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me swing hammer make wood stick me go argh! Nov. 15th, 2005 @ 07:29 pm
Some stuff i did recently -

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this is my wifes work. she designed it and whatever. in our guest bathroom.

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this whole desk is built out of left over 3x6. except for two small pieces of plywood on bottom shelves.

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this was harder to build than it looks. so fuck off.

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I go and buy a cordless tool and look what happens... Nov. 14th, 2005 @ 07:17 pm
Right after I buy a cordless drill I find this... (it never fucking ends... the madness)

The Power Of Corded Without The Cord

Many professional contractors have been asking, when will DEWALT come out with a cordless line of tools that will give me the increased power and run time that I can only get with a corded tool? Well, the time is near.

DEWALT has announced that it will launch a new, innovative line of heavy-duty 36-volt power tools-- a seven tool product platform that will provide users with increased levels of power and runtime, while weighing a similar or lower weight than their corded counterparts

Available in 2006, each tool in the 36-volt line has been engineered from the ground up to include new, innovative features while ensuring a design that meets the durability and reliability needed to accommodate this much cordless power. The line will launch with a hammerdrill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, impact wrench, rotary hammer, jigsaw, flashlight and combo kits. The 36-volt line will offer users the most extensive platform of tools available in 36-volt power.

DEWALT created its 36-volt platform to provide professional contractors with the performance needed to complete high-powered applications, which previously, were only possible with corded tools. The DEWALT 36-volt line has the ability to deliver 2-3 times more runtime and 2 times the power of 18-volt tools.

"DEWALT is committed to delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of professional contractors and has proven this time and time again with our superior product line. The launch of the 36-volt line of power tools will change the landscape of the industry and change what users have come to expect from a cordless power tool. The 36-volt line will finally provide users with a cordless platform that is powerful enough to get the job done, allowing contractors to cut their cords and still achieve true corded performance," commented John Schiech, group vice president and president of DEWALT Industrial Products Group.

To create the battery technology for the 36-volt platform, DEWALT partnered with A123Systems, a developer of a new generation of lithium-ion batteries that incorporate nanoscale technology developed at and exclusively licensed from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The 36-volt battery technology, provided exclusively to DEWALT for power tool applications, has a unique lithium-ion design that offers a high-level of power, durability and life when compared to conventional lithium technology.

The 36-volt line will be officially unveiled to the general public at the International Builder’s Show (IBS) in Orlando, FL, scheduled to take place in January 11-14, 2006. At that time, attendees of IBS will have the opportunity to see the tools for the first time and experience them in various applications.

a walk back in time Nov. 14th, 2005 @ 06:19 pm
Ever try to roll trusses the old fashion way? Our Gradal (a very big forklift but not yet a crane) didn't have a truss boom today. Had to lift these 25 foot trusses (2 2x6 held together with metal v bracing) by hand today.

The worst part is the crew before us started to but the shearpanel on and therefore we had to lift the trusses ten feet above where they belonged and try to slide them down so they would fit.

If i lost you don't worry about it. My point lies in maybe if any of you have some good old fashion stories to share about back in the day before they had (such and such a machine).

For example. One of our old old old foremans (he is now a sureindendent due to the fact he is old) use to tell us how they nailed off roofs without nail guns. They would sit on their ass and scoot back bit by bit. Eventually they had to put 2x4's at the end of the roofs because people would scoot back without looking and fall off the roof! haha.

My own personal story is I grew up working in Construction and at the ripe old age of 12 i was taken out to my dads projects and was required to nail the A35's. For those of you who are not familar with them they are small pieces of metal with about 9 holes in them (give or take a few). They go EVERYWHERE. I had to do that for a good ten years before they came out with the positive placement guns. Yes, they did come out with the palm nailer first but my dad refused to buy one. He thought they were just a fad. Now we own 6.

I refuse to do A35's anymore. it still gives me nightmares.

it's christmas time in november Nov. 12th, 2005 @ 08:47 pm
Well kids, I went and did it. laid down a nice $4oo and bought myself a combo cordless kit.

details details details.

After an all night review (thanks to those who posted their opinions) and much research over at Amazon.com i finally decided that no matter WHAT I decided to buy it wasn't going to come from an online store. Time after time everything I read screamed, "buy this from somewhere that you can easily have it replaced."

For those of us who know better COSTCO is that place. Seriously, I've replaced a 5 year old laser kit that I bought from costco without the reciept just becasue "i don't want it anymore" and they gave me my money back no questions asked.

So I went shopping hoping like hell they would have something decent.

I wanted the Bosch system. But it cost 600 big ones. My uncle said to me, "I can buy a new ryobi 4 times with that money". So I held in my pride and was willing to open it up to anything.

In costco I found what I was looking for. There I found the Dewalt 4 pack cordless system with a sawzall, drill, skilsaw, and flashlight. two batteries and a one hour charger. Plus a nice fancy hard case to carry it all around in.

Now as for Voltage. I really really wanted a 24 volt system but since these are the new things they are tons of money. So I talked around and what most people told me was Voltage doesn't matter. It depends on the quality of the tool. In some cases you get more voltage but it drains your batteries faster.

The system offered at costco was a 14.4 volt xrp system.

all for a grand total of $375.

Even though my wife was riding my ass for spending this money (we recenlty finished our own home and money is tight) I figure two things.

1. If it sucks or I find something cheaper I can return it without any hassle what so ever.
2. Buying this 14.4 volt system will satisfy my cordless needs until they come out with something bigger and better. (this will make the 24 volt systems the new 18 volt systems hence a drop in prices.)((hopefully))

It's purity.

I need to saw something.

Seriously, it's sunday tomorrow... no work... I need an excuse to drill.

Will keep updates on how it works out.

Nov. 11th, 2005 @ 05:56 pm
Have some free time, figured I would type up an intro.

I work out in Southern California. Pretty much all over the place. I get real lucky if I have a job that is only an hour away from my home. I spend about 5 hours a day on the road.

The job is nice, but the traveling makes it hell. Especially in California. It seems that this year every city decided to do MAJOR roadwork and repairs and highway improvements. This makes traffic twenty times more frustrating.

We build Wendy's, Applebees, Chili's, and for some reason we have been getting a bunch of bids to build churches this year. It seems alot of them are moving into the industrial areas and buying the big concrete industrial buildings that are vacant. Then they call us out and we make the inside into a two level Church. Smart move for them, probably save tons of money. But then again if I went to church, I wouldn't drive to the middle of no where to get there.

I try to take home as much left over lumber as possible. I feel guilty with all the waste we use. I normally burn it for firewood but I recently completed two projects for my home. A drafting desk for myself and an art desk for my wife. Built strictly out of recycled materials on the job site. Might post them later. I feel kind of proud of them but I am NOT a finish carpenter. So don't expect much. Which is the reason I'm proud of them. For a rough framer they are my best work. Haha.

Hope this site is alive. Being a foreman in a small company leaves me no one to talk about my work with and it would be nice to have a community that shares a common interest.
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Foreman out in Southern Cal. We do rough framing but it seems these days I have to do every body else's job for them. So I'm looking for some cordless tools.

I'm sick of rolling out my 50 feet cords, a pig tail, and twenty million other things and lugging them all up a 20 foot ladder just to cut a small hole in a roof.

The problem is there are so many damn choices. I want something that is well built and dependable and I would love to get a combo kit.

I NEED the sawzall (recriporating saw) and the drill/hammerdrill/whateverthemarketerscallithtesedaays.

I WANT the saw and jigsaw and whatever else I can get my hands on.

Please let me know if you know any dependable ones. After checking Amazon.com It's pretty much on the DeWalt system. Problem is there is A MILLION of different ones.

I'm kind of dissapointed no one likes the bosch. I've always had my heart set on them.
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Yes It's true I have a genuine unopened official & registrable AutoCAD 2006 program for sale.
This retails for close to $4,000. I'm only asking $900 obo

Here's the deal, I won this as part of a prize package from a game show (that rhymes with Confer Mouse), and I'ld like to sell it to buy a boat. Actually I work and live on a boat right now so my internet usage is very limited. I hate eBay for wanting to charge me, the seller and you, the buyer so fricking much so that's out. I can't post this in any online classifieds (craigslist, etc) because of software piracy laws. So I'm using good old fashioned word of livejournal. In fact, even if you yourself may not be interested but know of someone who may be, please forward this post (link to http://www.livejournal.com/community/architecture/286921.html ) to them.

Thank you!
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Hey, I'm new here. I'm taking carpentry this year in Nova Scotia and I love it. I'm hoping to do my apprenticeship and work in the film industry as a set builder/prop builder. I was also hoping to work in theatres doing carpentry work for stage/set construction. If you guys have any tips or tricks for me or any sites you know of with info on anything that seems like it would interest me I'd definitely be thankful because right now I'm looking for more info on what I'm going to do the rest of my life. Thanks guys and happy building!
» For Sale: AutoCAD 2006 & Autodesk DWF Composer
Ahoy! I just won these programs (Brand New! Sealed in Box!) from the game show Monster House and have no need for it personally.
I put ads up on craiglist, but they keep deleting them because I am not an autorized software dealer and they fear piracy. I'm waiting to put it up on eBay because I don't want to pay all the seller fees in case it doesn't sell.

I know there has got to be somebody out there who wants a legitimate copy of this program who doesn't want to spend $3,800 for it. Make me an offer please!

click here for more information about AutoCAD 2006 + Autodesk DWF Composer
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my largest project, my baby. 150 units in lancaster.

this is shoring on building A. the walls are made of masonry block (cinder block) and then they put all this stuff up to hold the deck above. right now the deck is plywood, they are going lay a grid of steel and then pour 12 inches of concrete on top of it. when the concrete cures to strength, they will take the shoring away and the deck will stay up on its own.

a framed interior corridor. plywood sheeting gives structural strength and is called shear wall.

framers beginning to create the third floor.

an arch made of conrete and steel.

construction girl: me
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