Oct 31, 2015

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Utilizing Your Band Saw in Appropriate Manner

After purchasing right type of band saw the very first thing that hit most of people mind is that what should be the benefits one must get from the right type of band saw and that will provide complete advantage to them. It is possible to check the saw and this is something one would freely prefer to get involved in it and utilize all the needs. milwaukee 6232-21 is the best band saw used frequently by people that may benefit them. (check band saw reviews).

There are bare wheels available in few band saws. For the proper tracking of narrow blades there must be different types of tires available with your band saw and that are attached properly and added into grooves in the metal band saw. The shape of these tires are basically crowned and should be properly adjusted and try to keep the blade in single position and that is placed on the tires or any wheels of metal.

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Sep 18, 2015

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The Ten Commandments of Furniture Repair

Advice for fixing broken wooden furniture includes fixing it as soon as it needs fixing and refraining from using metal replacement parts. Additional advice is provided that can help do-it-yourselfers transform junk store bargains into heirlooms.

UNLIKE THE ORIGINAL TEN, these commandments came to me through repeated frustration, not divine revelation. I learned them by breaking each one (sometimes repeatedly) and then finally repenting.

SO HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO learn from my mistakes-and to pick up a few new tricks that will help you turn those garage-sale bargains into family heirlooms.

1. Fix It Now

One wobbly joint puts extra stress on the others and eventually they will all loosen, wear or break.

2.┬áDon’t Rely On Metal Parts

Metal add-one (nails, screws, brackets) make for easy furniture fixes. But they just can’t match the strength of a well-glued joint. So unless a joint was originally held together with metal, don’t use nails, screws or brackets to mend it. Almost always, the right way to repair a joint is to take it apart and reglue it.

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Sep 15, 2015

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Pouring Concrete Footings For Decks

Pouring concrete footings isn’t a complex job, but it can mean a day or two of hard work. Just how much hard work depends on how many footings you need and the winter frost depth in your region. In the southern or coastal United States, where frost reaches only a few inches into the soil, footings are shallow and you don’t need much concrete. But on the Canadian prairie, where frost reaches a depth of 5 ft. or more, you may need a full ton of concrete to fill those deep holes.

Tube Forms

Tube forms (known by the brand name “Sonotubes”) are sold at home centers, usually in 8-, 10- and 12-in. diameters and 4-ft. lengths. You’ll pay from $4 to $8 per tube.

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Sep 11, 2015

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Running Wire Through Walls (Part 2)

The 1-1/4 in. rule

When you drill through studs, joists or plates to run electrical cable, the holes must be at least 1-1/4 in. from the outer edges of the framing. That way, you’re less likely to damage the cable if you drive nails or screws into walls or ceilings later. In places where you can’t locate holes 1-1/4 in. inside framing, you must shield the cable with metal protector plates.

Peek inside walls with a mirror

It’s not quite as good as having X-ray vision, but with a small mirror, a flashlight and a hole to peek through, you can see everything a mouse sees and the obstacles you’ll have to deal with.

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Sep 7, 2015

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Running Wire Through Walls (Part 1)

Tools, techniques and tricks for fishing wire.

Adding an outlet or light fixture can be a tricky job, especially if you have to “fish” cable through finished walls or ceilings. “Fishing wire” is the art of running cable from one place to another with minimal cutting into walls and ceilings. The more you cut, the bigger the job gets and the more you’ll wish you’d hired a pro.

This article will give you pointers on planning and show you some of the common techniques electricians use to keep a small job from becoming a major project. The tools and tricks we cover will help you run electrical cable, as well as phone lines and any other type of wire.

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Sep 3, 2015

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Cracking the Mysteries of Concrete (Part 2)

Mystery 4:

What’s with the plastic sheets?

After a slab was poured and troweled smooth, we would sometimes cover it with sheets of plastic. Sometimes, we would even come back the next day, pull off the sheets, spray the slab with water and then cover it again. This made no sense. The plastic would leave the surface of the concrete with a splotchy, uneven color. And wasn’t dry, hard concrete our goal anyway?

What I didn’t know was that concrete doesn’t harden because it’s drying; it hardens because it’s wet. Those intertwining crystals need water to grow. And the longer concrete stays wet, the harder and stronger it gets. The hardening or “curing” process can continue for weeks if the concrete is kept wet.

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Aug 31, 2015

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Cracking the Mysteries of Concrete (Part 1)

A construction worker discusses the various aspects of working with concrete. The difference between cement and concrete is given as well as the ingredients which go into making the substance. Additional information is provided on the proces of mixing concrete and the amount of water to be used for getting the desired consistency.

I was a skinny 17-year-old when I got my first construction job. My coworkers were big, scary guys (imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger with a beer belly and a bad attitude) who didn’t seem to like anyone–including me. So I just did as I was told and didn’t ask any questions.

That’s too bad, because there were lots of questions I wanted to ask, especially about that mysterious substance, concrete:

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