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Annabelle the jobsite dog.

Annabelle the jobsite dog.

Annabelle is our 11 pound Rat Terrier / Italian Greyhound. She is a sun worshipper and has been very envious when I go off to work on sunny days. So I thought I'd show her how hard and miserable it...



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Re: What's the Difference: Joint Sealing with Teflon Tape and Pipe Dope

I have used teflon tape for probably 35 years or more, but almost always on plastic, copper, brass, or bronze joints. And rarely with a leak. Today I spent hours assembling a complex manifold for a sprinkler system using galvanized steel pipe and fittings and bronze valves and hose bibs. I used Teflon tape, three layers, applied in the correct direction, and tightened the fittings very tight, but not so tight as to crack them. Fortunately I had the sense to pressure test it before I set it in concrete. It leaked all over the place.

Now I am going to have to take it all apart and redo it. If I use dope will I be happy, or will I just feel like a dope?

Re: What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?

Of course tape is not going to last. Only a young person would expect it to. :-)

Re: Hidden Giant Medicine Cabinet

Good article. I have actually been thinking about doing the same thing in my own bathroom. This and the comments will be very helpful.

As far as the wide swinging doors are concerned, you step back every time you open a door that swings towards you. Most people do that without a thought and will quickly adapt to doing it with these mirrors, too. And you are already standing back because of the counter so you don't really have to step back that much farther. In fact you'll probably just take a half step to the side and not go back at all. (I used to be a manufacturing engineer, so time and motion studies are in my background.)

I think the bigger issue is that you have to move the mirror every time you open the cabinet. That would not be a problem for me, but might get annoying for someone who keeps their make-up behind the mirror. That could lead to a lot of opening and closing. We currently have a gigantic mirror behind both sinks and one of those small, metal, mirrored built-in medicine cabinets on the side walls at each end of the counter. The operative word is "small". The older you get, the larger a medicine cabinet you need!

Re: When's the Right Time to Go Out on Your Own?

I don't think you want to go out on your own until you are confident in your own abilities, because running a business is a whole nuther layer on top of the actual construction work and you will get paid based on your ability in both. You don't want to be learning both at the same time.

Experience is key to learning skills. Every time you do something, you get better at it. So get as much experience as you can on someone else's dime before you go out on your own.

Remodeling is basically custom building with the added joy of demolition. If you have not been working for a remodel or custom homebuilding contractor, you should find work with one of them now. You need a variety of experience, not just the same standard tract house construction to current codes over and over. In remodeling you are going to have to work with different construction methods on nearly every house you touch. In some instances, you need to meld with them, in others you need to bring them up to code, but you will always be seeing something new - and frequently something that the original builder screwed up because they were in too big a hurry to get the job done. (You'd better not be prone to anxiety over other people's screw-ups or you will go nuts.)

Re: Annabelle the jobsite dog.

Hehe. Actually, two of her favorite things are hanging with her big guys and laying in the sun. Here she gets to do both. We're just not in the picture.

Re: What Happens if your Framing Gets Rained on? (Learn to use a Moisture Meter)

You frame with KD? Must be in some rich, dry state like Texas or CA. In Oregon you drive a nail and water splashes out of the wood.

Re: How To Save a Miscut Board From the Scrap Bin

Do they make a formulation for granite?

Re: Feds Consider Unprecedented Safety Rules for Tablesaws

cnckeith: I can't make a website about saw safety, but I can give you one suggestion to prevent injury around table saws - or any other kinds of tools. Don't ever put any of your body weight onto the workpiece. Keep as much of your weight as possible on your own two feet (or knees as sometimes happens on construction sites) and if you need to lean on something lean on something solid, not the workpiece, not even just a little bit for balance. Because if something goes wrong and the piece moves in a way you do not expect it to, you will find yourself off-balance. You could then fall into the tool or you could move your hand into the tool while intuitively trying to support yourself.

I would add that the same holds true for hand-held tools. Don't use them to support your weight.

Re: Feds Consider Unprecedented Safety Rules for Tablesaws

I don't like regulations like this, but I like my monthly health insurance bill even less. There is a technology which can prevent most table saw injuries. If a saw company chooses not to use it and the consumer chooses not to buy it then cuts his fingers off on a table saw, then either they or the table saw manufacturer should pay the bill, not me. Accidents will happen to all of us and that's what insurance is for, but a stupid choice is not an accident. We can't force rational thought, but we can remove the alternatives.

Re: Bosch's 360-Degree Dual-Plane Laser Level is Affordable and Versatile

What the heck? I made my comment on the video about the markers. Computers are weird.

Re: Bosch's 360-Degree Dual-Plane Laser Level is Affordable and Versatile

You can keep all those markers in one place and whole by putting a cap on both ends of an 8 to 10 inch piece of 2" PVC or ABS drain pipe. Glue one cap and put the markers inside.

Re: Lead Paint: The Fines Are Real

You can get fined for not handing out a federal pamphlet? I've renovated two houses that old without giving my wife a pamphlet. Am I in trouble?

Re: Scrap Your Nail Set and Make Your Hammer Work Harder

Uh oh! Now I bet you'll see one of these in a large orange or blue "building supply" store soon...

Re: Paint Your House and Live Mortgage Free

Yeah, ugly. And I see a lot of lawsuits in their future. Even without CCRs you can still sue to have an eyesore corrected. But most likely their requirements include facing a busy street, in which case it's all probably pretty ugly, anyway.

Re: Is Hitachi a fading brand?

After using Makita cordless drills (and one Ryobi) for 21 years, and hating NiCad batteries every day of those 21 years, I decided to invest in the lithium ion technology. I had been watching it and it seemed that they had finally become practical. So I trotted down to the hardware store, looked at the price tag, picked myself up off the floor and went home. I agonized over all the options until I finally said "screw it" and bought an 18V Hitachi set with a drill and an impact screwdriver. Wow! What an improvement. These tools can do what only corded tools could do before. If they were designed by some weird kid to look like a ridiculous green ray gun, so what? Pretty soon they were beat up enough for that not to be noticeable. I have been very happy with my decision but they do have one problem that seems to be shared by many brands: the forward/reverse buttons are very poorly positioned. I am forever bumping them and putting the thing into "neutral".

Re: Build This Sliding Truck-Bed Drawer, and Get Easy Access to All Your Tools

I should add another note on truck bed storage. If you Google for "pack saddle liner" and you'll find some narrow, tall white boxes with handles. They hold a lot, are incredibly strong, and are easy to lift in and out (unless you fill them with tire chains, towing equipment, and bungees as I have). You can bungee them to the side of your truck near the tailgate and they are handy for tossing that bag of hardware into, or those one or two cans of paint that you don't want rolling around the back of the truck.

Re: Build This Sliding Truck-Bed Drawer, and Get Easy Access to All Your Tools

That looks like a great idea. But if you don't have the time, or need to have more flexibility in the back of your truck, go to a marine supply store and buy an extendable boat hook. I keep mine set at 8' and resting on the side rails. The canopy clamps keep it in place unless you go over some really rough bumps and it is both out of the way and within easy reach when needed even if the bed is full of stuff.

Re: Can McMansions Help Solve Our Housing Crisis?

I've lived in single family dwellings from 800 sf to 3000 sf. My pleasure in living decreased as the size increased. If you are programmed by watching TV shows where the incomes of the characters are ridiculously mis-matched to their expensive houses, then you probably just cannot understand it, but big houses suck. They are chronic maintenance problems, require constant cleaning, and so take comfort and pleasure rather than give.

As my mom used to say when six of us were very happily living in a 960 sf house: GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY.

We currently live in that 3000 sf monstrosity. I am practically rebuilding it (it was built in the '80s, need I say more?) We have built an efficiency apartment in it and are currently renting it to an unemployed friend who is helping with the work. When the house is completed, we will probably move into the efficiency apartment, rent out the rest of the house, and retire with a modest income from that and our IRAs. Smaller is liberating.