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PeteM

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    Wisdom is knowing that none of this matters, but acting as though it does.

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  1. Thanks for being the object lesson; hope we all benefit from your pain. Never a horse couldn't be rode, never a cowboy couldn't be throwd
  2. Sometime about 1990 there was a revision in the allowable strength calcs for structural wood (and I think specifically "fir" types) that caused a stir (the de-rating was severe....50%?). I don't think it was caused by any nominal dimension change, though.
  3. Any interest in a built-in option?
  4. Ok, "situation normal" then. I feel better. I hate unscheduled changes.
  5. Gee, are you sure that was a DI? I have it on good authority that a DI never smiles. A smile might betray that the DI cares about the Boot, and that can never be the case.
  6. I've never needed replacement filters for either shop vac or hand vac. Tap gently to remove the bulk of the dust, then blow across the surface of the filter (don't get too close if you're using compressed air). About every 3rd time you clean them, run water across them until the water runs clear (the filter media will trap fines in the fabric that even compressed air won't remove, but water will float it out). Same trick would work on the HEPA filters for your house vacuum. I avoid that by never vacuuming. Leaf blower (a la Tim) once a quarter.
  7. Uh, really, they're not allowed in the house anymore, so they make excuses for being ejected.
  8. My benchtop is my sacrificial cover for my floor. My first benchtop was a pocket door on sawhorses. The same pocket door now rests on a wheeled table base, but is still my main work surface after about 16 years. Sanded, filled some holes, repainted. For almost a year I had a foam cover; I also tried brown paper, plastic table cloths. My intention was always that the pocket door itself was sacrificial, but it has never worn to the point of replacement, so it has the place of pride as the oldest thing in the shop. Except for me.
  9. I wonder if this explains why my TV is so out of focus? Eye doctor gave up trying new persperations.
  10. Turns out platten (the plastic square piece just south of the bottom bearing) is really warped. No apparent reason for that, particularly given it worked fine just a couple days before. Found a replacement part vendor (about $15). Thanks for input.
  11. Dear HDan: don't you think I'd check that first? I did, and no film. Just to make you happy, I'll check again..... Oh. It takes some work, but finally got it to peel. THANK YOU !!!
  12. I have a buncha shelf pin holes to drill, and decided to start with a little shop project: the vertical mirror guide. I'm sure you've seen the idea. But I'll bore you with a picture anyway because it's...expected. The key for me was finding a really cheap mirror. Now what I found (link below) is really a plastic reflective surface, and if you ever see your face in it, you'll be off to your dermatologist. Assuming they're open. Anyway the plastic is marginal as a mirror, but more than sufficient as a drill guide. And fun to see how many reflections of a drill bit you can create at different angles. I got the mirrors for about $2.50 each, right in my range. Mounted them (DS tape) on scrap plywood, used rubber cement and a piece of cloth for a hinge. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYXQ7E8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  13. Changed paper 4 times (I'm somewhere between patient and nuts), it ripped it up all 4. However, I'll look at the pad again: maybe something is in there. thx
  14. I have a 1/4 sheet random orbit sander, now 3 years old, been working fine. Went to use it today, and it just jumps all over the place, eventually tearing the paper off. Since it was fine two days ago, this is puzzling. Slip a gear or sumpin'?
  15. I've found at HD that "select" pine, if I pick through for the straightest, works really well, even for stained projects. The "common" pine is in a different section, and seems mainly to suffer from a lot more knotholes, which puts more crooks and bends in the boards, but for some cheaper versions of projects (esp painted), it works just fine. Of course, the largest stock of wood is construction grade, which I think is labeled "fir" of different types. Fir can be used for some things (2x4s work well for shop/outdoor legs), but it does tend to warp after you buy it (when you buy it, it's no longer in this big "brick" of lumber, and it starts to rapidly dry). A subset of Fir is "KD" (kiln dried), and those are much better pieces to use in woodworking. Fir especially has problems when you sand it because the (darker) grain is harder than the (lighter) inner wood, and that can show up through a finish. I like it for outdoor furniture though.
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