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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

You can't. The tempered glass will completely shatter if this is even attempted. If you absolutely must have tempered glass with a hole in it, the hole or any other shaping must be done before the ...
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Is there a reason not to nail up drywall?

Nobody uses a pneumatic nailer for drywall. And in a world where shortcuts are revered, that has to tell you something. You know this already, but screws are the gold standard. They stay put and they ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

You can go at it with a sledgehammer (or a smaller hand sledge) and a star drill, and then drive wedges into the holes (or if you are patient, fill the holes with water and let them freeze in the ...
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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

"Why is this happening?" The drywall mud was applied too thick "what should I do about it?" Either apply additional thin coats (sanding between each), or scrape it down and start over, this time ...
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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

You cannot cut or drill heat tempered glass. Not waterjet, not laser, not hot needle, not under water. Physics, not technique. There is no secret formula for cutting or drilling tempered glass. ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

There exist expanding compounds like this one: Ecobust, which are poured into predrilled holes and expand as they dry, splitting the stone (or concrete). It does require a power tool, unless there are ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

If it is a nice looking rock or has a particular shape, place it on Craig's list as a free item. I listed four 5" Blue Spruce trees I needed to remove to make way for a garage. Gone over the weekend ...
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Does Power-Over-Ethernet help the DIYer?

Power Over Ethernet is a codified way of safely sending up to 15 Watts of electrical power over a twisted-pair ethernet cable. POE puts -48V DC on the wire in such a way that it does not interfere ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

Without (electrical) power tools, or a sledgehammer: Here are 10 options besides a hammer or Fire-setting... mentioned in almost every post (but more specifically, for best results use at least 300 ...
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How can I achieve a Quartz look using concrete for a bar top?

It's called terazzo: The basic process is: add your 'sparkle' substance as aggregate (glass is a typical option) pour concrete after concrete sets, you use a diamond grinder to expose the top layer ...
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Why is my drywall mud cracking?

Drywall compound shrinks as it dries, so if applied thick or if it has too much water it will crack. A few cracks on the first coat are ok since later coats will fill the cracks. From the image it ...
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How can I mount a TV to drywall on acoustic channel?

That wall system is a “sound control” system. There are special metal framing members running perpendicular to the studs. They are secured to the studs that allows an air space between the wallboard ...
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Cleaning "Builder's foam" off where it shouldn't be

It's called 'spray foam insulation' Acetone (nail polish remover) will remove it - but it potentially will damage the surface that got contaminated. On an unrelated note - you should demand that ...
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Mosaic installation: thinset excess spilling between the gaps

If you have a grout float a nice flat one that will work for pushing down Mosaic tiles into the thinset it because it's nice and flat and it'll leave your mosaics flat after you push down plus you can ...
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When drywalling, do the pros cover electrical boxes, or work around them?

The answers on here are not how I would expect any pro to handle drywall/mudding. You simply stuff the electrical boxes with newspaper. That's it. Doesn't come out until you are done sanding. ...
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Paper joint tape VS. Mesh joint tape

Some bad info here. Mesh tape is weaker than paper and you must use hot mud on your initial coat over mesh. USG and National Gypsum both say to use hot mud for initial coats if using mesh tape. Mesh ...
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How do I use a stopper-borer?

There are rubber stopper borers. the cork ones have small serrations, and the rubber borers are just smooth and sharp. I cant tell from the picture, which you have, but I have had far better use using ...
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How can I pour a concrete pad with a circular hole in it?

Styrofoam circles in the center then just knock the foam out when it sets up.
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How can I achieve a Quartz look using concrete for a bar top?

It's all in the aggregate. There are a lot of options depending on the look you're going for. Abalone shell is popular, and monochromatic glass chips could work well too. What you do is add a lot of ...
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How can I break up a small boulder without power tools?

Use a crowbar and put another rock under it so that sections of it are unsupported. Now whack it with the sledgehammer a few times. If you get lucky, it will have a crack in it and you can break ...
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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

Yes, you can. You can't exactly CUT a hole, but you can GRIND a hole, if you're gentle and patient. This feller demonstrates grinding tempered glass. About half-way down this page, "sammiesoo" ...
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Accounting for warp while welding precise corner joints

Most work I've seen like this where it needs to be precise employs 2 techniques. The first of which is a welding Jig, complete with braces, clamps and the like to forcefully hold everything in ...
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When painting with a roller sometimes it feels uneven, like the cross-section is an oval rather than a circle. What am I doing wrong?

Sometimes this can be a cheap roller. But wubba-wubba-wubba application usually means one of two things: When you re-wetted the roller, you did not roll it all the way through/evenly, or did not ...
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When painting with a roller sometimes it feels uneven, like the cross-section is an oval rather than a circle. What am I doing wrong?

As some have said cheap can be a problem, are you loading the roller with paint evenly and working it on the cross hatched section of the pan? I will roll into the paint lift and back up roll into ...
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Does Power-Over-Ethernet help the DIYer?

Pulling a single lightweight, flexible cable is simpler than pulling that same network cable and a power cable. As long as the power needed is small enough, you can kill two birds with one stone (or, ...
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Tools and techniques for enlarging round hole in brick wall

You don't even need a power tool. Just one of those rough files is all you need. Hope this helps. Take care.
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Is it really risky to use chipping bit to enlarge a hole?

As best I can tell from the small picture, the top two bits (identified with red arrows) are for breaking up concrete/brick (hence them being called "breaking" bits), while the bottom two ...
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How to fill a brick sized hole in a brick cavity wall?

As comments seem to have ascertained it was once a chimney, you should not cover it. It needs to breathe. Judging from the photo*, in times past it had been correctly covered with a map-vent though a ...
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Handling unavoidable rust (probably?) contamination in arc welds

I am not an expert welder by any means but if you were to watch enough YouTube videos on the subject you would come to know that welding very thin materials is an art unto itself. You said nothing in ...
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How can I mount a TV to drywall on acoustic channel?

The gap between drywall and studs may be to help with soundproofing - the solid stud to drywall connection conducts sound much better than a thinner connection - but there must be something somewhere ...
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