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  1. "Low temp" AC is designed for just that, and further designed for a particular range. Just as a normal off-shelf unit has trouble below 70 (space temp), a low-temp designed for 50 would freeze up at 30. Etc. And if you get the room to 45--50 for extended time, I'm not sure what happens to the structure: you might cause moisture problems with wood. Low temp rooms are much more heavily insulated and moisture sealed. That's difficult to do with a typical bathroom wall. Wood framing is designed to allow moisture to move through it. If you vent a small room in the winter, you can
  2. Problem? Like the compressor crashing? Residential AC are designed to handle 72--80 degree interior spaces, and when you drive the temp down below that, you increase the chance of damaging the compressor (tech talk: low temp causes problems with the refrigerant expansion, coil icing, liquid slugging of the compressor). Failure is not guranteed, but success would not be expected. IOW, you might get lucky, but probably not. If you want refrigerator temps, get a refrigerator. How big are the things you're cooling? Would they fit in a food cooler where you could pack ice into the cooler?
  3. If you put a window fan near the corner, it would help with odors.
  4. Only the rich roaches can afford the luxury high rise dwellings. Plenty of flat-lander roaches even without a palm!
  5. The tree looks normal. For a palm. The lower leaves die every year: just trim them close to the trunk. After a few years, it's common to strip the old layer of branch attachments at the trunk (just rake them off). The wide trunk is a variety; it will grow slowly taller, but might take 20 years to hit 10' or so. We had one (Phoenix), hated it, put up with it for several years, had it removed when we grew the house that direction. No loss.
  6. For a number of years, I've been using mustard squeeze bottle tops on my glue bottles. Something about the mustard design solves the problem, and glue pops off the outside without blocking the outlet. When the level of glue falls below 1/2 of the bottle, I simply place the bottle upside down in a cutoff mayo container so I get "instant" glue, no waste, ready to go.
  7. I built two A-chairs, one design from Yella Wood, one from Steve Ramsey. I modidied the SR version to have a tilted back: 5 degree tilt is needed for comfort. I made both from HD select pine, pocket screws. Key to finish: paint everything, especially end grain, with two coats BEFORE assembly, then I did a 3rd coat after. "Runner" cushions on back/seat help a lot. My wife really likes a footstool. I splurged and bought covers for them. We've had them outside in Phoenix for 4 years, and they look almost new. I learned that end grain will find water unless it's well protected when I bui
  8. Does Festool make a machine for this?
  9. Sanding's done, time to finish the toy box that mimics a Minecraft (video game) box: And I have again forgotten how to shrink the image size! Someone clue me in and I'll write it down this time. <sigh>
  10. I note that a random pick of 14" BS model on Amazon shows 1 HP motor. If you oversize too much, you may have problems getting it to fit. Measure the old bolt holes to make sure the "new" motor feet fit.
  11. I googled "band saw blade speed" and got 1000 feet per minute. Measure the total length of the blade, convert to feet, divide into the 1000, and now you have revolutions in RPM. If you use a 1750 RPM motor, you can calculate the size pulley you need by comparing 1750 to the blade wheel RPM, and using that ratio on the bandsaw existing pulley. Or not, if I just screwed up! Post the blade length and the existing pulley size and that will make it easier to check the math. nope nope nope Went for morning walk, worked out what I did wrong: measure the driven blade wheel (usua
  12. Did the glue itself break, or did the wood next to the glue break?
  13. Pace yourself, buddy, you ain't done yet with the surprises. As we used to tell the new scouts: everyone else has gone through this, you'll be ok, too.
  14. BPPV, I got it too. If you want to check and see if dizzyness is caused by BPPV, lie down, facing up, on the edge of the bed with your head hanging over the edge a little. You get a vertigo that puts you in orbit, and that confirms BPPV. It's easily offset as Cliff noted (there are instructions on line how to move/hold the head). I only had it once, and after chasing the little BBs around, I haven't had it again. My symptoms also came with "ladder disease": as I descend a ladder, I get vertigo, so now I limit my ladder work to 2 rungs and tilt my head forward. And as I recall, I was ab
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