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How to cut a piece of pipe neatly!!

Most people find it a problem to cut a 4" pipe straight.To overcome this use a belt or a piece of paper to wrap around the the pipe on two or more marks on circumference of the pipe. Now draw a line and cut around the the pipe slowly.

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I have a 3" pvc pipe that has a nail hole in it inside the wall of my family room. We have opened made a whole in the drywall and found the pipe and hole but now we need to know the best method to repair the pipe. The pipe is a toilet drain from the bathroom above we think.


Get a rubber splice joiner for that size of PVC Pipe. Just cut the pipe with a hacksaw and maybe another inch for clearance to put the joiner over both pieces of pipe and apply clamps. If you forget to put the clamps on then just unscrew them completely and wrap around the sleeve and tighten. Got mine at a plumbing supply, Lowes should have them.

Aug 29, 2013 | Home

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paper has wrapped around the cutting blades and is packed in tight. How do I clean this?


    • 1 Unplug the paper shredder. Empty the shreds from the collection bin. Pull as much stuck material as possible from the top and bottom of the shredder blades with pliers.
    • 2 Place the paper shredder back on the collection bin base and plug the shredder back in. Rock the shredding direction back and forth between forward and reverse. Pull on the jammed pieces as the shredder shifts between directions.
    • 3 Run the shredder in reverse continuously once the paper jam is cleared. Make two passes across the cutting blades while drizzling synthetic shredder oil. Switch the direction to forward to run continuously for one minute.
    • 4 Lower two sheets of clean paper into the shredder. The paper removes excess oil, metal fragments and debris from the cutting blades. Blast the blades with compressed air when you notice a build-up of small paper scraps that may cause a jam.

Sep 26, 2011 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Belt shredded, need new one for 5891 breadmaker


get a piece of string or cut a piece of newspaper and wind it around where the belt was and trim it so the ends meet. Measure that string or piece of paper in inches and email me the number of inches and fractions of inches as exact as you can measure and I will see if I have a belt that size. Example: 21 and 1/8 inches, or 23 and 3/4 inches, If I have one that matches will let you know. I charge $14.99 for bread machine belts. daryl 441@msn.com

Aug 22, 2011 | Sunbeam 5891 Bread Maker

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how much space should i leave between loops on roof tape?


1st You must know that you can attach the heat tape by spiral wrapping, or by straight run (in- line with the pipe); held temporarily with a few pieces of tape. Of course you will need to apply an insulating wrap (in either case).
The straight run gives the least heat per foot but covers more pipe. The tighter (closer) the spiral wrap of the heat tape loops, the more heat per foot but the shorter the coverage. If the pipe is 1/2" or 3/4" DIAM. then a straight run is sufficient. If 1" to 1 1/4" then a very wide spiral. If 1 1/2 to 2" then a closer loop spiral. In no case should the loops touch each other nor be closer than 3/4" to each other. And avoid having the heat tape cross itself at valves, elbows, etc. PLease note that this is all based on winter temps of 0 degree F. or above and using normal 1" THICK WRAP INSULATION. If you have temps down to -30 or so, then give minimum 2" thick insulation.
Good Luck Macgivor.

Nov 27, 2010 | Easy Heat Water Pipe Heating Cable

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i need to cheat my car ignition interlock systems or home system, how might i go about this?


Take an empty toilet paper tube. Wrap it around the mouthpiece tightly. By bending end of insertion. Wrap good tape I.e.. duck tape, packing tape. Around whole tube. Pull tube off and cover insertion end with tape. Cut small **** on tape so you can get an airtight fit on mouthpiece. Fill with 2-3 pieces of good tissue paper. Place on mouthpiece and blow. This has worked for me many times. Won't work if you have a really high b.a.c. though. Let me know

Jul 11, 2010 | 2004 Honda Civic

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