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    Plunge cut with circular saw.

    Yep. This is what I concluded from my dry run.
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    Plunge cut with circular saw.

    I did a dry run (i.e. didn't turn saw on) and I think this will not be much or any riskier that using my table saw. If I am smart and careful it is pretty safe. I will update from emergency room if I am wrong.
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    Plunge cut with circular saw.

    Sounds good - thanks.
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    Plunge cut with circular saw.

    I to cut an 18 x 22 opening in a 30 x 36 piece of 3/4 plywood. Rather than burning out my ancient jigsaw, I would like to just make a plunge cut with my circular saw. I figure to loosen the sole plate so it sits flat, lower the blade slowly to full depth, then proceed with the cut. Is that a...
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    I need help fixing my leaking bathroom sink 2 handle faucet

    If the corrosion is so bad that a puller won't work, the only alternative I know is to pry it. Tapping on the top and sides with a rubber mallet can help loosen the corrosion so that the puller or prying are easier. Either that will work or something will break when you pry and need to be replaced.
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    Who is lying about lumens?

    Flyover, thanks for finding that - I appreciate you taking the time - and you are right that he seems highly credible. I especially liked that he addressed why these are still on Amazon. The part I still don't understand is why the return rate isn't high enough to eliminate Amazon's profits.
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    Who is lying about lumens?

    Do you have reason to think the person who produced that video is reliable? I have no doubt there is a range of discrepancy between advertised and actual lumens but I also find it very hard to believe that a flashlight advertised at, say, 1000 lumens would actually deliver less than 100 lumens...
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    Who is lying about lumens?

    Absolutely true but I have used incandescent bulbs for most of my life and they did not indicate output in lumens, so in replacing a fixture I need to covert the 100-watt brightness of a typical incandescent (no doubt there was some variation) to the lumens of an LED. I am on the same page but...
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    I need help fixing my leaking bathroom sink 2 handle faucet

    I only looked at the first few minutes but I would: 1) first apply a little hot vinegar to top of handle - if it fizzes the problem is calcium build up that penetrating oil won't touch; then 2) use the handle puller without trying to pry the handle - why risk marring or a break?
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    Who is lying about lumens?

    Multiple internet sources say a 100 watt incandescent bulb produced 1600 lumens. However, fixtures at Home Depot give a completely different story. For example, one fixture says it is 180 watt equivalent - and says it produces 1378 lumens. I was looking for ceiling mount fixtures for our laundry...
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    some concerns about a concrete footer poured in cold weather

    What does the bag say about temperature limits? Waiting the full 28 day cure is always a good idea even if frequently unnecessary. Here in CA central valley freezing has always been uncommon, and ever rarer now, but I suspect freezing is the only real concern.
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    Sandwich a beam

    The vertical stress on the beam will try to separate the joint at the bottom and compress it at the top. I expect the difference between vertical and diagonal butt joints to be infinitesimal but stronger for the vertical joint because the plywood would have to compress for the beam to bend (the...
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    Best construction adhesive, wood to wood

    If you jack the existing beam back into place before sistering, it will still sag some when you remove the jack support. Jacking a bit beyond original position will reduce that effect.
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    Best construction adhesive, wood to wood

    The stiffness of an I-beam is determined by the height of its web, not its thickness - doesn't matter if that I beam is wood or steel. The existing beam plus thickness of the plywood make up the flange of the I-beam that resists lateral deflection.
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    Vapor Barrier

    Have you asked them why they recommend a vapor barrier? Maybe they just consider it SOP and your personal history suggests it is unnecessary but maybe they are seeing something that needs to be addressed. When I bought my house 32 years ago, I placed plastic sheeting on soil in the crawl space...
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    Should cracked wood siding be replaced?

    That is clearly plywood so the cracks are just on the surface. I had cracking, peeling paint on lead base primer so I didn't want to sand. I did scrape off everything loose (being careful to collect chips). I first used a high-build primer. I put the first coat on with a broad putting knife so...
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    What did you do today?

    Interesting! I suspect this is an instance of no editor bothering to check - and perhaps there being no specific standard. The only places I can think of where 101 might be considered chopped into segments is the sections through downtown San Francisco & Eureka. Those sections certainly have...
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    What did you do today?

    I haven't tried to verify but Wikipedia says US 101 is 1540 miles from Tumwater Washington to LA California. Within CA, US 101 is 808 miles.
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    Terminating wires

    I have enjoyed this more than any other thread since I joined this forum.
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    Brick wall moving away from structure

    Bud, your recommendations make sense only for someone who wants to have confidence the solution will work. As I said, a fix will be tricky at best. If the OP tries and fails, it will be a valuable lesson.
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