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Tips for Using Recycled Rubber Tires

03-19-2013 12:32 PM by Duke Mazzello | 0 comments »

Shredded rubber tires are a valuable product with a variety of uses for landscaping and creating safe surfaces for playgrounds and equestrian arenas. Rubber chips provide high energy absorbency, very low compaction over time and excellent stability. Traditional mulching products compact and degrade, sometimes requiring annual application. By comparison, wood chips as fill for a playground must have an extra 25% of depth added to allow for compaction. Recycled rubber does not compact and...

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An Upholstery Primer #1: Strip the old stuff!

10-25-2012 01:33 AM by MarkTheFiddler | 12 comments »

Aside from a piece of furniture to strip, you’re going to need some tools. A little introduction here. Wire cutters – I didn’t actually use those pliers. I found a very old, dull and loose pair of wire cuters. You are going to pull thousands of staples, dull (not notched) wire cutters can grab staples without cutting the in half. Don’t bring out your best! Rubber mallet – That sucker is as heavy as a carpentry hammer. Unless you are used to chiseling...

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Door Frame Rot Repair - No cutting

07-25-2012 01:11 PM by Sailor | 2 comments »

My soon to be father-in-law mentioned to me that his door frame was rotting. He asked me if I thought it was fixable or if he should just go and buy a new door. I told him that it’s definitely fixable and saved him the cost of the new door! All it cost was the $18 for the epoxy putty. Here is a video of how I did it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnHya_2HPGo <iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/GnHya_2HPGo” height=”480” width=”640̶...

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That old house #8: Down to the wire - crunch time

06-29-2012 03:08 AM by BillyJ | 7 comments »

July 6, 2011. At 7:53 a.m., to be exact. I began my journey into a world of changes. Changes in design, scope, content, and finally – me. As Jerry Garcia would say – what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’m doing many things at the same time. Although I had plans for various aspects of the kitchen to follow a sequence, today just proved how quickly my priorities change (I should say – forced to change). The customer purchased a small TV/VCR that will be mounte...

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Tile Backsplash - What they Don't Tell you #1: They don't tell you how to raise all the electric switches

06-23-2012 03:23 PM by MoshupTrail | 10 comments »

So you’ve finished your back splash and it’s beautiful! But there’s still a problem. All your plugs and switches are now recessed by 3/8 to 1/2 inch. So you run down to the store and buy these stupid little spacers, right? WRONG! Don’t even think about it. A bag of these spacers cost’s $5-6 and might be good for 4 switches. You’ll need at least two bags for all those extra switches you’ve just installed. Also, the kind I tried were a little to...

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Getting Clean Cuts In Melamine

05-09-2012 03:55 AM by Todd A. Clippinger | 13 comments »

Melamine is great for making shelves or perhaps utility cabinets. But getting a cut without a lot of chipping can be a challenge. In this video I share my tools and techniques for creating clean cuts on both sides of melamine. The blade I use in the video is a triple chip Freud LU97R010. It makes the cut on the back side as clean as on the top side. The images of the cuts in the video are of the backside of the material where chip-out tends to occur. In Part II I will show you how t...

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That old house #3: You'll finish when?

11-14-2011 10:44 PM by BillyJ | 1 comment »

Although I told the client MANY times that this remodeling job will take a long time, I do not think she believed me. Working by myself, and for only a couple of hours a night, it is rather difficult for real progress to take place. There were many items that put a crimp in me accomplishing a lot, the least of which is a demanding client. I left off in the last installment showing a gutted shell, with only a little plumbing and electrical completed. Time now to install the windows. The...

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That old house #2: Out with the old and in with the new

09-02-2011 04:22 PM by BillyJ | 10 comments »

I left off sharing my experience with a new surprise behind every wall. It continued through the entire demo. I finally got to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised by what I found (or didn’t find). Fortunately, most of the framing by the renovators who previously pounded a nail in the kitchen was good. Here are some of the things that I have to work around – plumbing. The stack going to the upstairs bathroom runs against the exterior wall – that happens to...

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How to Figure a Rafter

06-13-2011 11:51 PM by ClayO | 9 comments »

I did this video to show how to figure and layout a roof rafter. Check it out and let me know what you think. http://youtu.be/7QuJYtq8MsU

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