• Why do I have oval holes when using a drill?

    Best answer: Your probably not drilling straight. Please consider using a drill guide jig. Very easy to make, take a piece of scrap wood (2″ x 4″, 1” x 4″ whatever 4″ to 6″ long) cut a 90 degree notch in one end. Place your drill bit in the corner of the notch and keep the bit parallel with the two sides. I’ve a $20 drill... show more
    Best answer: Your probably not drilling straight. Please consider using a drill guide jig. Very easy to make, take a piece of scrap wood (2″ x 4″, 1” x 4″ whatever 4″ to 6″ long) cut a 90 degree notch in one end. Place your drill bit in the corner of the notch and keep the bit parallel with the two sides.

    I’ve a $20 drill guide hanging on the wall of my shop, the notched 2″ x 4″ works better.

    Also practice, practice, practice, practice, you will get the hang of drilling straight sooner or later.
    14 answers · 2 days ago
  • How long does it take to drill a well?

    Best answer: I assume we are talking oil wells. It can take from about a week to over a year. It depends on the depth and the complexity and the complications encountered. Examples some are only a couple thousand feet, some are in excess of 20,000 feet and the depth makes time go exponentially with trips (pulling the drill... show more
    Best answer: I assume we are talking oil wells. It can take from about a week to over a year. It depends on the depth and the complexity and the complications encountered.

    Examples some are only a couple thousand feet, some are in excess of 20,000 feet and the depth makes time go exponentially with trips (pulling the drill string out and replacing it) to change out bits taking a very long time.

    Some are straight and some are deviated and some are horizontal.

    Some formations are very hard and progress (rate of penetration) is measured in a few feet per day. Bits wear out and have to be changed often when these conditions are encountered.

    Sometimes the well caves in around the drill pipe. Sometimes the drill pipe get stuck. Sometimes there are pressure kicks or blow outs and sometimes there is lost circulation and all of these problems may take time to recover from and sometimes even back up and start over.

    There are mechanical problems in the hole - dropped tools, broken tools, a broken pipe leading to fishing trips to get objects out of the hole before drilling can resume.

    There are mechanical problems and maintenance with the rig.
    15 answers · 3 days ago
  • How do I hide a body?

    Best answer: Paint it to look like a deer and leave it on the side of the road
    Best answer: Paint it to look like a deer and leave it on the side of the road
    12 answers · 4 days ago
  • What will Lowe's do to make things right with me?

    My wife and I spent $4700 in Lowe's on new appliances. We were able to take the over-the-range microwave and new electric oven. We get home and it took almost 4 hours to install the microwave as I had to tape up templates and deal with instructions that almost required a magnifying glass to read. Got the... show more
    My wife and I spent $4700 in Lowe's on new appliances. We were able to take the over-the-range microwave and new electric oven. We get home and it took almost 4 hours to install the microwave as I had to tape up templates and deal with instructions that almost required a magnifying glass to read. Got the microwave up, then wheel the oven into the house. We got the plastic bands cut and box top off, and realized it was the wrong oven, the cheaper version of the one we paid for. Difference of $200. The model number was off by one number, so thus the reason for the mix up. What should I ask Lowe's to do? Will they give me any refund for the terrible inconvenience? We did not have plans to take back an oven and bring back the correct one. A total diversion of time we need to make sure our house is clean for Thanksgiving.
    9 answers · 4 days ago
  • What types of drill bits can I use to drill a hole in a glass bottle?

    Best answer: Carbide or diamond.
    Best answer: Carbide or diamond.
    8 answers · 3 days ago
  • Is an impact driver better than a cordless drill?

    Best answer: An impact driver spins fewer rotations, but with much higher torque. This translates to more control during driving, less "cam out" of screws, and simply more gusto when driving into denser materials. In general, impact drivers are also much smaller than drill/drivers, so they fit in tight spaces... and... show more
    Best answer: An impact driver spins fewer rotations, but with much higher torque. This translates to more control during driving, less "cam out" of screws, and simply more gusto when driving into denser materials.

    In general, impact drivers are also much smaller than drill/drivers, so they fit in tight spaces... and the weight of the tool is much closer to the drive head, so control is a lot better.

    I use the Makita LXT 18v lion drill/impact set. Drill for pre-drill, driver for all screwing operations. Great tool, great power, light weight.

    If your only reason for switching is batteries, you might consider an online battery refurber: they are often pretty cheap and if your 14.4 driver is otherwise good, this might yield more economy.
    4 answers · 14 hours ago
  • What is the best belt sander?

    Best answer: “Best?” Depends on the capacity of work you have plus the size of surfaces you want to smoothen. However, most carpenters have the orbital sander. It is most preferred because it can be used on both small and large surfaces. Both belt and orbital sander are quite effective and fast in smoothening surfaces.... show more
    Best answer: “Best?” Depends on the capacity of work you have plus the size of surfaces you want to smoothen. However, most carpenters have the orbital sander. It is most preferred because it can be used on both small and large surfaces.

    Both belt and orbital sander are quite effective and fast in smoothening surfaces. However, an orbital sander has a square pad and is most suitable on flat or straight surfaces. Belt sanders are most effective in removing more unwanted materials as compared to orbital sanders.
    4 answers · 15 hours ago
  • How to get rid of a small fly?

    There's this tiny fly (not a gnat, it's a little bigger than that) that's been bugging me (no pun intended) for days. It's in my bedroom, and I never get a chance to kill it because it vanishes so quickly. When I eat in my room (even if it's just a small snack) I can't even sit back and... show more
    There's this tiny fly (not a gnat, it's a little bigger than that) that's been bugging me (no pun intended) for days. It's in my bedroom, and I never get a chance to kill it because it vanishes so quickly. When I eat in my room (even if it's just a small snack) I can't even sit back and enjoy it, I have to hurry up and eat it before the fly decides to land on it. What do I do?
    8 answers · 4 days ago
  • Mice fence for pantry?

    Best answer: This all sounds quite elaborate. A lot of larders used to have something called a meat safe - a metal mesh box intended to keep flies off. Mice have been known to get into them, so making things rodent proof is quite tricky. If you know they can get through a hole about the same diameter as a biro you can see that... show more
    Best answer: This all sounds quite elaborate. A lot of larders used to have something called a meat safe - a metal mesh box intended to keep flies off. Mice have been known to get into them, so making things rodent proof is quite tricky. If you know they can get through a hole about the same diameter as a biro you can see that you need quite a fine mesh.

    I get the odd mouse from next door, but as I am fussy about not leaving food around they don't tend to settle.

    I put unopened packets that I use whole into large clip on lidded plastic boxes. See thru so I can tell what I have.
    If mice can't smell food they won't investigate. Packet soups are one of the most vulnerable.

    Anything else like rice goes into plastic cartons from IKEA. http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/45250_PE14...

    They particularly like paracetamol capsules I have found, which probably kills them. So they get boxed up as well.

    If you suspect mice, wash everything down with bleach, and try deterrents like peppermint oil which they do not like.
    12 answers · 5 days ago
  • DIY tap stopping when liquid reaches a certain level ideas?

    Best answer: I remember this setup from when I worked for a very well known fragrance company. We had a spring loaded head with a lifting lever so you could place the bottles under it and then the spring tension would seal the rubber against the bottle. There was 2 tubes going into the bottle, one low and one high. The low one... show more
    Best answer: I remember this setup from when I worked for a very well known fragrance company. We had a spring loaded head with a lifting lever so you could place the bottles under it and then the spring tension would seal the rubber against the bottle. There was 2 tubes going into the bottle, one low and one high. The low one was attached to a feed tube from the tank and the high one was attached to a tube running to a large jar that also had a second tube running to a vacuum pump. (you could use a ventury if you have a good supply of compressed air.
    The idea is that when the bottle sealed, vacuum would build in the system and draw liquid from the tank. When the liquid reached the high tube it would stop filling the bottle at that level and the liquid would then travel to the jar as overspill. Periodically, the jar would have to be emptied back into the tank.
    The head should not be too hard to build since you could use an oversized rubber stopper as your seal and drill holes for your tubes. You could do the same to create your vacuum chamber jug.
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • Any tips (besides keeping window closed) to secure apartment against intruders as the building fire escape is directly in front of my window?

    Best answer: You could have an ironwork grille on the inside to allow you to open the window but keep intruders out - this could be quite decorative (I have found them in salvage yards in the past from demolished churches). Or put limiters on the window - so that you can open it no more than 5 inches.
    Best answer: You could have an ironwork grille on the inside to allow you to open the window but keep intruders out - this could be quite decorative (I have found them in salvage yards in the past from demolished churches). Or put limiters on the window - so that you can open it no more than 5 inches.
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • In search of empty Pringles cans!?

    I've been scouring the internet in hope that there is someone with empty cans laying around. I need about 24 for a holiday project, and already have 4, but don't want to buy more chips that will wind up being tossed out. Thanks!
    I've been scouring the internet in hope that there is someone with empty cans laying around. I need about 24 for a holiday project, and already have 4, but don't want to buy more chips that will wind up being tossed out. Thanks!
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • H0W T0 HEAT UP A H0USE?

    Best answer: Only heat one room.
    Line the curtains
    Fit temporary shrinkwrap double glazing
    Block all draughts.
    Wear more clothes
    Best answer: Only heat one room.
    Line the curtains
    Fit temporary shrinkwrap double glazing
    Block all draughts.
    Wear more clothes
    10 answers · 5 days ago
  • What is the best material to use for loose driveway?

    hi, i have a public but dead end alley behind my home that leads to my garages, i was told by the city that i could use any type of loose gravel but i could not have it done in concrete. My question is, what is the best type of loose gravel that will pack the best and have no dust or atleast very minimal dust. thanks
    hi, i have a public but dead end alley behind my home that leads to my garages, i was told by the city that i could use any type of loose gravel but i could not have it done in concrete. My question is, what is the best type of loose gravel that will pack the best and have no dust or atleast very minimal dust. thanks
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • How do I remove the middle light switch, creating direct power for that switch’s line?

    Best answer: The middle switch is a 3-way switch. 3-way switches are used to allow control of a light from more than one place. Like on the top and bottom of a stair well. So somewhere in your house is a second switch that also controls that circuit. The black wires that are daisy chained from one switch to the other is the hot... show more
    Best answer: The middle switch is a 3-way switch. 3-way switches are used to allow control of a light from more than one place. Like on the top and bottom of a stair well. So somewhere in your house is a second switch that also controls that circuit.
    The black wires that are daisy chained from one switch to the other is the hot power wire in that switch box. The hot comes into the left switch first, then on to the middle switch then on over the to the top of the right hand switch. They should be connected to a terminal on the 3-way switch that is marked "common" or sometimes the terminal screw will be black while the other two will be silver colored.
    IF you connect all four wires together that are on that middle switch using a red wire nut, it will allow that circuit to be hot all of the time regardless of what position the other 3-way switch is in and until someone finds the other 3-way switch and replaces it with a regular switch.

    The wire connected to the "common|" terminal of the OTHER 3-way switch that is in that circuit goes to the lights in the garage. It also powers your garage door opener because someone used the "switch controlled" lighting circuit for to power the door opener. It must be really annoying to have the door opener only work half of the time depending on whether someone in the house turned it off from that 3-way switch!
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • What would be a better option to use on walls?

    I need to stick some paper on my wall but it can't be permanent because I'm just renting... I've been using blu-tack but it isn't that good because it falls off after a few hours. What can you recommend that's a bit more sticky than blu-tack?
    I need to stick some paper on my wall but it can't be permanent because I'm just renting... I've been using blu-tack but it isn't that good because it falls off after a few hours. What can you recommend that's a bit more sticky than blu-tack?
    4 answers · 3 days ago
  • Can you drill through bullet resistant glass?

    Best answer: If the glass is laminated it can be drilled but you need a diamond drill. It is usual to take the piece of glass to a specialist.
    Best answer: If the glass is laminated it can be drilled but you need a diamond drill. It is usual to take the piece of glass to a specialist.
    8 answers · 6 days ago