In this video I give a basic overview of some of the different kinds of squares used in wood work and carpentry.
The common rafter is the basic foundation of roof framing. Many contractors believe that the factory built truss is the best thing around because it is easier to install. However, several fire fighters have told me that the truss will fail in the first five minutes of a fire. They also said that they would prefer a “stick built roof” because it is much safer in a fire. Stick built means framed in the old style with hand cut rafters and ceiling joists.
If you need to assemble or break down a two tier scaffold by yourself, this is the video for you.
Workplace safety manuals always say “bend your knees and don’t lift with your back”, but how many workplace safety manual writers have ever actually lifted a heavy thing? This is a video of how to actually get something heavy off the ground and into a wheelbarrow without hurting yourself.
A look at some of the tool belts I have used over the years and which I like the most.
Making one rough cedar 2×4 into two 1x4s
planing away the saw marks
gluing it all together
planing the glued panels
cutting the pieces
drilling holes for pocket screws
We took a family vacation to the Earthships in Taos New Mexico. We spent the first night in the Corner Cottage and the second night in the Phoenix. During our stay we saw many examples of glass bottle, plastic bottle, and can bricks. Here are some pictures we took of the different kinds of bricks.