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DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 04-09-2009, 11:44 AM
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Posted By gfw
Used tools - how to evaluate?

I'm going to be tiling my bathroom floor. The two power tools I'll need that I don't have are a (wet) tile saw and whatever is the right kind of nail gun to put the floor molding back - so something...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-24-2008, 10:27 AM
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Views: 4,711
Posted By gfw
I don't think there's such a thing as a paint or...

I don't think there's such a thing as a paint or varnish that will truly not be scratched by dog's claws, even on Oak. I would buy the hardest floor varnish I could find (maybe Ronseal Diamond Hard...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-23-2008, 07:20 PM
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Views: 2,092
Posted By gfw
Following up on my own post, a person could...

Following up on my own post, a person could indeed deliberately wire mutually exclusive lights using two 3-way switches, but not without trying :-)

If you only replaced the light, and you know...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-23-2008, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,092
Posted By gfw
Is it possible you've inadverdently created the...

Is it possible you've inadverdently created the effect of a pair of three-way switches, but with the lights on two different paths instead of on the same path which is what you'd do if you were...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-23-2008, 06:58 PM
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Views: 708
Posted By gfw
CFLs affect each other on same circuit?

Modern compact flourescents seem pretty good about getting to full brightness fast. The 100w and 60w (equivalent) spiral ones I've bought this year seem to be pretty much instant on.

But I also...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-23-2008, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,182
Posted By gfw
Ah that makes sense. However my holes aren't...

Ah that makes sense. However my holes aren't very big, and they're in closets, so I'm not planning on retexturing the whole wall, just adding enough to cover up the repair. I'll just use a small...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 05-22-2008, 05:54 PM
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Views: 1,330
Posted By gfw
I'm no expert, but if you're going to texture it,...

I'm no expert, but if you're going to texture it, I would think 100 grit is smooth enough.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-22-2008, 05:51 PM
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Views: 1,182
Posted By gfw
Kirkland. You? I've got about half a 3lb...

Kirkland. You?

I've got about half a 3lb mini-bucket of joint compound, so I'm good for a small project like this.

As far as making it look good - actually I *am* anal, but I'll try to hold...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-21-2008, 10:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,182
Posted By gfw
Drywall repair questions

This is sortof a sequel to my "Drill up inside wall" question from a few days back. I got the cable pulled, but it was a difficult job due to the owner-unfriendly way the attic was constructed. We...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-21-2008, 10:06 PM
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Views: 1,196
Posted By gfw
Cable TV wall jacks. Termination required?

I got my cable pulled, so I've got RG6 for cable and Cat5e for internet. The Cat5e is already outfitted with RJ-45 jacks (to fit Keystone wall plates) but the RG6 has ordinary "male" fittings, so I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-19-2008, 01:31 AM
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Views: 1,166
Posted By gfw
Do I need a new tool?

I need to cut a rectangle out of chipboard that's in a very awkward location.
A total of maybe 4 feet of linear cutting. Would the standard spiral cutting bit on a Dremel do the job, or is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-16-2008, 04:01 PM
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Views: 4,392
Posted By gfw
Would a 3.5 amp Black&Decker corded drill be...

Would a 3.5 amp Black&Decker corded drill be sufficient to power said auger bit? It doesn't need to be a big one - I just need a hole about twice the diameter of coax cable.

Also, what do you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-15-2008, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,779
Posted By gfw
I think I understand. There are two complete...

I think I understand. There are two complete wires entering the box. Each contains an insulated black, an insulated white and a bare. The two black ones go across the switch, so one is hot from...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Flooring 05-15-2008, 02:50 PM
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Views: 4,392
Posted By gfw
Drill up, inside wall with least damage to wall?

I'm trying to run some coax cable from a splitter in the attic (accessible) to a room on the other side of the house. Normally one would just worm over to the top of the appropriate wall, drill a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-15-2008, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,779
Posted By gfw
Neutral vs Ground

In the wall box where I'm working, there is the hot wire, the load wire (goes to chandelier) and two bare wires that are wired together.

The existing switch ties is grounded to those two bare...
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