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  • gromanski commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 11 Unusual Uses for Coffee11 months ago
    11 Unusual Uses for Coffee

    Wood turners often use coffee grounds to fill in cracks in wood. Rather than hide a crack, you can accentuate its appearance. Rub the crack with grounds, drip some CA (superglue into it - best to use the thin CA), when dry, repeat. Sand when dry. I have used this many times on bowls to covert blemishes, into highlights.

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  • gromanski commented on MicahS23's instructable Wood Beam Fireplace Mantel1 year ago
    Wood Beam Fireplace Mantel

    PLEASE be careful when installing a wooden mantle. I checked the regulations before I installed mine and found that two factors are checked by the inspectors. The width of the mantle and the height above the fire place. I installed a granite one instead. Each state seems to have their own regulations. I note that when I have an extended fire, by mantle gets very hot. You can get mantle guards, but they look ugly. I asked the fire inspector (I had installed a new fire insert and chimney lining, so I had to have an inspection), and he confirmed that if it was wooden he would have measured and checked a table which gave him the ratios and limits. It may be that you will not have your new mantle inspected, but if it is out of code and you have fire damage, it may put your insurance ...

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    PLEASE be careful when installing a wooden mantle. I checked the regulations before I installed mine and found that two factors are checked by the inspectors. The width of the mantle and the height above the fire place. I installed a granite one instead. Each state seems to have their own regulations. I note that when I have an extended fire, by mantle gets very hot. You can get mantle guards, but they look ugly. I asked the fire inspector (I had installed a new fire insert and chimney lining, so I had to have an inspection), and he confirmed that if it was wooden he would have measured and checked a table which gave him the ratios and limits. It may be that you will not have your new mantle inspected, but if it is out of code and you have fire damage, it may put your insurance at risk. Stick to the numbers and you'll be OK.

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