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Walls out of square, how to align base cabinet?
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If you put the cabinet tight to the right wall and then install the fridge next to it the cabinet will look out of square as it will be 90 degrees from the right wall. A gap will form between the ...

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Load bearing wall and basement beam don’t line up. Want to add a header and larger opening. Problem?
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Without seeing any pictures its hard know so they would help. If its a 60's ranch house I would think that the roof is a truss roof and the roof load is on the outside walls. With that said there ...

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Cap water supply line (kitchen)
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You can use the cap, but also wrap threads with Teflon tape as the threads are not tapered. The bag text is just generic text for all the fittings.

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Replacing compression fitting with push-to-connect
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If possible I would cut the copper right below the compression ring as most times the pipe deforms slightly or worse if it was put on at an angle and then tightened. This might cause it to not seal ...

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Repairing crack in interior block wall
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I disagree with your uncle on the hydraulic cement part. Hydraulic cement when used properly has the viscosity more like water and is used to flow into cracks and crevices and harden which makes it ...

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What bit should I use to drill a two inch hole in a solid concrete wall?
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Use a diamond core drill to get a nice clean hole. If you use a hammer drill and carbide drill bit the concrete on the opposite side is going to splay and look like like a beaver was chewing on the ...

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Why is there a metal piece in the wall itself?
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If its a concrete block home it could be the rebar used to tie the roof to the foundation or a tie strap. Then again I have dropped an entire saw into a wall and had to leave it because I couldn't get ...

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Do flexible braided hoses have a shelf life if stored unused?
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Any rubber or synthetic will degrade with age it depends upon the composition at which rate that will happen. If they are old 10 years or so I would just buy new ones the risk from damage is to great.

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Process and product to fix concrete slab surface issues prior to framing over them?
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First off you mentioned hollow underneath, was the base compacted prior to the pour, if not the whole slab is in question as the base has settled underneath the poured concrete so putting paint on a ...

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Is a 1x6 enough to secure a wall mount sink?
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A 1x6 will work and I have seen plenty done this way especially older homes. You have to consider that on top of the 1x6 will be green board or cement backer board depending on the finish and possibly ...

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How should I secure NM wire that someone ran outside of two studs?
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Joe, the metal Simpson plates are for exactly that purpose put them on every 2x4 over the wire. Don't cut the wire or you'll have to add in a j-box, actually 2 of them.

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Open concept kitchen
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Removing an outside load bearing wall is serious, it will be worth the few hundred dollars to ask the opinion of a structural engineer. They will be able to calculate the loads and give you a stamp of ...

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What is this panel in basement wall of 1940s house?
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Would this be in an area that snows or could get cold. It's not a coal chute as most of those were not under the front door. My thinking is this - Warmer air from the cellar escapes and keeps the area ...

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How should I handle cracked grout in my two bathrooms?
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There should be NO grout there it will always crack because you have 2 dissimilar materials that shrink and expand at different rates. The proper thing to use is caulking. Even where the wall meets ...

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Can I use a 4x6x16 top beam for a cantilevered swing set?
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Yes - I have a swing set that we purchased that was exactly that construction with 4x6 legs and a 16' 4x6 main beam with one swing cantilevered on one end. Ours was made by Woodplay

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Would it be appropriate to sand a floor between coats of poly with a handheld orbital sander?
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Best thing to use is steel wool on pole sander. Harper has a good point you are not leveling, but beyond that most sand papers from home improvement stores are to heavy of a grit. Besides it is VERY ...

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How can I "split" a ground wire
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I've seen this before in rentals I own, lights with no boxes, I wouldn't do it but that must be the local building code. If you cut the ground wire you can make a pigtail to reconnect the ground and ...

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Tell the difference between mortar and grout?
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Color would be one indicator, other than that in the short term there really isn't a way to tell the difference because grout and mortar are very similar the only big difference is that mortar has ...

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Filling gap between pipe and wall- creating a fire stop
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Home improvement stores generally carry the correct caulking for a fire stop. It is Fire-Barrier caulk or Fire-Stop, it is usually color coded so the inspector will know you used the correct one. ...

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Are top and bottom plates required for a furring strip wall?
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Put the furring strips on the top and bottom so you have something to nail the drywall to otherwise it is going to warp. It cannot span 4 feet with no support.

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How can I mount a railing in concrete steps when I encounter rebar in the hole?
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New bit and a hammer drill will get you through it. Spent my 1st summer between college installing iron railing and that's the way we did it for railing that had tabs on the bottom and there was ...

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Router safety - what did I do wrong?
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If the router bit was in the collet the correct amount and tightened correctly then you should have no issues. I noticed a few things when looking at your picture, it is an older shank that had some ...

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Breaker sometimes trips when Microwave turned on
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The breaker is safety device so you don't burn down the house. First I would figure out what else is on the circuit as it may be overload and if it is only the microwave then there is something wrong ...

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What is the R value of Kapok Fiber
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Scientific paper on thermophysical properties of kapok Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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Removing inside walls
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Looking at the 3D model, the wall to the right of the front entrance door is a load bearing wall. It carries the weight from the roof through the wall and then the weight is distributed to the pillars ...

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