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Donna asks…

WHICH ROTARY HAMMER DRILL TO BUY?

i personally never really needed a rotary hammer drill until now( iam a carpenter) so i need a heavy duty tool.

the problem with buying off the net is you dont have the feel for the tool, just the specs, i have 2 options and would like your opinions plz

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/270752822767?…

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Milwaukee-SDS…

i like how option one comes with drill bits

but for option two i like how its slim and has a higher power output ( which is strange because i always thought that vertical piston was more powerful)

anyone encounter these two tools before?

thanks guys!

Dusty answers:

I do a fair bit of engineering work mainly metal which sometimes need anchoring into concrete. I generally use Hilti products for all of my fixing work. But, in saying this as one of the guys said the Ozito brand that Bunnings sell are surprisingly good. They have plenty of power, reliable and a 3 year warranty and cheap. I could buy 6 Ozito hammer drills for the price of one of my Hilti’s. Would I purchase an Ozito over a Hilti, I have. But in saying this it is nice to have quality gear too. Good luck.

David asks…

Tradesmen/women: 1) What’s your favourite tool + why? 2) Any funny stories about…?

…your tools etc?
This is for part of a uni project so would be grateful for any information that anyone could provide. Just some details on your professional tools would be great as well. This applies to any builders, plumbers, electricians, brickies, carpenters… anyone really. Thanks in advance for any help =)

Dusty answers:

Without question, my cordless screwdriver. I am a widow and this tool has been a god send. I have learned to do many things which I didn’t think I was capable of but with my trusty screwdriver I, at times, amaze myself at what I can fix. I think it should be a law, no woman should ever be without one.

Daniel asks…

Tradesmen/women: 1) What’s your favourite tool + why? 2) Any funny stories about…?

…your tools etc?
This is for part of a uni project so would be grateful for any information that anyone could provide. Just some details on your professional tools would be great as well. This applies to any builders, plumbers, electricians, brickies, carpenters… anyone really. Thanks in advance for any help =)

Dusty answers:

Without question, my cordless screwdriver. I am a widow and this tool has been a god send. I have learned to do many things which I didn’t think I was capable of but with my trusty screwdriver I, at times, amaze myself at what I can fix. I think it should be a law, no woman should ever be without one.

Ken asks…

What should I build ???

I have a large 25×25′ room off the back of my house not being used. I want to make something but what? And I got to make some money on whatever I do. I have carpenters and auto mechanics tools. What can I make with my hands and feed myself to ???

Dusty answers:

Maybe a storage place, or if you get kids it could be a playplace for them, mine sure do love those kind of things! OR a mini office, or whatever you need for your house.

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Ken asks…

Freezing a box of chocolates?

I just bought a box of tools-shaped chocolates for my carpenter dad. I think he’ll like them, but I’m hoping that they can last till I give them to him on Father’s Day. Should I freeze or refrigerate them or do you think it’s okay for me to leave them out? It’s still pretty cool inside my place, so I don’t think they’ll melt.
He won’t find them – I don’t live with my parents. He’ll get them when I go to their house for F’s Day. And it’s very cool in here, so i may just keep them out. Thanks to all! = ]

Dusty answers:

I am a former chef and have made many types of choclate fancies, and the seocnd lady and last gentleman are right, the chocolate can get with spots from the cocoa butter solids.

Chocolate melts at a bit above 100 d F, so fond a nice dark drawer or the back of your pantry or cupboard, they will last for a month or 2 and with Fathers day only a week away, they are fine left out, just keep them cool.

Nancy asks…

i need help with my geometry homework!?

so we have a worksheet with everyday sentences, but they’re missing a geometry word, but you can only use point, line, or plane.

i’m stuck on a few:

a carpenter‘s tool consisting of an adjustable blade for smoothing and leveling is called a ___.
a flat surface is also called a ___ surface.
the members of a baseball team who are chosen by the manager to start the game are in the ___. (but she said it’s not line up :/)
a long tapered stick is called a ___.
a meaningless or irrelevant comment is ___.

thank you for your time!

Dusty answers:

The last ones line, and i think the baseball one is point.

Jenny asks…

Help me find this movie!! I want it, badly!!!?

I remember this scene from this movie, see, and I forgot where I saw it. It showed this crazy and sick dentist guy, strapping this screaming girl down in a chair, pulling out all of her teeth (with a pair of pliers, which you would normally find in a carpenter‘s tool box), shaving off all of her hair, until she’s bald, taking a drill and drilling into the top of her head, sticking a device into the hole that scrambles her brain into a shake or pudding (sorta like a larger version of the in-the-shell egg scrambler, which they used to sell on T.V., by Ronco), sticking a clear glass tube into the hole, and sucking up & drinking her scrambled brains, like a bloody milk shake.

Dusty answers:

…you’re definitely talking about a scene from the oh-so bloody & gory, and dark-humored 1976 horror shocker, entitled “Bloodsucking Freaks”…..

David asks…

carpenters and remodelers? why why why?

this is for professional carpenters and remodelers. Why do so many of you tradesmen use silicon caulk? I am a painter with 26 years under my belt and I want to go into a rage when I find silicon applied by a pro when it is adjoining a paintable surface. SILICON IS NOT PAINTABLE AND PAINTABLE SILICON CAN NOT BE TOUCHED BY YOUR SKIN TO TOOL IT OUT (IT BECOMES UNPAINTABLE).You tradesmen would be saving money and get better results and painters would not go bezerk if you would start using caulks like Geo cel or some copolymers,they perform better.So my question is why do you use silicon?

Dusty answers:

I have heard that lament enough times now to know that it saves me money to use siliconized caulk when it it permissable.
It is paintable and holds a lot of the properties of silicone.

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Jenny asks…

Why didn’t Jesus shave his beard?

He was a carpenter. He’s experienced with tools.

Dusty answers:

“You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.”

Mary asks…

Why didn’t Jesus shave his beard?

He was a carpenter. He’s experienced with tools.

Dusty answers:

Ever try to shave with a saw? Biblical people wore beards because razors were virtually non-existent.

Ruth asks…

Problem at work… what do I do?

I need advice on how to go about an issue at work. I am in a position that requires me to enforce policies on purchasing and obtaining equipment for a college; however, whenever I see somebody violating these policies and try to enforce them, my manager tells me to let it slide and we’ll get them next time. This has been happening at least once a week for the past 10 months. Not only do I feel that there is something odd about that, but it removes my incentive to work. Two weeks ago we lost all power, including to our security cameras. Conveniently, all the tools of two employees (a carpenter and a HVAC tech) came up missing, and they have ordered about two thousand dollars worth of tools to replace them. I suggested that they investigate what happened with those tools, but I was told that we can’t do that. There have also been numerous blatant violations, and whenever I went to report the incidents, my management told me they just didn’t know better, and to not worry about it. I know that they know better, considering I’ve gone over the policy multiple times with these people. When I moved up the chain of command, they just changed the policies. When I try to enforce these, the same excuses are given. So I feel as though I have no purpose at my job, and that every time I attempt to do my job, I am scolded. So anybody have any advice on what to do?

Dusty answers:

You have a few options.

1. Look the other way, and become like your co-workers. Be prepared to take the fall. You’re being set up.

2. Stand up for what you believe is the right thing to do, by bringing it to the attention of the President of the University

3. Find another job.

Lisa asks…

car??? van??? colege?

Ok im in a aprenticeship at the moment and im really struggleing for money to fund a car of van and i need 1 of them to carry tools in as am a carpenter, Im now really down, My grandad is dirty rich but wont help me out unless i pay back with intrest and the boss is starting to complain about picking me up, i do get on the bus as far as i can but i see where hes coming from, if anybody has any idears of what i can do it would really help.

Many thanks

Dusty answers:

You will just have to keep taking the bus. Hope your apprenticeship course includes learning English and spelling.

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Sandra asks…

Are these sentences correct?

Someone in the Boy Scout troop camped near poison ivy and has gotten it all over THEMSELVES

A few of the carpenters had brought tools with THEM

My dog was among the winners in the show that had ITS picture taken

Dusty answers:

The firs sentence is not correct.
The second one is correct.
And the last one is not correct.

Michael asks…

Thank all of you for pointing out how stupid I am because I am interested in how words effect our lives!?

If you are a carpenter, and it does not make any difference to you how you use the tool, that Hammer,then I do not want to buy your house, let alone live in it. Same thing goes for your words. I am interested in talking to people who realize how powerful the words that they speak are. If you are not one of those people, just do not respond. It’s that simple!

Dusty answers:

Huh? You lost me

Sandy asks…

Is this the right time to go self-employed?

im a 23yr old female kitchen fitter/carpenter. I’ve been working with a company since feb, and have picked up laying all types of flooring, do you think i could go it on my own fitting complete kitchens inc, flooring and tiling on my own. I have my own van and tools. or should i wait for things to pick up?
im from the u.k by the way, Wales in fact

Dusty answers:

I’m by no means the right person to ask as financially my own business is not very successful, but i was moved to answer by the bad advice i saw here.

I’m also in the UK. In a way, a recession is the best time to go self-employed because if your business doesn’t fail during a recession it will probably work OK afterwards, so you’d be talking about a quick failure which you could “get out of the way” at a time when you could reasonably explain it away if you need to find employment from a boss in future.

The real reason i’m commenting on your question, though, is this. The person who said word of mouth doesn’t cut it nowadays is completely wrong. Whereas you probably do need to do some advertising, most of my clients come from word of mouth and the main reason i advertise is that my market consists of people who don’t have many contacts themselves, so i have to keep bumping it up, so to speak. I’ve personally tried lots of different kinds of advertising and the only one which has brought me results is the Yellow Pages. Anything else is a waste of money for me. Another thing you have to watch out for is that advertisers in a particular classification can get talked into paying more because everyone else is. If you are in a professional body, i suggest you start off with a corporate ad which mentions you and everyone else in the area, as that’s the best value for money.

You need to impress clients who are in some kind of social network. What’s worked for me is churches, specifically the Jehovah’s Witnesses. If you can find some kind of social group where there are lots of conversations and trust, use that. Other examples might be Freemasons or a local school.

You also need to start off with reliable clients, so you need the contacts before you leave your company. That’s probably obvious. However, don’t try to work for them independently until after you’ve left the company.

Don’t try to grow too quickly either. Make sure you can pay for everything without getting an overdraft. I started my company without any loans at all, and although it means i haven’t made much money, there’s no way anyone can come in and take any of the company’s assets, because i never owe anyone anything past the first thirty days.

Oh yes, another thing. Don’t try to stockpile materials. If you do that and can’t get rid of them because you haven’t got the work, you will end up with your money tied up in useless stock rather than working for you. You need to establish some kind of cycle where you buy an affordable quantity of stuff which you can use up quickly in jobs, purchase a little more with the profit from that and use the rest as drawings. You can tolerate debt up to the thirty day limit, but if you get beyond that you’re in trouble and you will end up a slave to the bank. Please forget about any idea of loans and for goodness’s sake do not try to get a loan secured by a mortgage. Raise money some other way, from your own savings or from friends and family.

When you set your prices, if you go too low it will look like there’s something wrong with your work and people will be suspicious, but if you go too high, obviously people won’t use you unless they don’t realise what the going rate for your services is. Also, look at what people expect to pay for the materials you use if they were to buy them in a DIY shop and undercut the cheapest price you can find, then break your bill down into separate goods and services so they can see you’re doing that. Your competitors may not be the companies around you offering to do the work, but clients who think they can do it for less (even if they can’t, they probably think they are competent), so you need to show them they will save money by using you instead.

Make sure also that you understand what they want to “buy”. For instance, they might be buying convenience rather than the kitchens.

Finally, take everything i say with a pinch of salt. I’ve been running a business for ten years and it’s not financially successful. I make a profit from it but it isn’t enough to live on. This is, however, typical of my line of work and i imagine it isn’t of yours.

Linda asks…

Does negative beliefs cause people to experience negative results?

In recent days I have witnessed several people get tools stolen; two cases involved carpenters where the chain was cut and the gang boxes were taken. One of them, an apprentice lost more tools on this occasion and one other a few months ago than a friend who is an atheist and believes people are inherently good honest and ethical lost in forty years as a carpenter.

These people are zealously religious; I wonder if others have had the experience where it looks as if people with a negative view of humanity suffer extreme personal losses?
Savage serenity:

Inferring? No I am stating a fact; Christians claim that all of humanity is sinners which are a negative assessment and if you need further proof just open your eyes.

Those that deem others evil creates evil by their own philosophy whether there is evil present or not.

Dusty answers:

Negativity breeds negativity.
I was discussing this today with my partner- he read somewhere that someone making negative personal comments about someone is perceived by others as having these same negative characteristics themselves. Makes sense.

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Donald asks…

What to get my Grandpa for Christmas?

Okay, so I’m going Christmas shopping tomorrow, and have no clue what to get my Grandpa. He’s like 74, he’s a carpenter, I usually get him tools. But he has every tool known to man.. Plus, that’s what I get him every year.
He’s like, an alcoholic, but I don’t know if getting him booze would be appropriate. Plus that’s expensive.
He likes to bake a lot, too. But his kitchen isn’t very big and is already full of cooking things.
He doesn’t like sports, either. He watches like, Coronation Street and C.S.I .. So I’m pretty stuck on what to get him?

Dusty answers:

Full season dvds of CSI to watch at his leisure. If that was my favorite tv show, I’d love you lots.

George asks…

Im 13, what should i buy for my family? And more, 10 POINTS!!!?

My budget: 150$ (a portion of years of saving. don’t say I’m spoiled since i don’t even get allowance)
My budget within my mom,dad and brother: 100$ ( i dont wanna spend a lot on the rest)

My dad is a handyman kind of guy, he’s almost 45years old. But he has everything a handyman can have: about 10 toolboxes, carpenter glue, and tons of tools i have never heard of. So tools isn’t gonna do it.

He like to cook, especially with spices! He even cooks waaaaaaaay better then my mom, lol. I was thinking of spices or something, but i have no clue where to get that.
He’s born and raised in Lebanon so he’s used to stuff like Lebanese Coffee. I was searching for that also, with no success.

Now, my mom. She’s also near 45 years old. I thought of a wool scarf. I think it costs around 20 to 30$. Maybe i should buy her scented candles? It comes cheaper and matches with my budget but i bought that last year too. I though of spa but its near 50$ for the cheapest thing. That’s half my budget!

For my older brother (almost 16yrs old) i decided to buy a 1gigabyte memory card for his MP4. But since that doesn’t cost more then 5$, I’m thinking maybe of buying him a video game too? We have a PS2 and he has a brand new laptop of his own.

For my younger cousin (7years old boy), i don’t know what to buy him at all. His parents bought him a telescope so i guess he is into space and rockets. Maybe i should get an illustrated book? But he’s got tons of that at school, it’ll finish in a day.

For my youngest cousin (2 and a half years old girl), that’s where I’m stuck the most. Clothes? She seems to like it, but i don’t know what to get (size isn’t a problem, I’ll ask the mom). I don’t know what she is into.

You dont need to have all 5 to have 10 points cuz im certainly not a 13year old Santa Claus!!!
Its so hard to chose best answer…Each member from my family is a suggestion from a different person. But i decided this:
Brother: 1gig Memory Card + Video Game
(he can watch movies for free)

Mother: Bath Candles + Pedicure

Dad: Spice Rack + maybe Indoor Spice Garden (garlic chives)

Older Cousin: I found a cool shirt from the site the first comment. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34922547&ref=cat1_gallery_11

Younger Cousin: a Teddy Bear will do.

And i come with a total of an average of 105$ for all of it! Only 80$ for my mom, dad and brother!!! Thanks so much all of you, im using less money then i expected. I would put thumbs up but im not a high level enough.

Dusty answers:

Youre so thoughtful!! How sweet :)

if your dad like to cook and hes into spices AND hes lebanese I would get him some iranian saffron, or vanilla beans from madigascar. You could also get him some little gifts like gourmet wild rice to go with the saffron- that would be delicious for everyone.

For your mother- nail salons will usually do a manicure and pedicure for $30- thats in budget and you could wrap up the gift card creatively- I am sure she would appreciate a little relaxation and pampering! You could always just do the pedicure, too, if she doesnt get her nails done. All women love pedicures!! If you could learn how to knit or sew i bet your mother would LOVE it if you made her a scarf! Fabric is cheap and she would love to have something so special.

Your brother would love a movie to watch in his new laptop… And there are a lot of good DVDs coming out that are very reasonably priced. If he’s 16 I bet he would love The Hangover or Dark Knight- they were both really popular movies this year. If he likes sci fo or hes a little nerdy I bet he would love the movie “Moon”- its really good! You can ask your parents if the movies are OK, and they are all available on amazon.com- i am sure your mother or father would help you order it!

Your 7-year old cousin could probably use a star map or some cool glow in the dark stars to stick onto his ceiling if he is into astronomy.

As for your baby cousin- you could get some or play doh really cool blocks or a little doll or something. Little kids like anything thats colorful, makes noise, and is fun to play with! Little kids LOVE play doh, its enriching, and its pretty inexpensive.

Ruth asks…

What would you do if?

Ok so i bought my 2 year old daughter a big wooden kitchen set at a community yard sale, one of the volunteers working there was also an employee of the kids playcenter we go to all the time and she and i have become friends.
The kitchen set was solid wood and really cool my daughter was so excited…..but it was pretty worn out so I said this will be great once I paint it, then my friend said she and her man can do it because he is a carpenter and has all the tools

This was 4 weeks ago, it was only supposed to be a couple days so i asked her about it yesterday and she said its still only half done( which was done the first day she had it) and that one part of it was at a friends house finished and the other part is in her backyard and is in a mess….I am so pissed off about the situation because my little girl keeps asking about it and now she even says “its getting painted mommy”,plus i could have done it myself in a day or two but she offered and told me they would make it all nice and pretty.

I tend to over react when it comes to my daughter so I’m just wondering how other parents would feel in this situation and what you would say?

Dusty answers:

You’re not over-reacting at all. Your friend promised to do the job in a couple of days and took way longer. It isn’t worth losing a friendship over, but you’re quite reasonable to want it back.

Just tell her you want to give it back to your daughter and you’ll be round later to pick it up, thank her for the job she’s done so far but you’d like to finish it yourself.

Sandy asks…

My 3 yrs. old son has phobia with spiders and because of this he`s afraid to go to the toilet its been 2 days?

I have a 3 yrs. old son.. He has fear of monsters and he considers spiders as monsters.. we were getting our roof fixed .. he was about to poo and suddenly a very loud sound , the carpenter dropped one of his tools, my 3 yrs old son was so scared , he thought it was a big spider .. Because of that he did not poo at all that day.. Today he was saying “i have to poo , i have to poo” , when we were walking towards the bathroom he stopped , he won`t go in the bathroom so it told him , let`s just use your potty trainer , he refused and went back playing. Yes , I did the calm talk , it didn`t work . What should I do ??

Dusty answers:

The best way to solve this is to stay in the bathroom with him when he sit on the toilet,then he will get the idea there are no spiders around if there is someone with him sing a tune so that he can see you are relaxed about it ,these phobias can last a good while or they could disappear just as quick . He need to be reassured that the bathroom is a safe place. I would go with whatever he requests and hopefully it will go as do most childrens fear of different situations,afterall he is only 3 .

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Sandy asks…

Is there a way to attach crittertrail tubes to a 10 gallon tank?

My rat lives in a tiny 10 gallon tank and I know she is not happy, especially since my idiot ex boyfriend lost her sister in the woods. I however am not allowed to get another one so I figured more space and interesting toys would make her happy. So is there a way that if I got another tank I could run crittertrail tubes (or the big ferret ones when she gets bigger) through the tank to another (I am willing to cut holes through the glass or screen top, but how? I know I could find the right tools my dads a carpenter I’m sure he could help.

Dusty answers:

I’m not sure if you can attach the tubes onto a tank, but you could use a tank topper if your rat doesn’t have enough room. Here’s an example of a tank topper: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Pet-First-Home-Topper/dp/B0006IUL64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1256358533&sr=8-1

Donna asks…

Who does this for boredom? What is your method?

Travels somewhere ?

Travels really far if really, really bored?

Throws an an expensive and wild party?

Drinks a licorice gin fizz and slides down the banister?

Plays pop the balloons with Fido?

Spies on the Great Lakes squirrel population?

Reads a good detective or spy novel?

Makes a Crackerjack-Black Walnut Sundae?

Puts a cranberry, a green olive and a cherry in the cat’s dish at the regular time to see what happens?

Finally decides to start hang gliding or sky diving lessons?

Gone fishing or turkey hunting?

Collects all the scrap wood pieces, tools and gorilla or carpenter‘s glue and sees what can be done?

Does a watercolor of the fire hydrant and the bush out front, including the pothole in the road?

Wonders if there is something forgotten which needs to be remembered — now! ?

What is YOUR method?

Dusty answers:

Only those cheap ones that u mentioned. We couldnt afford some of these…
Also….sleeeeep! We have this uncanny ability

Mandy asks…

r YOU a TAX expert? help me, a lost student?

Finch Construction Company provides its employees who are carpenters w/all the required tools. However, the company believes that this has led to some employees not taking care of the tools and to the mysterious disappearance of some of the tools. the Company is considering requiring all of its employees to provide their own tools. Employee’s salaries would be increased by $1,500 to compensate for their addt’l costs.

Write a letter to Finch’s managment explaining the tax consequences of this plan to the carpenters.

Dusty answers:

There would be no tax consequences, because the employees who get the 1500 increase in salary would be able to save receipts for those tools and deduct the 1500 back off their salary as “work related expenses.” Therefore it would not affect their income tax.

The only way it could affect it is if they don’t save receipts, or don’t buy 1500 worth of tools that year. It is just more hassle to the carpenters to do it this way, but doesn’t affect them financially.

Carol asks…

Can I get some help of what to get for my geometry homework?

Ok I have a scavenger Hunt for ENRICHED Geometry and I would like to know what Can I use for these 6 items? I only need 3 but some are kinda hard of what to use.

1. A cooking utensil that has 2 hemispheres.
2. A cylindrical storage container containing a hexagonal Prism.
3. An object that has a Rotational symmetry but no reflectional symmetry.
4. a carpenters measuring tool with English units, or Metric Units.(not both)
5. an abacus or slide rule. (No clue what these are)
6. an object with reflectional symmetry from a Non-European culture.

Thanks if you guys can help.

Dusty answers:

SI (metric) prefixes:

k (kilo) = x1000 = e3
M (Mega) = x1000000 = e6
G (Giga) = x1000000000 = e9
T (Tera) = x1000000000000 = e12
P (Peta) = x1000000000000000 = e15
E (Exa) = x1000000000000000000 = e18
Z (Zetta) = x1000000000000000000000 = e21

d (deci) = /10 = e-1
c (cent) = /100 = e-2
m (milli) = /1000 = e-3
µ (micro) = /1000000 = e-6
n (nano) = /1000000000 = e-9
p (pico) = /1000000000000 = e-12
f (femto) = /1000000000000000 = e-15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_pref…

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Maria asks…

Car accident: not injured, trying to get lost income compensation?

I was involved in a three way car collision.
It wasn’t my fault. I was just waiting for my signal when other two cars collided and bounced off to my car.
Now, I am trying to get my car fixed and get whatever I may be entitled to.
I heard I can get lost income compensation but I also heard it’s only for people who got injured due to the accident.
However, without my car, which happened to be my work truck, I cannot resume my work.
I am a carpenter and all my tools are in the car, which i did not get a chance to take out after the accident.

So here’s the thing.
I am not injured. Accident wasn’t my fault. I cannot resume my work without my car.

Am I entitled to a lost income compensation?

If yes, how do I get it?

I’m sorry if my questions are so vague, but I am really not sure what I am rightfully entitled to.

Thanks in advance!
Forgot to add,
when I say I need my truck, I mean I NEED my truck.

Some of my tools are attached to my truck. Without them, I probably can get my job done, or have a very difficult time doing my job.

Dusty answers:

You would have to prove that the tools attached to the Truck were absolutely essential to the job you would be doing, and you would have to provide pay records showing exactly what you make per day. Also you would need to have proof of the Jobs that you were contracted to do and were not able to do because the tools attached to your truck are like an air compressor or saw, then it could be shown that you could have rented portable tools to do the job with and then you would have been able to claim the rental for those. You cannot just make a claim. You need positive proof of loss.
You will have a hard time proving these things.
You could have rented a vehicle if you absolutely needed to get to job sites and as far as your tools that are portable, you could have picked them up from the location where your vehicle is being stored until it is repaired.
Not much hope for you.

James asks…

What songs give you the chills?

Here are a few that make me feel alive!

Pearl Jam – Black
The Carpenters – Superstar
Tool – Lateralus

Dusty answers:

Kansas – Hold On
Styx – Blue Collar Man
Pat Benatar – Painted Desert
Ace – How Long
Pink Floyd – Hey You
Pink Floyd – The Great Gig In The Sky (live – Sam Brown) – link below. Unreal.

Jenny asks…

Isn’t the proof that god does not exist the fact that nothing unreal exists?

Many theists will ask you for proof that god does not exist.

Here is the proof:

Only real things exist.

You can argue that intangibles like love and ideas are real, but without concrete manifestations of these intangibles, these things are unreal. Anyone whose ever heard empty proclamations of, “I love you!” knows this to be true. The words mean nothing without acts to back them up.

One might argue that existence, reality, the universe, are the “proof” of god, but we can’t know this for certain.

For example, I could claim the existence of something called a flasenblender, and further claim that flasenblenders build houses. But a flasenblender isn’t real if it is only a claim. To point at a house and say, “that house exists because of a flasenblender.” would be ludicrous. Even if there were NO plausible explanations for the existence of houses, claiming they are the work of flasenblenders would be as silly as claiming they’re the work of lumber, tools and carpenters.
Edge – Stunning reason there. It almost makes my head… wait… yes, it does make my head hurt!
Servant – Ummm wind is HARDLY intangible (as the residents of Mexico can attest.) I suggest you pick up a dictionary.
Rebecca – and you know this how?

Dusty answers:

“Only real things exist.”

Well, I’m far from xian, as even the most cursory glance at my profile will attest, but I have trouble accepting your basic premise. What precisely are the boundaries of “real?” How is reality measured, tested, proven, or observed?

Have those definitions changed at ANY time in, oh, the past 100 years? How about the past 10?

Are numbers real? Is math? Goolean algebra? Particle physics? Radio waves? If yes, then at what point in history did they *become* real? If no . . . Well, that’s a big ol’ can o’ worms now, inn’t? *G*

The map is not the territory. Science is at heart little more than a set of agreed-upon systems for organizing and categorizing perception. One cannot define everything outside those systematic boundaries as “unreal” (especially not since the boundaries are subject to change) anymore than one can, necessarily, assign automatic reality to everything within them.

Case in point: Big Bang. Now, understand that I believe the whole universe breathes in and breathes out in cycles trillions of years long . . . Many Big Bangs, stretching back and forward into infinity. No problem with the concept at all. BUT! I recall reading that just *before* the Big Bang, the “universe” had NO volume and INFINITE mass.

Now, is that “real” or just what makes the *math* work? And is the theoretical math itself really “real?”

Nam’ sayin?

Nancy asks…

What is the Tool in Your Hands God would like to to use? For Example:?

What Is a Tool for Your Hands for God to use?

With the tip of the staff that was in his hand, the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. – Judges 6:21

How does God call people into His service? There is a clear pattern in the way God calls men and women into service for Him. Almost every major leader has been called while he or she was in the midst of performing his or her everyday vocation. Peter was a fisherman; Matthew, a tax collector; Luke, a physician; Paul, a tentmaker; Moses, a shepherd; Jesus, a carpenter; and so on.

When God called Gideon to free the people of Israel from the oppression of the Amalekites, he did so while Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress. Like Moses, Gideon argued with God, saying his family was nothing special, so how could he be used of God to save Israel? Gideon acknowledged God by preparing an offering to Him.
The angel did an interesting thing with Gideon’s offering; he took the tip of his staff and touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. As with Moses, God chose to do a miracle with a staff, the instrument that symbolized Gideon’s work life. Why would God do this? It is because God wants us to know that the tools He has given each of us are the tools He wants to use to demonstrate His power. However, in order for that to happen, we must yield our tools to Him for miracles to be manifested through them.

Have you yielded your tools to the Lord? God wants you to have an overriding ministry objective to your work life. He doesn’t necessarily want you to leave your work; He sometimes wants you to work through your work. Allow Him to do that today.
Fish, I am.
searching, I wish the best for you.

Dusty answers:

Your question has stopped me dead in my tracks. I teach a Sunday School class but I stopped taking part in the Children’s Club (and they need teachers) because I couldn’t take an elderly sister’s criticisms any more. I still feel guilty about it though.

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Steven asks…

Which outfit should I choose?!?

I’ll be going out for a friend’s birthday – it’s fancy dress and the theme is workmen. So….it’s a choice between a) Builder (with braces and a white vest top – hard hat of course) b) Policeman (complete with cuffs) c) Carpenter (with tool belt).
Any other ideas welcome of course!

Dusty answers:

I have no other idea to add sorry, out of those b) sounds sexiest but c) could be sexier if you do a tool girl (Pamela anderson) from her “Home Improvement” days.

Its a old tv comedy, google it for pics of her in it!

Carol asks…

Why is the Vatican voluntarily suppressing the Nativity Scene in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica?

2009 will be the third year that Benedict-Ratzinger’s Newvatican has done away with the popularly-recognized Bethlehem manger scene known as the Praesepe, or creche, in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. In many countries around the world, the Bethlehem creche is being prohibited forcibly by law. In Newvatican, which is a law unto itself, the Bethlehem creche is being voluntarily suppressed.

In a wrenching rewriting of Christmas, Benedict-Ratzinger ordered in 2007 that the remembrance of Christ’s birth at Bethlehem be suppressed and instead replaced by a kind of Socialist-worker-inspired “St. Joseph the Worker” (Newchurch doesn’t like “Workman” — it isn’t feminist enough) scene. Gone are the sheep and the hay. The setting is Nazareth, with “the typical work tools of a carpenter.” On one side, the carpenter‘s shop is flanked by a covered patio and, on the other, there is the “inside of a pub, with its hearth.”

A spokesman for Benedict-Ratzinger admitted that St. Matthew’s Gospel indicated that the Nativity took place in “Bethlehem of Juda” (2:1/DRV). The spokesman said that Newvatican decided to rewrite the Gospel and place the scene in Nazareth, nevertheless. In the words that traditional Catholics have heard so often since the Modernist Council Vatican II (1962-1965), Newpope’s spokesman proclaimed: “It was time for a change.” No more explanation than that, just as all of the Vatican II “reforms” were imposed ostensibly by force of law, not reason. When the Novus Ordo authorities were asked by traditional Catholics, “Why the changes?,” the answer was an answer more characteristic of dictators, not Catholic prelates: “Because I say so!” [U.K. Telegraph.]

Dusty answers:

Pius XII is dead. Time for you to come to grips with the present.

Jenny asks…

Why didn’t Jesus shave his beard?

He was a carpenter. Hes experienced with tools.
atheist eye candy, you just had to kill the buzz with that answer

Dusty answers:

Way back then, most men wore beards and their hair longer. It was the fashion/custom of the times.

Richard asks…

If we could look into Joseph’s toolbox?

Joseph was a carpenter. What kind of tools did he use for his craft? and what would they be made of? would we find any tools that use rock or stone as its material?

Dusty answers:

Don’t look into Josephs tool box, that’s were he hides his porn.

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Donald asks…

I just started sewing whats the best tool to mark straight lines?

I know a sewing class would help but only one place has one and I literally have no body to watch my baby so Im flying solo. I have a carpenters square,yard stick, measuring tape, and a hem measureing thingy….what else is available??

Dusty answers:

Absolutely you need a see thru quilters ruler AND a rotary cutter with a rotary mat!!

I quilt and would love to answer any of your questions, I’m NOT a pro but quilting is my hobby, just email me, I’d love to help if I can!

Nancy asks…

if a person makes wardrobes out of wood, would it be correct to ask him?

to make a doll house? i assume less thick wood.

or is it different because a doll house requires more detail and tools would be different?

how different is d skill of a carpenter would be to that of a craftsman … i dont really know so please enlighten me……..all i know is i will paint it
WOW sooo nice! how do u make those pink stairs though? pieces of wood stuck 2gethjer? prob not, probably carved out……..but is it something a carpenter can do? i will ask him later but wish to know asap

Dusty answers:

If this person knows how to build a wardrobe he probably has the skills to build a doll house. It is not difficult to build. Go ahead and ask. He may not have the time, but it never hurts to try. There are many free doll house plans on the internet.

Are you looking for a victorian or just a nice little house? Here is a link.

Http://ana-white.com/2011/10/dream-dollhouse

http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/resources/index.php?search=FREE%20DOLLHOUSE%20PLANS

Joseph asks…

You VS Jesus in the battledome. What weapon do you choose?

I mean Jesus was a carpenter so god knows what tools he is using…

Dusty answers:

A shotgun. Those zombies can be really persistent unless you get in a good head shot.

David asks…

What movie is this? ,?

The movie where this guy is a motivational speaker and he wrote a book. He’s played by the person who plays two face in batman the dark night. In the movie he meets a girl who puts clues behind art frames in a hotel. His wife dies in an accident. And he buys a carpenter a bunch of tools, that’s all I remember.Thanks

Dusty answers:

“Love Happens”

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Chris asks…

Would you pay for baby-proofing or baby-proofing advice?

Friends have encouraged me to offer my services as a baby-proofing consultant, and/or full service installer. I have knowledge of many aspects of child safety including, car, household, pool… I also am a carpenter, so I have the skill and tools to do a professional job.

Before going to far I thought it would be nice to know if this is a service people would want, or would have used if it had been available to them.

Thanks for your advice,

Alan

Dusty answers:

Go for it. Just be realistic when it comes to pricing. I know many people who would pay for that. Its a great idea. You could offer a small discount to single mothers. And obligation-free quotes should be free when it comes to things like that. If not a small fee.

I think it is a wonderful idea. I do not know of any of these services in my area

James asks…

Did the Christ create Heaven, Earth, Adam and Eve, and all that is seen and unseen? Christ the Father’s tool?

When the Nicene Creed says “through him (Christ) all things were made” does this mean the Christ was like a carpenter‘s tools or that the Christ actually made the heavens and earth and Adam and Eve and all that is seen and unseen? Did Christ or the Father invent all the human words and languages?

Dusty answers:

“Let US make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness..” is the starting point for realising God the Creator was not working alone. The Trinune God, unsurprisingly, involved all the Persons of the Godhead in creation. The Holy Spirit was at work right from verse one of Genesis chapter one. The Son was at work with his Father, as Isaiah shows:

“I am the Lord [Jehovah - the Father] who has made all things, who ALONE stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth BY MYSELF… I made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens” (Isa 44:24-45:12). But, amazingly, the Bible says of JESUS that “by him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col 1:15-20). To simultaneously have all things “created BY him and FOR him” only makes sense when the triune Godhead is seen to be at work. That is why Isaiah is not contradicted by Paul here. Jesus is not God’s right-hand-man; he IS God’s right hand!

Susan asks…

i need vocabulary help?

i have three sentences that i need to match up.
can anyone please help me do that??

words:
omnipotent
brash
gnarled

We were fascinated to see the consummate skill and grace with which the _____ hands of the old carpenter manipulated his tools.

Wasn’t it rather____ of you to offer the soccer coach advice on your very first day as a candidate for the team?

Far from being _______, the director’s casting choices were based on a solid appreciation of each actor’s abilities and limitation.
thank you so much!!!

Dusty answers:

1st: gnarled
2nd: brash
3rd: omnipotent

Laura asks…

I am currently pregnant with my second child. My first is 7 years old and I want him to have a special gift?

for being a new big brother. Any suggestions? I have seen a cute little “big brother tool kit” with mini shampoos and lotions and bath toys and stuff in a little carpenters belt, which I am going to get, but I didnt know if anyone else had any ideas?

Dusty answers:

That tool belt sounds great! I also made my daughter a t-shirt with puff paint that said “I am the Big Sister” she wore it to the hospital when I had my daughter. It was really cute and we had fun making it!

Congratulations!

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