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  1. Depends. I generally decline extended warranties....

    Depends. I generally decline extended warranties. However, I think house generators are finicky cats requiring special care. I am presently reviving two older generators for a neighbor -20KW Generac...
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    Another note is to add in some substantial and...

    Another note is to add in some substantial and reliable hand grabs up in the attic around the opening as well as up on the overhead rafters. I finally added these to my 'foldie' after years of...
  3. I installed a Draw Tight hitch (nice quality...

    I installed a Draw Tight hitch (nice quality -rated 300# tongue weight ) for my Toyota Camry and bought a 4X6 $800 trailer (model DK-2 -made in Canada) from E-Trailer and I like the towing options....
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    I imaging most of us have experienced shoulder...

    I imaging most of us have experienced shoulder injuries of various types and degrees. 14 months ago I endured on of my most stubborn protracted pain fests (the usual - clothes dressing accompanied by...
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    Maybe the texture is intended to make the shelves...

    Maybe the texture is intended to make the shelves of glass show up better as a safety issue in which case I would vote smooth side up.
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    Good posts on an underrated subject that affects...

    Good posts on an underrated subject that affects millions of households on both coasts. I live in brackish Chesapeake Bay waterfront 105 yr old house with an exposed detached unheated shop and garage...
  7. Poll: A neighbor gave me a 15" Hitachi which needed...

    A neighbor gave me a 15" Hitachi which needed some repairs (fortunately it came with a nice blade). It is set on a metal stand against a wall. It really packs some power and I wish I had it years ago...
  8. Boats teach tons about wiring and corrosion. I'd...

    Boats teach tons about wiring and corrosion. I'd vote solder off the island immediately. Low and microamperages solder is fine. High amperage, high wattage solder does nothing more than cover over a...
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    This thread is about online window purchase....

    This thread is about online window purchase. First, I would never trust myself to order windows online because there are too many deadly variables such as non-standard wall thickness. But as an...
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    Don't underestimate the amount of work it takes...

    Don't underestimate the amount of work it takes to install windows especially on an older house. The outside sealing and caulking and trim are one thing but you may also have to prepare for interior...
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    Thanks George and Steve for your input regarding...

    Thanks George and Steve for your input regarding Briggs. The Versa Tiller I rebuilt had a Tecumseh OHH50 motor which is actually a nice motor (except for typical Tecumseh convoluted crappy carb...
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    I recently rebuilt a Troy Versatiller . It had no...

    I recently rebuilt a Troy Versatiller . It had no carb linkage or cable controls, had busted tines along with other missing parts. Everything was repairable and the tiller runs nicely now. The...
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    Cat Leash Bandsaw Tire Repair

    Here is my cheapo bandsaw saw that has run through mostly wood and aluminum since 1991. First picture is of a 'cat leash' tire replacement that has lasted for four years. Second picture taken today...
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    Started to write stuff about boats and shop tools...

    Started to write stuff about boats and shop tools and fast cars and houses and just stopped. Boats occupy a place in our brains where visions (and yes,'dreams') get tickled. Water is powerful and...
  15. Cosmetic surface rust is one thing but deeper...

    Cosmetic surface rust is one thing but deeper blade and inner condensate bearing rust is another. I live on the Ches Bay and have an unheated shop and have experienced both 'salt air acid' and...
  16. I have an orphaned Delta 1460 lathe that arrived...

    I have an orphaned Delta 1460 lathe that arrived without a motor or belts or stand or anything. I didn't know about the OWWM site but designed and built a stand and motor carriage and have used the...
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    'Cabinetmaking and Millwork' by John L. Feirer ...

    'Cabinetmaking and Millwork' by John L. Feirer is a venerable resource that spans the arc of expertise from beginner to mastercraft in a textbook style. Having gone through many editions, the...
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    My 1906 house has lead me to consider this issue....

    My 1906 house has lead me to consider this issue. Blade dulling or not, any machining process that puts lead dust into the air is not good - the lead ends up on your lawn or in whatever dust...
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    Well said. I graduated from a tech school in...

    Well said.
    I graduated from a tech school in North Carolina (NC has a powerful system of tech schools modeled on the Calif system dating back into the 60's) and it changed, focused, and directed my...
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    Yes controlled foot traffic through Walmart box...

    Yes controlled foot traffic through Walmart box stores is designed to max out profits and make shoppers feel comfortable, but they also reflect insurance company and fire code requirements. What...
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    Thomas pumps are piston 'oil-less' pumps and are...

    Thomas pumps are piston 'oil-less' pumps and are capable of pulling low grade vacuums. They are simple piston/reed valve air pumps and they are durable and rebuildable. They are especially valuable...
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    Probably in the power cord. Brush wear a good...

    Probably in the power cord. Brush wear a good second suspect. Brushes can fail in a number of different ways depending on their construction. If a brush has failed in an intermittent way, then...
  23. Removal of weathered walkboards from docks is...

    Removal of weathered walkboards from docks is similar to reclaiming pallets; the same principles apply and carry the same chemical cautions. My dock 'prybar' is 6' long and pivots on a centered...
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    I have a family handdown, a Miller Falls 1920's...

    I have a family handdown, a Miller Falls 1920's square. No nicks and the level bubble is still accurate. It just feels good in my hand and is probably my favorite tool in my shop. Some of the...
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    I would use the Igloo chest to start. Melt water...

    I would use the Igloo chest to start. Melt water sealing and cleaning (another advantage of rounded interior) become instant non-issues. The chest design is obviously easy. I would focus labor into...
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