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Donald asks…

DIY rock climbing wall.?

So I have a few questions. I have not rock climbed for years and I only did it a few times when I was younger but loved it. So I am thinking about building my own wall in my garage. So with that I have a few questions. I saw a few online of where it looked like people had theirs set up to be able to change out the rocks and move them around how would you do that? I saw some rocks online but they all seem like ones you just screw into the wood. My next question is if you have built a wall can you post pictures or link me to some and give me any tips I might need such as play wood to use and not use and things like that. any help would be nice thanks. Oh and because I have not done this in for ever and I plan to use this as a type of work out as well do you get more work by going up and down or side to side? I do plan to have the wall with a slant and if I can find a way hang part from the ceiling

tantan answers:

Do searches on DIY bouldering walls for lots of online resources (pics, instructions, tips, youtube videos, etc). Three Ball Climbing has a page outlining a lot of what you need to know. They also have kits for everything you need (instruction, holds, bolts, tnuts) except the structure itself…
You will want 3/4″ plywood with 2×4 stud framing for vertical walls, 2×6 for slanted. Thinner plywood may not hold you at a slant and roof (ceiling). You will use T-nuts that will attach through the back of the playwood panels. Most climbing holds bolted on to the T-nuts. This is how people are able to move holds around. Most hold companies have “starter packs” that include an assortment of holds, bolts and T-nuts appropriate for 3/4″ plywood.
You will quickly find that climbing holds are quite expensive. Ebay is a great resource for buying used holds for a fraction of the price of new. You could also attempt to make your own, but I would suggest saving that for a project a yr or two after getting back into it.
You will need to devise a plan specific to the area in which you will be building your wall.
As for workouts, most woodies (wood diy bouldering walls) are used for training purposes. Circuits and bouldering problems of varying degrees of difficulty will get you strong fast. You will also want to think about hold types. If you are doing training and circuits, big jug holds are a good idea. Too many small crimps and pinches will blow out your tendons quick, especially since you are jumping right into an overhang situation.
Lots of resources out there. You may even want to stop by your local climbing gym or gear shop or climbing club to see if anyone in your area already has theier own small bouldering wall. Talking to them or going to see theirs will go a long way of avoiding mistakes and planning approriately.
-Good luck

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George asks…

Kitchen Design/Remodeling – Tiling Kitchen Backsplash Ideas?

I too have formica laminate on the wall and want to replace it with tile. Since my new countertops are not as thick as the old ones, and there was a metal strip between old countertop and wall laminate, there is now a gap of drywall of approximately 1 inch between the granite countertop and the bottom of the wall laminate. Can I fill this in with something to make the backing surface even, and if so, what can I use? There are several places within this gap where they drywall is damaged from countertop removal, but I believe these areas could be spackled.
Unfortunately before discovering this site, I took advice on an associate at a major home improvement center (Kitchen backsplash Ideas expert), who told me I could not tile over the laminate but that the laminate would pull off easily from the wall. I attempted to pull one piece off and most of the covering on the drywall came off with it. I don’t suppose there is any repair for this other than replacing the drywall? The total size of the area I attempted to pull off is 24 x 36 and about 1/2 of that area still has laminate, which will not come off and the other half has naked dry wall. Luckily for me, this area is separate from my main kitchen area, where the laminate remains intact.

tantan answers:

Dry wall is not a suitable surface to adhere ceramic tile too, because the drywall will not hold on to the tile very well. I have suggested to all who ask this question to remove the drywall from the wall all together and install 1/2″ thick BC grade plywood to stick the tile too.

This is done so that you will have a great permanent surface to install your tile too with out any problems in the future.

You can stick ceramic tile to a plastic laminate surface with out problems provided that the laminate is securely stuck to the wall surface. In your case I would finish removing the laminate and the drywall behind it and put up the plywood in it’s place to end any problems with your tile installation and to insure that you will not have problems in the future.

As for the gap you asked about, you can go to your local tile store and find a matching border to install in this gap and on one will know the difference.

You can refer to this website which show you a article about kitchen backsplash ideas
(if those website not change)

Kitchen backsplash ideas Articles

Kitchen backsplash ideas articles

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