Instructables: question - home-renovation Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:38:18 PST BLOX v1.01 How do I anchor a handrail into old concrete? erik.gelhar Cement is an ingredient of concrete. I'm trying to put a small grab-rail onto my Mom's front patio, which has concrete aggregate rocks of about 0.5cm-2.5cm. It's classic, old concrete slabs. IT IS NOT PURE CEMENT. My question is: What's the best way to anchor, say, a handrail, into it. It appears to...
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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:06:39 PDT
Kitchen sink won't drain, seems like there is an obstruction. Liquid drain cleaners have not worked. v_o This issue is with the left side of a double kitchen sink, which will not drain at all. The right side drains fine. We do not have a garbage disposal or dishwasher. Liquid drain cleaners have not worked. My husband used a snake in the sink, it only went in about an inch and it felt like it was hitti...
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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:23:13 PDT
How to take wooden pallets apart? Lizziep
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Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:26:32 PST
Suggestions for super basic (free or inexpensive) software for drawing floor plans from scratch? mole1 I'm old school.... T squares, canary paper, ruling pens etc.   I need a super simple drawing program that will let me draw lines to scale on a grid and give dimensions.  I don't need/want  to drag and drop, I don't need bells and whistles, 3D, landscapes, floor plans  etc etc. I've tried ProDraw an...
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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:19:02 PST
new length of mastic tape? lam  Hi all.. Could you help me to know :  if I stretch a roll of mastic tape is  1/4'' thick x 1.5 '' wide x 360' long  to form 1/8'' Thick x 1'' wide I will have how much of  new length ??? Thank you so much in advance for your time.
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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:01:58 PDT
What is this wire clamp called? muhammajunaid The picture below shows a wire clamp which allows the wire to move in one direction only. to release the wire to the opposite direction one  has to push the small metal valve as marked with an arrow in the picutre below. I need to know what it is called ? thank you
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Tue, 7 Oct 2014 02:12:34 PDT
Is there a clear top coat that will bond to a copper penny floor?? laurel1020 We are in the process  of laying a copper penny floor in our entryway. Is there a clear coat for the uppermost layer that will bond to the pennies, and stand up to foot traffic and cleaning? Thank you for your time and consideration!
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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:58:04 PST
How do I sound proof a room? ChippMarshal I am trying to record audio and I get an echo and the occasional sound of a car driving by. Is there a quick and temporary way to sound proof a small area for recording once every few weeks?
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Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:54:42 PST
I have a question about an attic exhaust fan hooked up to a thermostat. Can I connect an on off switch up as well? David H I have an attic exhaust fan hooked up to a thermostat.  Can I also wire it to a switch so I can turn it on and off when I want to in addition to having the thermostat turn it on when temperature reaches the set temp?
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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:57:10 PDT
Can I add a kitchen sink (and dishwasher) drain to an existing vent from bathroom downstairs? Onlyalittlehandy Im moving the kitchen sink to other side of room.  There is a vent pipe from basement bathroom running just under where the sink will be.  Can I attach the drain to the vent? I was going to use a cheater vent for the new sink.  If  I have to run the drain to the old (kitchen) drain, this will mean a...
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Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:21:55 PDT
Can Painted or Stained 2x6 boards be run through a planer? jonallyn I have 2x6 Painted/Stained outdoor stair treads that are a little rough and peeling from the sun. Can I run them through my planer without damaging the cutter? I'm hoping to get a nice smooth, clean surface to stain without trying to sand everything. Thanks for your help.
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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:19:22 PDT
how to make simple and cheap home sound proofing? sudmake my home is on 2nd floor,just beside a busy road . due to ts construction materials and elevation sound pollution is more and unbearable.  as its the accommodation provided by the company i cannot modify its elevation, etc, but i can upgrade its interior. i need methods, metatarsals which helps me to...
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Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:30:54 PDT
shower tray? matt1111 i have a space of 2000mm by a max of 900mm. The floor is uneven, what is the best tray?
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Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:05:12 PDT
How do you remove black tarnish from steel window frames in my art deco era apartment? ArtDecoSteelFrames I've gotten through the time consuming task of removing the 800 layers of what probably is lead paint, and have had some success with sanding, but it takes even longer then the stripping to get down to the shiny metal.  I think this is some kind of tarnish?  If so, is there a product someone could r...
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Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:35:44 PST
How to grout uneven glass tile? daltexson I have installed glass "wavy" tiles around the walls of a bathtub/shower.  Each wavy tile is about 2.5" long with a square piece of marble between each glass wave piece.  They are arranged on a 12" square sheet of mesh in a basket weave pattern and each of the pieces are butted up next to each other...
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Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:24:08 PST
Sound proofing a small room for cheap? Chumlee I said i would help my sister transform the old office in the garden for her to use as a chilling room with her mates, there going to be drinking and be loud so we wanna sound proof the room, the problem is its quite a small room so hanging blankets will make it smaller, and its already contructed f...
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Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:47:14 PST
Can I switch xenon puck lights for LEDs and use the same 12 wire from the supply Baaryd99 Re doing our cabinet puck lights 
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Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:29:13 PST
I need to secure a basement door? pasweeney
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Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:42:35 PDT
Can you change the color of mastic? foobear I'm talking about the white adhesive stuff that comes in a big pink bucket with a black lid.  Laticrete premium mastic adhesive.  It is a really great adhesive but I want it to be some other color than extremely bright white.  I wonder if oil paint or acrylic paint or something could be added to it...
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Fri, 5 Oct 2012 16:46:06 PDT
bonding ceramic art to pane of glass? rkgfish I'm looking to bond a bifurcated ceramic fish figurine to a glass window, such that half the fish is outside (exposed to the elements) and half is inside the house. The fish figurine is not perfectly smooth, but it's close. I live in Ohio, so external temperatures will range from 0 f to 100 f. What ...
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Thu, 4 Oct 2012 19:33:22 PDT
sheetrock finishing? etcmn Can someone give me an estimate on how long it takes to finish the mudding and sanding for sheetrock?  The contractor did the taping and put on the first coat.  How many hours should I expect to spend doing the second and third coats myself?  This is finishing the garage.  Two walls 26' long, 1 wall...
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Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:45:11 PDT
How long to install ceramic floor tile in an entry way? etcmn We have an entry way that leads right into the basement.  Since we have occationally had water on the floor there we want to take up the carpet and install ceramic tile.  It's a small area, only about 50 sq'.  I found lots of information online about estimating materials but nothing about how much t...
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Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:45:28 PDT
How can I tell if a first floor wall is load bearing? JMH renovations Hi, I would like to remove the wall between my kitchen and dining room to open up the area.  How can I tell if the wall is load bearing? The wall is on the 1st floor, runs lengthwise to the house and is about in the middle of the house, but it doesn't travel the entire length of the house. Any help ...
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:39:03 PDT
How can I tell if I can loft my bedroom ceiling? JMH renovations Hi, I recently purchased a first home, and I decided it would be nice if I can loft the bedroom ceiling (using attic space that is currently wasted). How can I tell if this is even possible to do, and how much work is involved in something like this? I consider myself fairly handy, if that helps.
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Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:33:27 PDT
How can I open and insulate a single heavy wood sided garage door not using an electric opener or traditional hardware? geniem I have 3 single, older, traditional wood-sided garage doors. I am making a room out of the garage and, fixing 2 doors, but still want 1 door to open. Each door is 8'Wx7'H with 5" horizontal T&G siding. I planned to add some 24"x14" wood window sashes across the top, add insulation and some kind of t...
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Tue, 3 Jul 2012 12:16:59 PDT
How to make double pane windows at home? muhammajunaid Hi all, I want to request an instructable about how one can create a double or triple paned windows at home. More specifically what i want to know is, How one can create vacum or fill a specific gas between mutiple panes on the window to improve insulation and energy efficiency. Many thanks in adv...
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Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:09:55 PDT
Patio Door lock? Alphonsus Does anyone know what style of patio door lock this is? Or where I could...
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Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:40:53 PDT
Stop back flow bringing smoke to the rest of the house through the AC ducts? siamonsez One room in the house we smoke, but when a window is opened all the smoke is sucked through the ac ducts to the main intake which is in a hallway right outside all the bedrooms. I believe this is because the room is generally ~10 degrees warmer than the main part of the house which the hallway is o...
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Tue, 22 May 2012 22:05:56 PDT
What to do about asbestos ceiling tiles in an old house? mimiodella My daughter just bought an old house that has asbestos ceiling tiles.  What's the best route? Cover them with a sealant, add a new dropped ceiling or W H A T?   Help
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Mon, 14 May 2012 17:04:58 PDT
How can I move a 12 foot by 24 foot shed? BluTiger I have a 12 foot by 24 foot shed that I need to move away from my house, its just too close. I just want to move it about 7 feet and forward. The floor joist are 2"x 6". I want to move the shed North (literately) and the joist are running East/West, thats good so far, as I intend to use 3 pieces of ...
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Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:20:05 PDT
Window AC in a RV.... sandy-g Thank you to those who gave me the ideas for plywood on my ceiling and walls.  I am hopefully going to be starting that project in a few weeks.  Work has not allowed me to do anything before now.  My next dilemma is a window unit I have installed.  I have an older model rv and when I purchased it th...
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Thu, 15 Mar 2012 08:40:10 PDT
Cargo Shipping Container (steel) 8' x 8' x 20' I would like to convert to living quarters. Any info on the conversion? garrison111 For the conversion I would need information on installing an entry door, windows, insulation, electricity, heating, wall board, plumbing ~~ sink, toilet, shower ect.  Any information would be helpfull. Thank you. 
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Sat, 10 Mar 2012 22:56:48 PST
How to make a watertight seal between oil paint coated marine plywood and polypropylene demorphica I need to make a watertight seal between a sheet of marine plywood coated with oil paint, and a 5mm sheet of polypropylene, both at right angles to each other. Both are well supported structurally independently of each other. Will silicone do the trick or are there other alternatives?
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Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:05:19 PST
Grouting combination sheets of glass and marble tile on backsplash. loree.kaye My 12" sheets of marble and glass tiles (combined on same sheet) have marble tiles that are thicker than the glass in many spots making the finished surface uneven. How would I grout this uneven surface?
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Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:38:02 PST
How to build a thatch roof for chicken coop from giant canes? lj2shoes I have an unlimited supply of massively invasive canes (Arundo donax) growing on my property, and my chicken coop needs a roof.  Anyone have ideas on turning canes in their natural state into roofing material?   I will start just experimenting with weaving together lengths of cane, but some experie...
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Thu, 19 Jan 2012 04:06:10 PST
bed frame around a bed? BrianBrianBrian I have an old pine bed that I don't like so I want to make more modern by building a modern looking ikea bed around it or onto it would this be possable if so can you point me towards where I would find out how to or can you tell me.
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Mon, 2 Jan 2012 08:16:30 PST
How do I pour a concrete slab between other slabs and add an anchor to the new slab? PaigeGrel I have a space out the front of my house that I want to turn into a chain anchoring spot for my husband's scooter. I've included a photo of the spot for reference's sake (I really need to clean it out and excavate . Most of the area is already concreted in but there's a space about six feet by thre...
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Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:28:53 PST
how to download the pivot software? RKOPSSGM i like pivot animation and now i want to download the pivot animation software...can you give me a procedure how to download that??

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Sat, 24 Dec 2011 12:17:49 PST
what kind of ink do i use for photo albums air dry vs dryer do not want to damage pages. Dan1966
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Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:53:59 PST
Insualtion of an existing tin roof? grandpa2011 Hi, I have an existing summer room with a single skin, 4" corrogated tin roof. It is attached to the roof of the home and I do not wish to rip it apart. I was thinking to install a none bearing set of 4"x2" timbers, a half in from the existin roof, then insulating with 1" x 4'x8' sheets of styrafoam...
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Sun, 6 Nov 2011 08:10:05 PST
How to replace steel frame hopper basement widows in concrete with vinyl replacement widows? Daverrp
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Sat, 5 Nov 2011 07:25:24 PDT
Detailed Instructions for Spiral Wine Cellar? ActionTekJackson Does any one have or know where to get detailed instructions on building a spiral wine cellar? I understand the basic concepts of the construction and the ducting for proper airflow i just want to make sure I'm not missing something important here...
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Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:49:32 PDT
How can i have my home alarm system email me system status? srberube I have a concord 4 home alarm system from GE. It currently supports the following communication methods to report status. 1. GSM by means of a $250 module to connect to 2. Outbound dialing to a pager # which will send codes which you need to look up to see what they mean. 3. Central monito...
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Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:29:17 PDT
Extra Attic Insulation. Can I add polystyrene panels over existing fibreglass batts? Blakie2 I have access to 6in thick polystyrene panels which I would prefer to re-use rather than take to the garbage dump. Can I lay them over existing fibreglass batts to increase the insulation in the attic ? The house is 4 yrs old so is up to code and is located in Ontario, Canada where the winters are c...
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Fri, 28 Oct 2011 05:44:51 PDT
Recovering kitchen doors with vinyl any ideas? davidcgil The problem i have is getting the vinyl to cover awkward shape in door
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Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:52:30 PDT
tearing down roof advice tom.selleck I plan on tearing down my roof with a gas torch cutter, i have included the link to my photo bucket gallery for community advice and input; how does asphalt and concrete react to a high temp torch cutter? will i be cutting through metal plates...
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Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:08:19 PDT
Hoist? emit Any ideas for a small hoist to lift an air conditioner out of a window that is about 3 feet off the floor and lower it to the floor for transport to another room. It would be helpful if it was small enough to fold and fit in a VW trunk. It should have casters on the bottom.
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Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:28:52 PDT
Danfoss Tempress I (not Danfoss Tempress II) cartridge/regulator needed Gene9 Hi - does anyone know where I can get a Danfoss Tempress I (not Danfoss Tempress II) cartridge/regulator to attach to the shower/bath tap handle? The attachment part which is plastic and "T" shaped is broken on mine.?
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Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:18:54 PDT
Framing longer walls for garage/shed. netlink Most DIY sites give instructions using 8ft or common lengths available from any local supplier illustrating walls using standard lengths. I want to make a garage 16ft x 22ft and do not know how to span across the 22ft section to make a full length wall using more than one board. One to two windows p...
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Fri, 26 Aug 2011 08:50:06 PDT
Without damaging the outer rectangle portion of 1/4" thick glass, how do I cut out a sink hole for a glass counter top? marshgre Does anyone know how to cut out a circle, or other odd shaped hole, in a piece of thick glass where the goal is to not damage the outside rectangular portion of glass and the inside shape is the waste piece?  My wife wants a glass counter top on the bathroom vanity but I can't seem to cut out the ho...
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Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:40:57 PDT