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Old 05-10-2010, 01:54 PM   #41
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I heard an old timer call this trick a “Dutchman’s Corner”. It is used to join two “close, but not equal” width boards at a 90 with 45 deg miters. Just flush the short points and trim the long point to match the outer 90. There is an old German Café locally that has many antique dining tables that feature these miters. They can also be used to make up for minor mistakes in fascia joints and other common miters by sliding the miters and trimming. Useful on painted interior trim and works for other angled miters too.

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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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I know that as the Engineer's Hitch.
Picked it up doing site layout as a way
to hold string line on the engineer's tacks.
Loop around your finger, hold both the
standing and running ends with the other hand,
and twist 3 or 4 times.
Drop the loop over the tack (or nail or stake),
pull tight on the running end, then jerk it back
toward the tack til it bites, and loop it back around
toward the standing end.
I could show you in 2 seconds......
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Lipstick. Old ugly lipstick your wife, girlfriend, daughter, etc. bought, tried and abandoned forever. Use it on the end of latches and deadbolts to get an exact location for the recieving hardware. Bright clean crisp mark when you learn how little to put on. Particularly useful when retro fitting a deadbolt to an existing door.
Only trick I know. I thought everything else was just how you did things. Probably means I've been doing this too long.
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Work 40 hrs per week.
Get rid of the 28 oz hammer.
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I heard an old timer call this trick a “Dutchman’s Corner”. It is used to join two “close, but not equal” width boards at a 90 with 45 deg miters. Just flush the short points and trim the long point to match the outer 90. There is an old German Café locally that has many antique dining tables that feature these miters. They can also be used to make up for minor mistakes in fascia joints and other common miters by sliding the miters and trimming. Useful on painted interior trim and works for other angled miters too.
Birch, can you elaborate? I can't seem to quite get my head around this technique.

thanks!

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Lipstick. Old ugly lipstick your wife, girlfriend, daughter, etc. bought, tried and abandoned forever. Use it on the end of latches and deadbolts to get an exact location for the recieving hardware. Bright clean crisp mark when you learn how little to put on. Particularly useful when retro fitting a deadbolt to an existing door.
Only trick I know. I thought everything else was just how you did things. Probably means I've been doing this too long.
Would love to try it but I will not carry any lipstick on me or in my trailer because of the harassment I would receive. I just get a lot of pencil graphite on it and that seems to work ok for me!!
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I really think the radius with a string line and a nail in the center, with the other end wrapped around your pencil was a nice trick. Specially looks nice when you can bang out a radius in 30 seconds and some math
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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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I keep both ends of my pencil sharpened so I never have the wrong end.
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How could I have forgotten about burning an inch. It's almost second nature to me.

The oval with the nails and string?
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Don't forget about keeping a bar of soap in your pouch to scrape the threads of your screws against when installing windows.
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The burn one inch thing has me scratching my head now.
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Don't forget about keeping a bar of soap in your pouch to scrape the threads of your screws against when installing windows.
I use bee's wax.
Pour it into cupcake papers, and
a bit in a 1/4" hole drilled into the
end of my hammer handle.
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The burn one inch thing has me scratching my head now.
For me it is "cut a foot."
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The burn one inch thing has me scratching my head now.
It means that for exact measuring, you begin with the 1 inch mark on the START line, and measure from there.... then subtract 1 inch.

EXAMPLE start at 1 inch and measure out 11 inches for an exact 10 inches.
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Keep a sewing needle in your wallet. Heat it with a match and use it to painlessly (well almost) melt a tiny hole in a smashed finger nail to relieve the blood pressure. It usually keeps you from losing the nail. Keeps it from getting all black and ugly too.

Also, a spent match (cooled off) will attract dust and trash from the surface of your eyeball. Just touch the offending foreign matter with the head of the match.

Keep an eye-washing cup in the truck glove box.
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I think I've shown this one before.
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Because of their 'tear drop' shape you can use your chalk box for a makeshift plumb bob.
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It means that for exact measuring, you begin with the 1 inch mark on the START line, and measure from there.... then subtract 1 inch.

EXAMPLE start at 1 inch and measure out 11 inches for an exact 10 inches.
Hahaha, I feel a little ignorant now. I do that if I want a more accurate measurement. I was thinking of some reason why someone would char the end of a board or something.
I have been known to hang on to a tape ruler when I know the tip may not be quite right.
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Always reverse your level to check the bubble both ways if you are not perfectly certain you're using a good level.

And a 4' level on a stack of concrete blocks makes a pretty accurate "dumpy" builder's level when nothing else is available... sight down it like a rifle.

Also, learn to make a water level... one day it may just become the most valuable tool on the site when the batteries go south on the laser. (I carry one in my truck at all times. Yes I use it every now and then.)

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