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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Battery Voltage and Capacity

Following are typical alkaline battery specs. Battery Type Voltage Capacity (mAh) Typical Drain (mA) Typical Battery Life (h) D 1.5 13000 200 13000/200 = 65 hours C 1.5 6000 100 6000/100 = 60 hours AA 1.5 2400 50 2400/50 = 48 hours AAA 1.5 1000 10 1000/10 = 100 hours 9 Volt 9 500 15 […]

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Picking a Security Camera

I don’t like monthly fees so when home security companies offered their services to me, I quickly said no. Instead, I bought a security camera. Now I have 3 brands of security cameras and they all have their pros and cons. If you’re in the market for a security camera, I think any one of […]

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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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Sound Insulation in Residential Walls

There will always come a time when you wish the noise outside your room in your home could go away and that the sound that you are making, e.g. from playing music to watching a movie, could not be heard by people in other rooms. There is a unit of measure called STC (Sound Transmission […]

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Home Improvement Tool Tips

Cutting curves in ceramic tile, plywood, and plexiglass / acrylic Cutting straight lines in ceramic tile is easy with a tile saw. But cutting curves, e.g. for toilet drains, can be tricky. Diamond hole saws are expensive. Instead, use a rotary tool (e.g. Dremel) with either a tile cutting bit or a tile cutting wheel.  […]

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