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    If you pull cut, almost any can have good dust...

    If you pull cut, almost any can have good dust collection. If you push cut, I doubt any will have decent dust collection. I never push cut, but started out just by habit from decades of using a...
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    The "fix" for my circular saw, that has a brake,...

    The "fix" for my circular saw, that has a brake, is to hold the trigger, and let it run for about a minute. I never stopped to try to figure out why it works, but I read about it somewhere online,...
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    The quickest way to screw up a bottle jack is to...

    The quickest way to screw up a bottle jack is to take the release valve all the way out, and try to fill it there. There is a port for filling:
    https://www.wikihow.com/Add-Oil-to-a-Hydraulic-Jack ...
  4. We don't paint lime plaster. Here is a webpage...

    We don't paint lime plaster. Here is a webpage about one room we redid. Lime plaster is great stuff.

    Gypsum plaster was no improvement in quality. It was just one of the many steps in...
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    Don't take the bleed screw all the way out,...

    Don't take the bleed screw all the way out, thinking to refill it there. There should be another screw on it for adding oil. You may have just backed the release screw out too far, causing it to...
  6. 1870 means it's probably lime plaster. They...

    1870 means it's probably lime plaster. They would have used a little Gypsum plaster as gauging, but still lime plaster. Lime plaster breathes, including moisture carried along. I do a lot of lime...
  7. Thread: Shop Heat

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    I like to work with hand tools in front of a...

    I like to work with hand tools in front of a fireplace in really cold weather.
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    That's why I tossed the Milwaukee bits. They...

    That's why I tossed the Milwaukee bits. They were the worst I've ever used. I think the only Dewalt bit I've kept is one #2 Phillips.

    The Wiha bits may seem expensive, but they last Many times...
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    https://www.wihatools.com/bits/impact-bits Or...

    https://www.wihatools.com/bits/impact-bits Or for "star drive" screws, the ones that come in colors (can never remember the brand name), sold in Lowes, are good too. Those are the only bits I...
  10. If you are in farming country, get the brand you...

    If you are in farming country, get the brand you see most of the farmers using. Around here, it's JD, and the dealer is great.

    If you want to shape dirt, I highly recommend a Category 2 tractor. ...
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    I really, really like the Iwasaki wood files. The...

    I really, really like the Iwasaki wood files. The extreme fine cuts leave an almost polished surface, but still remove wood.
    I also really like some heavily tapered rasps that I bought from Stew...
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    David, I have that issue in perfect condition. I...

    David, I have that issue in perfect condition. I have a deal for you. I never got around to getting the later issues. Box the ones up that you have, send them to me for three days, and I'll send...
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    I'm truly thankful that I have never had to spend...

    I'm truly thankful that I have never had to spend any time giving, or even thinking about estimates, or dealing with deadlines. When I was building new stuff for a living, I built a house, and sold...
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    Find out exactly what they want. If they don't...

    Find out exactly what they want. If they don't know, and just wave their hands around in the air, forget that job.

    Find out what the exact same thing would cost in your area. Offer to build them...
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    If you want the cuts to be pretty, take them off,...

    If you want the cuts to be pretty, take them off, and pay someone with a Cold Saw to cut them. The cost might not be different than buying multiple blades.
  16. Maybe not always so simple, Mark. I'll give...

    Maybe not always so simple, Mark.

    I'll give the example of this past Monday's work with the little excavator, and my jolly dually, and trailer. It had been several years since I really needed...
  17. I don't know if my terminology is considered...

    I don't know if my terminology is considered correct, or not. We call the long ones, that go all the way, and contain the mortises "glazing bars". The short ones, with a tenon on each end are...
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    Stu used to have (may still) have some very good...

    Stu used to have (may still) have some very good charts about different stone properties on his Tools from Japan website. I don't have any experience with that particular King stone. The only King...
  19. Here, a mini-excavator (35) rents for $235 a day....

    Here, a mini-excavator (35) rents for $235 a day. Even those little ones can do a lot of work in a day, especially a simple job like digging footings.
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    Some fuel may be leaking into, or staying in the...

    Some fuel may be leaking into, or staying in the crankcase. It has to circulate through there to keep the main bearings lubricated in a 2-stroke. No problem starting any of my Stihl saws, and a...
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    Not with the nearest neighbors at least two dog...

    Not with the nearest neighbors at least two dog barks away.
  22. The trouble with a dedicated backhoe is that it's...

    The trouble with a dedicated backhoe is that it's not really a tractor that you can use for other things. I think the one on that 300 is an implement, but not sure.
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    If I feel one closing up on the blade, I lift the...

    If I feel one closing up on the blade, I lift the tail end that I'm holding if there is enough of the board past the blade to help lever it up, or push down on the board tilting it on the front of...
  24. For general earth moving, I wouldn't want less...

    For general earth moving, I wouldn't want less than a category 2 tractor. I started with a 35hp category 1 tractor, but soon graduated to a 70 hp category 2 with loader. The little tractor would...
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    When I run small parts, like that, I use the...

    When I run small parts, like that, I use the erasers on two pencils as push sticks.
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