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  • simsamurai commented on jimmyf's instructable Junk Recumbent Trike5 months ago
    Junk Recumbent Trike

    Step 1. Learn how to weld. Otherwise, well excecuted.

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  • simsamurai commented on Natalina's instructable Build a Soundproof Wall6 months ago
    Build a Soundproof Wall

    As a former remodeling contractor I can suggest several key items and tips for drywall. Also take note that the big orange and yellow stores do sell a cotton / denim based sound insulation that is much better than standard fiberglass wall insulation. First, use a good level, one that's at least 24" to 36" wide to first determine the highest side / corner of the area that you are wanting to fill. Second, use an angle finder gauge (8" to 12") to determine your "start corner" first two angles, one vertical / one horizontal angle and then transfer that over to the drywall and adjust your cut lines up /down on the sheet as needed. You will quickly see that even though things may visually appear flat, level, 90-degrees, etc, they are ALWAYS not level and are u...

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    As a former remodeling contractor I can suggest several key items and tips for drywall. Also take note that the big orange and yellow stores do sell a cotton / denim based sound insulation that is much better than standard fiberglass wall insulation. First, use a good level, one that's at least 24" to 36" wide to first determine the highest side / corner of the area that you are wanting to fill. Second, use an angle finder gauge (8" to 12") to determine your "start corner" first two angles, one vertical / one horizontal angle and then transfer that over to the drywall and adjust your cut lines up /down on the sheet as needed. You will quickly see that even though things may visually appear flat, level, 90-degrees, etc, they are ALWAYS not level and are usually off by 1 to 5 degrees or more. Therefore over a 3 or 6 or 8 foot length you will quickly see how cutting "square" drywall lines without first accounting for these small angular differences can and will leave huge gaps on the opposite end of your cut line once you set the sheet in place. This is the #1 biggest mistake people make. Third, once you determine you starting corner, measure everything from that same point of reference for the sheet you are cutting. For example; lets say you need to cut a hole for an electrical box. Measure up "x" distance with a level to make an exact vertical line, then over "x" distance with the level again to the top left (or top right) of the box you need to cut. I always set the tops of outlet receptacle boxes at 16" (level) and tops of light switch boxes at 48" (level). So this way, if you instead set and install all of your drywall sheets horizontally rather that vertically, it makes it much easier to cut out the light switch boxes (as the box tops are now on that 48" seam) and secondly, you create a single central seam on the wall to mud rather than a bunch of 96" tall vertical seams every 4ft apart. Also think about your body movement of just mudding a single horizontal line at 48" vs having to fill a bunch of seams from floor to ceiling. The constant up / down will quickly wear out your knees and back. For example, in a 12 ft wide room you could hang just two 12ft sheets horizontally as opposed to 3 sheets vertically. The horizontal mud line is 12 ft (plus side corners and ceiling) but the 3 vertical sheets yield 16ft of mud/tape line seams (plus corners and ceiling). You can do the math on the time/materials savings for a whole room. You'll also notice that because wood 2x4 wall studs are rarely strait and vertical it is often very difficult to have the vertical seam of two sheets share the same stud as they each only have 3/4" to bite onto. And if the stud is bowed or curved then it quickly gets much worse. So again, by always setting drywall sheets horizontal wherever possible you will instantly overcome a great deal of time and hassles in both screwing it in as well during mudding, sanding, and painting.

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  • simsamurai commented on SJ_pro_007's instructable Construction 90* and 45*3 years ago
    Construction 90* and 45*

    Step 1 - Get a camera that doesn't take blurry images lol. ;)

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