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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

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 “...
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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

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 ...
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What are watertight storage solutions to protect objects from flood water?

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, ...
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Should I store my staple gun with the handle up or down?

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 ...
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How can I add a wedge to a U-haul ramp to avoid the step down from the truck bed?

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, ...
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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

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 ...
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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

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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How to prevent mold in stored joint compound

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" ...
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How can I trim my pegboard?

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 ...
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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?

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. ...
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How to support 4x4 posts on cement driveway

+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, ...
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What is the most affordable means of storing 3,000+ gallons (11,000+ litre) of rain water?

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 ...
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Should I store my staple gun with the handle up or down?

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 ...
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Is it possible to fit a 5000 litre tank on a normal rooftop?

You need a structural engineer. There is no way for us to judge the stability of your roof
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Storage for household stuff

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 ...
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How to best support garage storage suspended from slanted ceiling?

Chain is very convenient as it doesn't require clamps or dealing with painfully sharp wires. It also looks pretty sweet. Use the lightest size that meets your load requirements, or something heavier ...
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How to best support garage storage suspended from slanted ceiling?

Use your “2” for hanging shelves. The 2x6s are designed and installed to support weight (the roof), and are also strengthened by being attached to the roof boards and to each other by the #1 bracing....
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How should I store my new Torx screwdriver set?

Tool Belt Tool Bucket Tool Box Tool Chest Tool Cabinet Tool Truck
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How can I raise my bed frame cheaply?

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 ...
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What features should I look for in a small wooden shed for tool storage?

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. ...
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Are stainless steel garage cabinets suitable for unheated garage?

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 ...
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Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?

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 ...
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Is it safe to add shelving to truss members in my attic?

Trusses are engineered to support loads that are applied in certain ways. It would often not be practical to make a truss support all of its required loads without it also being able to support some ...
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How can I attach things to the inside of a shipping container without compromising the water tightness?

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 ...
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Am I using packing tape wrong?

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, ...
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What is this thing's purpose?

@Ecnerwal and @UnhandledExcepSean, I believe you are correct. Looking at this thing from below, I can see screw holes where a speed bag was probably mounted in the past.
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Is wiring laying alongside an attic access opening a code violation or safety concern?

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) (...
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what ground cover to use under bike storage shelter?

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 ...
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Wanting to add storage over garage

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 ...
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