aren't the prettiest things but, they'll work!


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Things I know about sheds ... Sheds need a proper base. Things stored in them will rust (your freezer will too). Sheds need a proper base. Wooden sheds have an expected lifetime of about 10 years. Sheds need a proper base. Sheds blowing down isn't a big problem for sheds in typical UK gardens. Sheds need a proper base. Wooden sheds are probably easiest to ...


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Rust is only really a concern if there is water or very high humidity. Temperature doesn't have anything to do with it. In fact the Northeast gets quite dry during the winter so you should have no problems (assuming the garage does not leak). Proper care of your tools will help prevent rust. E.g. for hand tools you can give them a quick wipe with tool oil ...


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All this "glorified medicine cabinet" talk is a little bit uncalled for. These are actually called "Structured Media Enclosures" by the manufacturers, and for many (most or virtually all) home networking and video distribution installations they're adequate. They do come in different sizes, too. And, you get your own Ethernet punchdown blocks and install ...


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You can do this without disturbing the walls or ceiling of the container. Frame thin wall sections on opposite sides (use 2x3s instead of 2x4s to minimize the loss of width). Run 2x3 joists between the two sides at the ceiling. You will then have a free-standing, three-sided structure. With it tight against the walls and ceiling, it can't go anywhere, ...


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Before cutting, you need to flip it in a way that sticks the tape to those little ears. It also helps to use quality tape. If the tape is crumpling and tearing when you try to peel it off e roll, that is definitely garbage tape, and just as it's side-tearing, it won't hold your boxes together either. The apocryphal source for quality tape of any kind ...


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This sounds like an issue from a physical damage standpoint While the NM cable only needs to be protected by guard strips if it's within 6' of a scuttle hole in your case, as per NEC 320.23(A) (referred to by NEC 334.23): (A) Cables Run Across the Top of Floor Joists. Where run across the top of floor joists, or within 2.1 m (7 ft) of the floor or ...


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Are you able to put down bricks or cobblestones? Or Pre-cast concrete pavers? Ideally you want a hard surface that won't be muddy in the rain, and will allow rainwater to drain off. It should therefore stand slightly higher than the nearest drain. Bicycles aren't heavy, but you still want a flat base layer of compacted sand to support the pavers/bricks, ...


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The only answer for removal of those angle 2x4s is no, it is not possible at all unless a major reinforcement of the ceiling and roof is done. The members that make up the roof are set so they work together as a whole, and to remove one part will severely weaken the whole truss that the piece was removed from. Remove one piece from more than one truss, you ...


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