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  1. Johnboy555

    tiling, underlayment, subfloor, screw length

    I used 1/4" Hardie board to back up the tile in my daughter's kitchen floor. There were vinyl tiles there before. I used my 1/4" air stapler and a sh#tload of staples to fasten it down. That was 20 years ago and have never had a single crack in the tile. Much cheaper and easier than screws. I...
  2. Johnboy555

    I need a quick tip

    Liquid Nails has a new product called Fuze*It. It goes well beyond normal construction adhesive. I used it for something, (don't remember exactly what it was), and tossed the partially used tube back in the truck. I small glob leaked out. A few days later I noticed it and could not believe the...
  3. Johnboy555

    Power washing a deck or fence?

    The pressure is what does the damage. All of the different tips (most washers come with a number of different tips) have the same "pressure" at the tip, but the spray pattern is different. The wider the "fan" gets the less pressure you get at any specific point. So...the wider fan tips will...
  4. Johnboy555

    Pinhole leak in kitchen faucet

    Both Pfister and Moen have lifetime warranties. Just call customer Support and tell them the problem. As long as you tell them you are the original owner they usually don't argue the little stuff. I had one do the same thing, so it's not unheard of.
  5. Johnboy555

    Recommendations for bedroom door locks

    I have as much as possible used Schlage brand. I have been doing this job for 40+ years.
  6. Johnboy555

    1/6th inch drill bit

    AGGGG.... I am so tired of this cr#p about Ryobi tools being so sub par. Just like a "handyman" is just a sub par professional. I have been a "Professional Handyman" for over 40 years. I have tried most of the tools out there. I've used Dewalt, Bosch, Milwaukee, and Ryobi. The Dewalts...
  7. Johnboy555

    What tool should I buy?

    I've had a Fein multitool for over 30 years and I love it for what it can do. It can do jobs that no other tool can do, but not quickly. It can cut very precisely and with hardly any kickback, which makes for a very safe tool. Asking it to cut a lot of particle board is asking a lot . Have you...
  8. Johnboy555

    Stuck Balancer Andersen 100 Series

    I work with this type of balance all the time. Spray a little silicone on the track at the top and down along the right side of the window (let it run down to the bottom of the balance. Try taking a heavy screwdriver, flat on top of the plastic pert of the balance and using a hammer, lightly try...
  9. Johnboy555

    Outdoor stairs lighting

    Are you sure that's "full disclosure"? You could also be the leader of the Neighborhood Watch. Or a republican. :eek: Just teasing ... I know that you're not on the Neighborhood Watch! :lil guy:
  10. Johnboy555

    Outdoor stairs lighting

    If by any chance you don't want to run the wire ahead of time... If there's sidewalks lay a length of 3/4" PVC extending 6" to 12" beyond the sides of the sidewalk, AND REMEMBER WHERE THEY ARE. You can slip a cap over each end, or even a couple pieces of duct tape, so they don't fill up with...
  11. Johnboy555

    Outdoor stairs lighting

    The idea of running it before you are ready to use it is that you aren't exactly sure where it will be used. If you run it in pipe then you effectively limit where you can splice into it.
  12. Johnboy555

    Outdoor stairs lighting

    If it were me I would run some low voltage wiring when they are landscaping so it can be used for lighting where needed later. Even if you aren't sure what you want yet. That way it can be run under walkways and such. Run a line down each side of the stairs so it will be there when you need...
  13. Johnboy555

    Snow fencing

    I think we've gotten A BIT off track here... Obviously there won't be going to the lake in 4' of snow! The problem is keeping the dog off the lake as it's freezing (so he's not hurt by breaking thru the ice, or getting wet and dirty when the temp is freezing) Also the electronic fence is not a...
  14. Johnboy555

    Snow fencing

    The original question was a temporary way to keep the dog from running out on the ice. Was it not? If your dog can run through 4' of snow a little plastic fence won't slow him down. I may live in So California now, but lived 90% of my life outside of Chicago and have actually waded through 4'...
  15. Johnboy555

    Snow fencing

    I actually assumed that swimmer spe could understand the concept that I laid out. He is so lucky to have you to explain it to him. We all are...
  16. Johnboy555

    Snow fencing

    And that's WAY better than my idea?
  17. Johnboy555

    Snow fencing

    If using the orange plastic, drive in the posts and put 2 about 2 1/2' apart where you want the gate. Attach everything with zip ties to one section. Do the other section, allowing about an extra 6" at the "gate" to overlap. Use the extra to wrap and zip tie to a big dowel, or piece of 1x2. Use...
  18. Johnboy555

    How to Hang Free Float Mantle

    If you glue a 1x4 inside the top you'll have to use a 2x3 to mount to the wall. You'll only have 3 1/4" inside. Unless you want to rip the 2x4 down to size.
  19. Johnboy555

    Garage floor drain

    My guess would be that it runs to a "French drain", a pit full of gravel to drain into the ground. Not designed for constant draining. But, maybe there are some home builders/designers that would have a more knowledgeable input.
  20. Johnboy555

    How to Hang Free Float Mantle

    I would lag bolt a 2X4 into the wall and use trim screws to anchor the mantle.