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Old 05-26-2017, 08:19 AM   #31
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Do you realize that the humble hammer may be mankind's supreme technical achievement? What else made by Homo Sapiens always works, without exception? There's nothing else out there that's more dependable. Yeah!

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You never bought a hammer from Kmart have you? Before the Sears merge, back in the '80s, I bought a hammer that came with a warning label on it. Something to the effect of "do not strike hard surfaces" on it. Um.... And guess what, I struck a hard surface of something or other and the face of the hammer lost a big chunk.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:31 AM   #32
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Well, you voided the warranty on that hammer by striking something hard with it. It was obviously a pillow hammer.
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Old 05-26-2017, 10:11 AM   #33
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Well, you voided the warranty on that hammer by striking something hard with it. It was obviously a pillow hammer.
Don't buy $3 hammers.
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:59 PM   #34
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:20 PM   #35
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:26 AM   #36
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One thing I might suggest getting a pair of right from the start is 4 inch angle grinders. (The cheap $20 ones often work just fine.)

Its so much easier to just grab the other tool then it is to constantly change the disc from one to the other, and the discs also can get a little warm while you're working. There's also a lot of times when you cut something with a cutoff wheel and it leaves little sharp burrs that you want to knock down with a grinding wheel before you find them later - and it's always after you take the gloves off too!
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Old 05-28-2017, 08:51 AM   #37
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Old 05-28-2017, 11:21 AM   #38
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the most useful thing i used was a Kreg jig. its a way to drill pocket holes in plywood so you can make "european" style cabinets. my entire interior is cabinets, attached to each other, the floor and the walls. it gets incredibly stout, if you build that way. your CC workshop should have one.

i probably spent the most money on hole saws. i ended up with about 3 various sets of hole saws, but that doesnt count the ones you burn through and throw away. with the plumbing and tanks i believe i have every size hole saw from 6" down.not many holes were the same size. ones that were ate teeth, and you might buy 2 more cutters just to finish a hole.

i had most of the tools to start. i have a welder, but i hire a guy to come and weld for me. i trust a guy that welds all day long, more than myself who might weld 12" of bead a year. he did the trailer hitch, i did the sewer pipe holder

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Old 05-30-2017, 07:21 AM   #39
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One thing I might suggest getting a pair of right from the start is 4 inch angle grinders. (The cheap $20 ones often work just fine.)

Its so much easier to just grab the other tool then it is to constantly change the disc from one to the other, and the discs also can get a little warm while you're working. There's also a lot of times when you cut something with a cutoff wheel and it leaves little sharp burrs that you want to knock down with a grinding wheel before you find them later - and it's always after you take the gloves off too!
Good idea!! I like this as I'm always misplacing the attachments and the little round bits on there.

I found one of those sharp burrs with the air mattress this weekend. Grrr.
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Old 05-30-2017, 08:05 AM   #40
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"I found one of those sharp burrs with the air mattress this weekend. Grrr."

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