How can I install drywall that has warped from improper storage?


If they aren't too totally screwed up, just get them out and start reading them. Nothing better than a beat up old paperback, I value them so much over any "heirloom" book or special edition, or even hardback. Old paperbacks have SOUL and those passed around from reader to reader for years and years, you find them in the Goodwill for a quarter? Those are THEE very best of all. Anyway, back to practical considerations, just getting the books out of the wrong place and into your comfortable climate controlled living area will help...average humidity, average handling, average temps. You could shelve them tightly to press them back into the right shape, or weight them down. And getting them into circulation, carrying them, handling them and holding them, forming them as you read so you can see each page, unbending pages as you go (bending others when you stop) and hauling them around in backpack, etc will help the books straighten out. They were the right shape for probably a...

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Nail pops can be almost unavoidable and could appear everywhere. Minor fixes can be applied to drywall to prevent them from showing getting rid of that problem almost forever. This article will present the reason why nail pops can happen and what you need to do to fix those problems. A nail pop can be described as a symmetrical hole from the face of the drywall wall or ceiling surface, approximately 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter.

So are you just installing a new screw next to the area of the problem? There is much more than that, let's understand first why this is happening so we can put together a plan to eliminate the problem.

Why Nail Pops in Drywall Occur?

Nail pops can show up as soon as two months after the drywall has been installed. There are many reasons why nail pops happen, and they can even be a potential sign that the building is settling or that the structure has other issues. Drywall screws can minimize the problem but still 'nail pops' can...

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Warehouse Environments Can Hurt PCB Storage: Improper storage techniques

Many people don’t put careful consideration into storing electronic devices. In reality, there are several ways that these units can be damaged through nothing more than improperly storing whether it’s in a warehouse or a closet. The components on a printed circuit board are sensitive to a variety of situations, any of which can lead to rendering the unit inoperable.

Cold temperatures can ultimately harm electronics over time. Devices that are exposed to ultimately low temperatures and then put into operation can experience condensation. Once moisture from the temperature difference occurs as power rapidly heats up a device, it increases the risk of creating a short internally. Unfortunately, short-outs of this kind are very difficult to troubleshoot and repair. It is this problem that can damage devices such as laptops and smartphones if left out in a cold car all night long.


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You should be able to just do Fog.mock! in your test setup and subsequent calls will then be made in a mocked way without extra work. I'll note, however, that you need to include all interactions you might have. ie when you first start with a mocked fog connection, no directories (buckets in S3 parlance) exist, so either in the tests or in the setup you should create a directory to use for your objects. From there you should be able to create/destroy/etc without every touching S3. To be more certain, you can certainly make a point of having obviously fake S3 credentials for test environment (so that if you forgot to include the mock! call, for instance, it wouldn't run on your real stuff). Hope that...

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If you are truly getting condensation forming in that area, and it is possible, it will be from a cold spot forming in the wall due to improper insulation. A poor insulation job such as a small gap, thin insulation, or too tightly compacted will cause a cold spot. Warm moist air from inside the house will condensate on the cold surface and over time will weaken and deteriorate the drywall.

The vapor barrier between the drywall and insulation, if properly installed, will prevent the moisture from saturating the insulation. However, it will not stop the formation of condensation if there is a gap between the insulation and vapor barrier. The insulation, if properly installed, should be tight against the vapor barrier to prevent any cold spots from forming.

Duct tape also should not be used in this application as over time it will dry out. There are specific products to use to seal vapor barriers in case of gaps or...

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Wood is one of the most commonly used building materials on the planet. Both indoors and out, wood looks good, performs well, and adds value to a property. Unfortunately, many wood installations succumb to splitting and warping over time. If you know how to properly maintain the wood components of your home, however, you can increase their lifespan and even enhance their appearance.

When dealing with an existing outdoor wood installation, a significant amount of warping may mean that the wood is already too far gone to salvage.

1.Prevent Warping in Outdoor Wood

Nowhere is wood warping a more pronounced problem than it is in outdoor wood installations, and because the average cost of a wood deck installation is $10,350 according to the Remodeling 2011–12 Cost vs. Value Report (, it is definitely in every homeowner's best interests to protect their investment. Traditional outdoor wood that is sealed once every year will repel...

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Drywall 101: The Basics

Keep in mind that hanging drywall is not relatively tough to figure out and install. However, installing it correctly so that the drywall seams last a very long time requires “know how”.

We run across a lot of home owners who like to hang the drywall themselves to save money and then hire out the taping/finishing. This sounds good in essence but a lot of these same home owners hang their drywall in a way that is not desirable to the tapers. (It is extremely important to read up on what your doing beforehand, especially if quality and price are important on your project.)

This creates 3 problems:

The drywall seams will not last the regular 100k miles The taper cannot guarantee their work because it relies on the drywall to be correctly installed. When drywall is not properly installed, it can cost a lot more money to have the tapers “make it right”, and we’ve seen drywall so badly hung that it could not be saved and we had to...
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The next step in installing drywall is covering the nails and joints, called taping.

Step 1: Use a 5-inch-wide drywall taping knife to spread joint compound into the slight recess created by the tapered edges of the drywall sheets. Smooth the compound until it is even with the rest of the board surface.

Step 2: Center the drywall tape over the joint and press it firmly into the compound. Because some compound will squeeze out, make sure that there is still a good bed underneath. When you get the tape embedded into the compound all along the joint, smooth it with the taping knife. At the same time, fill all the nail dimples with compound.

Step 3: When the compound is completely dry (usually 24 hours later) apply a very thin second coat of compound that extends out a few inches to either side of the first coat. After the second coat dries completely, apply a third coat, this time with a 10-inch-wide taping knife, extending the compound about 6 inches to either...

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Apt doesn't support it directly, but there are ways to do it.

One is to use schroot to create a non-root chroot. This is a somewhat involved process, but one you should be able find community help for as many developers set up chroot environments for compiling code.

The second way I know of is to install from a .deb package. You may be able to download this from a web site or if it's in the Ubuntu repositories you can download with.

apt-get download package

Replace package with the name of the package

Once you have your deb file call dpkg directly from the command line. The following example will install package.deb into your home directory.

dpkg -i package.deb --force-not-root --root=$HOME

The disadvantage to using dpkg like this is that error messages are likely to be cryptic; dpkg doesn't automatically resolve dependencies or create the directory structure it expects.

Finally, you could use the apt-get source command to fetch the source...

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Though Chinese drywall may sound harmless, for many home owners in the southeastern United States it has not been. In fact, it is deemed as an environmental health concern. So, what is it? Well, in short, it’s defective drywall imported from China and used to build an estimated 100,000 homes in 20 states between 2001 and 2009. (*Please note that not all drywall from China is contaminated)

Chinese Drywall Background Information

Drywall is a type of building material that is made when one layer of gypsum-based plaster is pressed between 2 sheets of paper, and then kiln-dried.

Generally, American homes are built using drywall made within the country. However, America was hit by nine hurricanes between 2004 and 2005, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The mass amounts of rebuilding that followed between 2004 and 2007 caused a shortage of drywall that was produced in America. Hence, building companies were purchasing the product from Chinese drywall manufactures,...

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Cutting out electrical boxes may seem fairly straightforward, but overcuts can occur. If you are replacing an electrical box, and the drywall hole is too large for the new box, you can follow these same directions.

If you have overcut a drywall hole (Image 1), you will need to fill in the hole before finishing.

The first step is to measure a piece of mesh tape to fit over the hole (Image 2).

Using a knife, trim the mesh tape to the appropriate length (Image 3).

Apply joint compound to the mesh tape. The joint compound should fill all of the holes in the tape (Image 4).

Cover the area completely with the joint compound (Image 5). Let dry.

Apply a second coat to the area and feather into the wall. Let dry and sand smooth (Image...

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One effective method for creating a flat surface for ceiling drywall is to install “strapping” to the joists, then fastening the drywall to the strapping. Installed properly, 1-by-3-inch spruce or pine strapping runs perpendicular to the direction of the ceiling joists. Strapping attaches to the bottom of the joists, at 16-inch intervals, across the width of the ceiling. Strapping alone helps even out height discrepancies between joists, while shimming above strapping or planing low joists takes care of significant variances.

Strapping Layout

Measure along the length of an end joist that is adjacent to a wall, and make a mark at 14.75 inches. Drive a nail halfway into that joist at the mark. Hook the end of the tape measure to the nail and mark the joist every 16 inches along its length across the room. Remove the nail when all measurements are marked.

Mark the end joist on the opposite side of the room in the same way.

Use a chalk line to create a...

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a floating floor should never be anchored/glued to the substrate or anything else. It must float! If you allow them to make their suggested repair, your floor will have many more problems, like expansion and contraction issues because it can not freely move with the changes in temp and huimidity. Additionally, when enough pressure from expansion and contraction ocurr, it will buckle the flooring (tent or peak) and/or pop the adhesive, leaving you worse off than you are right now. Its improper and the flooring retailer knows it!

they are suggesting this improper quick fix in the hopes that it will satisfy you long enough so their installation guarantee expires, then when you call with problems later, and there will be the same plus more problems later, they will say, "sorry but your install guarantee has expired. We can fix it for a fee or sell you a new floor".

I recommend filing a claim with the manufacturer directly and immediately so the date of the filing is on...

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