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Old 03-14-2012, 02:36 PM   #166
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Great stuff foam is expensive and despite always looking for things to foam after I finish using it for its initial task, I always ended up wasting almost entire cans of the stuff most of the time because the plastic straw becomes useless once used. Rather than buy their expensive gun and solvent, I use 14-2 romex sheath to replace the straws once used. Once done using the foam, just leave the romex sheath on the can. The next time you need it, just bend, twist, and pull the sheath off and replace. I've had luck doing this up to about 2 months after first using the can.

Great stuff foam is also useful for patching smaller holes in drywall. 2" is about the max size hole for this. Just foam in the hole, building it up around the edges and onto itself until the hole is filled. Once dried, cut it flush to the wall and brush off any fuzzies and you're ready for a skim coat of drywall mud.

If you're trying to nail into a corner or some other awkward place where you either can't or don't want to use your fingers to hold the nail while hammering, Push the nail through some thin cardboard and use that to hold the nail. It'll keep your fingers out of the way and when you're done, just pull the cardboard off the nail and hammer it home.

When taping off something for painting, paint over the edges of the tape after placed with the color that's underneath the tape and let dry. This seals the edges of the tape for the next color and what bleeds underneath matches the color that's there already.

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For those of you that are determined to check for moisture coming through the concrete floor by taping the square foot of plastic down, try this if your original test does not produce any visible moisture.

Put down a layer of dry ice about 4ft. x 4 ft. and cover with insulation for a several hours. Remove the ice and then tape your sq. ft. of plastic down approximately centered on that larger area. If the area is wet don't tape.

If the area stays wet for awhile but eventually dries as the area warms the question has been answered so don't bother with the plastic. Test over.
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For those that would like to learn to use an eye splice, I've found this animated vid to be better instruction than human instruction.

Anyone that was in school in the 40s and 50s can recall this voice of the commentator. Even we old folks that's lost a large percent of our hearing can understand what he says.

http://www.animatedknots.com/splice/...matedknots.com
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For those that would like to learn to use an eye splice, I've found this animated vid to be better instruction than human instruction.

Anyone that was in school in the 40s and 50s can recall this voice of the commentator. Even we old folks that's lost a large percent of our hearing can understand what he says.

http://www.animatedknots.com/splice/...matedknots.com
That is a pretty neat knot. I give up though, who was it, I thought is was Gene Autry at first but this fellow has an English accent.
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That is a pretty neat knot. I give up though, who was it, I thought is was Gene Autry at first but this fellow has an English accent.
I give up too. Never knew who it was but it seems the same voice was heard during the previews and news shorts at the movies.

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