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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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Can porcelain tile be stored in an attic which will exceed 100 °F?

Yes. The tiles are heated to around 2500 degrees during manufacturing. They can be stored at any temperature you would find in a home. If they have been hand-painted or otherwise modified at home it ...
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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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Trying to identify garage wall storage "system" that IS NOT slatwall or pegboard

Google Lens recognizes your photo as "Tap-Mount", which seems to be correct, e.g. (from https://www.knapeandvogt.com/tap-mount-shelf-brackets)
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Can I use lumber that has been stored outside?

Can I use lumber that has been stored outside? You may have purchased your lumber at Lowe's "indoor lumber yard" or Home Depot's equivalent, but trust me, they store it outside before they ...
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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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Does a refrigerator need to be run periodically to stay in working order?

The compressor, along with the coils, is a sealed unit and shouldn't need to be run to keep things lubricated. Just clean it good, unplug it and keep the door cracked or you'll lock in that refrig ...
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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 can I box off this consumer unit (eg. inside a cupboard) with limited wall access?

If you measurements are right, most floor base, free standing cupboards should not lose enough strength if you cut a notch on the side and back board a bit bigger than the unit. Should then be able to ...
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Bypassing an inverter using manually operated switch

Feed-through and even boost operation are somewhat common inverter features. If I understood correctly, those aren't what you're after. You want to, with switches, have the option to electrically ...
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Creating moulds to store fragile or important objects

Door and Window spray foams are calibrated to not exert much pressure in confined spaces. Spray a base layer of foam into a box, and let the foam cure. Spray an addition layer to half the item ...
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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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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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Does a refrigerator need to be run periodically to stay in working order?

You did not state what type or if commercial or residential. It Depends mainly on the type of compressor used. There are still many belt driven compressors that need to be run occasionally to keep the ...
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Does a refrigerator need to be run periodically to stay in working order?

If your old fridge runs for much higher percentage of the time, chances are: it has either partially lost its working substance ("freon") or its insulating foam has degraded way too much. ...
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Bypassing an inverter using manually operated switch

Given your stated requirement: The goal is to charge the batteries during the off-peak "cheaper" hours and to discharge the batteries during the on-peak hours. you are significantly ...
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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?

Use magnets on your lights and hangers for a penetration free install.
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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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