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Around the elbow no good, for ropes they get tangled and for cords they get ruined over time. See my instructions below, but check out this animation for reference. Keep in mind, I am right handed and this is how I do it: Start by placing one end of the rope between your left thumb and forefinger, and grab the rope with your right hand about 2 1/2 - 3 ...


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It is fine to temporarily store the flooring in a cool dry place, However, You will need to bring it into the climate in which it will be installed for a few days so that it will acclimate to the conditions before installation.


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You could build a drywall storage rack. Start by building 2 or 3 triangular frames out of scrap 2x4s. Space them out to the desired length. To prevent sheets from sagging between supports, lay a sheet of plywood on the rack before placing drywall on it. A rack like this may be overkill for a short term storage solution, but could come in handy if you ...


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It's stored on it's side (beveled edge up/down) all the time on job sites. Just make sure to protect bottom edge and keep it off the ground if there's a moisture risk. The best solution is to get 3 or 4 of the blocks of drywall that they have when delivering it (allows them to get the forklifts under a stack) and use those to keep it off the ground. In ...


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Use the garage if you're worried about the floor's capacity. Place the drywall blocks on the floor first (the truck delivering the drywall usually has a bunch of these to protect the drywall and to make it easier to get the lift under the stack). On top of the blocks, put some plastic if you're worried about moisture in the floor. The drywall goes on top of ...


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The attic needs to be able to breath to reduce the heat buildup during the summer and prevent condensation and ice dams in the winter. So don't do anything that would block the air flow from the soffit to ridge vent, and don't place anything in direct contact with the roof. The result is that the rafters shouldn't have any storage items installed between ...


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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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Since you are contemplating shelving, I am going to assume that you want to store more stuff in a given square footage than you can without shelving, and that you want to be able to access that stuff randomly, that is, without removing items piled upon the item that you want. What is the Maximum Weight I will be Storing? I've got a shelving unit in a ...


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To get perfect coils: Don't twist. When you wrap hand-to-elbow, you're introducing a twist with every loop of the coil. You can make figure-8s (great for small stuff, like this) or you can alternate the twist of each loop (as Gunner directed). If your rope already has a twist, you should take the twist out by overhauling. Start at one end and pass the ...


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Latex paint is composed of a mixture of components that when frozen can cause the solids to expand and separate from the mixture. Effects of using damaged latex paint can result in degraded performance such as un-even coat, less gloss, cracking and peeling of paint much sooner when exposed to the environments (sun light), and etc. It is not recommended to ...


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I have an idea for you. Instead of insulating and heating the entire garage to save a few gallons of paint, perhaps you could build a small insulated paint locker. Build a box or cabinet large enough to store all your paints. Insulate the inside with some 2 inch rigid foam or R-11 blanket insulation and put some foam weather stripping around the insulated ...


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I'm rather late to join in with answers, but this looks like a good reference question and no one has yet mentioned our fool proof method. There's two issues that need to be addressed to have tangle free rope, wire, cable, etc. One is you must not introduce twists in the material, as kinks will develop. Some variation mentioned already of alternating ...


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Don't use brackets. use two by threes to make shelves of the size you want. frame with them edge up and screw 1/2' or 3/4" plywood on top. bolt the back edge into every stud. every five or six feet on the edge furthest from the wall bolt in another 2 by three that is oriented vertically and goes all the way to the floor. I support a very large amount of ...


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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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By selling the electricity, it can be stored as money because the fungibility of money allows it to be exchanged for electricity. Furthermore, this is likely to be competitively efficient with various physical storage equipment. In addition money can be converted into reduced demand by allocating it toward more efficient load side equipment. The goal is ...


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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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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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I used to work for a tree service, and I've coiled rope thousands of times, from 1/4" throw line to 1 1/4" bull rope that was usually between 150' and 200' long of several different braid types. I am about as professional at coiling as you can be. Many ropes (especially larger ones) are designed to be coiled by a right hander. TomG above has the right ...


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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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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 ...


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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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+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 the ...


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At 4:1, 200 lbs should not be difficult to lift by hand. Save yourself the $75 and just buy a rope cleat to secure the lift cable.


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I have two of these Racor Heavy Lifts in my garage now. I also had one in my old house. They now have a rod that you can connect to a drill to raise and lower the platforms. At $127 they are very affordable and work quite well. I store my lawnmower on it in the winter and the snowblower on it in the summer along with some other items that are not used ...


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This is really tough to explain, but very simple to do. Coiled rope (and electric cord) should be loose, and a simple toss should be all that's required to unravel entirely - lifeguards and sailors are taught the trick to coiling rope tangle-free, as a tangle can literally be a matter of life or death in their profession. To coil, consistent loop sizes are ...


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You'll want to avoid anywhere damp, since moisture is an enemy of cardboard. So a basement that isn't dry, would be a bad choice. Mice won't seek out your cardboard, unless there's food in it. They might chew it and use it for nesting material if they happen across it, but won't make seeking out cardboard a main part of their day. I've had cardboard in ...


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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 the feet ...


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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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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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