Should I enclose an outdoor roofed area with tarps?

I bought a house with a roofed area in the back yard.  There is a concrete slab (approx 10X20), and a metal roof about 12-15 ft high.  The roof only covers half of the slab, and I plan to put a small prefab metal shed where the slab extends.  I'd like to use the roofed area as a pseudo-workshop, but because the roof is so high, rain blows under pretty easy.  In a perfect world, I'd extend the roof and wall in the whole thing, but I ain't rollin' in money like that, so a shed for storage, and a dry work area is good enough.  My question is whether or not its feasible to hang tarps as "walls."  I know it won't be super permanent, but I'd like them to last a reasonable amount of time.  I was thinking of securing them on the four posts by sandwiching them with 1" x 4"s, because I don't trust grommits and twine to hold in wind.  What kind of tarps and hanging methods would be ideal for this, or would there be a better alternative I haven't thought of?

Question by OtisDrftwood   |  last reply


Longboard Wall Mount?

Right, I need some help... My bedroom is really small so I want a way of having my longboard mounted on the wall to save on some floor space, the only issue is that I need a way of having it hanging vertically on the wall but i would like it so I can see the paint job on the bottom of it and so the wheels don't marl my wall. Any ideas or suggestions? thanks

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White walls yellowing

Right so i cleaned off my white walls last night with some lava soap and purple power cleaner degreaser and scrub brush but i noticed they have a light browning effect not sure if that UV damage or some other type of oxidation.   ive checked around the interwebs and the only things i can come up with are  island girl sea glow,  bleche white and brillo pads with magic erasers am i stuck with the yellow??  ive only had these white walls since agust

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Non-permanent wall paneling?

So I got the idea from this photo: http://ak-images.jackthreads.com/v1/image/969357/size/jt-product_zoom I was thinking how it'd be neat to put some kind of wood paneling like this around my bed, maybe toss some LED strips along the top for an added effect. I'm trying to figure out a way to do this that won't be too expensive nor permanent (I'm renting my place so I need to be able to easily remove it when I leave). My thought was I could get the wood, stain it and then just screw it into the wall along the corners (or maybe even nail it if it's thin enough?) My alone concern with that are the screws/nails will look out of place, unless I'm able to stain them as well? If anyone has any other ideas on making this happen I'd really appreciate the help!

Question by cardboardlion   |  last reply


What is a good way to reinforce a wall? Answered

I have a recliner that is broken beyond repair (the back falls flat), so I have it propped up against a wall, but I'm concerned that I'm going to end up with a hole in my wall.  I've been trying to think of a way to reinforce the wall so this doesn't happen, but I've been unable to make a decision.  My only idea is to use a large, thin, rectangular piece of wood and screw it to the studs... figured that would spread out the pressure and do less harm to my wall. Any better ideas? And no, I'm not trying to fix the recliner, already tried that, and I'm NOT throwing it away :)

Question by OtisDrftwood   |  last reply


Framing longer walls for garage/shed.

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 per wall and one exterior door with a gambrel roof, I thought this would be relatively easy but apparently not for a novice carpenter. I just finished pouring my own concrete slab thinking the internet provided free plans would be enough but I am stalled without better knowledge.

Question by netlink   |  last reply


Wall mount a non-VESA monitor?

I have an ASUS ML248H 24" monitor that I want to mount to higher to remove the footprint from my desk and to have a better viewing angle since I usually lean back so I have to look "down," compared to my body position, to look at it at the level of the desk. The problem is that it doesn't have any place to attach an off the shelf wall mount. The only place to attach anything to it is where the base/stand is connected, and it's a funny thing that would be really difficult to replicate (see picture) I've looked through many of the ibles in the subject and nothing seems quite right so any suggestions would be great. The only thing I can think of so far is to use the vertical part of the original stand which would add a couple inches to the depth and act like a lever, multiplying the weight on any thing holding up the monitor, but adds more options for attaching stuff in the form of one vertically oriented bolt hole at the opposite end of the one that attaches the bracket to the monitor, as well as four smaller holes at roughly 30  degrees to horizontal (see pic #2) I was thinking of something like a pipe coming up off the desk or out of the wall but can't figure out how to connect the two pieces so that I can still have swivel and tilt adjustment.

Question by siamonsez   |  last reply


Using quickrete to sound proof walls?

After reading online I thought about an easy cheap alternative to lessen the noise in my garage studio room from escaping to the outside world.  After the new construction the smaller space seems to echo much more than before, thus the need for more soundproofing/deadening.  I though about building forms with plywood backing and filling them with readymix quickrete with wire mesh on top.  After fastening the frames onto the brakets I have that will be firmly fastened to the wall in staggered pattern drywall and carpet padding will be applied on top of the plywood side of the form that would be facing toward the middle of the room thus creating a second relatively thick layer of sound deadening with roughly 1 1/2 inched of dead air space trapped between the outer and inner layer walls.  Has anyone ever tried this?   Thoughts, comments, suggestions welcome.  To clarify:  From outside to inside I would have:  Siding - Standard Wrap and OSB - Stud- Moisture Barrier- Insulation - 5/8 Drywall - 1 1/2 inches of dead air space - Wire mesh side of concrete forms 1 in thick - concrete- plywood backing side of form - carpet padding - drywall - carpet   Thanks.  John

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How can I tell if a first floor wall is load bearing? Answered

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 or advice is appreciated.

Question by JMH renovations   |  last reply


where to find thin wall plastic tube?

Hi, I'm building a wind tunnel, and want to achieve a more laminar flow. I've tried drinking straws but they seem to stop the air flow too much. So I made a much larger bore honeycomb with toilet roll tubes. That worked a lot better, so now I'm after something a little better looking. Does anyone have any ideas for where to source a few meters of thin wall plastic tubing? About 25mm -> 35mm diameter. Transparent would be ideal. Thanks!

Question by matthewvenn   |  last reply


building cinderblock wall... questions questions questions

I'm considering building a small cinderblock wall off of an existing concrete slab.  I have very little clue what I'm doing, but I'm a fast learner. Question #1: Do I need rebar to hold the blocks, or is mortar mix enough?  They won't be "weight bearing" as it will only be a partial wall around 3' tall.  If I do need rebar... hammer drill? all the way through slab? pound rebar in?  Note that the blocks will be just about flush with the edge of the slab. Question #2: The area I want to create a wall for is covered with a roof (four- 4"x4" posts, about 10' x 12'... roof is around 12' high) so the blocks will butt up right next to wooden posts... is this kosher? I guess in my mind, this precludes a cornerstone, and makes the courses hard to offset (I don't know what to call that... the center of the second course blocks sit on the edges of the bottom course blocks), and what is a good way join block to wood? Question #3: Can I use the small blocks (4x8x16) or will they just topple over (see question #1 again), and if I should use the normal cinder blocks, how do I make a corner with 4x4 posts already there? ...likely more questions to come :)

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Power Banks vs. ac wall outlets

I've observed in many power banks, that they charge up my phone a LOT quicker than a conventional ac adapter plugged into a wall socket. Why is this so? Many of my friends share the same observation. I'm building a simple power bank myself, and I want to make sure I can enjoy this feature when I use it too. I plan to use this instructable as a guideline with some modifications: https://www.instructables.com/id/Rechargeable-homemade-Power-Bank-super-Easy/ I'll be using four 3.7V batteries in parallel and stepping it up with a step up converter, so that the mAh value gets added up (forgive me if I'm wrong, but I believe mAh adds up when batteries are in parallel). Will this arrangement give me faster charging times like the power banks available in the market? Is it a safe circuit? Please suggest as I am eager to build this :) Thanks in advance :)

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I need to make a portable wall, something light weight but sturdy, relatively free standing..any ideas?

Just the basics, was thinking about using felt for "wall" but need ideas for the frame. It will be used to block off the light from a projector, but it needs to go into the gallery space and out easily. Something light weight/portable but  needs to be free standing.

Question by fly_girl_sky   |  last reply


Strength of plexiglass. 1/16 plexiglass as wall on 2x4 framing spaced 2ft on center. Is the plexiglass thick enough?

Nothing will be anchored to just the plexiglass, nor will anything be leaned against it. Also framing is on & anchored to concrete floor & walls. There is very little to no give in framing.

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Is it possible/safe to plug photovoltaic electricity into wall socket? Answered

I have a photovoltaic panel and I want to connect it to the AC power line of my house. To  connect it to the electrical panel of the house I should use long wires. So I thought: "Is it possible to plug it into the nearest wall socket?" Of course I don't want to put straightway DC from the photovoltaic panel into the AC power line... what I mean is  to plug the output from an inverter into the wall socket. Is the inverter supposed to adjust the phase of its output current to match the mains' phase? Should I look for a particular kind of inverter? Thanks for your answers EDIT: Doing further research I found that a company sells photovoltaic systems that you can plug into the wall socket. So in theory it should be doable, but as rickharris pointed out, it seems that it would cost more than I'm ready to spend. Probably I had better resort to plan B: connecting the solar panel to an inverter, snaking wires through the walls and adding another receptacle to an existing electrical outlet. Thanks to all of you

Question by Fabio M   |  last reply


How do I make a faux peeling paint wall for Halloween? Answered

I want to use rigid styrofoam insulation panels to create walls for my haunted house. I want the walls to look like they are old and the paint has peeled. I tried a sample by painting several layers of latex paint and heating with a strong blow dryer and that blistered the paint a little but not enough to peel. Would that process with a heat gun work?

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Metric Tube Supplier?

Does anyone know of any good steel tubing suppliers. I need a few different sizes, all of which cannot be found at any local hardware store, in square and rectangular shapes. Also, I found one supplier already and they had so many sizes to choose from. But they only ship large quanities to companies, not to the individual. So if anyone knows of any suppliers that can supply the following sizes for a decent price, your help would be very much appreciated. The sizes I need are 40mm square with 2.5mm wall, 25.4mm square with 2.5mm wall, 20mm square with 2mm wall, 40X20mm with 2mm wall, 35X16mm with 1.5mm wall.

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Can a normal house usage power connector or wall plug be wired to a battery like a deep cycle battery?

Can a normal house usage power connector or wall plug (that normally supplies 230 v) be wired to a battery like a deep cycle battery? What size deep cycle battery would be advisable?

Question by pvan heerden   |  last reply


How do I create a mosaic?

So I am trying to do a mosaic on both my wall and ceiling. My wall is wood paneling. My ceiling is tiled but its not ceramic, linoleum, glass, etc tile. I'm not exactly sure what it is! The closest thing I can compare it to is bulletin board material. Anyway, I am new to mosaics and tiling. How would I go about doing this? Can I apply the mosaic pieces directly to the wall/ceiling? What materials should I use as the actual mosaic pieces? What adhesive should I use? What do I use as grout? Also is there a special sealant I need to use for the tiles? Any other tips would be great, too. :)

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What is the plastic that is used to make bathroom stall walls and where can I source it? Answered

It looks like ABS, untextured, about 2cm thick. Do you know where it can be purchased in sheets?

Question by JamesRPatrick   |  last reply


What kind of strength do studs (2x4) in your wall have? Is there a way to "boost" their strength?

I just moved into a new place, and am renting.  I want to install a hammock into the studs, but the landlord feels it will put too much strain on the frame.  The studs are 2x4, and I was wondering, if by placing a 2x6 or something board between (bridging) two studs, if I could achieve enough strength to not hurt the studs. Any suggestions welcome :) Thanks Lisa

Question by sbcwolff   |  last reply


How to make light weight and moveable, wall display for a large collection of earrings

My dream catcher with wool 'tails' (+ 2') is on it's last legs. I have been hanging my very large (100+) collection of earrings on this for over 20 yrs.  Does anyone have any ideas for a nice looking way to hang all my earrings so I can see them, but also be able to take them off the wall and lock them up when, for example, I go on vacation. Now, I just wrap and fold them up in a towel and lock them up in a cabinet.

Question by marimikk   |  last reply


A way To Hang This?

Hey guys. I have this Star Trek Logo I've made from wood. There will be LED lights added to the back. Problem i have is how to hang it to the wall.  It needs to be out from wall a bit . I can't find or know the name of the kind of hook i need. Anyone any ideas. Oh it's about 4 feet tall.

Question by whasson   |  last reply


Latex paint Answered

Is Latex paint in the USA the same as acrylic paint here in the UK or is it what the UK call emulation paint for painting walls?

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Hi I wanted to make a tv stand from MDF and need some help Ill list spec in details. Sorry for the bad spelling.

Ok so the tv stand i would like to make will be Top & bottom surface : 24" from the wall 48" long middle surface : 24" from the wall  36" long  total unit from width length hight : hight  22" width 24" from the wall length 48" along the wall Now what I am not shear of is how to support it so it doe sent brake under weight. I am going to have  32 inch lcd tv on the left side and a ps3 one the right side ps2 in the middle  id like to have one or two shelves on the middle then a bottom but im also not shear if i should duble the mdf for one  surface one MDF board will be 3/4x24"x48" so im not shear if thats thick enuff for what i want also Sorry for the bad spelling and not knowing how to word this question im not good with english.

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Hi I wanted to make a tv stand from MDF and need some help Ill list spec in details. Sorry for the bad spelling.?

Ok so the tv stand i would like to make will be Top & bottom surface : 24" from the wall 48" long middle surface : 24" from the wall  36" long  total unit from width length hight : hight  22" width 24" from the wall length 48" along the wall Now what I am not shear of is how to support it so it doe sent brake under weight. I am going to have  32 inch lcd tv on the left side and a ps3 one the right side ps2 in the middle  id like to have one or two shelves on the middle then a bottom but im also not shear if i should duble the mdf for one  surface one MDF board will be 3/4x24"x48" so im not shear if thats thick enuff for what i want also Sorry for the bad spelling and not knowing how to word this question im not good with english.

Question by devilinops   |  last reply


I have a 3 way switch in the wall with no electric and can't figure where it goes?

I am stuck. I have two three way switches in a box. I think one went to a un-used outside light, but I can not find the other switch any place. The same it true of the other switch, also a three way. I don't know where it runs to. There are no additional switches in the house and no other lights they could go to that are not already operable by a switch. I have a unused 3 way wire in a box and after trial and error discovered that 3 way wire does not go to these switches, or for that matter any place in the house. Help... Thanks...

Question by M.G1   |  last reply


Is there any reason you can't keep a small floor safe on its back or side permanently?

I have a small fire safe that I want to secure, but the anchor hole is on the bottom and I have no way to secure it to the floor (apartment). I do have a way to anchor it to the wall, however.  Is there any reason I couldn't leave it permanently laying on its side or back, rather than upright like normal? Might be a stupid question, but I don't want to risk damage to an expensive unit. Thanks.

Question by El Mano   |  last reply


Window AC in a RV....

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 the main ac was inoperable.  I do not care to get it repaired.  I have installed a window ac, but,  can anyone tell me what is the proper way to insulate or proper insulation to use for the inside....Thank you, Thank you in advance :)

Question by sandy-g   |  last reply


best way to cut PET plastic bottles? #1 recycle triangle Answered

I want to improve the usb,wall warts,,technical cord storage trick that i think i saw here.they were using a toilet paper  tube.  i noticed that a lot of smaller Gatorade type PET bottles would work nice, since they are clear, and stronger.  i used scissors to cut some and get ragged edges, which i could fix, but i was wondering if a hot wire,like a styro? foam shaper would work better ? with the plus of smooth edges 

Question by escapefromyonkers   |  last reply


Long term experiment - Transplanting lichen.

  Lichens are fascinating things.  They are a symbiotic association between a fungus and an algae and can be found growing just about anywhere if you look.  However the varieties which will thrive in a specific area are determined by the air quality as certain pollutants will kill certain lichens.  You will find the cleaner the air, the more species of lichen you will find. I picked up the lichen-rich rock in the picture from the lower slopes of Pen-Y-Ghent in Yorkshire (UK) and took it back to where I live in the Cotswolds - A rural area in Gloucestershire and around 200 miles south of the rock's 'home'.  It now resides at the top of a dry-stone wall bordering our drive. I intend to photograph this rock every six months to see which lichens thrive and which decline and whether any transfer across to the surrounding limestone of the wall.  The first photos were taken in early August.  One photo shows the lichens already established on our wall which has been there 16 years.  I'll update this topic with new pics in Feb 2012.

Topic by AndyGadget   |  last reply


Can you drill dowels on an angle into 2x4's to use as shoe rack?

I have a 30" wide wall area  in my closet. I've been searching for weeks to find the right racks/shelves to use as heels/shoe/cowgirl boot storage. I'd Like to nail finished wood (2x4's?) tho the whole wall after drilling/gluing different diameter/length dowels into them but not sure the (less than) 2" will be deep enough to hold some weight and how do determine which degree angles will work best. I'm an amateur but have every tool needed, so I'm game for all suggestions! Thanks

Question by DELETED_coco_baby   |  last reply


How to Power an AC device using DC- from an outlet

I have a heating pad (Sunbeam, the kind of pad used for muscle aches etc.) that plugs into the wall (110v AC). It says on the pad that it draws 42watts. For various reasons, I'd like to have the heat generated by a DC source rather than AC.I'm thinking maybe there is a way for me to plug some kind of converter into the wall (AC to DC) and then plug the heating pad into this which will still result in heat. I have no idea if this is possible. The pad has a switch for three different heat settings.Can I do this? How?Thanks for any suggestions!

Topic by UpsidedownRightSideup   |  last reply


I want to make a free-standing frame for a TRX/gymastics rings type system.

I don't think I can drill holes into my walls in my apartment to attach them to, so I thought a free-standing frame would be a good solution, but I can't find plans or prototypes anywhere! Ideas? I would be open to other ideas that didn't involve a frame, as long as they didn't require me to drill holes into walls or rely on possibly unstable studs in an old building.  I'd like something that wasn't in a door frame, but if its easy to use and put up and take down, I'm in. 

Question by jacobshowalter   |  last reply


Night light

I am looking for a brighter than 4w (incandescent) nightlight to plug into wall outlets in my hallway. I have tried a couple LED from Walmart and they are way to dim. Does anyone have instructions for one or a recommendation for a store-bought one.

Topic by foxwoodfarm   |  last reply


Does anyone have a design for a ball cap display rack ?

I have 12 or more baseball type caps which i want to display in a way that the front panels are visible.  When hanging on a wall

Question by jay oliver   |  last reply


Safety Shutoff Bumper on Electric Wheelchair

Friend has Parkinsons.  I'm setting him up with electric wheelchair. Best if he doesnt run it through walls, or run over anyone. need electric shutoff on bumper front and back. How, exactly? and. Go.

Topic by Toga_Dan   |  last reply


Would bed pillows make good insulation for a roof?

I'm planning an earthbag house, and with its vertical walls, I need a roof. I'm going as cheap as possible, and I wondered if this would serve as a solution? I can get pillows from Walmart for about $5 a piece.

Question by jeniferchurch   |  last reply


How to switch from AC power to battery power

I am putting my christmas tree on the ceiling this year. But I want to make it rotate. The only problem is to get the lights to come on I have to plug it into the wall. How would I switch the tree from using ac power to battery power?

Question by viv664   |  last reply


Using epoxy on live edge

So I'll be making a hanging wall plaque that will have pictures epoxied in the center of a split live edge wood piece. I have a couple questions. I'm assuming you stain the wood before the pour correct? What grain do you start sanding at? What do you stop at? Any help would be thanked!!

Question by Ol dad 


water is leaking from the shut off valve of my toilet, how do I fix this?

I just noticed that water is leaking from the pipe that connects from the back of the toilet to the wall. right above the knob where you shut off the water.    I don't even know how to begin to repair this, any suggestions?

Question by misshandy   |  last reply


What do you call the threaded pipe that a shower head attaches to? Answered

I need to know what to call the piece of threaded  pipe that comes out of the shower wall a little above head height.  It's the pipe that I screw the shower head onto.    This has got to be an easy question for someone here.

Question by mole1   |  last reply


line-x price? Answered

I had an idea for a house building process involving the use of line-x, however, i cannot find it's price anywhere, so i would like to know how much does it cost to apply a layer of it on a wall per m2. Also, does it take any special equipment to apply it or just any spray paint gun?

Question by tgferreira184   |  last reply


I accidentally poked small hole in freezer cooling line, can I patch it with flex seal or something like it?

Was de-icing my haier mini fridge, when I accidentally punctured a tiny hole in  freezer wall cooling line, it hissed for like 2 seconds. Is it safe to plug back in? and can I patch the hole?

Question by brandon.salinas.319   |  last reply


Converting a .dwg into a .stl for 3D printing a house design (Converting to watertight mesh/ 3d volume)

Hey you guys,I am hoping to use the powers of a crowd to find a quick answer to my problem. I have the architectural Design (.dwg) of a given house (simple model for comparison attached). I need to convert this into a .stl file, preferrably using Fusion360 or Autocad. (newest Version)I understand that the type of the walls and roof is not a 3D volumetric type or a watertight mesh, so the question is how to get there. (Also: of what type of "structure" are these walls - I mean .. they are 3D?)I am an electronics engineer by training, so my CAD knowledge is rather restricted to PCB design. I would be pleased if you can help me out with this, so I can get back to those PCB's :)Thank you guys a lot!lusch

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What's the best way to move a toilet that is installed on a cement slab foundation? ?

I've remodeled my basement.  There is an existing toilet installed on the cement slab foundation in an awkward location along the wall and I would like to move it.  I only need it to move about 12" along the wall.   The 2 options I'm considering are (1) cut into the cement and extend the pipes with appropriate angle for drainage yada-yada-yada, or (2) raise the toilet and run the pipes below the platform but above the slab.  Just as a note here, there's no way I'm going to just have the toilet be raised like a throne by itself :-)  The bathroom is small so raising the whole floor isn't out of the question,  My question is at least 2 fold.  Is there a better way to do this without sacrificing the aesthetic of my new space?  If these are my best options can anyone provide some details around the best way to move it in the slab? Thanks!

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I need to create a mold from a piece of plastic that is roughly 24"x8".

     I want to make a mold of a piece of colored plastic, the problem is the plastic is thin walled and fragile. I was wondering what the best mold material would be for it. I need to preserve the original so a gentle process would be the best. Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance.

Question by rashielx   |  last reply


Convert antique fireplace to simulated.?

I have a wall-mounted porcelain coal fireplace from a French chateau.  It has isinglass windows, so is amenable to diffused light. BUT, all the electric simulators are too wide to fit.  I tried using candles, BAD idea. Then I tried flickering Christmas lights, too constant and not enough color variation. Any ideas? Thank you! -D

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Cargo Shipping Container (steel) 8' x 8' x 20' I would like to convert to living quarters. Any info on the conversion?

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. 

Question by garrison111   |  last reply