March 20, 2007
Home Depot has an assortment of calculators on their website that could come in handy for any number of spring projects. If you’re going to do it yourself, you’ll be able to get a good idea of how much material you’ll need, and therefore a general sense of the scope of the project. Even if you’re going to hire a contractor, these tools can give you some solid information so you’ll know if you’re getting swindled by Joe the carpet guy who refuses to make eye contact.
The calculators support both standard and metric measurements and cover the following topics:
Continue reading: "Home Depot Calculators"
March 14, 2007
As surprising as it is, spring is just on the horizon, and that means you’ve got to start thinking about what you’re going to get done around the house this summer. But before you head off to the lumber yard to get the materials for your new thousand square foot deck, you had better make sure that your current systems are all up and running. But where do you start, and what if you forget something? Not to worry, we’ve done the work for you. Well, not the actual work, but we scoured the web and found the best checklist for you to use.
It’s made by the folks at The Home Team Inspection Services, and from what we found, it’s the most thorough one out there. It breaks down your house into systems (foundation, framing, roof, electrical, etc.) and from there, gives detailed descriptions of what to look for to ensure that everything is up to snuff.
Continue reading: "Spring Home Maintenance Checklist"
March 8, 2007
The fellows at Woodcraft have gone through the trouble of creating a nice chart of commonly used metric conversions. The chart covers length, area, weight, volume, and temperature. Included are conversions from metric to customary and from customary to metric.
Like the glue chart, this is good information to have handy in the workshop.
March 1, 2007
The good people at Woodsmith, one of our favorite magazines, have put together this great chart, detailing the proper usage of most major types of glue. If you've ever made the mistake of using the wrong glue, or not using one correctly, you'll understand how valuable this information is. The chart includes everything from clamp time to working temperature. It's in PDF format, so print it out, laminate it, and tack it up in the workshop.