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Why mate two boards instead of using one thicker board?
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It has to do more with the quality of the the 2x6s vs the 4x6. A 4x6 x 12 board would have to be clear all the way through, with no cracks or knots. Most softwood logs won't produce this board, and ...

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How can I seal the gap around a valve handle in drywall?
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There are ball valve stem extensions available, or you can make your own fairly easily. Extend the stem about 1/2". Now get a standard low voltage wall opening kit with expanding wings. Cut the ...

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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic
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Put a couple of pieces of masking tape on the wall. Then mark the intended hole location, and carefully make small cut in the masking tape. Also scratch an initial divot into the tile. Finally, ...

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How much damage can a grow-op do to a house in 3 months?
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GrowOps often use excessive amounts of electric power and water, which can cause those sytems to prematurely fail. They may be wired incorrectly to support higher loads. GrowOps often smell like ...

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What is the easiest way to cut a 2 inch groove in concrete?
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I'd try to go through the slab and then below it. Most slabs are 6" thick with gravel underneath. You can rent a concrete core drill for around $60 from home depot. Stick a hole in your slab. Then ...

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How can I align 2 holes 1.5m apart?
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Borrow a laser level Borrow a 4 foot mason's level Don't use a level -- use a plumb bob and HS geometry Make a plumb bob by hanging a heavy and centered weight from a chalk line and snap it in the ...

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Can I replace one of the units in a stackable washer/dryer combo?
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You need a bracket to mount the dryer on the washer. The mounting holes are non-standard, so you'll either need to ensure that the manufacturer(s) make such a bracket, make one yourself (or get it ...

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What can one do with shower water?
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You can pipe it to a tank and use it to flush lower-floor toilets. Apart from that, in most areas it isn't cost-effective to try to reuse it. In NYC, fresh water is roughly $.01/gallon, and shower ...

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How do I fix a leak at a decommissioned saddle-valve?
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Cut the valve out and get a sharkbite slip-fitting. Saddle valves eventually leak at the rubber-pipe intersection. Doing it this way doesn't require you to completely drain the line -- a skilled ...

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Solution for A/C Condensate Drain Line that doesn't require emptying a bucket of water every day?
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While you can't have it drip off the balcony, you can turn it into a fine mist and blow it off. Even a fine sprayer would work fine, but you'll need a float switch to auto-activate it, and a pump. On ...

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How to paint exterior wall when ladder needs to go from a roof section?
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There are ways of setting up portable scaffold towers to handle this: Setting them up is usually left to professionals though.

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Improve adjustability of gas stove
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Propane and Natural Gas Are Supplied at Different Pressures A propane stove orifice size is about 0.082 inches (drill size 45), but the valve on a similar stove that uses natural gas needs an orifice ...

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removing tree roots without stump grinder
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Use a pickaxe to dig a hole around the tree root, and use an axe or a saw to cut the root. Repeat as necessary. This works reasonably well for one tree, not so well for a forest.

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Stopping / braking rope in pulley system
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Use a jam cleat or a cam cleat mounted to to the wall. Or you could use the horn cleat that came with the prior system. You wrap the rope around the cleat in a figure 8 pattern, and then tie it off. ...

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What type of refrigeration is recommend in a cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?
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You may be able to use a propane or natural gas powered fridge. They have no moving parts that would break; in the extreme cold, I'd imagine that only the pilot light would be on. I've stayed in a ...

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How can I test a radiant heated driveway in warm weather?
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Wait until night time, then turn it on and look at it with an infrared camera?

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How can I make a lightweight structure (sukkah) stronger and more windproof?
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Start by tying it to the railings. If your railings break, that's good, because it will keep them from breaking when your kids hit them, but I highly doubt that they are that fragile. That will ...

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Toilet tank suddenly opened by itself and one of the toilet valve is extended beyond the toilet tank height. What should I do? Can I fix it by myself?
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Looks like your fill valve extended. They are adjustable in height, and there's usually a retaining ring or a screw mechanism to adjust the height. I'd go buy a new fill valve kit at a hardware store....

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Can an electrical junction box be closed and covered if not needed?
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As long as there are no cables in it, you can rip it out or cover it. If there are cables in it, you can't.

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How to “lock” a bathroom door without drilling or spending too much money?
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This is the absolute minimal way to do this. It requires two screws roughly the diameter of a nail, and installs in roughly one minute. The holes can be filled with wood filler when you leave, and ...

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How to reduce drywall hole size
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There are some super-large 1 port ethernet cover plates. Throw a bit of joint compound around the edges, stick the box in with the ears out, get one of the giant cover plates, and try not to touch it....

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Eliminating moth flies (and larvea) of unknown origin found mostly in kitchen
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Could be pantry moths. They often show up in dry goods (e.g. rice, oatmeal) purchased from outside. My solution was Place all food in hard sided sealed containers. Clean all shelving. Clean all ...

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Can I connect two soaker hoses with a normal garden hose in between?
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soaker hoses suffer from pressure drop, and running a long garden hose between two sections is going to make that worse. You might consider running a 3/8 plastic pipe/non-drip feeder to the left side ...

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Can I use coax outlets for cable modem?
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To elaborate further: You have a couple of options Plug modem in where it comes into house. (Probably not ideal due to location) Join outside cable to wall plate, then plug modem in in central ...

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Leaking saddle valve
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There are basically two solutions: 1. Remove the saddle valve and replace with a coupling You need to do this if it is leaking from the rubber flashing around the pipe. 2. Cap the Valve You can ...

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How to make a straight groove easily?
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This can be done most easily with power tools as discussed in previous answers. However, assuming that you can create a good guide using a metal straightedge clamped to the workpiece, and you can ...

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Do drain pipes (house to sewer) freeze?
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Yes they can, especially in exposed areas. I've heard of sewage pipes freezing in the winter and backing up into apartments in NYC, with disastrous consequences, though the more likely culprit is ...

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Fishing Wire From Corner of Attic?
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For whomever does this again: I've found it easier to fish monofilament pull line: Tie a large loop it in, tape it to your fishing pole, and retreive it the attic with stick with a hook on it (...

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What is causing the clothes washer GFCI to trip?
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This happened to me: Modern HE front loading washers draw a large inrush current in the pre-wash cycle as they hit peak torque when starting to spin a full and slightly wet load of clothes clumped at ...

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Options for a small, single room AC with no windows, no drainage possibilities, and not water vapor based
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Put a box fan in the door, and let the central AC handle it.

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