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  • Does any body make a 300,000 pound snatch strap or rope for pulling a tractor out of the mud?

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  • What are the alternatives to Electric Tape for fixing an exposed wire? What else can I use instead of electric tape to cover the wire safely?

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  • What's the fastest and most effective way to go through and get rid of lots of papers you don't want and need, if you don't have a shredder?

    Hi. I have a huge collection of papers I have collected, since I have lived at my present residence, over the years. You might say I am a pack rat. I have a lot of papers that I have saved and accumulated for over a decade. My family and I want to move, and I need to focus on going through and throwing a lot of these papers out. I have to do this myself- my family and I are planning on moving, and we don't expect to take a lot of stuff with us. I don't have a paper shredder. What's the fastest and most effective way to go through and get rid of lots of papers you don't want and need, if you don't have a paper shredder? I am open to suggestions. Please help- thank you.
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  • I need to move a heavy air compressor down my driveway across the yard to a shed I built, has anyone done this before I don’t have much help?

    Best answer: Can you put it on a skid (pallet), and use pieces of pipe as rollers?
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  • My metal shed door is catching on the concrete entry ramp. What can I use to trim / shave the concrete so that the door no longer catches?

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  • My son is in the washoe county jail infirmary, how do I find out information about him?

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  • I purchased a portable generator and need your help!! Electrical engineers and electricians please answer?

    So I just bought a portable gas generator and it didn’t come with a power cord. I have a 220v 30 amp receptacle in garage that runs off a separate breaker in the panel. In the case of an emergency, I was going to backfeed the generator to that receptacle. I used Romex 10-4 (10 gauge copper, 4 conductors) to hookup the receptacle. The respectable has two hot, one neutral, and no ground. So I grounded the Romex in the panel and also screwed the other end onto the box where the receptacle goes. Now, the old generator power cord has a male end with three prongs. Two for hot and one neutral. However, the new generator that I have will only take l14-30 plug with has four prongs (two hot, one neutral, and one ground). So I was going to pickup a l14-30 plug from homedepot and cut the old plug off with cord and put the new one on. However, the old cord only has three wires. Two hot and neutral. Therefore the new plug I will put on will have no ground wire attached. Please let me know your advice if I can still use the cord and just have the plug with no ground wire attached to it. I don’t think the whole circuit is grounded at all because at the box in the garage the ground wire is just attached to a screw in the box and not actually to the device it powers.
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  • Allergic to dust but have to clear attic?

    Best answer: Face mask and disposable bunny suit?
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  • Urgent problem with my toilet!?

    Best answer: Use your hand to reach down the toilet and as far into the U-bend as you can.

    Seriously: as long as you have no bad cuts or open sores your skin will protect you and can be washed thoroughly afterwards. Even domestic bleach isn't a problem if it's diluted in a load of toilet water, but I'd suggest that you use a jug and a bucket to remove as much of the liquid in the toilet bowl and then pour clean water down there to replace it and further dilute the bleach. A toilet bowl nearly full of water will help add pressure to clear the blockage as you reach down and up into the U-bend. Expect to feel some slime on the glazed ceramic surface: that's normal.

    I was a plumber for many years and just got used to it: gloves inevitably ended up getting flooded anyway and gauntlets which went right up my arm were often too bulky and reduced any sense of touch to identify what the blockage was.

    If that fails, rent a set of drain rods for a few hours and use the plunger head attachment: always turn the rods clockwise as you plunge: that ensures the threaded joints and fittings stay attached. If plunging into the bowl fails, follow the outlet pipe to find the access chamber or access port closest to the toilet and then rod back up the pipe. MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE that the toilet lid is down and ideally surround the bowl with dirty towels which you were due to launder anyway. If the lid is not down you can end up with a geyser of shitty water shooting out of the toilet and hitting the ceiling. And everything else in the bathroom... (see picture of what I mean).

    The hand method will seem gross, but it is fast and VERY effective in many cases. It enabled me to be in and out of a job (or should that be "big jobs"?) in under five minutes including the time to wash my hands. I'd still get my one hour minimum first hour labour fee for the work.
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  • Does anyone know how to open this combination lock without the combination?

    The lock is in the picture below. Don't worry-- it's my house. Any advice would be really appreciated, ty!
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  • I have put up a lot of DIY stuff on the walls but have had to reposition most of it?

    Best answer: There is an old adage - measure twice, cut once. Or in your case drill once.

    A good idea is to draw the elevations of your room on paper (to scale) to help plan where thing go. Or mark them out on the wall with masking tape to ensure you are happy with them before proceeding.

    As you say it isn't the end of the world, you just fill in the holes and touch up the paintwork.
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  • Would heating up a regular bowl piece for a bong with a torch break it?

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  • Nat ga. if the thermostat goes from 71-72 is that a therm?

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  • How level does ground need to be before building new home?

    Best answer: Each footer will need to be set a specific distance below grade depending on soil and frost conditions. The pier heights will have to be set using a transit or level o assure they are at the same elevation.

    The grade of the rest of the site is not critical because it will be churned up during the construction process. Once the construction is finished you will want to have a final grading done to assure the drainage is correct.

    My house is built on the side of a hill with a drop in elevation from one side to the other of 15 feet plus. All of the construction drawings took this into account during the design stage.
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  • I am hanging braces perpendicular to the actual floor joists. I plan to use joist hangars, can I use screws instaed of nails?

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  • The original hdmi cord that came with my PS4 broke, but the metal part of it is still stuck in the hdmi port.Any help is greatly appreciated?

    Best answer: Depending on how it’s lodged and stuck in there, you could always try using a plier (probably a better tool of choice, but whichever is easier for you) to try and wiggle it out carefully.

    Because normally you would just plug the HDMI in, so provided that nothing else was done or happen to either the cable or the port that might make it really wedged in there, it shouldn’t really be THAT stuck in there to prevent you from pulling it out.
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  • Does anyone know what this diamond grinding disc is called?

    i'm pretty sure it's 3'' around and its on the finer side of grinding and it screws on to the angle grinder it's not like a pad or anything hope someone can help thanks
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  • How close fitting should disposable latex gloves be?

    Best answer: Depends on what you are doing and why you are wearing gloves.

    I wear the disposable gloves for gardening and lots of household chores, it spares my hands. I actually like to have both mediums, which fit me snugly, on hand when I am doing things like tie die or other things where I am using fine motor skills and then I like the larger ones, which fit more loosely, when I am doing gardening or other things I don’t need such fine control over my fingers for.
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  • Can you sharpen scissors with a fine metal file?

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  • I will make a tv stand & it will have a steel sheet about 4f 2 inch long &13 inch width what thickness should i go with 12GA or 11GA?

    okay so I'm building a TV stand and I need to figure out what thickness of steel sheet l should I use 12 gauge steel sheet or 11 gauge steel sheet the steel sheet will be bolted to the frame and the frame will have 2 pips 2 inch x 2 inch square pip and will be all ready welded to the frame then the steel sheet welded to the 2 pips after being bolted to the frame the weld will be on the top part of the pip and the bottom of the pip on both pips of the full length of the pips there will be a 1 inch space from the top of the steel sheet and same on the bottom to give room to weld the steel sheet to the 2x2 inch pips what will go on the sheet is a ECHOGEAR Low Profile Fixed TV Wall Mount for TVs Up to 80" i think the tv will be about 98.1 lbs. without the stand 80" tv but let say add to be sure let say the weight is 115 bl. so what GA should i use 12 or 11 do not want to be to heavy or it will get too top heavy if 12 or 11 GA would be fine then i guess i will go with 12 as it be little bit lees weight
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