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Robert asks…

Anyone know of a free website where you can make your own custom ringtones?

Im looking for a GOOD FREE website (with no BS) where i can load a portion of a real song into it and make my own ringtones. I need to increase the volume of my ringtones very loud because i run loud woodworking tools all day and i cant hear the phone ring. Ive payed for ringtones from Verizon in the past but they are useless because they arent loud enough. Ive tried doing this in Windows Movie Maker and some times it works. I import a song, cut it to length fade in fade out increase volume save it and send it to from email to my phone. However i keep having to send and resend the tones i make there because some times i get them too loud and they are distorted. It takes forever to get it exactly right. Now WMM is acting up on my computer and the tone sounds like crap no matter what volume it is. Anyone know of a site like this? Or if i can do it an easier way? I have Windows XP. Serious answers only please.

Denny answers:

Myventones

THIS IS THE BEST SITE WITHOUT A DOUBT

step 1 upload a music file
step 2 select what part of the file you want as a ringtone
step 3 they text it straight inside a text message

totally FREE

William asks…

Unemployed father driving me nuts!?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me a polite way to tell my father his behaviour is bothering me – or perhaps I am out of line and should continue to keep my mouth shut as I have.

He has been off since the summer – he injured his left pinky – and his unemployment insurance has just run out. I am staying at home with my preschooler due to daycare problems, and I am doing all of the housework – I mean ALL. He does not even put his dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

My mother works hard and makes enough to support them both, but she often expresses her misery over having to be the sole breadwinner, especially with holiday season coming up. I thought my dad would have whipped into shape by now, but he seems really indifferent about getting back to work. When his old work calls, he doesn’t even answer the phone to take the shifts they are offering him.

He spends his days, almost all day, out in the garage with his woodworking tools. He drinks most of the day which is my biggest concern – he starts as early as 11 am and goes all day.

Should I tell him I am concerned, or stay out of it? He is driving me insane.

Denny answers:

Your dad has gotten use to not working and really content with your mom paying the bills talk to your mom about it instead of your dad

Carol asks…

Why do 8 black guys keep trying to break into my building?

tonight was the 6th or 7th attempt, sunday morning they broke into the empty commercial unit next to mine, ripped the security door off the hinges and kicked in the inner door. tonight they brought a 20 foot ladder and got on my roof, pulled open the skylight in my kitchen and ruined the screen trying to rip it out. luckily the noise woke me and they left when i turned the lights on and yelled at them. they were gone by the time cops got here again.

They seem to be getting more and more aggressive, police say the bad guys probably think im growing pot(which im not), they robbed a large grow across the street from me 6 months ago right before they started trying to get in here.

Theres nothing of value in here besides some woodworking tools and a computer, but they’re convinced its worth robbing, what can i do besides move? I dont particularly want to buy a gun and i dont think i can take on 8 armed men in a shoot out anyway, especially with shitty california 10 round magazines.
bruce why are you posting irrelevant bullshit on my qeustion? stop trolling nerd
@tommy my neighbor already has them on film trying to get into his building, got pictures of their license plate aswell and turned it over to the police. they said there wasnt much they could do.
if i blast these retards their friends are gunna come lookin for me, they seem somewhat organized i guess its my only option though, do you think ill get a response from them if i post in the “missed connections” section of craigslist?
@shine i am that hillbilly you saw on tv yesterday.

Denny answers:

Hmm, 6th or 7th attempt by 8 armed men I would had packed my car with whatever I could and moved to the next county or two by the 2nd attempt. As far as recommendations goes I would take a trip for two weeks and let everyone know it and have the cops stay at your place while on vacation in the hope they do get them or those 8 guys get it out of there system. But first I would run it by the cops and see what they say and then make arrangements for whatever you don’t want to take a walk on you either by the cops or the other ones.

Lizzie asks…

San Diego knife law question…?

So, I do woodwork on boats for a living and I want a freakishly stout work knife that can be a pry bar, chop through screws… that kind of stuff. I have to do a lot of picking, poking, cutting and prying when I go to look at potential jobs. Leathermans are okay, but break too easily.
I’ve done tons of research and this is what would be an excellent knife for doing the stuff that I wouldn’t dare do to my woodworking tools – http://www.thekershawstore.com/Zero_Tolerance_0301_Ranger_Green_Folder_Knife_p/zt0301.htm
(look up the tests on youtube… quite an impressive blade)
I grew up in the sticks where everybody had a knife, most had guns, you didn’t have to lock the doors and people were polite.
San Diego is a different scenario entirely and I’m wondering if this knife would just be asking for a police beating.
I’m a utilitarian kind of guy and want a workhorse knife that won’t break like my other ones have. I tend to just carry one knife for EDC and work stuff just so I’m more proficient with it when I need it.
I like routine with my blades, not a fan of one for work and one for strolling.
So, I get home from work, shower, change clothes, clip on my Kershaw 0301 and take my dog for a walk through the park.
Is this illegal with this kind of knife?
Yes, I’ve tried to look it up but I’m not the best internet sleuth. I’m not too sure how to interpret what I’ve found (not much) about the local knife ordinances.

Denny answers:

That knife looks fine.as long as the blade doesn’t past the length of your hand when you hold it across your palm.

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William asks…

Wiring to a work shop?

What size wire do I need for service to a workshop. I will need to go through attic and under ground. Total about 130 ft.. I will need to run a 30 amp Rv traveltrailer and small woodworking tools; table,mitre saw,small a/c, light,etc. Thank you

Denny answers:

For a basic workshop, I usually recommend a 60 amp sub panel. #6 copper or #4 aluminum is usually adequate (if you use TW or UF conductors you would need to increase the wire size by one standard size). While the size would be more than adequate for your current anticipated use, you would have plenty of reserve for possible expansion in the future without worrying about overloading the system.

Mary asks…

i have an 18v delta battery woodworking pack: drill,circular saw,brad nailer,jig saw. I can’t find parts .?

can’t find batteries or a replacement charger for these tools. is there any compatible battery that can be substituted?

Denny answers:

Here’s the Delta/Porter Cable web site: http://www.deltaportercable.com/

Mandy asks…

woodworking help…?

I really want to get into woodworking/carving, especially carving cool pieces of wood with a dremmel tool. Space is limited in the garage and stuff. any tips on getting started?

Denny answers:

Take a 2×2 board 8 feet long, draw on it to look like chain links. Remove everything that isn’t part of the chain. Whittle the links apart as you go. When you get done you will have a very unique wooden chain. I have seen them sell for a lot. When you get done post again and I will give you instructions on the next step. Be patient this is very time consuming

Betty asks…

how do i convince my dad to turn his shed into a workshop?

hey, I am a 12 year old boy who loves woodworking and i have heaps of tools, i have been wanting to save up for my own shed but they are too damn expensive… and we already have a shed but it is full of crap that half of it we don’t even need anymore, if he said yes i would clean it for him and stuff, even if i only got half of the shed it would still be enough. how do i convince him, he is a tough cookie to crack too… thanks

Denny answers:

Well, for starters, I know exactly where you’re at. You see, I started my woodworking at 11 years old to now being a master woodworker by trade. In my beginning, I to had a very stubborn father who liked to do things only his way or no way. We had this back room in the house that always seemed to be cluttered with stuff that no one ever used. You know, junk…The problem that I was facing is my father really never knew at the time how much interest and actually how creative I could be with the various woodworking projects that most would suspect a grown-up to have done. Like you, I was convinced that my dad wasn’t going to really cooperate with me by granting me the privilege of transforming this “junk” room, into a useful, learning environment. So this is what I did. I first cleaned the room in its entirety, paying close attention to what was actually garbage & what was not…I simply tossed all the garbage on trash day & as far as the remaining, “junk”, I built some storage cabinets out of some scrap lumber & stored this remaining clutter nice & neatly inside. I was able to attain 75% of the room for a efficient, workshop environment. I was still skeptical on my father’s reaction prior to the unveiling of my efforts. Would you believe that not only was he overwhelmed, in a good way, but he financed the remainder of $ to help build the necessary workbench & remaining storage cabinets to make this shop complete. I’m not saying that this is the solution, but it could be part of the recipe… By what you have already mentioned about your interests in a hobby shop, you’re on the right track…However, your choice of words seems to be a little distasteful for your age. I only mention this because when I was your age, if I were to ever say any kind of four letter word, I would have gotten punished in a physical way, which was severely wrong at the time & I highly disapprove. Please take this advice for what it ‘s worth, because the best thing about it is….It’s Free!!!
Take care & I wish you the very best in your bright future….Oh, & one last thing, No matter what, “Always measure twice & cut once”…You’ll see……………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Sandra asks…

Why can’t I sharpen a K-Bar knife?

I’ve been around woodworking tools a long time and am a very good sharpener. But I can’t seem to manage to get a K-Bar sharp. Why is that? What’s wrong with me? What am I missing here?
I know how to sharpen knives and tools. I am very good at it; lots of experience with different kinds of steel. But the K-Bar is different. I realize it is not surgical steel, not designed to keep a razor edge. But It resists my efforts.

Denny answers:

I don,t know how sharp you want it but a k bar is a survival-work knife. They,re not designed to be a razer. Use a small file to get a rough edge and finish it up with a wet stone.

Richard asks…

was the woodworking jigsaw tool ever patented?

Denny answers:

Yes, several with different variants on prior work. Here are a few:

Patent D523311 was issued to Black and Decker in 2006.

Patent D282625 was issued to Skil in 1986.

Patent D404274 was issued to Ryobi in 1999.

You can search on these and others at http://www.google.com/patents

Jenny asks…

Woodworking Plans For Making Home Windows?

I have an old home that needs new windows. I’d like to reuse the current old, poured glass into the newer windows. Are there any plans on the internet that shows step by step on how to build your own windows? We can’t afford to buy new windows and building windows would be good experience for me. I know what tools I will need. I just need some plans to look at. Thanks for your help!

Denny answers:

If you have the existing windows, you can just copy the various pieces to make a new window.

The biggest challenges with making windows is finding really good straight grained wood with no warp, twist, cupping or knots. Next is assembling the various pieces so the window is flat and square.

If you take on this job, be sure and use a water proof glue.

Linda asks…

What to get my dad for a birthday present?

My dad’s 50th birthday is in a couple weeks and I’m totally stumped about what to buy him for a present.
Some interests are.. hockey, bands he likes are Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Billy Joel, Blue Rodeo, he likes wine and beer, woodworking, quirky tools, etc.

Denny answers:

Buy him a record…or a record player if he doesn’t have one. Or take him out to eat at his favorite place.

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Paul asks…

TIME”””””joke?

A man is strolling past the mental hospital and suddenly remembers an important meeting.

Unfortunately, his watch has stopped, and he cannot tell if he is late or not. Then, he notices a patient similarly strolling about within the hospital fence.

Calling out to the patient, the man says, “Pardon me, sir, but do you have the time?”

The patient calls back, “One moment!” and throws himself upon the ground, pulling out a short stick as he does. He pushes the stick into the ground, and, pulling out a carpenter’s level, assures himself that the stick is vertical.

With a compass, the patient locates north and with a steel ruler, measures the precise length of the shadow cast by the stick.

Withdrawing a slide rule from his pocket, the patient calculates rapidly, then swiftly packs up all his tools and turns back to the pedestrian, saying, “It is now precisely 3:29 pm, provided today is August 16th, which I believe it is.”

The man can’t help but be impressed by this demonstration, and sets his watch accordingly.

Before he leaves, he says to the patient, “That was really quite remarkable, but tell me, what do you do on a cloudy day, or at night, when the stick casts no shadow?” The patient holds up his wrist and says, “I suppose I’d just look at my watch.”

Dusty answers:

Hehehe, well after all that, he wears a watch, pmsl hun

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Steven asks…

Is Jimmy Carter a better human being than Jesus was?

Jimmy Carter is a man of Jesus. In fact, he is better than Jesus because he does not lie to people. Jesus is well known to have boasted to be a carpenter. Funny thing about Jesus is that there is not one story in the Bible that says he was a carpenter. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Jimmy Carter builds houses with his bare hands for people in need. There is not any evidence in the Bible that Jesus built any thing, not even hanging a shelf or building a dollhouse. Carter is a man that knows his way around tools, clearly a skilled builder familiar on how to use a hammer and nails. Jesus was a man that lied to people; he clearly wanted to be his dad Joseph who actually was a carpenter. Sadly, the only exposure Jesus had to a hammer and nails was at the end of his life when the Romans were driving nails through his body on the cross. The irony of it all is that is this is probably the moment Christ learned how a hammer worked.

Dusty answers:

The fact that Carter exists makes him, by default, a better human being than the imaginary Jesus.

Thomas asks…

Was Jimmy Carter better than Jesus?

Jimmy Carter is a man of Jesus. In fact, he is better than Jesus because he does not lie to people. Jesus is well known to have boasted to be a carpenter. Funny thing about Jesus is that there is not one story in the Bible that says he was a carpenter. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Jimmy Carter builds houses with his bare hands for people in need. There is not any evidence in the Bible that Jesus built any thing, not even hanging a shelf or building a dollhouse. Carter is a man that knows his way around tools, clearly a skilled builder familiar on how to use a hammer and nails. Jesus was a man that lied to people; he clearly wanted to be his dad Joseph who actually was a carpenter. I would argue that Jimmy Carter helped more people on this earth than Christ did. Jesus just made all his friends quit their jobs and they were bums living off of other people.

Dusty answers:

LOL You’ve got to get your head on straight.
Jesus was a fisherman not a carpenter though that was what his father was.

Robert asks…

Is Jimmy Carter better than Jesus Christ?

Jimmy Carter is a man of Jesus. In fact, he is better than Jesus because he does not lie to people. Jesus is well known to have boasted to be a carpenter. Funny thing about Jesus is that there is not one story in the Bible that says he was a carpenter. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Jimmy Carter builds houses with his bare hands for people in need. There is not any evidence in the Bible that Jesus built any thing, not even hanging a shelf or building a dollhouse. Carter is a man that knows his way around tools, clearly a skilled builder familiar on how to use a hammer and nails. Jesus was a man that lied to people; he clearly wanted to be his dad Joseph who actually was a carpenter. Sadly, the only exposure Jesus had to a hammer and nails was at the end of his life when the Romans were driving nails through his body on the cross. The irony of it all is that is this is probably the moment Christ learned how a hammer worked.

Dusty answers:

At least Jimmy Carter exists…

And accomplishes things…

IMHO

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Maria asks…

Was Jesus Christ a Taoist?

Anyone else noticed the parallel between the teachings of Jesus and Taoism? Not to mention Tao means “The Way” just like how the bible says that Jesus is “The Way.” Jesus also traveled to the far east, and the possibilities are great that it had a great impact on his teachings.

There’s a lot of verses from the bible that the resemblance is uncanny.

Bible
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Tao – Chapter 74
People who try to take the executioner’s place are like people that try to take the Master Carpenter‘s place.
If you use the Master’s tools, you just cut your own hands.

Bible – Mathew 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Tao – Chapter 76
The soft and yielding (people) will prevail.

Bible – Proverbs 10:19
The more you talk, the more you are likely to sin.
If you are wise, you will keep quiet.

Tao – Chapter 5
The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much.
Better to keep your thoughts inside you.

Did Christianity (mostly Jesus) borrowed from the teachings of Taoism? Also Taoism is pantheistic, and here’s a verse that just adds to it from what Jesus said.

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? – John 10:34

I and the Father are one. – John 10:30

Pantheism is the belief that God is identical with the universe. All is God and God is all. You and God are one. What’s funny, Christians use that last verse to prove the trinity, even though the word trinity is never mentioned in the bible — the concept of the trinity is pagan in origin. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, while the trinity is polytheistic and that’s why Jews don’t convert to Christianity.

I’m sure Christians with their religious training will shut down critical thinking and dismiss the evidence.
I forgot to mention Taoism teaches humility, being frugal or living a simplistic lifestyle, and compassion. Something that Jesus talked about the most.
Right, and it’s impossible for Jews to believe in other religions and teachings…

Dusty answers:

It’s quite possible that Christ (whoever he may have been) was influenced by Taoist or Buddhist thought, since Jerusalem was part of the trade routes for silk and spice. He wouldn’t have had to travel all the way to China or the East to encounter those ideas.

Sandy asks…

What Can I Do About Theft Of My Intellectual Property?

Five months ago I lost my job at a university. When I went to my office to clean it out, I found 95% of my paper docs and 100% of my e-docs taken. Later I found out that the president had it confiscated in case I appealed my termination. The great majority of what they took was or pertained to research, papers, plans, and programs I had developed over a 20+ year career in academe. Again, the great majority was intellectual work generated before I arrived at this particular institution. It is one thing to fire the carpenter, but when you fire him and take all of his tools too it is very difficult to continue in his profession. I am running into the same thing. Literally hundreds of documents have been taken. If it was stuff I had developed for this particular institution and was sensitive in nature, I would understand, but again, most of it I brought with me – to inform new research, make new presentations, develop new plans, etc. What is my recourse? I believe this insitution has no right to refuse to turn those docs over to me. I have requested them four times now through my attorney. The loss of these materials is severely hampering my ability to continue my academic career and research. I would rather someone burgled my house such is their value.

Thanks,
JTP

Dusty answers:

You have the absolute right to these documents – especially the ones you wrote BEFORE you came to the University. They can keep those you wrote while you were there. However, it appears you will have to sue the University to get them back.

Unfortuantely, the university probablly has deeper pockets than you do. If they are a public university you probably can appeal with the Board of Regents or the State Department of Education. If it was a private university, you will have to take them to court. You might want to set up a meeting directly to the president, and give him letters that you will send to magazines like ‘The Chronicle of Higher Education” or to the local newspapers if they don’t cooperate and give you back your paper

You will have to decide how long to pursue this. Once it gets to the courts, it could be very expensive.

George asks…

Grrrr…Im mmmmaaaaddd!!!!! ggrrr..?

My dad is a carpenter && we live in a kind of ‘thieving neighborhood’ Anyways the other night someone stole 1300 dollars of my dads tools on the back of his truck!! GRRR…It was the best tools too!! && we had our bikes stolen too! I am mad. Soooo….we are moving ..(we were already going to but now we are going to work faster so we can move sooner =]] )
Dont u hate thieves!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know Lori. I agree with you. And we live on about a half an acre (almost less) strip of land and my dad actually pulls a trailer (not boxed…we dont have money for a boxed one rght now) && that is where he puts all his tools on…&& he backes it up where no one can see it from the road since the house and truck blocks it ..but i think someone saw my dad back up the trailer && they stole it that night. By the way…There WAS some mexicans working in the house next to us && having a party when my dad came home..i think it was them..
Im sorry t-chained but i cant feel that way towards them…..most of the thieves are on drugs && steal stuff to sell to get more money for drugs. && the other theives want better stuff without having to pay for it so they take other people hard earned items. =[[

Dusty answers:

Yep, I agree Lucy. People do not respect others property and the hard work that it took for them to get property.

Thomas asks…

BETHLEHEM HOME REPAIR (DAVID PALMER) IS HE RIGHT TO DO THIS?

I worked for a local contractor (Mr. Palmer of Bethlehem Home Repair) not to long ago after responding to an ad in the newspaper looking for a carpenters assistant “no experience necessary, will train with benefits”. I advised Mr. Palmer that I had no previous experience as a carpenter, but I was eager to learn. This was a small business (just him and I). As time went on, it all went down hill. Mr Palmer had purchased a set of basic tools for me that he told me would be mine even after I left his company. In the end, he requested these tools back and threatened me that if they are not returned he would file with the police as theft and hold my last check. Mr. Palmer started humiliating me in front of customers and calling me stupid and slow. He exposed me to dangerous work environment without proper protection (hazardous electrical w/o training or protection and dangerous fumes with out masks). Most of all, Mr. Palmer without notice would demand that I work 3+ hours past my scheduled shift. When I worked this demanded overtime, he would not compensate (base or overtime) me for my time because I supposedly did not put “effort” in. I was working very rigorous labor in extreme heat and when I would request a lunch, me palmer would get very upset and confrontational. On the job site, Mr. palmer would throw temper tantrums that involved him throwing tools across the room or banging them on customers property and cursing loudly (this was embarrassing). While still on the clock, he would demand that I drive his young kids around to mcdonalds or subway. I didn’t think I was a babysitter, should I have done this? should he have kept the tools he purchased for me? should I have gotten paid even if I didn’t meet his expectations (very high) for that day? Should he have provided me the proper protective gear and training? should he have hired me if he wasn’t willing to train even though it said “no experience necessary”? Is there anything I can do about this (IE; report to labor board, bring to small claims for owed money?)

Thanks

Dusty answers:

OSHA for unsafe conditions. Labor department for Fair Labor and Standards Act that requires overtime pay. That is a federal law. You can also go to small claims court. You would need proof of your hours which you may not have. It is always the Company’s responsibility to train and provide or require proper safety equipment. Good luck!

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Chris asks…

Truck that was bought for me is in my name/Title & Registration but the person that bought the truck wont give

Its been 8 days without my truck & I need to know what I should do today? I want to get my truck back by tomm?
I recently did 60 days in jail for #### & Let the customer know I was going away at the time & she said don’t worry cause they didn’t have the money anyway to do any work cause they were broke? They bought me a truck on March 10th 2008 cause my ex took mine to Nevada w/my tools & furniture while I was in jail for a week the first time for unpaid tickets she got & never paid. We agreed that I would do work for them to pay off the credit cahttp://truckcontractrd they used to buy my truck which is in my name (Title & Registration) Nothing on or in has their name on it! Never did they say how long to take to pay it off or if i am not working on their house they get to keep truck? Well when I went to jail I told my friend to let them know if they wanted to use truck while I was in jail they could? So they came to get truck,keys & my friend gave them the title also cause she did’nt know better?Again all of that is in my name. Now I have been out for a week & these people who I once considered the nicest people I had ever met have turned midevil & said they are keeping truck till they are ready to do work in two or more weeks cause they feel I will not pay them back for some reason? I have never gave them any inclination or thoughts in their minds to think this way & cant understand it? Now we wrote up a contract that Does’nt say anywhere in it that they can keep it if they don’t have work for me nor does it say how long i have to pay it back? They are trying to now say That they had work for me while I was in jail & screwed them over which is a bold face lie cause they have no materials & have told me since I got out that the windows wont be in for 2 more weeks & that is the only & next faze to do!! They try saying that they were going to ad on in back but again another lie cause they never went to city hall to look into getting permits that are needed before any addition work can be done. Now they tell me they are waiting for an app. w/a attorney to make a new contract & in it I have to agree to pay 500.00 up front & make payments before they will give me keys & tell me where my truck is? I already worked off about 300.00 & now have missed 7 days of work which if charged my normal rate of 40.00per hour would be $40 x 56 hours= $2,240 in lost wages instead I am sitting around my friends I am staying with doing nothing & going nowhere cause I have no vehicle which also has my tools in the tool box in back which I cant get cause they wont let me? Can I sue them for lost wages & call police & have them arrested for theft of my truck & tools?? The contract we both signed reads as follows;;; I Jane doe(them) on march 10,2008 purchased Dave a Dodge truck as advanced payment for carpentry work in the same amount to be done on my home by (ME). In the event that something happens to (ME) ,or work equaling this amount plus 10% interest ($1,732.32 + $173.23 =$1,905.55) is not recouped. ownership of the vehicle should be immediately transferred to the purchaser,(THEM) If partial work is completed not equaling the full amount of the vehicle plus 10% interest (1,905.55) the purchaser will pay (ME) cash for the performed work minus the 10% interest,& ownership of the vehicle will be transfer to the purchaser,(THEM)//// No where in the contract does it say how long I have to pay off? They get to keep it (TRUCK)if they don’t have work for me, & they had no work while I was away,bought any or ordered any materials to do work nor do they have any materials laying around waiting for me to do work? We both signed the bottom of contract that reads *I (ME) am in agreement with this contract & will consider it legally binding & comply with it’s terms. (Now I know I am not stupid & if I am correct they are breaking contract & I should be able to sue them for lost wages? Breech of contract

Dusty answers:

Frankly, I don’t have the time to try to wade though what you’re asking, but on skimming it, I’d advise you walk away from this deal and cut your losses.

Charles asks…

Why does my dad keep hasseling me?

I’m doing a 4 month course at TAFE for carpentry. My dad neither payed for the course or any of my textbooks/tools, but everytime I have a day off he says things like “That isn’t good” and “Do I need to buy you a new alarm clock?”. It’s none of his business how I’m doing in my course, I’m 19 and he didn’t pay for any of it, everytime I have a day off he asks me “How was Tech?” which annoys me because if I ask him “How was work?” he just mumbles and groans.

How do I get him to just leave me alone?

Dusty answers:

He’s your Dad. I’m sure he wants to see you do well. As a parent, you are a reflection of him (like it or not). It seems that he lacks communication skills and can’t get what he wants to say (bad or gd) off his chest. Just ignore it and do you, but be respectful…. He is your dad and you are still living his roof (at 19) he can ask you to leave if and when you decide to show your a**.

David asks…

Pow (Problem Of The Week)?

Sau is helping his brother Jasondo carpentry and general repir and repair jobs. Jason gave Saul some money for supplies. Saul bought some tools for $20.80, and then spent one half of what was left for wood. He spent one thing of what was left after that on paint and another third on buckets and brushes, and he returned with $13.20.
How much money did Jason give Saul?

Can u please show yur work like how u did it plz!!!!!!
thnx!!!!xD
I AM SOOOO SRRY!!!!I DID IT WRONG SOOO DONT READ THAT ONE READ THIS!OK!!

Sau is helping his brother Jason do carpentry and general repair and repair jobs. Jason gave Saul some money for supplies. Saul bought some tools for $20.80, and then spent one half of what was left for wood. He spent one third of what was left after that on paint and another third on buckets and brushes, and he returned with $13.20.

Dusty answers:

You really just have to think of the money he has left after he spent the first $20.80.

Think of the part he had left as a pie chart. He spent half of what was left on wood. Shade out half of the pie chart.

He spent one third of the rest on paint. Shade a third of the previously unshaded part of the chart – which is really a sixth.

He spent another third on buckets/brushes. Shade another part which is really a sixth.

Do you see that he only has one-sixth left unshaded? And that’s the amount he came back with = 13.20.

So $13.20 is one-sixth of what he had left after he bought the tools.
$13.20 times 6 = what he had left after he bought the tools.
$13.20 x 6 = $79.20

Then add on the $20.80 he spent on tools.
$79.20 + $20.80 = $100.00

That’s how much he had in the first place.

Sandra asks…

Boyfriends Birthday?

Well my boyfriends birthday is coming up on May 11. We have been living together for 2 years, and I always find it hard to find something thats of interest for him that he doesn’t already have. He’s into carpentry but he has every tool going, he has so many clothes I dont no what to do with them, he’s not into video games or anything like that. I want to buy him something really nice and make it a special birthday but am not to sure what to get him.. any ideas??

Dusty answers:

Maybe you should by him a watch… And take him out for a dinner and a movie…
Are make him a candle light dinner at home and have you for his dessert..
Or you could just make him something..
Some times the best gifts can be hand made and that is all up to you..
But what ever you do GOOD LUCK!

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Charles asks…

Where can I get good insurance leads?

I sell Contractors Insurance for roofers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, etc. I sell general liability, workers comp., tool coverage, commercial auto, etc. Where and how can I find some good leads of contractors who need insurance or need to renew their current insurance?

Dusty answers:

There are a number of companies that sell business leads or mailing lists, most have Internet access for a monthly fee.

I’ve used this to extract businesses by SIC codes in a given area and then you apply your favorite marketing method: dial for dollars, targeted mailing, drop in and visit, whatever works for you.

Start x-dating, find good businesses to write, then write them; there you go, you now have the MBA course in agency building. Good luck.

Ruth asks…

How many American jobs will be lost to overseas outsourcing before our government decides to regulate it?

I’m an engineer. I was employed at a rather large company that manufactures heavy duty off road vehicles, (Wheel Loaders and Excavators and such). Recently, I’ve lost my job because the “higher ups” in my company decided to cut costs. They hired an engineer from India to replace me at a fraction of the cost of my wage. I’m middle class and when I see these people with six figure incomes it makes me question their true worth? They will argue that it’s actually positive for our the company and our ecomony, but as I sit here typing this, (unemployed), I wonder….who are the ones benefitting? I am unemployed. I don’t build bulldozers any longer but they are still being built. These bulldozers clear the land for the house that I can no longer afford. The carpenter, plumber, electrician, etc. don’t have a job because the house was never built. They don’t have to buy tools anymore either. The trucks that deliver those tools will be parked. I wish I could type more, but you get the point!

Dusty answers:

Our government will never regulate it. They are all in the pockets of big business. Sorry you lost your job. Hope you can find another soon.

Mary asks…

What kind of tool do you need for those drywall ceiling textures?

I have saw several different beautiful drywall ceilings with designs in them, one was shells but I cannot find a picture on here. I want these in my new house and my dad is a carpenter, but he has never done these. He says that it probably takes a special tool to do them, but I cant find out what tool to buy it. Does anyone know anything about it?

Here is a link to a picture of something like I am talking about: http://jlcfcontractors.com/ceiling.jpg

Dusty answers:

That’s a special sheet rock board, but here is a place for all the tools, except I didn’t see a book. You can’t just make those designs:) http://www.fantastictools.com/ be sure an buy that book.

Sandy asks…

Carpenters, what cordless set do you recommend?

I have just started woodworking and would like to start a cordless collection. I’ll start with the basics: drill, circular, palm sander, router. Can you all recommend a good brand. I know Dewalt is top of the line but it is out of my price range. My father has a small set of Ryobi 18v and seems happy with it. Is this a good set? Please also recommend some other necessary tools. I have several hand tools: screwdrivers, plyers, clamps.
I’ll probably start building simple projects: bookshelves, a ladder for a bunk bed, a child’s drafting table.

Dusty answers:

There is no blanket brand that is best for every single tool. And to go cordless with every tool is not wise. No, Dewalt is not top of the line, they just have a rep. This is my list on many years experience.

Drills – Panasonic, yes Panasonic, makes the finest drills around. Pick up one of the cordless combo packs with a drill and impact driver and you will be astounded at the performance and accuracy of the tools. They are the only drill maker that delivers torque at even levels no matter what speed the chuck is spinning. In other words, other brands derive higher torque by spinning faster which makes for sloppy work if you dig in too deep or start off at top speed. These are the best cordless drills and priced near Milwaukees. I gave my Dewalt cordless to my Dad after discovering Panasonics. Don’t buy a hammer drill unless you are doing extensive work with concrete drilling. If they are out of your price range, go Craftsman as their replacement batteries are dirt cheap. Keep a decent corded drill around just in case.

Circ Saw – Many fine brands out there, but Bosch fits my hand very well. Pick up the saw and see how it fits in your hand. Circ. Saws must be comfortable or you will make sloppy cuts. If you need high power and are cutting very thick pieces of wood a worm drive Skil Saw is the way to go. Comfort and weight is key and Bosch works best for me in this dept. Cordless circ saws are a waste of money in my opinion. The battery life is horrific on any brand I have used. If these are too much money for you (Bosch circ saw is around $110), then I really don’t know what to say. Just buy anything that is comfortable and in your price range.

Sanders – Porter Cable makes great sanders. Again, stay clear of cordless in this department as the batteries just can’t keep up. If you are working on a tight budget, skip the sander all together and spend more on better saws and drills. Elbow grease replaces any sander at 1/100th the price.

Router – Porter Cable again in this dept. Honestly, I won’t go near any other brand router. The true cost of a router begins AFTER you buy one. Bit sets are very expensive and you may be better off buying trim that matches the type of edges you want. Cut them to size and glue on the corners.

Those are the tools you listed. Cordless tools have advantages when used properly. Anything that runs for long periods of time (sander, jig saw, etc) will be a huge disappointment to you. If you absolutely must have one of those cordless combo sets and Dewalt is too expensive, go with Craftsman or Ryobi.

If all you have is some hand tools and you want to make furniture properly, be ready to shell out at least $1000 on power tools. It sounds like the things you want to work on are indoor projects. For the projects you listed, skip the circ saw and buy a miter saw.

Making things for around the house is very rewarding so keep at it. For shelves, go buy a $100 miter saw (Lowes has a Hitachi for $100 I believe as does Ryobi and Craftsman), wood glue, a Craftsman cordless drill (get corded if you do not already have one, cheap cordless drills can’t match the power of a corded drill), a carpenters square, a level, and some screws. Sand the pieces first, assemble, and finish with some stain. Build up your skills with the basics first and things will make more sense when you go shopping for power tools. Have fun!

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Carol asks…

what can i claim on tax as a carpenter?

i know fuel tools boots but anything else. please help.
cheers

Dusty answers:

Yea for this see

http://ebiznus.com

Best of luck with answers.yahoo.com

Donald asks…

What is a good approach to building a apparatus to support a punching bag?

I have a punching bag actually its a kicking bag so its a bit longer than your normal bag its about 6ft. Anyhow, it weighs 130 lbs and I have a garage in which I have tons of room to hang it but im not sure how to go about building the support for it.

My first idea was just run a thick peice of plywood or 4×4 across and land it on two support beams but the area in which I want to hang it is pretty wide and I fear its going to eventually snap the wood in half..

Anyone have any good ideas on this? I can get the tools and whatever I just need the idea..

Carpenters to the rescue!
The roof is like that of an addict. it, if you look up there are 6 lengthy beams running left to right they are easily like 20-30ft. Above that is the triangluar look of the ceiling with its support and its all wood. Im sorry for not being that great with the structure design im not that knowledgeable in the field. But if it helps its like an old barn.

Dusty answers:

Need to know what the structure of the ceiling/roof is.

Okay, how far apart are the long beams and what are the dimensions of the beams (width and height)?

Paul asks…

what are some good christmas gifts for my parents?

i dont have a lot of money. like at all.

so… i dont know what to get my mom and dad.

my mom is typical. she would really like anything. just what should i get her?

and my dad likes golf, but we always get him golf stuff like every year. hes a carpenter but im sure he probably dosent want tools. and he really likes poker but he has a poker set. so i dont know what to get him either!?

Dusty answers:

For your mom kitchen gadget might do. And for your dad a tool or instrument he might need in his work shop.

Susan asks…

I need ideas on my custom beer pong table?

Ok i have an old pool table its not slate (its wood under the felt) so cutting into it is an option though i”m not a fan of holes for the cups to sit in! What are some really great and unique ideas for this table without breaking the bank! i do have all the tools necessary as im a carpenter with an electrician as a father!

Dusty answers:

You could do a little construction on the holes for where the balls usually go and make it so they would be slots for beer.. So you don’t have to go get more beer after every game. The 2 in the center could hold the cups and maybe even the ping pong balls if your creative enough.

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Helen asks…

Was my interview successful?

I went in for an interview as a courtesy clerk at Kroger’s today, and me and the manager discussed hours (she had to explain to me what my max hours can be, since i’m only 17) and I took the most hours I could each day. She asked the usual “Why do you want to work here” question and I answered confidently “Because Kroger’s is one of my top priorities in the job market (She smiled at that) and with my free time and eager energy, I can use it in a manner beneficial towards anyone shopping at Kroger’s.”

So then she asked what experience I had and I replied that I helped my dad as an assistant in carpentry (Hauling heavy loads and working with tools). And that I did lawn mowing, and she asked if I enjoyed it. I said yes mam, and then she asked what the worst part of it was. I said it was getting dirty and chuckled at it, and she did too.

The mistake I might have made was when she asked “Why should we hire you?” I said that I was “Very eager and determined to work…and…yeah, determined, ha-ha.” She simply smiled

But overall, I was confident (although very nervous, as my pen was shaking a bit.) and used my manners, handshakes, etc…. and she said she would call me IF I got the job around the end of next week for a second interview, and if I WASN’T hired I would get a letter in the mail in 3 weeks.

Dusty answers:

It sounds like the interview was successful. If she was laughing and smiling a lot then maybe you made a good impression.

Steven asks…

What type of boots for school?

Im going to need boots this year because I’m go to a technical school for half my day. So should I go with steel toe, or regular? I was thinking steel becuase it’s a carpentry school and if i drop wood, tools, etc on my foot i wouldnt have to worry. Also how much would each cost aproximetly?
Well we need to bring our own tool boxes day in day out. AND need to go out and get boots for 1. the look. and 2. they are tougher then regular shoes so if we step on a nail or something we are a little more protected.

Dusty answers:

My dad works for a construction company and he wears steel toe boots. Uh I think the ones my dad buys are about $70 or $80. In carpentry at my school they build a house, but most of them wear just regular shoes. But if you have to get boots then get steel toed.

Jenny asks…

Can any experienced Javascript Developer give me some advice?

I would like some suggestions and ideas from experienced Javascript Developers on small projects that could help develop my JS skills.

Here is a little background on me: I am a self-taught web designer who is familiar with XHTML, CSS and PHP. I started teaching myself JS with a pretty good book but now that I have some know-how, the question is what can I do with it ? I’m familiar with how to walk the DOM, how to manipulate HTML, switch or change CSS styles, etc…

I feel like a guy in the Carpentry shop who knows how to use the tools in it but has no idea what project to pursue. I’d appreciate a couple of suggestions on mini-projects that would be good exercises in applying JS so that I’d have specific goals to apply my bit of know-how.

Dusty answers:

Most of my Javascript work has come into play when developing Ajax driven sites.

Perhaps you may want to go the next step and have a look into Ajax.
There is a demand for it on the market and I am sure there are quite a few things you can develop

Prototype Framework (Javascript Framework)

http://www.prototypejs.org/

script.aculo.us (collection of Web 2.0 style JavaScript libraries used with Prototype)

http://script.aculo.us/

You probably know this already but if u use Firefox, download the Firebug Extension. One of the best Javascript Debuggers out there, very powerful tool.

David asks…

I would like to make, not just assemble, my own flat pack furniture. Where can I learn about its hardware?

I’d like a bookcase headboard for my bed, but can’t find one I care for. I’d like to make my own using the kind of fastening hardware that comes with flat pack furniture at Ikea or Target (as opposed to fine carpentry joints).

I have a good understanding of the tools and hardware involved (auger and spade bits, cam screws and connectors); I’m looking for more information about placement and grades of bolts and fasteners to determine the best structural assembly. What are some good resources to tap?

Any online resource would be especially helpful: DIY websites or forums, sites with flat pack/RTA specifications, PDFs of assembly directions for similar pieces of furniture, etc?
To “I Need More Cowbell”:
We’re talking about the same thing: putting furniture together with hardware as opposed to carpentry joints such as biscuit joints, dovetails, butterflies. Flat pack furniture is anything that can be taken apart. It can be made of solid wood, or of laminated particle board. It can be well planned and sturdy, or poorly structured.

Dusty answers:

My suggestion would be to draw the headboard out as you want it or find a plan and then join the parts with good old fashioned screws and nuts and bolts. The very small amount of “flat pack” type furniture I have dealt with is usually not as stable as the things I have built myself. Inevitably it seems something is always coming loose or the anchors aren’t tight etc. You can probably do it yourself faster without using the hardware. I apologize for not actually answering your question but this is my opinion and suggestion. Good luck!

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Laura asks…

My dad is a Carpenter, I want to buy him Carpenter Tools for Christmas?

The tools he uses right now are fairly old and aren’t as reliable as the newer stuff… So I’m looking to purchase some type of tool kit which provides all the essentials a Carpenter needs. Can anyone provide me with some kind of link on Amazon?

Dusty answers:

Get him a gift card from Lowes or Home Depot, and then he can select what he needs.

Lisa asks…

What tools does a carpenter need in Australia?

I’m a Brit carpenter, migrating to Perth later this year. Obviously I’ll need a full kit of hand tools, but I need to know if it’s necessary to supply your own power tools (as it is here in Britain) or if your employer supplies them. If any Aussie carpenters could give me some idea of what tools I’ll need to work there I’d be very grateful; it’ll be a real help, as I can work out if it’ll be cheaper to buy tools there or ship mine over.
Also, are most Aussie carpenters employed directly or do they work on a self employed basis?
Cheers!

Dusty answers:

You should have no problem working for yourself if you wanted to. One of my cousins went to live in Australia last year and became self employed straight away only because he was self employed in Ireland and was to used to working for himself. Before we left Ireland we got my family to send over catalogs for tools so that we could see what the prices were so we could figure out whether it would be cheaper to ship all his tools over or to buy new ones. My cousin bought everything from a compressor, nail guns, router, cop saw, laser level, 3 different types of drills, skill saw. He spent the first week here shopping around and he got every thing for $6500,and his work van for $34000,but you don’t have to buy a new work van you can buy ones way cheaper. It’s hard way to say whether you need to be fully kitted out with tools as some company’s say you don’t need to be fully kitted out with tools, just your basic hand tools,but I will say that you have better options if you are fully kitted out and will be able to earn more money. If you need any more information please feel free to email me. Take care.

David asks…

What general tools does a carpenter need to start out with?

Please give me a list of hand tools and power tools. And how much it will all cost. I know from experience not to buy cheap rubbish.

Dusty answers:

A good pair of hands and a brain is first lol

Helen asks…

What personal hand tools are needed for a carpenter’s helper?

my fiance is looking to start a new career. he is looking into construction, has no exp and no tools. all ads in paper for carpenters helper say that you must have your own hand tools.

what does this entail?
i would like to get him set up so he can get one of these jobs, what will he need?

thanks

Dusty answers:

NONE HAND TOOLS ARE REQUIRED BY THE CARPENTER, helpers are to help them using the tools efficiently.

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