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To kuzan: I don't think the intent of this mastered in a minute was intended to be comprehensive. And you are right...there is a lot more to be said on the subject and good prep is vital.
To mdornheim: Good point. I do the same. It's good insurance.
To Gampy1: I think you may have been slipped too much of the Schluter Ditra Kool-aid. While the Ditra system is designed to be foolproof, a conscientious tile installer can install an equally if not more long term product with attention to detail (i.e. pre-slope below the pan, overlapping wall membrane, clear weep holes, etc.) Time will tell how Ditra installations fare but most installations using 'outdated' materials I've removed were style and taste motivated. Those removed due to failure using portland based materials amounted to some unrelated lack of attention to detail and had nothing to do with the products themselves. The last friend I trained to install tile says that he often gets called now because he DOESN'T use Ditra...that is, he knows how and takes care to pay attention to detail in his product. If you're wondering, I've been setting since '92. Hope this helps with perspective.
It is easy to see the advantages of the tip above and the additional comments as well. However, it may be that one preliminary step has been overlooked. Privacy is at an all-time premium and nosiness at an all-time high! I can't tell you how many times a neighbor has expected me to grant access onto the client's property or into their home to see what I'm doing! If I'm going to preemptively, in writing, invite a neighbor to 'stop by' to 'air a grievance', I'm going to make sure the client is okay with this. I've gained respect and more work by being protective of my client's interests in this area. I simply explain that if I were working on their home instead, I would not let anyone come by and look around without the their permission. If the client doesn't want the traffic, limiting the invitation of communication to a call may be the course of wisdom!
When I did high work on suspended scaffold we used old phone books...they're usually in abundance and free! We'd fold a page onto itself, turn the page and keep going! I still keep one in my van for caulking.
Just wanted to get in on the contest and saw TunnelVision's entry. Let me just say...VERY NICE!
That being said, I am not one who has been able to specialize anymore and find myself wanting/needing a saw stand w/stops that is able to be accurate for trim & cabinetry but large and long enough to handle framing tasks too. I work out of a full size cargo van and would want it to easily fit inside to lock up. I would love to spend the time to work on and perfect one to my liking but I can't see making the time to do it. Call it a cop-out but that's how it is. I need to work on paying jobs right now. Maybe later. While having used one once a long time ago, when I didn't appreciate it, I now wonder if the Sawhelper Ultrafence is the answer. I know it's pricey but if it's paid for in a job or two it seems less expensive than the kind of time I would spend building one (I know, I'm slow) that is sure to be bulkier. I've read the reviews but I'm looking for any regular users to come back with their experience with it. I currently have a Trojan TWC and like its quick setup (I made a slightly larger 1" plywood table and replaced all of the thumbscrews with T-knobs) but it's a framer's stand for sure and has no stops for repetitive cut lengths.
Other than the satisfaction of having designed and built it myself (I know it's a good reason), I can't see any reason to work on reinventing the wheel when so many of you are way ahead of me. I look forward to the final designs to be published and hope to be surprised and inspired enough to get my butt into the garage and build one of my own.
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