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Touch lamp problems
Personally, I think touch lamps are one of the dumber uses of technology
to appear on this planet but that is just my opinion :-).
These are susceptible to damage from voltage surges or just plain old
Have a problem with a door that will not lock or latch properly? These
difficulties fall into two general categories: those related to the lock set or
and those related to the door's frame and latch assembly.
If the lock mechanism is broken
If the key turns but does not
Has it been more than a month since you ventured into your furnace's filter
area? Then it's probably time to clean or replace this dust and dirt catcher
to prevent you from sneezing your way into winter mornings. A clean filter
maximizes your furnace's efficiency and longevity-- and minimizes
When a window air conditioner cools poorly, it doesn't necessarily mean you're
in for an expensive trip to the repair shop. It could be the machine just
needs a good cleaning and some tender care.
Remove the front grill. Pry it off with a putty knife if it's held by clips, or
The next time someone turns on the hair dryer, microwave and toaster oven all
at once and sends your house's circuits into a tizzy, be prepared. If you
live in an older home with electrical circuits protected by fuses, keep
replacements on hand.
Identify and test a blown fuse
You can make an inexpensive anti-fog glass spray to keep your bathroom mirrors
and the inside of your car's windshield fog-free. This solution keeps
from collecting on these surfaces.
Pour 2 ounces of white vinegar in a medium sized bowl.
Add 1 quart hot
I would say it is but I will check and see.
Always follow your water heater instructions for your particular Brand
as I do not have a Gas Water Heater.
Lets here for those who do.
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I thought it seemed wrong.
The Earth prong out here is flat but wider than the others but this is
on a 15 amp outlet.
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Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 2:31 PM
Measuring your roof's pitch isn't as daunting as you might think. The pitch, or
slope, of a roof is expressed as the distance a roof rises vertically over
a 12-inch horizontal distance. So a roof that rises 6 inches vertically for
every 12 inches horizontally has a 6/12 pitch.
When is a hang-up good? When it's a secure rod or pole to hang your clothes on.
Here's how to make sure those clothes and what they're hanging from stay
Decide how much weight you'll need this closet rod to support. Your choices may
be anything from a simple tension rod for
Constructing a deck will be much easier once you are familiar with the correct
terms for the various elements of a deck. Though there are some differences
between attached decks and freestanding decks, for the most part the following
elements remain the same.
Can you tell me is this is a Chain Saw or a Table Saw.
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There are two types of sensors designed to detect motion in a room of a home -
a passive infrared sensor (PIR) and a dual-technology sensor, which includes
passive infrared and microwave. Budget considerations will influence your
Selecting the Sensor
Survey your home
It's easy to add a new style of trim to a door. The job won't take long once
you get the hang of it.
Choose the style of door trim - there are many available. Check photos from the
Internet or magazines, or at home improvement centers and lumberyards (the
To put the finishing touches on interior window trim, you need only a few tools
- but also a plan. There are several styles to pick from; we'll take a look
at the most popular.
Choose the style of window trim - there are many available. Check photos from
It's bound to happen eventually: If you work with tools long enough, they will
break, especially if you push them to the limit. Broken handles on shovels,
rakes and hoes are easy to replace.
Purchase a new hardwood handle to replace the broken one. Ash is a very strong
Anyone who lives in snow country knows that the snowblower is one of the most
time- (and back-) saving inventions of all time.
Decide which of the two types of snowblowers you need. A single-stage blower
whirls the auger at high speed. A two-stage blower with a slower-moving
Fertilizing or applying pesticides can be done with a pressurized sprayer.
Sprayers come in either plastic or metal, and in a wide range of sizes; some
backpack sprayers have a pump handle so you can keep up the pressure inside the
tank without having to take off the backpack. Here's how to
Choosing the right lawn mower can simplify lawn mowing and keep the grass
looking healthy. Compare features and cost, but also be sure you understand what
type of mower is best for your yard.
Compare weight, power, cost, safety features, ease of starting, handling and
Choosing the ideal place for a swimming pool or vegetable garden requires an
understanding of your property's solar orientation ' you'll need to know where
the shade and sun will be all year.
Observe the shadow cast by your house and other significant structures on the
Pressure washing is a great way to clean the grunge and grime from concrete
driveways, pathways and patios. By using a pressure washer properly, you'll
eliminate ugly oil stains and the danger that someone will slip on slick dirt
Assess your project and develop a plan
I will correct this tonight and resend.
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Subject: Re: [BlindHandyMan] How to Buy a
After you set the posts in place, you are ready to install the beam. The beam
runs parallel to the ledger board to hold the joists in place.
Buy or build a beam of length suitable to the width to be spanned. 2-by-4s can
be nailed together with plywood spaces to make the width of
Joist hangers, metal fasteners that attach joists to ledger boards, are
inexpensive and can save you time when you're building your deck.
Mark where each joist will be placed on the ledger board, starting at the
outside corner. (Joists should be spaced on 16-inch
For people without a garage or basement to store their garden necessities, a
prefabricated shed can be a lifesaver. Sheds and shed kits for every budget
are available at home and garden centers, and online at sites such as
Gardensheds.com. Choose a size and material that works with your
Compost is nothing more than decomposed plant material, so you don't need a
fancy bin to make your own compost. You can create compost in a heap on the
ground, but most gardeners think that containing your compost pile makes it
look tidier. Here's how to make compost in a recycled garbage
If you cut Styrofoam incorrectly, the plastic foam may crumble or break in the
wrong spots. Try these cutting methods the next time you work with a piece
Use a waxed serrated knife, saw, floral knife or other craft knife to cut
Styrofoam sheets and shapes. Draw the
GMC LSTSAW Laser Tile Cutting Saw
So you've made more than a hundred woodworking projects, spent endless
hours in the workshop, and now its time to renovate the bathroom,
kitchen or laundry
area and your significant other wants you to do it!
Tiling may not be your specialty, but if you
On Behalf Of Boyce, Ray
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:09 PM
Subject: [BlindHandyMan] How to Make a Compost Bin from a Garbage Can
Compost is nothing
Laying paving stones in concrete gives them a permanence not found with sand or
gravel bases. This is the preferred base for close-fitting paving stones
arranged in specific patterns.
Remove turf and topsoil to a depth of the stone plus 2 inches. If you plan to
park cars on the
Fit should be the main consideration when buying a new bike. After all, even
the most expensive bike won't seem that great if it's too big or too small.
Measure your inseam. This is best done barefoot. Stand against the wall and put
a book between you legs so it pressed right up
A bowling ball is a very sturdy item and, with simple care, it can last you for
a lifetime. Upgrade your ball as technology improves them, or as your technique
Store and transport your ball in a proper bowling ball bag.
Avoid dropping your ball (mostly for
Manure tea works like a power shake for plants, helping them grow stronger and
more productive and, evidence suggests, holding diseases at bay. It's a snap
to make. And not to worry: if you use well-cured manure there's no unpleasant
Fill a metal bucket one-third full of
Extensive remodeling of a dwelling can be costly, but a few simple steps and
modifications can economically enhance wheelchair accessibility.
Remove loose carpets or rugs.
Change doorknobs to lever-type handles.
Replace narrow doors with pocket
Crash! Your heirloom vase just took a dive and is now resting in pieces. The
end. Or is it just the beginning? With a folk craft known as pique assiette,
or shard art, you can give the pieces new life as a mosaic picture frame,
flowerpot, tabletop or whatever you can dream up.
Spending a little time each fall performing some maintenance and repair--along
with a good cleaning--will keep your chairs looking good for years to come.
Installing a vinyl chair strap
Turn the chair upside down. If the damaged straps are held on by metal screws,
A roller consists of a handle, a cage and a roller cover, also known as a
sleeve. Here's how to pick a quality paint roller for the job.
Choose a handle made of steel and equipped with a plastic grip that is threaded
to accommodate an extension pole.
Be sure the cage
Treat a leaking roof as an emergency, because it can wreak havoc in your house
in a very short time. Attend to any signs of a roof leak, such as water entry,
stains or mold, immediately to limit damage. Locate the leak from inside and
then take steps to control the damage until you can have a
Maintaining your pool is easiest when your chemical treatment program and your
filtration system work together. Here are the basics.
Maintaining Your Pool
Sanitize your pool with a stabilized chlorine product to provide protection
These generally come in
By selecting the rights plants in the landscape near your swimming pool, you
will assure safety for pool users and minimize pool maintenance. Here are some
Consider container plants, which are easy to tend, replace and rearrange. One
additional advantage: Frost-sensitive
There are 3 Reviews here so please Read to the End
While the engineering behind the design of the Hitachi C 12RSH was undoubtedly
challenging, the result for the user is surprisingly simple. All SCMS have
a knob that locks the saw's power head on its guide rails. The Hitachi C 12RSH
Cleaning Oil Spots from a Driveway or Garage floor
A big oil spot in the middle of your driveway can make the most meticulously
maintained home look dingy. Whether a leak from your car or someone else's
created that mark on your concrete driveway, garage floor or sidewalk, it can
Once installed, a shower door requires little maintenance other than
frequent cleaning and occasionally tightening a screw. You can easily
take care of the few problems that may arise.
Cleaning a shower door
To minimize soap-scum buildup, use a squeegee after you shower to
When it is time to replace your factory shocks, you may want to consider
replacing the stock shock absorbers with sport or adjustable shock absorbers.
Consider how your car rides. If you have worn-out shocks, your car will
experience the following: excessive rebound or float,
Put a Weed Mat under your Deck
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Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 12:22 PM
Subject: Re: [BlindHandyMan] Weed Killers
So, what do I use
I bought the 300dd you do not need sight because the set up arms grab
the drill in the set up port and as long as you have the drill pushed in
and turn it to lock then it is in the correct position to tighten the
chuck before removing
You then put it into the cutting port and turn it to the
I am going to sharpen my masonry bits later on today I will let you know
whether it is successful or I have destroyed my machine.
There is one in particular needs my attention because it hit some
reinforcing mesh in the cement when I was locking down the frame I made
for my air
Sure will let you know how it goes, he wants all the old rails for fire
wood for next Winter that saves me cutting them up and dumping them.
I bought 2,000 tex screws will not need all of these but I have a
project in mind and the left over screws will come in handy for this,
With my tex
I think I might train one of these bloody kangaroos as a Handy Man
Helper for they have a Pouch where you could keep tools and screws
while doing your handy man jobs .
They move so quickly that you could say hop back to my shed and get me
the saw etc
The only thing is if you upset them
Generally you carry items in Case something happens.
You may never need anything at all.
But they are there as a safe guard.
For example when we went to Queensland between Towns there was nothing
for sometimes 600 to 700 kilometres if you had a problem out there then
if you did not
Very good advice the preparation before a trip is crucial, for as much
trouble free motoring as possible and having spares on hand helps.
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An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is the most effective way to protect your
computer hardware and documents from power fluctuations. It also lets you
continue to work during brief power failures.
If you have a limited budget, choose a standby (also called off-line) UPS
Check this Web Site Out
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EXPANSION - CONTRACTION JOINT FILLERS
ASPHALT, FIBRE, CERAMAR FLEXIBLE FOAM, SPONGE RUBBER,
CORK and SELF-EXPANDING CORK
MINIMIZE STRESS DAMAGE AND ENHANCE THE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITIES OF CONCRETE
WITH PROPER JOINTING TECHINQUES TO ACCOMODATE EXPANSION-CONTRACTION CYCLES.
If a crack appears overnight in your previously intact brick house,
don't panic. It is not the first step in the total disintegration of
your whole home.
Most cracks require cosmetic treatment only. The majority are not
indications of grave structural damage. Remedies can
How to Buy a Chain Saw
If you own land, a chain saw can be a great time and money saver. Instead of
using an ax or calling in a landscaper to remove broken tree limbs, bring down
dead trees, or cut firewood -- you can do it yourself.
If you need a chain saw only once, consider a rental. Most
How to Choose the Right Hinge
A hinge consists of two wings held together with a pin called a pivot pin. Some
are made for either right- or left-handed openings, while others are
for one or the other. Hinges can be recessed by sinking them in a mortise.
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Subject: Canadian Home Workshop Newsletter - September 2006
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Although dogs make great pets, there are many
times when wild populations or dogs left to run loose
can present problems. This article will address some
of these problems and offer solutions to these problems.
The devices listed can be used for both wild dogs,
roaming dogs and
: [BlindHandyMan] Neighbor's Pets
Thanks again..Do I buy some of this stuff at a pet store or hardware
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FIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE STICK WELDING
Shellfish can make you a better welder. Simply think about CLAMS:
Current setting, Length of arc, Angle of electrode, Manipulation of the
Speed of travel. If you're just learning the Stick process, technically
called Shielded Metal Arc Welding,
UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF GREASE
Since lubricating oil can oxidize, so can the base oil in grease. When the
grease oxidizes, it usually darkens; there is a build-up of acidic oxidation
products, just as in other lubrications. These products can have a destructive
effect on the
Wood-plastic composites, often used for such things as outdoor decking,
are one of the fastest growing components of the wood composites
projections have suggested that these products, which were used for less
than 1 percent of decking in the mid-1990s, may capture 20 percent of
Wagner MMC220 Digital Moisture Meter
Ever built a project out of wood and found out later that nothing really
stayed square, you found cracks or checks in the timber used or
warped not long after you completed it?
Perhaps you were using lumber that was too wet, i.e. it
This may get a little long, but I want to share with you some of the things I
learned in my locomotive days. I worked with the engineers for Sulzer, a Swiss
manufacturer of diesel engines, with Mobil and with a couple of filter
companies, one of which made most of the house brand
Some of today's most modern car engines can reach 100,000 miles before
their first scheduled tune-up. Unfortunately, there is no 100,000 mile
to protect them. After a few thousand miles or kilometers of service,
virtually every commercial motor oil becomes contaminated with
Ever come across a need to sand something and your regular assortment of
power sanders just aren't the right tool for the job? If so, then you
keen to check out the Blow Fly sanding attachment.
Designed by the same individual who came up with the
kit for drill presses
Please see details of this Talking Tape Measure.
A 16 foot standard metal tape measure that announces the measured length
with an accuracy of .06 of an inch. Just turn it on and pull it out to
of the object or distance being measured, and the distance will be
Answer: Goo Gone works great on removing adhesives left behind by
stickers, store stickers, gum, etc. It is found in Sears Hardware Stores
and other department
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Making your own simple and effective products is fun
and economical. We think you will be happily surprised
with the results.
Most commercial air fresheners do not freshen the air
at all. Instead, they mask one odor with another, coat
your nasal passages with an undetectable
Either use a pair of inside callipers and then transfer this measurement
to a pair of outside callipers.
Or place a piece of thin rubber or vinyl over the hole to be measured
and with a ball pane hammer place the ball end over the rubber or vinyl
and hit this with another hammer thus making a
A successful do-it-yourself project starts with good wood. At first you may
think there's a secret lumberyard code when you confront the many types and
dimensions of wood. But once you take time to learn how the industry assigns
grades and determines sizes, it's easy to choose and order the
There's staggering variety of ceramic tile available - how do you decide what's
right for you? Here are some guidelines to follow.
* STEP 1: Be sure that the tile you're looking at is suitable for your
application. Some rugged tiles can be installed outdoors
GMC Hobby Tool Kit
Whether you dabble in woodwork, electronics, home renovation, general craft, or
any other hobby, GMC's Hobby Tool Kit has something you might need. Let's
take a look at the package and discover what it contains and whether it offers
value for money or
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A clogged gutter is like having no gutter at all. Gutters should be kept
free of leaves and other debris so they don't clog and overflow and
to the exterior of your home as well as to the foundation.
To avoid these problems a homeowner must make sure to clean gutters and
Washer Drive Systems
Belts, Couplers, Clutches
Many domestic clothes washers today still use a drive belt of one type
or another, and these LOOK like common 'V-belts' that can be bought at
But: They're NOT! Be aware that most of these belts also serve as the
How to Add Years of Life to Your
Refrigerator's Door Seals
Here's a simple trick that will most likely prevent your ever having to
replace either of your
refrigerator's door seals. It becomes even more valuable if you own one
of the newer models whose seals are no longer attached with
Yes you will need some sighted help for this.
If you're like me, you have 5 or 6 remote controls that wander
all around your living room. We're even seeing them used
in major appliances, air conditioners being the most common so far.
When one of them stops working, here's a simple way to
Building: What Is Concrete?
Concrete for building is made by binding together, with cement and water,
particles of fine aggregate and coarse aggregate. Fine aggregate is usually
the particles of which are less than 3/16 in. diameter, but it may consist of
fine particles of crushed
Building Plastering - Mixing Surface Preparation
To mix cement plaster, the cement, with or without 10% of lime, should be mixed
thoroughly with sand until the colour is uniform. The water is then added
gradually while mixing continues and until the required consistency is obtained
Plaster Work - Methods, Materials Techniques
This process and the provision of additives during manufacture, determine the
type and grade of building plaster, which have different setting and hardening
times. Different types and grades are usually sold under brand names. To
In traditional building construction if you built in a climate where the
ground freezes you had to make sure the foundation of the building was
is called the frost line to prevent frost damage to the foundation. In
many climates, this meant building an entire basement under the
Tools - Buying Old Saws
There's an old saying that goes, Never trust a used car salesman. The
same can probably be said about anybody who sells anything that has been
owned. Let's face it, most owners don't really take care of their toys
and if they've given them up or chucked
Smith-Kettlewell Soldering Series: Part 7
SK Technical Files
Smith-Kettlewell Soldering Series Part 7
Table of Contents
Soldering III: Tinning Stranded Wire
Soldering IV: Popular RF Connectors
Soldering V: RCA and
The first step in setting up a workshop is establishing your needs. A
suitable location for the workshop
must be determined. Workshops can be located in the home or garage, but
ideally the basement or garage
are very suitable locations. You should plan for future expansion prior
How long does microwave energy hang around?
You have probably been warned by your mother: Wait a few seconds (or minutes)
after the beep for all the microwaves to disappear. There is no scientific
basis for such a recommendation. Once the beep has sounded (or the door has
opened), it is safe.
Do you mean all the E-mails you send are not really you, and that a
person saying it is you is sending these what a let down.
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Triton (TBD1500) Belt and Disc Sander
The Triton company has always been known as a company which produces
quality and innovative tools. When the company came under the grasp of
giant, Global Machinery Company, many woodworkers wondered whether the
Triton name and
French Polishing is the name given to the process
of coating wood with a solution of shellac
dissolved in alcohol, using a rubber made of rag
and cotton wool instead of with a brush. The
alcohol evaporates, leaving the shellac deposited
upon the wood. When applied correctly it
Rubbing Out A Finish
What makes the difference between a good finish and a great finish?
Rubbing out the finish. From the second you start rubbing the finish,
you start to improve
the surface tremendously.
The main objectives are to remove any small dust nibs that have gotten
trapped in the
Well it would depend on what you are trying to screw together but here
is a screw guide taken off our Blind Handy Man Files area.
Screw Comparison Guide.
Use this Screw Comparison Chart to help choose the right screw that best
fits your application. Compare Screw Heads, Screw Threads and
Thank you for the complement I do go to a lot of trouble in finding
interesting articles and then editing them so they read ok with our
We have on our blind handy man files area thanks to Dave an ever
growing reference library of some interesting articles on many
There are some light probes available at Please see url below
The cheapest is about $24
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Prevent Home Electrical Fires
Electrical problems are the cause of more than 40,000 home fires in the
United States each year. On average, these fires claim close to 350
1,400 and result in $700 million in damages according to the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission. Arc
Working with Copper Pipe
It's probably safe to say that copper water lines are in the majority of
American homes and for good reasons. Copper is relatively easy to work
is accepted by plumbing codes, does not impart any objectionable odors
or flavors to water, and it resists
Working with Steel Pipe
Chances are if your home is more than 30 years old, you have some steel
piping. This steel piping may be for plumbing supply lines or a gas
The material of choice for plumbing these days, however, is plastic or
copper. Copper, either rigid or
One alternative, plastic-composite trim, is manufactured from a
combination of recycled wood fiber and plastic. A variety of plastics
can be used, such
as high-density polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and styrene. The
use of wood fiber reduces the cost of the
Hammer drills are the most popular homeowner products for light-duty
masonry work and occasional concrete work.
These days hammer drills are available in both the corded and the more
convenient cordless models. Some are dedicated hammer drills; some are
Twist Drill Bits
Twist drill bits are some of the most common shop tools. They're
available in a wide range of sizes, point and twist shapes, and these
days they're not
only available in standard industrial-grade steel, but also in exotic
materials including titanium coated, black oxide
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