Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With. - Off Topic (Non Trade) - Contractor Talk

Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-11-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


So I really enjoy the thread "tricks you learned from an old schooler" and I noticed a lot of comments that they didn't learn it from someone else but either figured out or stumbled upon a new way to do something. If you think you learned it from someone else please post it over on that thread. I wanted to start a new thread to share ideas and tricks to work smarter (and harder if needed) to get the job done right. Or to be better prepared and organized. Or even an unusual tool that has improved production or stressful issues. Pictures will be a big help in most cases
Unger.const is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ContractorTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

   

Advertisement

 

Old 06-11-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Helpful tricks and tips YOU came up with.-forumrunner_20140611_171921.jpg

I go through a lot of 3 inch screws so I buy in bulk but get tired of dragging a heavy bucket to and from a project that I might only use five pounds. I did some work with rustolum restore 10x paint and it came in these one gallon plastic paint cans. Pretty tough little containers. So I drilled a finger hole to open it and cut back the locking lip around the lid to prevent needing a screw driver to open it. Now I don't get wore down by dragging too much materials around.

Advertisement

Unger.const is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Unger.const For This Useful Post:
Tom Struble (06-11-2014)
Old 06-11-2014, 08:17 PM   #3
Pro
 
Tom Struble's Avatar
 
Trade: siding
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: west milford n.j.
Posts: 17,271
Rewards Points: 20

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


the small buckets that pool chemicals come in have a locking twist off lid,easy on/off
__________________
Tom
Tom Struble is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Tom Struble For This Useful Post:
SC sawdaddy (06-11-2014)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-11-2014, 08:56 PM   #4
Pro
 
SC sawdaddy's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,949
Rewards Points: 1,018

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


And the buckets make good toys for the dog.
__________________
No, you cant hold my hammer. Where is yours?
SC sawdaddy is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to SC sawdaddy For This Useful Post:
Tom Struble (06-12-2014), Tylerwalker32 (08-11-2014)
Old 06-11-2014, 09:00 PM   #5
Geometrist

 
Warren's Avatar
 
Trade: framing/remodeling
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 10,370
Rewards Points: 458

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


When setting a large window, tack a block on top of the top flange after you set it into the hole. Leave about 1/4" gap between the block and the window for adjustment. This way, the guy who helped pop it into the hole can be freed up to do other tasks.
Warren is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Warren For This Useful Post:
Tom Struble (06-12-2014), Unger.const (06-12-2014)
Old 06-11-2014, 09:11 PM   #6
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Struble View Post
the small buckets that pool chemicals come in have a locking twist off lid,easy on/off
I just have to stick a finger in to get going while you're still screwing off.........oh wait this isn't a family channel is it......chuckle chuckle snort (couldn't help myself)

I don't have any access to pool chemicals. But good to know if anyone else may.
Unger.const is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Unger.const For This Useful Post:
Tom Struble (06-12-2014)
Old 06-11-2014, 09:21 PM   #7
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


The Dewalt tstak units have been helping me get more organized. They are kinda limited for configuration. But here is a simple trick. Swap the lids on the long handle top with the deep well box and you can get some bigger tools in them

Helpful tricks and tips YOU came up with.-forumrunner_20140611_191651.jpg

By swapping the tops of the two left boxes you will get the hybrid box on the right.

Helpful tricks and tips YOU came up with.-forumrunner_20140611_191746.jpg
Inside the deep well box I have an M18 Sawzall (battery off though) M18 circ saw (batt can be on) and TWO M18 impact drivers (batteries can be on also)
Unger.const is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Unger.const For This Useful Post:
pinwheel (07-11-2014)
Old 06-13-2014, 07:40 PM   #8
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Warren View Post
When setting a large window, tack a block on top of the top flange after you set it into the hole. Leave about 1/4" gap between the block and the window for adjustment. This way, the guy who helped pop it into the hole can be freed up to do other tasks.
Have you done this trick by yourself assuming you can lift a larger window by yourself?
Unger.const is offline  
Old 06-13-2014, 07:45 PM   #9
Geometrist

 
Warren's Avatar
 
Trade: framing/remodeling
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 10,370
Rewards Points: 458

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Unger.const View Post
Have you done this trick by yourself assuming you can lift a larger window by yourself?
We do it all the time now, often solo. For a small window, it reduces the time that you need to spend making sure the window doesn't topple out of the opening.
Warren is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Warren For This Useful Post:
mikeswoods (07-11-2014), Unger.const (07-12-2014)
Old 06-13-2014, 07:54 PM   #10
Pro
 
MarkJames's Avatar
 
Trade: Essential Handyman Services
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 10,497
Rewards Points: 19,505

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Unger.const View Post
So I really enjoy the thread "tricks you learned from an old schooler" and I noticed a lot of comments that they didn't learn it from someone else but either figured out or stumbled upon a new way to do something. If you think you learned it from someone else please post it over on that thread. I wanted to start a new thread to share ideas and tricks to work smarter (and harder if needed) to get the job done right. Or to be better prepared and organized. Or even an unusual tool that has improved production or stressful issues. Pictures will be a big help in most cases
Maybe this isn't a big deal, or that it's unique, but anyway. For easy-sand repairs I like to use a pocket flashlight for putting on the final coat, and sometimes even the 2nd coat. Usually I find a little something that makes it worth it.
MarkJames is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to MarkJames For This Useful Post:
Metro M & L (07-31-2014), Unger.const (07-12-2014)
Old 06-13-2014, 08:42 PM   #11
Pro
 
PoleBarnsNY's Avatar
 
Trade: Pole Barn Builder
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Rochester NY Serving all of WNY
Posts: 403
Rewards Points: 1,419

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Two truck tool boxes. One deep one for tools and the other for fasteners.

Mounted a lockable cross brace to my ladder rack that I hang all of my cords, hoses chains, come-alongs, ropes on. Both sides attach with a padlock

Trailer with a flop down gate. I welded up a front rack as high as the back gate and I seconds as a ladder, lumber rack with lots of room underneath for equipment and large tools like compressors, wheel barrows, generators, etc

Dollar store see thru containers - buy every closeable see thru container they have for a buck that fits about ten pounds of fasteners in them that we put in the second truck tool box. We break about one a week but who cares. 50 bucks a year for large see thru organization. Fast, cheap, easy.

We use a tow behind man lift a lot. We take a four wheeler with us to the job to move it instead of the truck because it is Waaaay faster.

We removed the foot handle on our tamper and replaced it with an eight foot with a t handle at the four foot, six foot and 8 foot mark so we can tamp comfortably in 1 foot lifts. It is made out of threaded pipe so we could put tees in for the t handles.

I have separate tools boxes or buckets for every phase of projects we do. For example, we have a box that has all the tools needed to install four garage doors at the same time. On that day we install garage doors them, we grab that box and slam them up without having to go get anything else. It's all in that one box.
PoleBarnsNY is offline  
Old 07-10-2014, 10:35 PM   #12
Pro
 
totes's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Bend Oregon
Posts: 551
Rewards Points: 910

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Is there anything beer can't do? Really?
I found my self in a bind today on a job it the country, and I got through it without adhesive on my hammer! This works surprisingly well.
Thank you beer.
Attached Thumbnails
Helpful tricks and tips YOU came up with.-img_3433.jpg  
__________________
"faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money"
totes is offline  
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to totes For This Useful Post:
BlueRidgeGreen (08-11-2014), Builders Inc. (11-15-2015), mikeswoods (07-11-2014), woodworkbykirk (11-29-2014)
Old 07-10-2014, 10:56 PM   #13
Joseph A. Capece
 
CENTERLINE MV's Avatar
 
Trade: Builder - General
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Martha's Vineyard, MA
Posts: 1,802
Rewards Points: 1,432

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


For most of my corded tools I coil up the cords in a loop and then shove the loop through the handle (most people seem to just wrap the cords around the tool). When it comes to getting the tool ready for action, one pull on the cord out of the handle & it's free & unwound.
__________________
Follow us on FACEBOOK
www.centerlinebuilders.net
Martha's Vineyard General Contractors - Builders -
Commercial/Residential - Additions - Renovations
CENTERLINE MV is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to CENTERLINE MV For This Useful Post:
asevereid (07-10-2014)
Old 07-10-2014, 11:33 PM   #14
Hack
 
asevereid's Avatar
 
Trade: Carpenter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
Posts: 2,946
Rewards Points: 412

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Quote:
Originally Posted by CENTERLINE MV View Post
For most of my corded tools I coil up the cords in a loop and then shove the loop through the handle (most people seem to just wrap the cords around the tool). When it comes to getting the tool ready for action, one pull on the cord out of the handle & it's free & unwound.
Do that all the time.
__________________
How to figure your pricing:
http://goo.gl/Il8c2
L+M+O+P/ Pricing, Estimating, And Success
Charging tree fiddy per lineal BOB
asevereid is offline  
Old 07-11-2014, 12:50 AM   #15
Particulate Filter
 
Metro M & L's Avatar
 
Trade: Flooring
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 4,430
Rewards Points: 1,484

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Bungee ball cords to hold the dustbag on the drum sander. Much better than tying the string.

Water based floor finish applicators go in a 1 x 3 tote with four inches of water along with a paint tray. The last set of pad and tbar lasted a year. Never had a problem with metallic reactions either.

When cutting short pieces of shoe grab a piece long enough for two cuts. Miter each side then hold each end in position and mark with razor knife. Voila two perfect pieces in one trip.
__________________
"A smart man learns from his mistakes; a wise man learns from the mistakes of others."

www.portlandhardwoodrefinishing.com
Metro M & L is offline  
Old 07-13-2014, 01:48 AM   #16
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Quote:
Originally Posted by totes
Is there anything beer can't do? Really?
I found my self in a bind today on a job it the country, and I got through it without adhesive on my hammer! This works surprisingly well.
Thank you beer.
My 40oz beer bottle doesn't seem to fit! Haha

Clever thinking though!
Unger.const is offline  
Old 07-13-2014, 07:02 AM   #17
Trees are Cool
 
pdmig's Avatar
 
Trade: Carpenter Builder
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 195
Rewards Points: 215

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


I had to move some 20' 2x12's from the delivery drop to the house site. They were almost too heavy to lift. So I put (the also delivered) 20' 2x4's down like a rail. It was easy to slide the 2x12's along. Only lifting half and they would steer easy by just tipping them.

I still had to lift them in to position but it saved some time and my back.
pdmig is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to pdmig For This Useful Post:
Gary H (07-13-2014)
Old 07-31-2014, 12:04 AM   #18
Pro
 
Unger.const's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Oregon
Posts: 1,635
Rewards Points: 3,054

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Have a lot of power tool batteries. Some have a power level on them some don't. So in order to save time of poking the fuel gauge button or plugging it into a tool and hit the trigger to find out its a dead battery. We lay the batteries on their side which helps indicate to someone else to not to waste time seeing if that battery is fresh or not.
Unger.const is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Unger.const For This Useful Post:
Metro M & L (07-31-2014), mikecarsy (12-05-2015)
Old 07-31-2014, 12:35 AM   #19
diplomat
 
Golden view's Avatar
 
Trade: Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: PDX
Posts: 5,292
Rewards Points: 1,550

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Dead batteries to the left of the charger, charged to the right. Then the hot ones wait in line to cool.
__________________
You make something idiot proof and the world invents a better idiot.
Golden view is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Golden view For This Useful Post:
Metro M & L (07-31-2014)
Old 08-09-2014, 03:38 PM   #20
Pro
 
totes's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Bend Oregon
Posts: 551
Rewards Points: 910

Re: Helpful Tricks And Tips YOU Came Up With.


Helpful tricks and tips YOU came up with.-image-4280909026.jpg

About to paint and can't find your duster attachment?

Advertisement

__________________
"faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money"
totes is offline  
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to totes For This Useful Post:
MarkJames (11-27-2014), Metro M & L (08-11-2014), Roofcheck (11-16-2014), Tom Struble (08-09-2014)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Onyx tips and tricks TheOnyxGuy Kitchens & Baths 5 09-15-2015 04:40 PM
Frameless shower tips and tricks wanted divineinc Kitchens & Baths 7 02-24-2014 04:06 PM
PVC trim tips and tricks BCConstruction Finish Carpentry 52 05-13-2013 08:11 PM
Any tips, tricks or advice on the Aventos HL? DaVinciRemodel Finish Carpentry 5 10-11-2011 10:20 AM
website development, tips and tricks Bleed Technology 6 02-08-2009 11:41 PM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS ONLY!

At DrywallTalk.com we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created www.DIYChatroom.com DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?