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Old 02-16-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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90% of the DIY done to my house (before me) was done the cheapest, crappiest, and most unorthodox manner possible. Today I found another gem that I actually find charming.

In order to hang the medicine cabinet flushly they ripped a yardstick in half longways and used it as a spacer.


I think the business that advertises on the yardstick (a roofing company) might still exist, I've got to look it up tomorrow. It really made my day when I started my demo (peeling wall paper).

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Ever notice you don't find twisted nor warped yard sticks? You have some shims there that are probably of a much better grade wood than any shims produced today.

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On a similar note, when working at an old lumber company, a gentleman stopped by after demolishing an old barn on his property. The roof had been patched several decades earlier with one of the lumber company's tin signs from the early 1900's, and he was kind enough to save it from the demolition.

Necessity is sometimes the mother of invention...And carpenters can be a pretty inventive group.
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I keep thinking about the carpenter's wife. How long, do you suppose, she walked around the house saying, "Where did I put that D*MN yardstick?"
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I don't see the problem. He needed a piece of wood and found one the perfect thickness. It did the job perfectly for how many years.
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I used to pick up paint stirrers every time I went the big boxes to use as shims.
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I used to pick up paint stirrers every time I went the big boxes to use as shims.
I still do
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They're usually the same thickness as tub flanges. Pick up enough of them and you can fir out an entire wall.
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Me too.
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They're usually the same thickness as tub flanges. Pick up enough of them and you can fir out an entire wall.
For that much shimming, you'd go broke with the fasteners.

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