Actually there a lot of options. A few companies make shears like paper cutters that work great. Wiss and Midwest make shears for this. Ridgid makes a pneumatic hook and there is a shear head for drills that is great for winter
I have grown fond of the scrapers that go in a recp saw. They come in 2 4 and 6inch. I like the 4 for stability. Remember to use them like a chisel so they don't dig in
I agree with dutchman as far as bringing on a carpenter for less than $20 an hour. As far as unions go they needed to go. The fact of the matter is kids are lazy and would rather work on a computer than with a hammer. Carpentry use to be a high dollar free lifestyle that many of us like me started in their teens. Now they cannot touch a ladder until after 18. It is too late then. The real thing is: is that we have been aging for the last 15 years. People did construction 15-30 then moved into a secure job. Now you are getting a few people like me I retired out of the military and wanted to relive my youth, but all the contractors here are within a decade of me (54). It seems no one is teaching priorities in schools, because we are not the only ones. Look at transportation and agriculture industries also.
Razing them really does not hurt my feelings. Typically these over-engineered maintenance nightmares are also sitting on 3-5 acres of land that the new home-owners used to keep mowed to 2" or less. I am a contractor but I grew up on a farm and realize the pride that the US used to have in its farms. So instead of enjoying the 500-600 bushels or corn or the 1000 pounds of beef that could be produced there, the homeowner spends thousands in lawn care that benefits no one. Since I am a Repair and Remodeling contractor, I find that these high end homes also have failures because of craftsmanship and design about every 3 years. Complexity made for many disconnects in these homes. I wish early on we as a nation would have taken Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and had people trade down into homes they could afford. That would have solved 75-80% of the problem. That would have left us with just these homes as a problem. My final comment is that we have reached the crest here in the US like most of europe. We are a country that needs to change from expansion Ideology to sustainment.
I have had one for a couple of weeks now. It is a comfortable heat like a heated seat in a car. They made a new battery for this that can start at 0 rather than 20 above. It is marked red lithium. I will say with my standard batteries I am getting about 3-4 hours per charge. The little emblem that shows the heat setting does garner a lot of conversation. I like it,but not quite ready to roll in the mud like I do with my carhartt or blaklader jackets.
I think testing at licensure is more important. The problems that I run into are interpretation by inspectors, loss of time because the wait for someone who has to service many contractors and repairing the work of fly by night contractors and DIYers. I once had to completely tear off a roof and some other work done by a contractor that was supposedly licensed and proudly displayed the BBB symbol on his vehicle. He had 74 failures on a 1000 sq ft roof.
I see the answer in privatization. Let construction managers and home inspectors pick this up and do away with the building inspectors. The crooks will still be there, but the good contractors can save time and it also provides a transition vocation for carpenters in later life.
Well just like the perfect deer rifle there is no right answer to that. Pitch of the roof, weight and even what it takes to get it up on the roof are all factors. I have a variety of tear off tools but like the malco monster and AJC tear off tool with replaceable teeth and slide plates. The latter I have shortened ones for steep tear offs. I think the rip cart could make the multi layer tear offs faster but unlike their propoganda it is still cutting and will still make a mess like we do when we retro in ridgevent. It will make the roof black and the workers grubby. Now I have a gutster also, but that, a craftsman twin-cutter and a 16# digging bar are my OH you bastard tools. I pretty much run the gamut from 5" hive or painters tools to a power pro prodigy to get things apart.
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