• Strengthening wood?

    I need to strengthen a 1x1 inch thick square board (3 feet long) for some pretty rigourous contact (I am making wooden "swords" for backyard swordfighting later), and after my last attempt, the wood stayed together really well until it broke after like 7 hours of full contact use. Would varnishing/clear... show more
    I need to strengthen a 1x1 inch thick square board (3 feet long) for some pretty rigourous contact (I am making wooden "swords" for backyard swordfighting later), and after my last attempt, the wood stayed together really well until it broke after like 7 hours of full contact use. Would varnishing/clear coating the wood strengthen it enough to last longer? How do I strengthen this wood?
    6 answers · 3 hours ago
  • Can vomit crack a fiberglass bathtub?

    I vomited in a fiberglass bathtub and didn’t clean it till 5 days later. After rinsing it I noticed stained spider cracks (stress cracks) running all along the bathtub floor. Could the prolonged exposure to the vomit crack the fiberglass? Or maybe the vomit stained pre existing cracks?
    I vomited in a fiberglass bathtub and didn’t clean it till 5 days later. After rinsing it I noticed stained spider cracks (stress cracks) running all along the bathtub floor. Could the prolonged exposure to the vomit crack the fiberglass? Or maybe the vomit stained pre existing cracks?
    7 answers · 2 days ago
  • How can I make a lamp hard to knock over?

    I am doing GCSE DT Resistant Materials and for part of my coursework I need to design a lamp. I would like to know if there is any way of incorporating something (Mighty Mug style) into my lamp to make it difficult to knock over. The Mighty Mug is my inspiration, but it is near impossible to find detailed... show more
    I am doing GCSE DT Resistant Materials and for part of my coursework I need to design a lamp. I would like to know if there is any way of incorporating something (Mighty Mug style) into my lamp to make it difficult to knock over. The Mighty Mug is my inspiration, but it is near impossible to find detailed information on how they did it as it seems to be company policy not to share this information. Can anyone help?
    14 answers · 4 days ago
  • Any way to prove it was a thermal crack?

    Hello, We have double glazed sash windows with wood framing. A crack appeared overnight in the glass in the left corner of the window (only the internal one, the external one is intact). It just literally appeared overnight, I want to stress this again. The landlord wants us to pay it for it, but I think it is a... show more
    Hello, We have double glazed sash windows with wood framing. A crack appeared overnight in the glass in the left corner of the window (only the internal one, the external one is intact). It just literally appeared overnight, I want to stress this again. The landlord wants us to pay it for it, but I think it is a thermal stress crack. Is there any way we can prove this? Thank you so much.
    5 answers · 1 day ago
  • Whats the best way to hang yourself ?

    I want it to be as quick a possible.
    I want it to be as quick a possible.
    14 answers · 5 days ago
  • Toilet wont flush?

    The handle wont go down at all when i try to flush it. When i took off the tank cover, the water level looked fine. No leaks. What do you think it could be and how could I fix it?
    The handle wont go down at all when i try to flush it. When i took off the tank cover, the water level looked fine. No leaks. What do you think it could be and how could I fix it?
    7 answers · 3 days ago
  • How can I safely plug a 2-prong television into a 3-prong outlet?

    Best answer: DO NOT EVER ram a 2 prong plug into a 3 prong socket, this can be extremely dangerous and I have seen damage and fires caused by this . A 3 to 2 prong adapter (razor adapter) usually has a 1 Amp fuse in it which will blow if trying to use it on a TV. The easiest solution would be to cut off the 2 prong plug and fit... show more
    Best answer: DO NOT EVER ram a 2 prong plug into a 3 prong socket, this can be extremely dangerous and I have seen damage and fires caused by this . A 3 to 2 prong adapter (razor adapter) usually has a 1 Amp fuse in it which will blow if trying to use it on a TV. The easiest solution would be to cut off the 2 prong plug and fit a standard 13 Amp plug with a suitable fuse. Also as the origin of the TV is unknown, make sure it is suitable for connecting to the UK 230 Volt supply. ( A 220 - 240 Volts rating will be OK)
    4 answers · 11 hours ago
  • What type of wood/lumber to use for outdoors in the rain?

    I know it sounds stupid since wood comes from trees which are obviously outdoors. But I don't want to mess up since it's a DIY One-Sided Carport Awning. Basically a Carport shade that only has support on one side. I want to make sure that the material will not deteriorate/rot against the elements outside... show more
    I know it sounds stupid since wood comes from trees which are obviously outdoors. But I don't want to mess up since it's a DIY One-Sided Carport Awning. Basically a Carport shade that only has support on one side. I want to make sure that the material will not deteriorate/rot against the elements outside like RAIN. I want it to last a couple years too. I'm planning to purchase 2x4's at Home Depot but I don't know if I need DECKING LUMBER or FRAMING LUMBER Also there's several types like: Pressure Treated Cedar Redwood You can see the link here: http://www.homedepot.com/s/2%2520x%25204... I'm also going to be using some metal slotted angles together with these lumber. As for the roof I'm not sure what material to use yet. I'm thinking of just using plywood but I'm not sure if it's a good idea. Any suggestions highly appreciated. I'm really inexperienced in this so I'd really appreciate anyones help. Thank you in advance
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • Laying ceramic tile on old wood subfloor?

    I ripped up all the existing tile, it was small tiles that I had to chisel up. There is quite a bit of thinset that is bonded to the wood floor and its impossible to get it all up. If I try and chisel it all off I end up ripping up the wood and making it worse. I think the wood sub floor is sitting on another older... show more
    I ripped up all the existing tile, it was small tiles that I had to chisel up. There is quite a bit of thinset that is bonded to the wood floor and its impossible to get it all up. If I try and chisel it all off I end up ripping up the wood and making it worse. I think the wood sub floor is sitting on another older piece of sub floor but i'm not sure. What are my options here? - put cement board over it (do i need to put waterproof membrane?) and then tile it? If I do this the bathroom floor will be slightly higher then the hallway floor. - Can I use self leveler on the wood subfloor and then tile over it? it would probably be the ideal height. - Do I chance ripping up the subfloor and doing cement board and then tile? Am I missing any other options?
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • How do I scale down measurements? Project says 12'x4' panel small model 12in x 4in. 12'x4'start measure 14in.across small model only 4in.?

    Project call for a 12ft x 4 ft panel,but I want to do a small model first 12 inches x 4 inches. I am supposed to start by measuring 14 inches across the 4 feet,but with the small model I only have 4 inches.How do I scale down all the measurements to work with inches instead of feet?
    Project call for a 12ft x 4 ft panel,but I want to do a small model first 12 inches x 4 inches. I am supposed to start by measuring 14 inches across the 4 feet,but with the small model I only have 4 inches.How do I scale down all the measurements to work with inches instead of feet?
    4 answers · 19 hours ago
  • I can keep hearing chirping in my attic, but then I hear some running.?

    Best answer: squirrels. you need to find how they're getting in.

    then prepare a moth ball bomb -- just dump a whole box of them into an open tub and place up there to drive the critters out.

    after that, you close up the whole they're getting in by and hope there isn't a second one you didn't find.
    Best answer: squirrels. you need to find how they're getting in.

    then prepare a moth ball bomb -- just dump a whole box of them into an open tub and place up there to drive the critters out.

    after that, you close up the whole they're getting in by and hope there isn't a second one you didn't find.
    4 answers · 1 day ago
  • Is wood filler as strong as wood?

    Best answer: The two pack versions are as strong or stronger than wood. Once cured, which takes minutes, they can be drilled. planed, sanded and shaped. See link for UK filler.
    Best answer: The two pack versions are as strong or stronger than wood. Once cured, which takes minutes, they can be drilled. planed, sanded and shaped. See link for UK filler.
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Door jamb made of cedar or pine?

    Is it normal for a door jamb to be made of cedar or pine? I was chiseling out a strike plate and smelled the cedar or pine scent from the door jamb. I think it may have been cedar.
    Is it normal for a door jamb to be made of cedar or pine? I was chiseling out a strike plate and smelled the cedar or pine scent from the door jamb. I think it may have been cedar.
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Want to build fire pit with no metal. Looking for advice on my ideas.?

    I have two ideas in mind and wanted to get advice on which is good or if there is any flaws that I may not be considering. 1st: -A layer of sand with a layer of river rock/gravel on top. A ring of garden bricks on the outside. Then a ring of red brick with holes so that I can use rebar to hold them together and... show more
    I have two ideas in mind and wanted to get advice on which is good or if there is any flaws that I may not be considering. 1st: -A layer of sand with a layer of river rock/gravel on top. A ring of garden bricks on the outside. Then a ring of red brick with holes so that I can use rebar to hold them together and anchor them into the ground. Then another ring of red brick in front of those closest to the fire, but freestanding. All sitting on top of the sand and gravel. 2nd: -A layer of sand with a layer of river rock/gravel on top. A ring of garden bricks on the outside. Then a 4 inch ring of river rock/gravel for the height of the pit being held steady with wire mesh. Then a layer of red brick with holes for rebarb as the inner layer closest to the fire. All sitting on top of the sand and gravel. Any thoughts about theses ideas? Any improvements? Any concerns?
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • I m looking at pouring a slab of concrete for a hot tub. It ll be about 27 ft3 (9 x9 x4"). Should I consider doing this by hand?

    Best answer: visit one of the big box hardware stores and seek out the commercial desk == some rebar is advisable and you should have a lip on the pad for getting in and out of the tub=== afix a PVC [ schedule 40 pipe ] underground so your wiring is isolated and away from the tub bathers === all of this will be answered and... show more
    Best answer: visit one of the big box hardware stores and seek out the commercial desk == some rebar is advisable and you should have a lip on the pad for getting in and out of the tub=== afix a PVC [ schedule 40 pipe ] underground so your wiring is isolated and away from the tub bathers === all of this will be answered and supplies pointed out to you at the hardware giants .... ask about a plastic barrier. sand base and rebar so you can have the tub weight properly managed ... I had a spa/tub for over 15 years and did all the stuff above ---- your plan is a good one ..................
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Can a wooden knife cut a steel metal?

    6 answers · 5 days ago