How to Build a Strong, Attractive Good-Neighbor Fence

Goals: No gaps between boards Strong, sturdy Inexpensive Looks good on both sides Simple to build Long-lasting Materials Steel fence post Wood fence boards (store these indoors or in the shade as they warp easily) Pressure treated 2x4x8 Star / Torx Screws (these screws don’t strip as easily as Philips screws) Twisted line Line level […]

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How to Use a Ratchet Strap

Hook both ends of the ratchet strap to something. Fold the ratchet as shown in the picture below. Then insert the open end of the other strap “through” the ratchet cylinder.

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Strongest Epoxy: JB Weld – Original

Here’s an interesting video comparing the bond strengths of various epoxies. Overall, the JB Weld – Original wins the test. Don’t get JB Weld – KwikWeld or ExtremeHeat as they are weak.

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Easily Move Furniture and Carry Heavy or Large Objects

Slide Furniture on Carpet SuperSliders 4724095N Place these large 9-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ sliders under your furniture and easily slide your furniture over carpet. $10 for a pack of 4 sliders on Amazon

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Creating House Floor Plans in 2D and 3D

If you need to only create 2d house floor plans, I personally have found Lucidchart to be easy to learn and intuitive to use. If you need to create 3d house floor plans, I have found Live Home 3D to offer the best features for the price. At $10 (on sale), you can easily create […]

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Easily Tighten a Rope Without a Knot

When you need to tighten a rope to hold something in place, e.g. a tent, cargo in a pickup truck, a leaning tree, bed sheets, etc, you might think you’ll need to tie a knot. Not only is it difficult to tie a knot without losing tension in the rope, it’s a hassle and often […]

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How to Finish Wood With a Protective Coat

I recently worked on a project to replace my stair’s handrails. I bought the unfinished handrails at Home Depot and then stained them easily as follows. Applying Wood Stain Using a brush, applied one coat of Minwax Pre-stain Conditioner Using a brush, applied one coat Minwax Stain (Gunstock color). While the stain was wet, I […]

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How to Enlarge a Hole in a Wall

The other day I was drilling a hole in a wall to run a 3-prong extension cord through. I thought a 1 inch spade bit would do to create 1 inch diameter hole. Unfortunately, the plug end of the cord was still too big to fit through the hole. I couldn’t enlarge the hole using […]

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Battery Charger / Power Supply (Voltage, Amperage) Requirements for Phones, Laptops, Etc

When looking to buy a battery charger or power adapter for a device such as a phone or laptop, you may be unsure whether the one you buy will be sufficient or even blow up your device. Here are basic guidelines to keep in mind. INPUT VOLTAGE TO CHARGER The input voltage from the outlet […]

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Kitchen Remodel Project

Preparation and Dust Management Covered floors with plastic. Put up plastic walls. Demolition Removed existing kitchen cabinets, wall, popcorn ceiling Wall Removal Removed a load-bearing wall by building two temporary walls, and installing a 10’ long 6”x12” special engineered wood beam and two 4”x6” posts. This opens the kitchen up to the dining room. Custom-Built […]

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