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Old 02-13-2007, 03:20 PM   #21
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the only time I had to use this formula was on xmen3... they had some plywood arcs (4" wide, 7'6" long) leaning against the wall - we were to figure out what the radius was that was used to cut them, cause we had to make a round set.... well the fomula worked, but argueing with 4 other ego inflated carpenter wannabe's and a$$kissers...
well we got it done, but wow- took way longer that it should'a...
big egos in film? who'da figured that? LOL

I have the whole thing on a piece of paper ifn' ya want me to email it to ya.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:28 PM   #22
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keep your levels in a piece of 3" pvc. fuel reciepts from the pump fade in humid weather
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Yeah. i'd like to see it. i may have known it at one time but it's been 35 years since geometry and trig. Some stuff you remember because you use it once in a while. The rest is buried with my diploma and year book.

You can pm me or just post it. It might be of interest to some of the others.
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Old 02-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #24
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I carry a huge bag of golf tee's for that purpose. work like a dream. and you can just break them off.
(smack's head) of course! excellent idea!!!!

trying to figure out how to post a pic of that formula...
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[QUOTE=Mrmac204;193998](smack's head) of course! excellent idea!!!!

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Ditto on that , whenever I'm renewing doors i always have to plug old screw holes and have to whittle down scraps of wood for it, not any more !
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take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves
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You can also use toothpicks instead of golf tees.

If your speaker wires are not marked you can use a flashlight battery to Identify them. Touch each end of the wires to the top and botoom of the battery. It will make a clicking sound in the speaker that it's attached to.

A cell phone lcd screen can be used as a flashlight.

A piece of PEX can extend the life of your short pencil.

Padded moving blankets make great drop cloths for tools. However they are slippery when on finished wood floors.

Don't eat yellow snow.

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When pushing light snow with a shovel, use two shovels and cut a 4 ' swath . I just did that.

Cover your driveway with your old concrete blankets before it snows and then shovel and pull them up after it stops. You get a nice clean drivway with no snowpack. I just did that too.
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Clean up your site at the end of every day: ciggarette butts, coffee cups, wrappers, and whatnot. Stack all your materials to one side, sweep,tidy up. You'd be AMAZED at the positive vibes from the customer, even if the workmanship is not so great.

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Old 02-14-2007, 04:10 AM   #30
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When pushing light snow with a shovel, use two shovels and cut a 4 ' swath . I just did that.

Cover your driveway with your old concrete blankets before it snows and then shovel and pull them up after it stops. You get a nice clean drivway with no snowpack. I just did that too.
on the subject of snow...
Snow is easier to clean up before it has been walked on and packed down or melted and refroze

coming back to finish nailing off sheathing is fine as long as you actually come back and nail off the sheathing- rolling out the gun again because you forgot takes more time
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Spray PAM or WD40 on your snow shovel to prevent the snow from sticking. First make sure the shovel is dry. Then spay the surface and wipe off the excess PAM or WD40 with a dry rag. Wiping off the excess seems to work the best.
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Cover your truck with a large tarp before it snows. It really comes in handy if you are running late.
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If your wipers flip up, do it the night of a snow or ice storm. They wont be all frozen to the windshield.
Wear shirts that have a pocket and carry a pad and pen so you can jot down important stuff you think about during the day.
Keep a spare key to your vehicle in your wallet in case you lock yourself out.
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sometimes when mounting a door hinge, the screw goes off to one side- so I back it out, and tap a sliver of wood (round as possible) into the hole- then put the screw back in...

Golf tees work perfect for this and other large hole fillers...always a good reason to get to the range, too..........(business expense and all y'know)
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So I wasnt the only one with that idea...
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Never buy a jumbo box of golf tees for the idea in post #34,#35, the box will keep opening and your trailer will be littered with tees. You will also feel the need to golf and not to work.
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:32 PM   #37
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So I wasnt the only one with that idea...
ya but you got the rights to it cause you said it first- so you get a nickel every time someone use's a golf tee on a door...

so on that hinge thing you mentioned on another thread- I am not sure that I completely follow- you are putting your small nail punch in the hinge, and then closing the door, effectively pinching the punch between the two hinge leaves?

and that vice grip thing- I looked at my bathroom door hinges, but the knuckle is larger than the ?? hinge leaves? so how would you get the vice grip to grip onto the hinge?
or do you just then whale on it with a big hammer?
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make sure that you are on the side that is not swinging. ie, if it is a right hand door, go on the left hand side. open the door. just put the top of the punch, not the punch side, or the whole punch, just the hammering end against on set of knuckles. Close the door until you get resistance and then bounce the door a couple of times, move it up and down the same hinge repeating the action. On the top, go on the right hand side of a right hand door, I actually use the straight claw finish hammer instead of the vice grips now. So if you dont have a straight claw finish hammer use the vice grips, but I will explain it using the hammer this time. close the door all of the way, put your straight claws on the hinge, not very much will go on, but open it slightly, close again, move down the claw a little more, and repeat. sometimes I use my mallet to hit the claw down further on the top hinge.
that is probably not a very good explination though. sorry.
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ok thanks! I got it now- its actually springing/bending the hinge slightly in or out... this sounds way faster than fussing around with cardboard etc...
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Do not try to hurry and cash that check, It will possibly bounce, the bank stamps it and your done, ask if there is sufficient funds for the particular check, and they will tell u yes or no. If no hold it and try again, many people figure you cashed it and are screwed, then put funds back in the bank, continue to try until u have success, sometimes it wont work but often it does.

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