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by justNigel
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Painting mistake!
Replies: 8
Views: 1991

Re: Painting mistake!

You might try a scraper before sanding... just use a light touch and a good angle so you don't gouge the wood.

The only really bad thing about scrapers is that you need to sharpen them endlessly. This might be an excuse to get a bench grinder if you don't already have one.
by justNigel
Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: making wood windows
Replies: 34
Views: 8346

Re: making wood windows

I haven't built windows in a while, but if I recall correctly, they're pretty time consuming. Now, 30 gives you a certain economy of scale, but I suspect you'd be looking at about 4 days straight just on the chisel mortiser. If you have the time/energy/tools (or want to have the tools), then go for ...
by justNigel
Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Time Capsule
Replies: 11
Views: 1756

Re: Time Capsule

Time's a wasting, but you can get argon gas in a can. http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=30268&cat=1,190,44133 I think, but don't know for sure, that this is the same stuff that high-class winos use to preserve their stuff. Maybe call a good wine retailer... Thinking about the rate at whi...
by justNigel
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Drunken Weasels Must Have Wired My Addition!
Replies: 17
Views: 2737

Re: Drunken Weasels Must Have Wired My Addition!

This one's at the expensive end of the spectrum, but you'll get the idea... http://www.amazon.com/Instruments-Non-Contact-Adjustable-Current-Detector/dp/B000R3AWF8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1226079518&sr=8-2 Given the choice, I'd get the one that uses AAA batteries, rather than the b...
by justNigel
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Drunken Weasels Must Have Wired My Addition!
Replies: 17
Views: 2737

Re: Drunken Weasels Must Have Wired My Addition!

You just hafta love homeowners... my house had a dimmer switch that always got warm. After a few months, I opened it up to find that the old knob and tube wasn't pulled completely into the junction box, so they twisted (just twisted: no nut, no solder) a thin-thin (probably 18 or 20g) wire onto the ...
by justNigel
Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Should I or Shouldn't I? **UPDATE**
Replies: 40
Views: 7897

Re: Should I or Shouldn't I?

As someone who can start (but not completely finish) projects, I'd say leave it until you're good and ready. Can you see anything from the attic (or is it a half-storey upstairs?) that might hint at what your extra space is?

Nigel
by justNigel
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Appraisal during renovation
Replies: 11
Views: 6252

Re: Appraisal during renovation

As has been noted, appraisals seem to vary. In the run-up to selling my house, I was thinking about fsbo, so got a certified appraiser to come through. Just to be overly clear, he was working for me and only me. He came about 3 weeks before the house hit the market, so there were a few things not do...
by justNigel
Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: need to remove nails from overhang
Replies: 6
Views: 921

Re: need to remove nails from overhang

Bolt cutters jump to mind, if you don't mind having a bit sticking out.

If it's gotta be flush, and you have a real platform to stand on, an angle grinder would do the trick. (I used an angle grinder off a ladder once and really didn't enjoy it.)

Nigel
by justNigel
Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:57 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Ideas for cutting floor boards
Replies: 6
Views: 981

Re: Ideas for cutting floor boards

The multimaster is indeed cool. However, I'd pull the shoe molding and use a sawzall with a 12" flexible blade bent flush to the baseboard. The first time you do this, it's awkward, but take your time and run the sawzall slowly. You'll scuff the baseboard, so expect a bit of sanding and repaint. (If...
by justNigel
Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Craftsman Molding cutter
Replies: 19
Views: 4458

Re: Craftsman Molding cutter

I have lots of respect for someone that looks at a particular woodworking task and says to themselves, "That's dangerous. I'm not doing it." For the people that just hafta do it (for whatever reasons), I'd suggest a few things. Fingerboards can push stock against a saw (or shaper) fence. Hold-downs ...