Category Archives: Home building

How Hammers Are Made

21 Dec 16
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This video shows you the process from start to finish on how hammers are made.
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What water pipe should you use?

25 Jul 16
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Today, there are many different options when it comes to what you can use for a water pipe. In nearly all older houses, you can find a mixture of different types of pipes. This is usually due to repairs and remodels that a house has gone through over the years. This can lead to many, different generations of plumbing being used within a system. In many cases, this will work. However, this can lead to huge problems when the wrong piping is mixed.

Like most other things, a water pipe has an expiration date. This could be up to 100 years, but you still need to know when your water pipes need replacing. The question becomes what type of pipe you should use when you need to repair your pipe system.

There are three main options for water pipes on the market today. Copper, PEX pipe, and PVC pipe are the main options. Each one has its pros and cons; however, they all have excellent performance and last a long time.

Copper is the standard type of water pipe that has been used from the time indoor plumbing become popular. Copper has been proven to last a long time, and it can last up to a 100 years. Many plumbers will use copper for a visible water pipe as it is the most attractive option. It also does not contract or expand which makes copper water pipes the best for areas with temperature and pressure changes. The main issue with copper piping is that it is the most expensive material. Labor is also intensive for copper pipe installation.

copper pipe pic

In Europe, PEX piping has been around since the 1970’s and was released in the 1980’s in the United States. For many remodeling projects, the use of PEX pipe is the best choice. PEX pipe is cheaper than copper and is about the same cost as PVC pipe. PEX fittings are also easier and faster to install than copper. Another major benefit of using PEX pipe is that they do not corrode like copper, and work with acidic water without sustaining damage. The use of PEX pipe is recommended in colder climates since they are less likely to burst due to frozen lines. Also,PEX pipe comes in long lengths and is very flexible. This flexibility means that there are only a few PEX fittings that are used when doing the installation.


While using PEX pipe is one of the best options, PVC pipe still has some benefits that are worth looking at. The biggest advantage is that it is the least expensive option for a water pipe. PVC pipe can also handle up to 180F, making it a good replacement for copper pipes for hot water. It is also simple to install, and there is less chance for errors like copper and PEX pipes. However, PVC pipes cannot exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, as they will break down. Also, bug sprays and other chemicals cannot be used on the piping.

pvc pipe example

Support Beam Constructing For Bearing Walls or To Eliminate Floor Sag.

12 Sep 15
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I recently  had a job that I was doing and tore everything apart to find 16 ft. runs with no middle support and very little on each end,    ( VERY SCARY )  . I considered using a piece of steel for a ballast beam, but I searched YouTube for an alternative way to install a beam and stumbled on this video. This video gave me a great idea on how to make and install a support beam without killing your back and hiring a big crew to help install. Granted the beam I installed was nowhere as big as this one, but it did the job and remove the sag out of the floors. If you are not comfortable or unsure, you can always higher an engineer. My method if I am unsure, is to  build and support it to the extreme and don’t take no shortcuts.Take your time and think of every possible situation that could make it fail, and  when you have completed the project, test it by trying your best to make it fail. If it doesn’t fail and still holding strong, then you are done.

Q&A on Youtube. Is there Helicoil sets for 7/16 bolt diameter- Yes

20 Feb 15
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Yes but you need to know what the thread pitch is. Here is a link to two different common thread pitches. I hope this helps.

Here is a video on how to find the bolt size and thread pitch and below is a video on how to use a helicoil set / fix stripped threads. Also are provided safe and trusted Amazon links.

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Various Helicoil Sets and Kits