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  1. Let us know how that performs, I've been wondering about those separator lids. I suspect it will work best if you don't allow the box to fill above half way.
  2. The problem is that nails alone are not a terribly strong joint for the firce that piece endures. However, you should be able to restore it to its former condition. Carefully work the nails out and stratighten them. Use a dab of wood glue and toothpick or bamboo skewers to fill the holes (only in the frame, not the cross bars). After the glue has set, clamp the cross bars into position and drive the nails back in. I would leave one hole at each end only half filled, so the nail can be pushed in to help align the others. That, and binding the bars together with twine should hold the in pla
  3. That is an awesome space! Congrats on a job well done!
  4. No, just this front corner. The only drain line is a rain gutter drain, but there wasn't enough movement to affect it. I felt bad for the mexican crew that finished up yesterday. None of them would top 5' 5", and my footing is deep. Those guys were working with grade well above their heads as they jacked the new pilings into place.
  5. Just a standard crosscut chain. Works reasonably well, but that saw in undersized for the job. Had to quit after 3 "slabs" and 3 tanks of gas. Not sure If I'll continue or not.
  6. All I can say is that sawyers don't get paid enough... Can I get an 'Amen' out of @Spanky?
  7. Freehand sharpening is the way to go, once you develop the skill. I thought I had it when I first started using chisels & planes, because I can put a razor edge on a pocket knife in no time. Totally different, though. Get a cheap guide, take the time to adjust to hold your blade properly, and find out what a truly sharp edge is like. Then learn to reproduce it freehand. IMO, the cheap guides work fine, but are not as smooth to adjust. Otherwise, they do the job.
  8. Direction seems good according to the edge view, but like Drew said, it can change quickly. I would normally have the chip breaker a bit closer to the edge, but I might be too aggressive on that. The blade seems a little cupped from what I can see in the first pic. Might need sone extra love to flatten the back, but that is just a guess.
  9. Not sure about sewer pipe, but pvc conduit in that configuration is called a 'sweeping' 90. Or you can soften it with a heat gun and bending it yourself.
  10. Yeah, I'm glad today's crew is led by Juan. I got to familiar with Manuel yesterday. Manuel Labor, that is... Between removing gravel from the flowerbeds and digging out that pipe, I think I shoveled close to 5 tons of material.
  11. Drew, I wouldn't call that "topsoil" by any stretch. It is mostly clay, and no, it doesn't grow stuff very well. All my digging required a pick, its almost like concrete. The crew was using a bob-cat mounted auger, and had to switch to hand work because the auger couldn't penetrate.
  12. State of my house this morning - Foundation repairs under way. Of course, the main water line is between 2 of the holes, and we heard water running about 15 minutes after the crew left. So I spent the next 4 hours digging this out: The plumber had to install the offset because of how much tension was on the line from movement when they started jacking up the house. I hated to call a plumber for a simple pipe joint, but no DIY plumbing job I have ever attempted has gone well, and the local hardware store was closing, anyway.
  13. +1 To stropping. I find that MDF scraps with green (aluminum oxide?) compound are great for this. HF sells the compound pretty cheap.
  14. @RichardA, just admit it - you really wanted a new router table, anyway.
  15. Sharp blade, shallow cut, tight mouth. Biggest hurdle is watching grain direction. If there is any swirl at all, the direction will switch on you and allow tear out. And unless you have a premium FAS straight grained stock, oak will have swirl. Go slow and switch to a scraper for troublesome spots.