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12-30-17, 02:44 PM
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How to mark a custom wood shape to fit in roundish hole.

I have a hole in my minivan floor where the third row seating can be stowed but I will be removing the seats so the hole may be used for storage. I'd like to fit it with a piece of plywood on 2 or 3...
12-30-17, 12:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
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Right after I posted this I was thinking, if a...

Right after I posted this I was thinking, if a switch makes sense anywhere, maybe it is between the panels and the controller so that the battery(s) might be disconnected without unwiring the PV...
12-29-17, 11:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By downplay

Off-Grid Van Solar System Design Questions

I'm trying to plan my system. I'm trying to design something with nice components and do not wish to cut any corners. I'm finding a lot of examples but often the explanations are lacking.

I have a...
Replies: 8
Views: 598
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XSleeper: You mentioned using a "fat tip... 1/2"...

XSleeper: You mentioned using a "fat tip... 1/2" or so." Would that be using a "sausage gun?" I wasn't aware of sausages until now but it does look like the cheapest way to buy Tremco Dymonic.
Replies: 8
Views: 598
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OK, that all makes sense, but maybe I should play...

OK, that all makes sense, but maybe I should play with it a little. I'm not sure I can make it much worse. And, if I could get most of anything off, I do have a nice cordless high speed grinder....
Replies: 8
Views: 598
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It doesn't look like they tried to remove the old...

It doesn't look like they tried to remove the old stuff before applying the tar. Could it be possible to slightly loosen up the tar stuff with a heat gun and peal or scrape it away? I would guess...
Replies: 8
Views: 598
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Because it is so hard to remove the old tar?...

Because it is so hard to remove the old tar? Other reason?
Replies: 8
Views: 598
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Need to Re-Seal Between Metal Wall and Roof; Also Need Some Type of Caulking

My grandmother had a "sun room" added to her house and there is a leak where the roof of it was butted up against the existing wall of the house. It appears to have originally been sealed with some...
Replies: 3
Views: 486
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That would be nice! And yes, I think it'd be tons...

That would be nice! And yes, I think it'd be tons easier. I'll look into it and talk it over with my grandmother. But, I would love to save some of that money for her. Even if I had to go out and buy...
Replies: 3
Views: 486
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Lowering Aluminum Gutters; Are Gutters Fixable/Able to Be Disassembled?

I have a big project—for me. I need to lower our aluminum gutters on our steel building home so I can properly install our new gutter guards. So far as I can tell, they weren’t installed correctly in...
Replies: 3
Views: 546
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Testing hot end of electric clutch wiring?

So, this may be the wrong way to go about it but I thought I'd ask. My understanding of multimeters is pretty limited along with my experience.

I've got a mower with an electric clutch that is no...
08-25-17, 08:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
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We don't have a pressure washer that works but if...

We don't have a pressure washer that works but if our home remedies
doesn't look promising I'll seriously look into the TSP, I've never heard
of it before but it looks like heavy duty stuff and not...
08-25-17, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
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Need to Remove Algae from Metal Wall Panels

We have algae on the panels of our metal building. I'd like
to remove it without making a toxic mess or further damaging
the white (powder?) coating if possible.

I guess it could be moss too,...
Replies: 7
Views: 729
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I guess you might call them purlins. The only...

I guess you might call them purlins. The only time I ever worked on a house and someone used that term they were metal. This has an all wood frame. I haven't
done a lot of construction work though...
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Views: 729
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Bad news! I just looked in the attic and I see...

Bad news! I just looked in the attic and I see that there is no sheathing on this
house. It just has metal sheets nailed into wood members, about 24" apart,
mostly running the length of the house...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,729
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Thank you all, I kind of feel stupid now, I went...

Thank you all, I kind of feel stupid now, I went home last night and figured out
on my own that there was a tiny little screw not visible from above on the underside
of the handle.

XSleeper gave...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,729
Posted By downplay

Key Broken Off In Sliding Glass Door; How To Fix?

It looks like a key might be broken off in our old sliding glass door lock but
I can see no clear way to disassemble the thing. There are no visible fasteners
and nothing else really obvious.
...
Replies: 14
Views: 803
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That looks great Marq1, you must not have too...

That looks great Marq1, you must not have too many of the problem type of trees surrounding
your house. I have never found any pics of foam a few years old that looked that clean! I'm sure
our oak...
Replies: 14
Views: 803
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Ok, thanks guys, I guess I'll just have to get...

Ok, thanks guys, I guess I'll just have to get some long screws and give it a try.

I just always assumed there was a significant difference between wood and metal screws for some reason. The...
Replies: 14
Views: 803
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marksr: You think if I put new nails into the...

marksr: You think if I put new nails into the same old nail holes that they will be secure enough? What do you think about ray2047's suggestion of using metal screws into the wood?

Marq1: I've...
Replies: 8
Views: 609
Posted By downplay

Thanks aka_pedro, et al, I'm sure I can find the...

Thanks aka_pedro, et al, I'm sure I can find the patience to do exactly that!

We were just gonna buy a new compressor but this'll save money and the
pollution of wasting a perfectly fine old...
Replies: 8
Views: 609
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There was carbon on the plug, especially on the...

There was carbon on the plug, especially on the negative prong, so I filed it off
and filed the positive shiny too, plugged it in to a wall outlet, and it worked just
fine. Thanks!

The metal of...
Replies: 14
Views: 803
Posted By downplay

That is one thought I had. Since it is going into...

That is one thought I had. Since it is going into wood, I need some kind of wood screw, with a
diameter greater than the nails, and a gasket under the head? Do they make these?

If so, how should...
Replies: 14
Views: 803
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It is about 18-20 years old. The shop, built by...

It is about 18-20 years old. The shop, built by Morton on the same property,
used self-tapping screws into its metal frame, but the house, with a wooden
frame, has its roof nailed into place.
Replies: 14
Views: 803
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Gutter guards for nailed metal roof...

I have put in my time studying the gutter guard market and I think I've found
the best products.

The very strongest and best performing require a metal sheet to be placed
under the edge of the...
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