November 1, 1989
Boring holes in a piece of sheet metal can present a drill-press operator with a potentially hazardous situation. Sometimes the piece won't fit in the drill-press vise, and clamps or…
March 1, 1989
When I have to install fiberglass insulation I make a pair of glove-like shields out of a pair of old gym socks. I cut off the toe and make a…
January 1, 1989
Gearing up for cold-weather construction.
March 1, 1987
After my last run-in with my radial-arm saw (finger remains, but with ugly scar), I decided that I needed a graphic reminder to use special care when my fingers get close…
January 1, 1987
What goes up mustn't come down accidentally.
September 1, 1986
The caliber of your work may have a lot to do with the future of your fingers
November 1, 1985
With three or four of the site-built wall jacks shown in the drawing, a two-man crew can lift 30-ft. to 40-ft. long stud walls. Each jack is made of a…
Anchor bolts and shear walls are the way to beef up older homes in earthquake-prone areas.
May 1, 1985
When an overhead garage-door spring breaks, it can do considerable property damage. But the potential for personal injury is even greater. Because of this possibility, whenever I service or install…
May 1, 1982
When plumbing and lining a frame, I use this trick if I encounter a stubborn exterior wall, bristling with headers and bowed outward. Nail a 2x4 scrap flat to the…
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