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Re: UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

My cheapo stand is a 18" solid core slab door from a builder surplus warehouse sitting on a pair of sawhorses. Biggest issue has been cutting long stock without enough support out on the ends. I made my own supports for the ends of the table. So extension wings or separate end supports (like the tripod ones mentioned or similar to the Saw Helper ones) would be my must-have.

Re: UPDATE: Winners Chosen in our 'Toward a Zero Energy Home' Book Givaway

I definitely follow all the superinsulation and renewable energy articles in the mag. Interested to see how they attack this from a return-on-investment perspective.

Re: Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved?

I enjoyed seeing this article. I just went through the same process with three 60-year-old double hung windows. The Historic Homeworks forum was a great resource while doing the work. I used a wood prep recipe from there, as well as found the link to order 10-lb of the Sarco putty.

The one thing the article doesn't really address is that full-on rehabilitating wood windows takes a lot of time. As a weekend warrior, I realize that you can apply a factor of 3 or 4 to how long it would take a professional.

There are many steps to stripping, repairing/prepping, re-glazing, and painting. And it seemed like each one had a dry/cure wait afterward that pushed out when I could do the next step. So, there was a lot of wait time in between the work.

In the end, I'm basically where I wanted to be- weatherproof windows that are better air sealed than before. They should last until I decide to replace the siding, add insulation, and possibly replace the windows as a bigger job.

The last couple are in better shape, and I'm thinking about skipping the full-on refurbish to just take care of the sills and trim. They're in better shape, and I just don't think I can put in the time to completely strip and rebuild.