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Old 05-10-2010, 06:08 PM   #62
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Need to roll a big log up an incline? Wrap a rope around it 7 or 8 (or more) times (Do this on both ends with two separate ropes.. with the ends coming off the top of the log... from the back) Pull on the ends of the ropes... they act like pulleys, and the log comes right on up.
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Similar to burning an inch...
When you need an accurate measurement and you cant lay your tape flat because you are in an alcove of some sort...say like installing a countertop between two walls, make a mark 10 inches from one wall, and then measure from the other side and add 10 inches to that measurement. This is only really necessary when you have to be exact to the 16th or so.
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Need to find the center of a big wall or long hunk of anything? Tape too short? Lousy at math?

Stand as close to the middle as you can eyeball.

Measure from one end to an easily recognizable number on the tape right in front of you... say,,, an even 28 feet.

Make a mark.

Turn the tape around, and do the same thing again from the other end..... same number.

Make another mark.

Now you can easily put your tape down between those two marks, and determine the middle. Doesn't matter if your marks were short of actually reaching the middle, or too long by a few inches.... just so long as you used the same measurement from both directions.
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Angle your tape along a piece of lumber to give you evenly spaced divisions. (This might take someone having to show you how.) But it's cool.
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Well, might as well mention bread in a copper pipe if there is still a trickle of water in it while you are trying to sweat the pipe.

Hook the claw of your hammer on a stubborn nail as near the wood as you can and work it to the side to get the nail out if needed. I have kind of damaged a hammer claw or two doing this eventually.

I have used a 16p nail to remove very small phillips head screws if only one or two if too small to remove with the point on my 5-n-1.

I will sometimes use a nail to predrill a hole to accept a nail.

I have also moved 8' to 10' walls on a piece of schedule 40 4" pipe.

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Well, might as well mention bread in a copper pipe if the is still a trickle of water in it while you are trying to sweat the pipe.
Yes, that one is timeless, and worth its weight in gold.
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Align two slightly bowed joists in a girder you're nailing up by driving an angled 16 in the top of the low one, and use your hammer as a prybar by hooking the nail with the claws, and pulling back against the top of the other joist. You'd be surprised how easily they begin to match up.
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Always try to reverse the bows in two pieces of lumber that are to be nailed together. Such as door jacks and studs.
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Cut off the tops of all your concrete form stakes so the screed board will not find them..
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Keep a speed square and a spring clamp at your chop saw.

When cutting two miters on a piece --Clip the speed square on the first miter --hook your tape measure on the square--and get an accurate measure.
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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.
We always use a really small drill bit and just twist it between thumb and forefinger of the other hand to drain the blood under a smashed finger.

True story: a carpenter overheard us talking about this and smashed his finger a few days later. He hadn't been paying quite enough attention to our discussion and missed a few important details, like the part about twisting the bit between thumb and forefinger. His wife saw him head into the bathroom with a cordless drill, then heard a loud scream a minute later. He had chucked the bit into his cordless and used that to drill through his fingernail. Needless to say, he overshot the mark and drilled into the nailbed. Apparently. that is fairly painful.
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Angle your tape along a piece of lumber to give you evenly spaced divisions. (This might take someone having to show you how.) But it's cool.
I am really curious about this one!
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Installing a shower door with a deep side channel---How to mark the hole locations onto tile?

Pull the ink cartridge out of a cheap ball point pen--Cut off the tip---Wala,Long marking tool.
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I am really curious about this one!
Place the tape measure at an angle across the work piece with the 0 aligned with one edge and another number that divides equally by the number of pieces that you want to divide the piece into on the other edge.

For example if you have a workpiece that is 1 ½" wide and you want to divide it into two pieces align the 0" and 2" markings with the edges and then scribe a mark at the 1" mark.

Perfect division every time. Similarly, if you wanted to divide the piece into three equal pieces align the 0" and 6" mark and then scribe marks at the 2" and 4" marks.

This will probably take some playing with to get the hang of it.
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Big one if you are recklessly working on a plywood roof with no teather......................

Sharpen the claws of your ripping hammer. This "Safety Brake System" has saved the life of almost everyone I know at one time or another (including me). And it also comes in handy to reach down and snag the side of a heavy beam.

Sure, ya gotta repair the hole in the plywood.... but you're alive!
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This goes along with the earlier mention of 'peening' (blunting) the points of your finish nails.....

Once blunted (or if the hardwood is hard enough, you can do the blunting right on the board) tap on the nail point with the head of the nail exactly where you intend to nail it. Turn the nail around, and nail it into the indentation you made.

Not only does it further help to curtail splitting, but it makes setting the nail later a WHOLE lot easier... sometimes you don't even have to bother with setting.
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We always use a really small drill bit and just twist it between thumb and forefinger of the other hand to drain the blood under a smashed finger.

True story: a carpenter overheard us talking about this and smashed his finger a few days later. He hadn't been paying quite enough attention to our discussion and missed a few important details, like the part about twisting the bit between thumb and forefinger. His wife saw him head into the bathroom with a cordless drill, then heard a loud scream a minute later. He had chucked the bit into his cordless and used that to drill through his fingernail. Needless to say, he overshot the mark and drilled into the nailbed. Apparently. that is fairly painful.

The other hand??? You hit the right thumb then roll a bit between the thumb and forefinger on the other hand?
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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......
I was told that was a 'carpenter knot'
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When I was about 15, working with my father, we scraped a 100+ year old tin roof that had been painted several times and then coated with tar several more, with 2" putty knives in August. It was probably 4-5 hundred square feet. Took it down to bare metal, patched the rust-throughs and recoated with black roof coating.

I learned from that experience, that I never wanted to do that again.
did you have your tyvek suit on and shrink wrap the whole house, collect all your paint chips with rubber gloves and plastic bags?

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