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[#] Sun Sep 11 2011 15:34:40 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Aren't most lawnmowers carbeurated? If so, maybe the carbeurater needs to be cleaned as well.

[#] Sun Sep 11 2011 22:00:58 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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You can build your own water powered pump.


[#] Sun Sep 11 2011 23:17:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've seen that Instructable before. It's really neat, but not the same as what Ford has. The one in the video captures water flowing downward, and uses the flow to grab enough energy to push a portion of that water up a hose to a destination that may be substantially higher than the source of the feed water.

I have a friend who grew up in a house that overlooked a lake that was maybe 30 feet lower than street level, and had a running stream off to one side.
They had a pretty big garden, so being able to get an endless supply of water pumped up from the lake without having to pay for water *or* pumping would have been a big win.

Ram pumps aren't usable for bailing out a flooded basement, though.

[#] Mon Sep 19 2011 11:52:07 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Between a destructive dog, a climbing cat, and a moody 3-year-old boy, my back screen door had taken a beating.

1 new roll of fiberglass screening, 1 spool of rubber screen rope (the black rope that holds the screen in the frame), and 2 metal-mesh bolt-on screen guards, one on either side of the door.

yep.. that ought'a keep them from destroying the screen on my back door.

Stephen D King

[#] Mon Sep 19 2011 12:03:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The rubber screen rope is called "spline" and I've never been able to find it in the right size to fix my screen door.

[#] Wed Sep 21 2011 10:25:12 EDT from saltine @ Uncensored

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Heh you said "spline". Made me think of the first SimCity game..

[#] Tue Sep 27 2011 17:19:16 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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use the one that was there?

[#] Thu Sep 29 2011 09:46:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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*blink* *blink*

Now there's something I hadn't thought of.

It's probably too brittle to take out and use again, but since the screen is already torn, it's worth giving it a try.

[#] Tue Oct 04 2011 21:30:54 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I dunno those things surprisingly strong. I haven't done it that many times, but I never found them to get dry and brittle.
Worst case take it to your local hardware store and say "I need 5 feet of THIS."

[#] Tue Oct 18 2011 17:56:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, it's getting cold out now, so we've got the storm door in anyway :)

[#] Sat Feb 18 2012 19:51:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I intended to replace the fully-enclosed ceiling light in my kitchen with one that has vents so I can put LED's or CFL's in without them overheating.
Instead I came home with a halogen track light, total wattage 200W. Something clearly went wrong.

[#] Mon Feb 20 2012 15:14:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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About halfway through the kitchen project. Lights are all done, about half of the drywall patching is done, and we're about a third of the way through laying down a tile backsplast.

This stuff is making the tile work quite a bit easier:

It's basically a dual-sided adhesive sheet for tile.

[#] Mon Feb 20 2012 20:01:08 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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What assures the double-sides mat stays attached to the wall years from now?

[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 09:09:03 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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We plan to set up an array of anti-gravity rays holding the tiles up against the wall, in order to avoid having them fall down at some later date.

In this photo you can see the completed tilework, along with the mostly-finished lighting.  The second downlight still needs a drywall patch and then they both need sanding and painting, along with the ceiling around the base of the track light.

The previous homeowner installed the counters and the custom maple cabinets, but then did two completely stupid things:

1. He chose ugly square downlights that have spent their years getting dirty and collecting bugs.
2. He overlapped the cabinets with the outlets and switches under the cabinets instead of lowering the boxes.  In one location he actually had to cut half an inch off of a switch plate in order to install it.

That second move is going to cause a lot of trouble because normally when you add tile to a wall you have to bump out the outlets and switches using box extenders the same thickness as the tile.  I've done that before and it works fine, but I can't get the box extenders in because the cabinets are in the way, and I'm not taking them down!  What I will probably do is buy solid oversize plates, cut them down to the exact size of the tile gaps, and grout them into place for a flush mount.

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[#] Tue Feb 21 2012 15:52:35 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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I just never trust the word "permanent" when I see it, two sided tape never seems strong to me.

[#] Sun Feb 26 2012 17:55:56 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I wouldn't exactly call it "two sided tape" ... this stuff is much stronger; it's basically a sheet of very thin fiberglass with the same kind of adhesive that one might use normally with tile. And of course the tile is still grouted the conventional way, so it's all being held together by that as well.

So far I'm quite pleased with the results.

[#] Mon Feb 27 2012 16:58:40 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Came out nice, IG!

[#] Tue Feb 28 2012 00:29:10 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Looks nice :) Enjoy! And you reminded me that I need to contact someone about seeing an apartment...

[#] Mon Mar 05 2012 23:05:29 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Over the weekend I finished spackling, sanding, and repainting the ceiling.
The downlights are so nice looking and I still can't get over how bright the 9.5 watt LED's are. On the other hand, in just two weeks we have already burned out two of the four GU10 50watt halogen bulbs in the main fixture.
I've ordered LED's to replace them.

We also had a large tree taken down, because it kept whispering threats into my ear about falling onto the house. PHotos to follow.

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