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Old 11-08-2014, 07:25 PM   #21
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Besides the trim, my hilti laser, table saw, miter saw, and compressor I can pretty much trim the hole house start to finish besides the paint.
Guess you don't use that stud finder much lol

How you getting on with them joist hanger things? They need to be bigger. I can't get them to fit over 90% of my PT lumber. I have to smash them on with a hammer. The hanger clips are working great though. I might modify they joist hanger things though. They are pretty ****.
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Cordless would be good!

Laser measure is supposed to be accurate to 1/16"
http://www.boschtools.com/products/t...px?pid=DLR130K
I bought the Bosch recently. I found it to be extremely accurate.
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A biscuit jointer or domino

Simple or complex Kreg pocket hole drilling kit.

A laser level: x and y axis.

Bevel gauge

Tajima chalk line or a chalk line with 50lb catfish line in it ( instead of that 1/4" cotton line most chalk boxes come with)

Trammel points

I'm good with the generic (general) scribes, (they don't have to say "fast cap" or "lee valley"on the side of them.)

Diamond stones and water stones to eventually sharpen your chisels.

... I'm sure there's more, but the are the basics to get started.
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A good 6" combination square--handy as a depth gauge when making jamb extenders.
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Laser levels are great, but I still use a bubble level for door frames and such.
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Laser levels are great, but I still use a bubble level for door frames and such.
Agreed. But lasers are awesome for hanging chair, crown, and tons of other uses. I even set mine up throwing a plumb laser line to measure off a wall and determine how out of level it was since it had chair on it and I couldn't put a level up against the wall.
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Agreed. But lasers are awesome for hanging chair, crown, and tons of other uses.
Mostly I'll set up a 360 degree laser level to see how non-level things are before I decide how I'll approach things in an old house. Needless to say, trim isn't always done level
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Laser levels are great, but I still use a bubble level for door frames and such.
Yep. Another must have tool is a stabila jamber level. Must have for setting doors.
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Yep. Another must have tool is a stabila jamber level. Must have for setting doors.
Am I hack cause all I have is a 6' Blue Empire for setting doors?

Don't worry, the Stabila is on the tool purchase list. I'm going in baby steps though (or not so baby...)
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Needless to say, trim isn't always done level
Agreed.
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I dont know how I use to install doors with a 4' level.. my jammer set is the cats meow!

A 6" combo square is probly my most used tool along with my tape when doing trim.

Also a fat round pencil!!! Fits behind the ear nice!
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I usually shoot the laser twice to make sure I get the same number. Then add a little to it and spring it into place. I still use a tape for kerf/square or outside corners
I guess they are good to use.I am old I guess and not used to all those fang dagled electronic devices
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I guess they are good to use.I am old I guess and not used to all those fang dagled electronic devices
You can walk into an occupied house and get accurate measurements in every room just about as fast as you can walk around, even if you have to hold it just below the crown.

IMO, it already paid for its self, but it paid for its self again when I had to do this in an occupied house.
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Collins clamp
Kreg marking jig
Good sharp block plane
23ga pinner
Brad nailer
15ga angled finish nailer
Collins coping foot
Festool ras
Tracksaw
Sliding miter saw
Tablesaw
Stabilia jamber set
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Fast cap scribe.
23g bosch nailer
Kick assss extension wings for any miter saw
FEstool MIDI
Festool Sander 150/3 or 150/5
Low angle block plane ( lie nielson Apron plane, or lee valley low angle rabbit plane)
Combo square 6"


I'm liking the looks of the new bostitch finish nailers. Hows about a 18 and 15 to get going.
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Am I hack cause all I have is a 6' Blue Empire for setting doors?

Don't worry, the Stabila is on the tool purchase list. I'm going in baby steps though (or not so baby...)
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Mechanical pencils. A nice fine line helps with accuracy.
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I have my eye on the new 16 ga bostich. Very cool tip.

How does everyone like the fast cap scribe? I have one and I think they could of done a better job with how the pencil is held in.

And what's everyone using the Festool Sanders for when installing trim? I'm guessing the ras is for copping?

And what about track saws for trim? Where you guys using them? If im ripping alot when trimming i use the small dewalt table saw with a combo blade.
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I used my tracksaw this week for ripping some tapered extensions for windows that were over 8ft long. Had the table saw out also, but for the longer ones it was easier to just set the track on it and go.

I watched some YouTube videos of the ras coping. It looks good but didn't seem all that faster than a coping saw. Not saying that's true, could've just been the guy I was watching. I have a Collins foot for my jigsaw, but I've never taken the time to put it on and play with it.
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I have my eye on the new 16 ga bostich. Very cool tip.

How does everyone like the fast cap scribe? I have one and I think they could of done a better job with how the pencil is held in.

And what's everyone using the Festool Sanders for when installing trim? I'm guessing the ras is for copping?

And what about track saws for trim? Where you guys using them? If im ripping alot when trimming i use the small dewalt table saw with a combo blade.
I have the fast cap scribe and never had anything else so I can't say for sure how it compares. It works, it's a little awkward I guess but I don't take the pencil out that much.

RAS for coping or scribing anything. Just got it, much nicer than an angle grinder with sandpaper. The RAS isn't dustless but it's much better.

Tracksaw is for back cutting for a scribe to remove as much as you can. Or anything else you want to use it for. Lol. We do everything pretty much so I don't know what the typical finish carpenter is doing. I use it for building cabinets, cutting flooring, trim, whatever I need to use it on.

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