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Old 05-09-2010, 10:44 PM   #21
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I learned that the mark you leave on wood with your hammer is called a donkey track, because only an *** would do it!!!


I just learned that now...and I like it
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I wish I would have paid attention when they said be a lawyer.
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we call the 16 penny nail trick to hold some thing the 20 k year it will make up for a labor and doesnt talk back great trick marking sheating to rip rough or dry wall hold your tape with thumb on # and pensil on end let er fly, hammer drill 1/4 hole slam two galvy 16 same time to hold plates to concrete. any trick helps production goes in the vault
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When fastening 1x or 2x w/adhesive to block or concrete, if you don't have shot or anchors, drill 3/16 hole thru wood into concrete. Nail with either two 8 penny or one 16 penny w/pc tie wire . Holds tight untill adhesive sets. Today, with treated lumber, I suppose chemical would eat nails, but I never had a problem. Only used it interior. I don't think it's a big secret, but, whenever I do it around younger guys, they look stunned. Guess I'm gettin' old.
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I learned that the mark you leave on wood with your hammer is called a donkey track, because only an *** would do it!!!
Around here they are called PECKER TRACKS.

Their is a local guy named Dick Prince.

So now his nick name is (pecker tracks)

Get it dick prints same as pecker tracks
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Find a woman that loves to cook

Do your serious drinking at home

Don't put off your oil change

Swing hard in case you hit it
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if you dont have a tapcon but need to attach something to concrete drill a hole in the concrete then take a wedge of wood and slam it in there with your hammer till the hole is full of wood. Then you can screw somthing to it with a wood screw.


it will hold quite a bit for quite a long time.
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#1 Burn an inch
#2 how to lay out a perfect oval.


Both from the best carpenter I ever knew, and have the lumps on the back of my head to prove it.
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Never waste a boner.
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Making a mistake is inevitable.......being able to fix the mistake is skill. If you learn early on that you can fix most of your mistakes you will be a much better carpenter.

That is not to say go with that attitude that you can screw up and worry about it later.......but rather to not be scared to trust yourself and what you think might be a good idea.(Again, not necessarily meaning a good idea to cut corners)
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The simple act of making a story stick.
The simple task of making a perfect scribe.
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When a tapcon strips outand doesn't hold. Take a short piece of solid copper wire anything from 14-10gauge. Slide it in the hole then screw the tapcon back in. Holds tighter than you have ever seen.

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A thousand things. But right now here are just three pertaining to string:

1. Get another person to push down on the center of a long chalk line.

2. Use two 'offset' blocks and a guage block of the same size when stringing a fascia.

3. Lock your lines to nials with the '5 or 6 twist method', and they will come right off in a half second when you need them to... and not before.
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Keep your tools organized, easier to spend 5 mins putting them away then 30 looking for them.
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Some of them have become second nature, so it's hard to remember. I think I learned to mark with a carat, instead of a line, from my first employer some 40+ years ago.

1. Using mason's line blocks, rather than nails, to string siding courses.

2. Story poles.

3. Coping trim with a disc grinder.
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3. Lock your lines to nials with the '5 or 6 twist method', and they will come right off in a half second when you need them to... and not before.

Share Please...no one ever taught me anything about that...
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Share Please...no one ever taught me anything about that...
yup, i twist 6-7 times, then pull it onto itself. Comes off in a second I'll let Willie s'plain it to ya, he's better at that than me.

We've sorta done a tricks/methods blog before, but it's always fun and sometimes new stuff shows up.

stripped out holes in a door jamb from a hinge- drill it a little big bigger, then lightly hammer a wood golf tee in. cut it off, and you are good to go.

when measuring corners with a digital measurer- figure out beforehand where your machine is set at. Is it "0" folded up? or "0" out flat? it makes a difference in the number displayed.
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when toenailing the floor ribbon to the mudsil with a gun, flush up your lumber with the outside edge then drive your cats paw into the sil flush with the ribbon then nail, this will keep the riboon from being drawn in which you would otherwise have to beat back into place
I always just hold it out a little , shoot it . then hit with the hammer til it is flush.
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"if you want something done right then do it yourself."

"you don't need help, you've got a deadman."

go against the grain in life, but not with wood.

yeah, "doctors and lawyers and such"
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I took heed in what an "old timer" once told me - "There's not a single problem in the whole wide world.... that a good, stiff drink.... can't make worse!"

Seriously, there are so many tips I've picked up throughout the years, but I believe some of the best tips I ever got were; Try and always keep in mind to figure out ways (or pick them up along the way) to work smarter, not harder in everything we do. And never fail to ask questions if you don't fully understand something.

And never pass the buck when it comes to safety, because it isn't a one person job. Each of us should be responsible for the next person who uses the tools, materials, or equipment we've prepared or used.

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