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Old 12-19-2011, 02:06 PM   #5911
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It is certainly a fascinating read written by an accomplished professional.

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Old 12-19-2011, 05:19 PM   #5912
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amazing thread, I have been reading a few pages every night on my phone while in bed, for about the last 6 months, I'm on page 247 now (date 11-5-2010), it's like reading a great book every night. I cannot wait to get to the end (hopefully u never stop posting)

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Well, what can I say but thankyou very much for your most kind comment.

Maybe by the time the house is done you will be all caught up!

And a warm welcome to the thread!
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:29 PM   #5913
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Today was another trip over to town to return the last two batteries out of the original 8 which were bought in September.

When I got to the battery place the other four batteries were still on the charger there, and still taking in power. So it looks like they have succeeded in bringing them back. The boss was not there this morning - he's in this store tomorrow - so I will be dropping in before I pick up the missus who should be returning from Vancouver after her three week sojourn.

Went to the House of Pot for a couple more of the great new LED's, and asked about renting a power stretcher for the carpet just put down in the master bedroom. They don't have one...hmmm.

I suppose that means I will have to see what I have around here to cobble one together. I did look at what they are worth, and the typical price seems to be around $600. Most of them seem to have about a 22' reach, which I guess is fine for your small rooms (hahaha) but I will need something that gets a bit farther than that. That'll teach me to make a medium size bedroom!

Back when I see what I can find...
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Well, all right...

I put together a motley collection of 4 x 4's, some 1 x 3's, a few clamps, a hydraulic jack, and took the pad off a kicker and screwed it to the end of a 4 x 4.

Instant power stretcher.

The stretcher runs off the far wall at an angle, so I already had a piece of 4 x 4 with an oddball angle already cut, seemed to be a pretty close fit.

Yeah, I know I don't even have the carpet against the wall cut yet, but I just had to test this contraption out. Rube Goldberg would be proud.
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It doesn't much matter how long I need it, just add whatever length of 4 x 4 it takes to do the job, and join it with a couple of clamps holding some 1 x 3 against the sides.
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OK, now here's the piece de resistance, a small hydraulic jack which provides about 10 times more power than I should ever need.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure that the carpet tape will be strong enough to hold if I wind the pressure up to a couple of tons...

Perhaps I will take it easy at first.
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And here's the business end of this magnificent creation.

I took the pad off the kicker and screwed the kicker on to the end of a slightly reduced 4 x 4.
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The Crain Company and the Roberts people have just issued a kill order for you Keith. You are now on their "hit-list". Be alert. Your assassination could be imminent.
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As usual, it's dark as I'm trying to take these pics, so the whole thing here looks a bit faint. But here's the whole meal deal.

Does it work you say? Does a bear **** in the woods? Of course it works. You don't think I'd show you this engineering marvel if it didn't do you?

Now I know you legitimate carpet guys are going to be rolling your eyes at this, but it really does work.

Any idea how I go about getting a patent on this design?
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The Crain Company and the Roberts people have just issued a kill order for you Keith. You are now on their "hit-list". Be alert. Your assassination could be imminent.
That's OK...they gotta find me first, and I move pretty fast sometimes!

You don't happen to know any cheapie Chinese manufacturers who could put this thing together for less than ten bucks do you?

I figure with you as my business agent, we couldn't lose!
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As a matter of fact I might.
Just so happens a friend of mine makes frequent trips to Hong Kong and is the creator of several knock offs that are being manufactured in China. Well crap! Now Crain and Roberts will be targeting me too.
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As a matter of fact I might.
Just so happens a friend of mine makes frequent trips to Hong Kong and is the creator of several knock offs that are being manufactured in China. Well crap! Now Crain and Roberts will be targeting me too.
The least we can do is to go down fighting Bud!
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Ya might needa couple of lawyers, how about using Catchum and Cheatum Law firm.

Man I just knew you would come up with something instead of taking a $600 hit. I hope the jack don't leak on the carpet.
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I'm baaaack! Downrightart lost her password and I guess DIY password helpers went up North to help Santa out. So I snuck in the back door with my real name. Hey Keith and all the hands that have popped in and out! Always nice to see folks jumping in asking questions and helping. I love it! :D

Holy cow! Keith, how in the world do you do this buddy? You are truly one talented amazing man! The Boss and I have been working in our backyard this year and I've not had a chance to do much of anything until a few months ago. I posted pics over on CraftForum in the decorating forum if you wanna see'em. New addition to the shed, extention on the backporch and a top. And I'm tired! LOL! You are making us young old folks look lazy! :D

So, you have farmed yourself out to help the neighbors in the midst of building a mansion too??? Good grief man! Uh....ya just didn't have enough to do, huh?

Okay, I have some questions and I may have missed the answers of your explanation.

When installing that deck (log home)over the water supply thing, how do you get to it if something major happens?

Have I missed pics on how you made the forming of your deck out on the water? I meant to ask this last time, and well, I got busy. Just was curious if you had pics of how you did that.
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Ya might needa couple of lawyers, how about using Catchum and Cheatum Law firm.

Man I just knew you would come up with something instead of taking a $600 hit. I hope the jack don't leak on the carpet.
Jim...I tried those guys last year, but I'm sorry to say the law caught up with them. They are resting comfortably in the crowbar hotel.

No sign of the jack leaking...yet. But since you mention it, and since Murphy seems to be my next door neighbour lately, I think I will put a big piece of 6 mil poly under the jack and surrounding area.

Thanks for that Jim.

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