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Old 07-25-2010, 12:47 PM   #1891
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I'm guessing the U.S. Congress once again extending the unemployment benefits wouldn't cause a disappearance-effect on Canadian elves. Those little buggers are there somewhere...maybe swimming with the Orcas.
Well, of course, that's it!

Trouble is these days, it's so damn hard to find good help, and when you do you can't keep it!

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Old 07-25-2010, 12:53 PM   #1892
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All righty then...I have been in deep and heavy consultation with my two most trusted advisers, and between the three of us we have come up with what appears to be a faster and effective system.

With just a little preparation, the time to install each strip has now decreased dramatically.

First, I put the next strip up on top right next to where it will be glued on. I use a couple of extra hands for this...not my wife's of course...she's busy working out in the garden already.

This is my third hand...
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:55 PM   #1893
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Get the strip all ready to go...
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Trouble is these days, it's so damn hard to find good help, and when you do you can't keep it!
And with that I offer a resounding AMEN!
I have spent decades training my competition...and I'm still looking for help. Must be a neurological disorder.
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And with that I offer a resounding AMEN!
I have spent decades training my competition...and I'm still looking for help. Must be a neurological disorder.
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:02 PM   #1896
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...and now back to our regularly scheduled program...

Get everything all glued up, this took me just over two minutes, then clamp the starting end like so...
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And then - and this is the big time saver - NAIL THE REST OF THE STRIP ON!

I close it off with a clamp right over the very end of the strip just to make sure there is adequate pressure on the glue joint there.

Including the time consumed taking pix, this took me 5 minutes. And as long as the sun is not shining on the glue, this seems to be more than enough time.
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Now, that first strip was only a partial length, as I have built in a 15" stagger as the rows go out, so I was able to glue that up all at one time.

This next one is an 11 footer, and now I'm using a slightly different approach, which keeps my open glue times very short.

Same as the last one, lay the strip out ready to go...put glue on just the first half of the strip and the same distance on the previously attached strip.

Quickly put the strip in place and get the clamp on at the join. Put two or three nails in at about two feet spacing. That's enough, you need the finishing end of the strip to stay open to get the glue brush in..
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Right...so you can see how there is just enough room to get glue in there now. It's a tiny bit trickier this way, but the open times are way shorter. All I need to do is clamp each end of the board, and fill the rest of the space up with nails.

It's also a happy coincidence that using nails keeps the wood in line. Instead of the wood sliding up and down - which it wants to do - it can't go anywhere.

So what all this means is that I owe a huge vote of thanks to my trusted advisers!
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And in what seemed like no time at all, I was at the end of the row. I think it's a safe bet that this has halved the time to do the installs. That's a really significant time saving.

But more importantly is the fact that the glue will have a far better chance of not opening up. We need to remember that on the outboard side of the railing that there will always be some outward force acting on the wood to try and open it up.

Maybe on the very outside row I will cheat and put in some stainless steel screws at the ends and then plug them. The extra time spent should be good insurance.
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Note the lack of clamps in that last pic. What a time saver this has turned out to be!
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Man, now is a fine time for me to remember,.. when I was gluing up a bending hand rail I used a small roller to put my glue on with. There was no way to glue seven strips and clamp all together in 20 minutes without using a roller, at least for me.

Buddy, you are on a roll now. When you explained what you were doing I started to hyperventilate, I love to see a good plan come together. Using the board clamped on as a table is a great idea and a great time saver. You da man

Thanks for the site where you got your information on your electrical system, I am going to check it out. I have been interested in that kind of thing for a few years now.

Barb, thank you for tell me about the Kill-A-Watt, I will be checking them out, it would be of benefit to know what our appliances are pulling.

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Jim:

When we first came to the island here, the only power was a battery bank and an old generator.

As soon as I got here, one of our neighbours turned us on to the Home Power Magazine, and what a godsend that was.

I used to buy the mag faithfully at our local magazine store, and then when we finally were able to get online - at the end of '07 - I discovered you could get an online subscription for something like 10 bucks a year! It looks like mine has lapsed...tut tut...I will have to get that renewed PDQ.
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When we first came to the island here, the only power was a battery bank and an old generator.

As soon as I got here, one of our neighbours turned us on to the Home Power Magazine, and what a godsend that was.

I used to buy the mag faithfully at our local magazine store, and then when we finally were able to get online - at the end of '07 - I discovered you could get an online subscription for something like 10 bucks a year! It looks like mine has lapsed...tut tut...I will have to get that renewed PDQ.
Thanks buddy, I appreciate you telling me about that. I will look it up online.

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For anyone else who may be interested try http://www.homepower.com

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