mike
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What is the use for this different threading near the head of a large screw?
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My intuition is that the quarter inch of steeply pitched fluting is designed to ream out the passage in the outer member being joined, or at least ream out the outer 3/4" of 'hole'. Conceivably, this ...

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How can I repeatedly cut the same pattern using a router?
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I'd make a template in the shape of a square donut out of 1/2" plywood by using a table saw to cut out the square hole in the 1/2" plywood. For example, if ... i) the recess in the desktop needs to ...

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How can I join two lengths of flexible 1/4" copper pipe?
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I'd use a small tubing cutter to cut tidy/clean ends on both ends of the 1/4" copper pipe ... ... cutting off whatever portions of the 1/4" copper pipe are kinked or deformed. I'd then slip on a ...

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How can I thoroughly blackout a bedroom window on a budget?
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sheet of cardboard (or similar) cut to fit inside

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How to adjust when hinge mortises are cut too deep?
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1) A couple layers of duct tape on the back of the hinge leaf. 2) A layer or two of paperboard or non-corrugated cardboard scavenged from discarded packaging. 3) Simpson tie plates, trimmed to fit. ...

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How can I ensure precise alignment of wooden parts assembled with bolts?
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Specialty Bolts Some bolts have long smooth shanks and short threaded sections. If you are able to find appropriately sized bolts like these, and able to buy a drill bit that is the same diameter as ...

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how long should I let latex paint dry before installing outlet covers and other fixtures?
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Wax the back edges with a candle. Tighten only as much as necessary. In the future, if a cover plate does not fall off after removing the screws, use a knife to score around its perimeter. Scoring ...

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How do I get invisible edges on my spackle jobs?
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Remove high spots by hand sanding the entire wall with a flat, rigid 1/2-sheet sanding block and 80 grit paper. It's ok to remove too much, but stop wherever you start to see the sheet rock facing ...

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Why am I getting strange results when using a power meter to measure CFLs?
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Seems the issue is with Reliance testers: ElectricianTalk.com has this to say A while back I [posted] that I had bought a lot of cfl lamps. My electric bill did not seem to change all that much ...

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Refinishing floors - wood has blotches where filler was used - need advice on how to fix
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You'll need to start over, sanding out the splotches of glue. To deal with the divots of glue, they can be 'set' using a nail-set in the same manner that you'd set a nail ... or the divots of glue ...

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How do I adjust a door so it doesn't swing on its own?
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The situation is that the hinge pins do not sit plumb, meaning the hinge pins do not fall along a perfectly vertical line. It is as simple as that. Remedying the situation is simply a matter of ...

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Nicely mounting 2x4s to wall
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I find all the above answers to be quite good, but each is too busy for my tastes ... too many pieces, specialty hardware etc ... My solution would be to ... locate the studs drive 2.5" nails ...

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What is the name of this cast metal part inside my lockset?
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From surfing a bit, it seems Baldwin has a variety of handlesets that work with a limited number of their locksets. If you can't buy just the plate, you might only need to buy the lockset. It seems ...

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Window framing on old construction
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The wall seems to have 'full dimension' studs and the markings of old lath and plaster. I don't see plywood sheathing on the exterior walls. All in all I'm guessing that your house was built prior ...

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How do I get rid of these bees/wasps in my sunroom?
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That is a very small nest. Since the sunroom is indoors, I would not recommend using wasp spray, especially if the label on the can recommends against indoor use. 1) They'll be back if you do not ...

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In this plumbing code illustration, what are the meanings of "SH" "WC" "BT" "LAV", etc?
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Shamefully stolen from ArchToolbox's webpage of Plumbing and Fire Protection Abbreviations. This is a link to that page. ... found by using google to search for these 6 terms: wc sh lav bt plumbing ...

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Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree?
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Use a yard-stick. Walk up to the tree. Tie two ribbons around the tree, one at the base and the other as high as as possible. Measure the distance between the ribbons. Walk away from the tree. ...

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What should I do on the sides of a deck ledger?
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I describe my alternate approach at the bottom of this answer In terms of the picture in the original post ... For the drip cap, I'd cut it long, then fold it upwards and forward, snipping along its ...

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How can I build garage shelving out of 2x6s, 4x4s and 1/2" OSB?
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Depends on overall design and load, and, in terms of screw/nails, it depends on what will be anchored to what. A floor plan annotated with fastener locations would help. If you are notching in order ...

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How can I make a door open or close depending on the door position?
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Doors tend to open or close automatically not because their hinges are loose or slightly rotated, but because their hinge pins are not plumb. The doors could have been hung that way intentionally (or ...

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Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?
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1) The issue is not so much the total amount of work the drill will need to perform over the course of your project. The issue is more with the load you will be putting on the drill at any given ...

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How can I brace a bathtub faucet without tearing out the tile wall?
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1) Use a plastic ziptie (or a short length of insulated 14 gauge electrical wire): a) Drive one screw (or a nail) part way into the top of the 2x4 blocking somewhere near the pipe. EDIT: I see in ...

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How do I adjust for a door jamb that's thicker than the wall?
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Use the extra width to properly hang the door . . . there is no need to disassemble the replacement door jamb. Temporarily hang the unit in its final position. Use complementing wedges at the upper ...

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How do I mitre exterior trim when the pieces are canted?
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It is not possible to have crown molding on the rake and eve that are identical in both size and profile if the spring for both is stipulated to be identical. It is geometrically impossible. The ...

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When painting a house exterior, do you need to scrape and sand the entire house or just the peeling parts?
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I've never heard of scraping paint that is well adhered. Loose and almost-loose paint ought to be removed one way or another down to a layer that is well adhered, or to the substrate. The cause of ...

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Is there an easy way to measure the height of a tree?
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Use an open container of water, such as a bucket, the easy way. When standing, measure the height of your eyes, say 63". Fill a container with water, then measure the water depth, say 8". Subtract ...

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How to select a good Triangle (Speed square?)
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The variety of angular layout tools suggests that 'what makes a good one' depends on the task. A work around for the pivot divot is to use the speed-square to align a straight edge, and then scribe ...

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How can wood be bent this way?
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Wood can be plasticized by various methods ... http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr190/chapter_19.pdf "Wood members can be readily molded or shaped after immersion in liquid ammonia or ...

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Where can I get, or how can I DIY table slides that will accept leaves totaling 104"?
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42 inch Closed ... For up to 135" of leaves ..." http://www.moinhardware.com/page15/page15.html ... OR ... check out the table demo at 3:22 into this video: http://vimeo.com/55389782 also here: ...

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What router bearing can I use to reduce groove depth?
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The combination bit/bearing that you pictured in the original post would be particularly useful for routing a slot along a curved edge, such as the rounded corners of a table top in preparation for ...

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