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Square Check for Tape Measures

Learn more: This simple accessory prevents your tape measure from slipping off the corner while measuring diagonals. The 90° inside corner securely straddles any outside corner, and rotates 360° to accomodate any rectangular object. It attaches easily to your tape with a single, powerful rare earth magnet. Use it while assembling drawers for a perfectly square batch. Also great for cases, frames and more. Slot for tape hook measures 1-1/8″ wide. Made of durable plastic.
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Sorry i know i forgot alot here they are Hoe: Place sticks like i did with the pickaxe and fill the top left corner and the space to the right of that. Storage box: In your craft box, with wood, fill up every square with wood EXCEPT the center Furnace: Fill Up every square with cobblestone in your craft box EXCEPT the center Door: You can also make doors out of iron ingots Arrows: A single piece of flint on top. A stick in the middle. And a feather on the bottom. CHECK OUT THIS KID SUBSCRIBE TO HIM HES A BAMF! –
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Your Questions About Carpentry Tools

Mary asks…

How does someone make an egress window from an existing window in a basement?

My husband, his dad, and my dad have quite a bit of carpentry, construction, and concrete knowledge and skills. We need to make an egress out of an existing window in our basement in order to make another bedroom down there. We also have access to a lot of tools because my father-in-law is assistant manager at a local True Value store and they have lots of large tools that they rent out. We want to do this ourselves. We have to remove the existing window and make the opening bigger to put in a larger window. We would need to dig out some the land beside the house to have access to the window. I did check with codes in our area and found out the window opening would need to be 4ft x 4ft to be legal and up to code. Our basement walls are made of hollow concrete block from when the house was built in 1930. How would we go about doing this and what tools and other materials would we need?
I haven’t discussed this with my husband or fathers yet. I have just been doing some research on this to figure out if we can do it ourselves to save money or if we are going to hire someone to do it for us.
My husband, dad, and father-in-law are still capable of doing manual labor

Dusty answers:

They probably know what is involved. U have to cut out the foundation with a saw that mounts to the wall to cut a straight line. Then u have to place a frame in the opening. You also have to dig out enough dirt to allow access. U will need either a preformed outside well or make one yourself from cement block. I was talking to a contractor the other day about this kind of project and he estimated a 3 to 4 thousand dollar job to have it done.

Sandy asks…

Funny or not?

A lady places an ad in her local supermarket looking for a handyman.
The next day, a bloke knocks on the door.
G’day Lady, I’m here about the job.”
“Can you paint,” she asks?
“No, I have bad sinuses and the fumes make me sick.”
“Well, could you clean my spouts out then,” she asks?
“No, sorry, I have vertigo, can’t stand heights.”
“OK, what about mowing then?”
“No, can’t mow, I get hayfever.”
“What about carpentry, can you do that?”
“No, I’m afraid not, I have bad arthritis in my wrists, can’t use tools at all without great pain.”
“Seems to me,” says the Lady, “You don’t have much going for you, so why do you think you’re handy?”
“I live around the corner…..”

Dusty answers:

What? I think that’s a crappy joke!! “Haha!! So Witty!! Handy! Around the corner!! Indeed!!” It SUCKS!! Sorry, but it does!

Donald asks…

Do they ever show electrical wiring projects on DIY shows on TV?

I’ve seen a lot of shows lately on the DIY channel and HGTV, and even on local PBS where they show in detail a carpentry project (installing a door, or finish carpentry). They describe in detail (about a 20-minute segment) all the steps they’re doing, the tools and materials they’re using, etc. But I’ve never seen that with an electrical project, other than a 2-minute segment where they replace an existing switch or outlet or hang a ceiling fan. I’ve never seen a 20-minute segment that details a new circuit actually being installed, including installing boxes, running wires, and making connections (including the ones in the main service panel).

Dusty answers:

They don’t bother covering it in too much depth because there are a lot of electrical codes to contend with depending on where you live. There are basics that are true in most cases such as the gauge of wire or number of outlets on a circuit but different localities have different requirements. Even licensed electricians run up against issues from town to town. Every electrical inspector has his own preferences.

I like doing electrical work but I spent a few years working as a helper in construction. What I like about electrical work is that it is cleaner and more straight forward than other types of work. But you really need to know what you are doing and have the proper tools.

Below are a slew of How To videos.


Richard asks…

how to start a business?

I want to start my own carpentry business, where do I start? I know I will need all my own tools and transport, but how do I all the legal side of things like insurance, tax, do I need permission to start a buisness?
I have a good job working for someone and I’m terrorfied of taking this next step.
my boss is not too friendly so advice from him is not going to happen.
how do I even get work
sorry there are just too many questions to get my head round.
thanks brutus, Im living in Ireland so advise on uk or Irish business would be great

Dusty answers:

Http:// and are 2 great places to start your informationi search.

Being terrified and having “just too many questions” are great signs that say you care about this enough to want to do things right.

Yes, thinking about starting your own business CAN be the most terrifying process. It’s scary because we are breaking free of our comfort zone. Like it of not, our jobs have always been our safety net.

I went through that phase over 5 years ago when the company I worked for went bust and they were laying off staff. My wife and I decided that even though it would be tough, we just HAD to take control of our own destiny. So we decided to start our own home based food delivery business.

In many ways, we were in the same boat as you are right now. We had ZERO knowledge about running a business. We only knew my wife was a fantastic cook – just like you may have minimal knowledge right now, but you know that you have the ONE critical skill you need – carpentry.

Anyway, here’s a couple of things you can do to help you learn the ropes as you prepare for the big move :

- If it’s possible in any way, take note of how your boss does things. There are lots of ways you can do this : be friendly with his customers and have a casual chat, learn from the sales and marketing staff, accounting staff etc.

- Find out where he is getting his supplies from. Very often, this just means you keep and eye out for the delivery truck or van, and take note of the address and contact number. Then check them out.

- Start to ask your friends and family if they have carpentry jobs that you can do. Work at these jobs over the weekends or in the evenings.

- As you learn to handle accounts (jobs) on your own, strat thinking of upgrading your equipment and workshop. You can do this slowly. Other than preparing you for taking on bigger jobs, this also helps assure you mentally that you are capable of running things ON YOUR OWN.

I leave you with a valuable lesson I’ve learnt from a lady who sells noodles near where I live. She says she has only ONE skill in this world – making noodles – and she does it well. She’s done it for almost thirty years and managed to put her 4 kids through college. For as long as I can remember, she’s been sellling noodles. She may have started out living in a shack, but she now owns 3 homes and 2 cars. Her secret : Just because you have only one skill, use it well, hone it, and live frugally. Many people can do well to learn from her.

So my friend, if you have only one skill in this world and you use it well, you have as much chance of being a huge success as the next guy.

I wish you all the best.


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Ken asks…

translate to afrikaans please?

Camera basics

So what is a camera anyway? Your camera is a tool. No different than a wood carver’s chisels. The chisels do not make finely crafted artwork, the wood carver does. It is the same way with your camera. The camera does not make the photograph, you do. Never allow yourself to feel like the camera is in control. The camera is your tool and you must use it as a tool.
We need to take care of our camera

Whether you use a film or digital camera, there are some basic tenets of camera care that cross all spectrums. These basics are very similar to proper lens care.

the 3 main enemies of your camera are:


Photography Equipment

All art requires equipment of some sort and photography is no different. Where painters have paint and brushes, photographers have cameras and lenses. I am going to tell you about the equipment used to make photographs.


A camera is the most basic piece of equipment that photographer’s use to turn light into photographs. In order to take better photos it is a good idea to understand as much as possible about your camera and its capabilities.

Body: The camera body is the most basic part of a camera. It is the box that holds the film and the camera controls. The lens is either built-into the body or attaches to the body. The body also houses a battery that powers the shutter, flash, light meter, and other controls. There are generally rings to connect a strap to the camera for easy carrying as well.

Lens: The lens is the part of the camera (or an attachment for the camera) that focuses light into the body and onto the film. The aperture is also contained within the lens.


Photographic lenses are the eye of your camera. These conglomerations of glass and plastic focus light onto your film and control the magnification factor of your images.
Optical Lens: Filter Threads: Focusing Ring: Focal Length Ring: Aperture Ring: Aperture: Lens Mount:

Props and Backgrounds

Photography props and backgrounds are a photographer’s way of creating a scene when the actual location cannot be used or would be dangerous. Here is where you will find information on available props, backgrounds and other supplies as well as ways to create your own.

the sipix camera can only take pictures in the day light … it is AAA battery-powered, no memory card, it is roughly 5cm wide and long and about 1.5cm thick. it is the perfect size for a key ring

the Polaroid camera was Manufactured in the late 1990s … it has a fixed shutter and a built in electronic flash… Has built in “close up” lens for subjects less than 6ft away … i don’t know why but i think this camera looks professional … not really

About the size of a tin of mints, this Che-ez Snap is the smallest digital camera in the world! Take up to 26 to 104 pictures. Internal rechargeable battery, Self timer function,

Dusty answers:

Jeewizzz…. I’m from SA and Afrikaans speaking but I don’t think I would do this one just yet.

Anyways, I think you should email me later on if you still want it translated. Hopefully someone would give you the answer here if they have the time.

Richard asks…

Building a big table?

Okay, well, I don’t have any experience really with construction or crafting or anything like that. But I want a large table, a size which I can’t find anywhere else, don’t care if it looks like crap, don’t mind spending some time on it, and I want it cheap. However, I won’t be here forever, so I need to make sure I can make it so that it can be taken apart and moved through narrow stairways and doors without having to saw pieces off. I was thinking this could be done by creating multiple tables, which would be able to lock together. The way I was thinking of doing this was by having metal pieces of various shapes and sized and having them attach the legs to the tables, and the tables to each other, and such. These would have small holes in them to enable you to screw in screws through it, and this would hold the pieces together. I just wanted to make sure such a thing exists. I would need L shaped ones to attach the top of the table to the legs, and some flat ones to attach the tables to each other.

Secondly, after it gets all put together, it would likely have a small gap over where the tables connect. If there a way to cover that up that allows me to take it apart again easily or would it not work.

I want it to be smooth on the top so I can write on it and not have my penmanship all messed up because it is not smooth. Is there a good way to get that taken care of? Sanding still leaves it a bit ruff doesn’t it?

The wood I am likely to buy will probably be cheap and ugly. Is the wood able to be dyed? Should I paint it? How can I polish it up some?

I have some basic tools but I quite likely might need more tools. Are these rentable? Should I see if I can borrow them from someone? If they’re not expensive I could buy them, but what would I need?

The size of the table I am going to do will be an L shape, 15×3 + 12X3 with some overlap in the corner. I decided to split it up into 5 tables: 3X6, 3X6, 3X3, 3X4, 3X3. How much should everything all together cost?

Thank you for your time and help.
Ehhh… Okay, well I don’t need super cheap. I can spend a few hundred without a problem. I just didn’t want to have to spend thousands which is what it would cost to get something like this pre-built.

Dusty answers:

Here is the cheapest way I know how to help you without writing a book here.

Make a simple frame using a #2 grade spruce 2X4 the dimensions you wish, be extra sure it’s square. Cut the ends on a 45 to join them together. Table legs can be bought in almost all home builder supplies with attaching hardware included. I’d recommend about a 15 degree angle and about 32″ long. You’ll need to cut and install corner blocks in your frame for the legs to attach too. Predrill holes about half the dia. Of the wood screws, just don’t get in a hurry and try screwing in screws without predrilling them because you’ll split the wood.

For the top I’d recommend using a good grade Luann plywood which will cost about 35-40 bucks. Use a router and do something to round over the top edge of the plywood and bottom pieces of the frame. Buy about eight 2″ “L brackets” and attach them to the inside of the frame to attach the top too. Again pre-drill all holes. To attach the top to the frame be sure to use a wide wood screw short enough as not to go through the top of the plywood.

Then before assembly use a good polyurethane finish and follow the directions to the letter. After the first coat dries, use steel wool to buff all the surfaces and reapply a second coat and then assemble. It will

Chris asks…

How can I get into a high government position?

There is evidence of human technology (stone tools, antlers, bones, and wood) that dates back to 10 million years ago. According to a recently updated time line our species didn’t discover fire until 8 million years after that!

It took 3000 years to go from the discovery of static electricity to get to microscopes.

We have the internet, nuclear power, we’ve google-mapped the Earth, and have gone into space, just in 200 years. These are just a few of the most advanced technological achievements, and they’re spread over a wide variety of subjects.

It’s good to acknowledge our accomplishments as a species, but a species that thinks itself advanced is the first mark of a primitive one. We MUST have gotten “help” along the way.

Could extraterrestrial beings possibly be the reason for an exponential advancement in technology? I’ve seen a U.F.O. before, I’m 100% positive it wasn’t a human made craft. There are also a lot and A LOT of stories of other people having encounters.

If we do have extraterrestrial help they probably have a more hands off approach, I doubt the president has the mother ship on speed dial. However I bet governments all around the world all have proof of alien “hints” that they don’t release to the public.

I really want to get to the bottom of this, if we had proof of other beings existence it would help unify the world….somehow anyways.

Who knows how to get into high level government positions? What’s the easiest country to get a high level government position in?

Dusty answers:

Well, in America if you pattern yourself after Hitler from the 30′s on, you should get elected if you have charisma and a silver tongue. You don’t really have to have any great plan but just say that you are for hope and change. It probably will help if you are a minority ethnic group but if you comb your hair like JFK you could probably win anyway.

Regarding your extraterrestrial info you should really read Isac Asimov’s “We are not alone” This came out in the early 60s and I still think it is the best book on extraterrestrial ‘proof’. You should be able to find it on or maybe

Good luck to you.

Sandra asks…

If you were lost in the woods.?

Would you rather have a bible (the product of religion) or a finely crafted multi-tool pocket knife (the product of science).

Dusty answers:

I would definitely choose the multi-tool pocket knife.
Actually surviving to live seems like a better choice than reading and dying…
Then again, maybe there’s a severe shortage of fire starting material, so the paper could be very useful.
You may or may not be religious, and you can pray if you like, but having the bible with you will not be as much practical help as the pocket knife.
Don’t forget sometimes in survival keeping your spirits up is often as important as actual survival techniques, so maybe there isn’t a definite answer to this…
But I still choose the knife :)

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