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Old 02-24-2009, 07:02 PM   #106
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that's ok, most of these tips are passalongs! makes them no less helpful!

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Yep, I didn't think mine up either. I got it from the Thompson's Remodeling AM radio show this past weekend.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:26 AM   #108
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I have one that you may not have heard on the radio, or that uncle Jake didn't tell you. It is geared more to construction than just as a little tip.
When you are crowning your floor joists prior to installation, you will typically mark the top side. Next time you are doing so, try to estimate the amount of crown in each board. Put a mark of your choice to indicate this. Then when you go to lay the boards in place, put the boards with the least crown at the ends of the room in question, with the highest crowns in the middle.
Boards at the end of a room are more closely tied to the walls, whereas the middle boards do not enjoy this extra support.
One minor benefit of doing this....the plywood goes on more smoothly.
If you have sighted down a set of joists, you have seen the ups and downs going the length of the room. If you shoot for this system, the whole floor seems to be much flatter.
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Need a bunch of small clamps, but can't bear the thought of paying three or four bucks apiece?

Try this:
Cut off a bunch of rings from a length of PVC pipe. Then cut each ring open on one side. You now have ready-made clamps at about a nickel each.

If you need to open them wider than you can do with your fingers, they can be drilled as shown, and opened wider with removable dowels.
Now this is just awesome!!!!!
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Need to drill some pilot holes for smaller nails? Can't find any drill bits the right size?

Don't worry about it.

Chuck up one of the nails you're using in your drill, point first, and simply cut off the head with side-cutter pliers. Makes a perfect, nail-size drill bit.
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here's one for any animal lovers out there that have to deal with their beloved dog or cat biting and chewing themselves raw. cortisone shots are expensive, they don't like to take pills, the baths don't do squat.... what to do????
simple, safe and cheap! take 2 cups of water, 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and add "20 mule team borax" (laundry section at local supermarket) until the mixture won't dissolve any more borax. then bathe, shampoo, rinse the animal as usual, BUT, rub this mixture on the body afterwards, avoiding the face (eyes) then do NOT rinse the animal, do NOT towel dry. let the mixture air dry on your pet. you should see almost immediate results.
at most the next day...

they will thank you for it, believe me....

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Old 04-03-2009, 07:41 AM   #112
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to save some big $$$s when buying roofing shingles for small jobs or even large sometimes, here's a trick. call around to building suppliers and ask them about the 'discontinued bundles they keep in that shed out back'.... i get all my shingles this way for the smaller jobs i do here. and the best part is i usually pay around $2 to $5 a bundle!! i've seen them have 30 and 40 bundles of the same type before too, so you may luck out and find enough for a whole house roof! the managers are usually happy to see them go too!!!!!
*happy hunting*

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and along those same lines, for windows, it pays to call building suppliers and ask for mis-measured or 'orphaned' windows they may have laying around out back. here are two 36"x54" i just got for $70 each by calling around.... brand new, double hung, low-e, built in J-channel, screens, nailing fins, etc.
when you're building it yourself, YOU do the rough-ins, so i think i can make these work nicely..... gotta love it when a simple phone call or two can save you hundreds of $$$!! i have two more lined up at another shop too....$50.00 each. but a bit smaller. Po)

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not necessarily a tip, but a cute trick i pulled on the kids...
get a round pencil and a glass-topped table. set pencil on table and tell the kids you can make the wood static! run a finger away from yourself a couple times under the glass, and on the third or fourth time, the pencil will follow your finger away from you! the kids loved it! then they tried to do it themselves.... and tried.... and tried.... while i silently chuckled to myself.....
cause while they were watching my hand, i rounded my lips a bit and silently blew the pencil across the table, making sure to follow IT with my hand... hehehehe

*enjoy!!*

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from this thread....
toilet problem

if you've got a toilet that's partially clogged, plunging is difficult as water will just rush by the clog. flush a few wadded up tissues or toilet paper to complete the clog. it's then much easier to plunge.
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never heard that one before, but it makes sense!
here's another... while framing, i'm doing a lot of toenailing of the studs. to keep them from moving while i'm hammering, i simply use a scrap block with a couple of nails to hammer ALMOST (leave a half inch or so of the nail exposed) all the way down on one side of the stud to keep it from moving, set the nails in tight, then pull the block and move it to the next spot it's needed.
loads of good tips here, people! keep it up!

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When you grab a nail, and find it has the head on the wrong end, don't throw it away. Save all those nails, because they are for the other wall behind you.

Sorry............. Gettin' punchy with all this typing.
Haha, I just laughed out loud.... at work!
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This may be a "repeat". If so, I apologize.

Need to do some soldering on a water pipe, but you just can't seem to get the water shut off completely? It insists on dripping just enough to keep the pipe cool. What an aggravation!

Plain old white bread shoved several inches into the pipe with a dowel will stop the leak long enough for you to complete the solder joint. And the bread will soon disolve, causing no problems. I don't use the crust, but I suppose that might be OK.
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i had heard that tip previously. it seems someone is trying to capitalize it. on my last trip to lowes/HD i saw "plumber's bread" for about $8 a pack. i'll stick to regular bread for $0.89 thank you.
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Doing some laminate work and need to join two edges perfectly? For instance, a 45 corner cut where both sides and the diagonal have to fit, all at the same time, with no room for error because the back edge does not overhang?

Well, first 'dry-fit' your back edges till they align just right. Let each side run all the way up into the corner, overlapping one another.

Now, mark the 45 line on the top piece with a pencil line. Slide that piece off, and brush some contact cement across the end of the bottom and along the underside of where you marked for the 45.

Set it aside to dry.

Leaving the second piece lying in place, do the same thing with it... except put the contact cement on the face of the laminate.

When all is dried, put your 'no-contact' spacer strips down on top of the bottom piece so the contact cement cannot make contact. (I usually use a clean, round extension cord, looped back and forth, and back and forth for this purpose.)

Fit the top piece back into place over the bottom piece where it was earlier. Make sure all your back edges are up tight against their original walls.

Start sliding the spacers out to let the top piece lower itself down on top of the bottom piece. Tap it firmly into place with a rubber mallet or use a hard roller. Basically, just get the corner glued together.

Now you are ready to put some 3/4" pieces of lumber under the "L" shape you've created so you can slide it out a foot or so.

Mark a pencil line on the 45, then clamp a straight edge back far enough on one side of the line to be able to run a straight-bit router down directly splitting the pencil line. Cut through both pieces at the same time.

This will create matching edges for your 45 corner.

Use some LT to separate the two pieces and clean off the surfaces. Dry-fit again, and you should find you have a perfectly matching corner.

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