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Installing Replacement Windows – Step-by-Step

Kaitlin Poe show step-by-step proceedures for replacing an old aluminum sliding window in a adobe brick house with new low-e, double pane window.Tools needed include: drill, screwdriver, hammer, chisel, caulking gun, safety glasses, tape, caulk, masonary screws. 15 minutes.

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How to get rid of Carpenter Bee Infestation, wood boring bees, DIY extermination This video shows an environmentally safe way to harmlessly remove carpenter bees from your house and other wood structures around your yard. Green insect extermination and relocation. The Dark Side: You must treat the nest with some material which will last a long period of time so it will effectively stop the larva. If you spray liquid residuals in their hole, you may kill the female. The eggs are protected, however, and six to twelve months later the larva will emerge. Since liquids are absorbed by porous wood, the treatment will be gone when the larva finally hatches. This means the larva have a strong chance of survival. To insure complete control, use a dust called DRIONE. It has a desiccant (dehydrating) action and when the larva emerge they will be killed quickly. It is recommended that entry holes are treated with Drione and then sealed using a special 1/2″ CORK. This will protect the dust from breaking down and enable it to last long enough to kill any emerging larva in the future. Plugging the holes with a cork instead of using wood filler means the tunnels will be accessible for emerging bees when they hatch from their protective egg chambers. When they do finally emerge (which will be either later this year or early next year), the bees will crawl over the Drione and meet their demise. The corks will also allow you to tell which holes you have treated so new ones can be quickly

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VIUs Carpentry students are building homes in the community, getting invaluable hands-on experience outside the classroom. In the first year program, the students take a house from barren lot to lock up stage. Accompanying classroom time in the program is time in the community, working in all areas of home construction, so that students have the experience they need to work in the industry. For more information, check out the program’s web page at:

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According to Jim – House for Sale

The irritating Devlins bid on the house across the street.

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I bought the Harbor Frieght solar panels because I do not plan on using them to run my entire house. I will use them when I don’t have any grid power so I can charge batteries, run my laptop, ceiling fan, window airconditioner, power tools, etc. The Harbor Freight solar panels are inexpensive, easy to setup and if one breaks you only lose 15 watts.
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Related Reading: The house; It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry. Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings. Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. Oh and by the way I am not a builder or carpenter, my experience is only having a go at one similar house 2yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween. This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again.This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology. These sort of low cost

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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.

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.


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…


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?)


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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David asks…

Where and How to Woodwork in the City?

I’m a hobbyist woodworker who’d like to start up again, but living the apartment life now, I don’t really have anything like a workshop or garage.

I’ve been thinking I could possibly lug my tools to a city park, but I’m not sure about the legality of doing so (if there are ordinances against that sort of thing, or if some woodworking tools would constitute a weapon in a public place), and I would at least need some sort of vise or press to hold the work steady (I usually use planes, chisels and a drawknife on my projects.)

Does the city park idea have any gaping holes, aside from lack of a work surface? Has anyone in a similar situation found a creative solution to the problem of urban craftsmanship?

Dusty answers:

Depending on the city, they might have some type of artisans association or guild. You might also investigate a local tech school while it may cost , you could refine your skills.
Here’s a link:
Good luck, it took 4 moves and several thousand miles to get enough space to rebuild my HO train tables and scenery.

Steven asks…

how do you keep spiders away?

i have this very large pole barn at my house and every time my boyfriend comes over he’s always in it. and i love spending time with him so im out there the majority of the time as well and i wish i could be more active and be able to clean and mess with the woodworking tools and car stuff but no matter how much we sweep and how much we move stuff around spiders are still on every nook and crany ther is its soo bad that every day i have to use the water hose to fill the water dishes for my animals and one day the was a huge spider even on that! naturally i would just let them do there thing and leave them alone but there starting to get on things i use often and im a HUGE arachnaphobic so what can i do to lower the numbers or get rid of them all together?

Dusty answers:

You can apply a barrier of Ortho Home Defense MAX Perimeter & Indoor Insect Killer inside and out of the barn. Clean out the place, if they’re flies or other tiny bugs inside the spiders might be attracted to that so figure out a way to keep them away.

Mary asks…

Picking out a lathe!!!?

Im gunna tell what im using it for and then ask advice for buying one. Im into body modification and would love to start making organic body jewelry. I know nothing about tools or woodworking. Can someone please let me know what you think someone how is new to this should buy? I dont want a huge 500 dollar lathe at the moment, please let me know.

Dusty answers:

You should start by taking a woodworking class. There will be equipment you can learn to use safely, and instruction as well. The amount of time you will actually need to spend using the lathe doesn’t justify the expense, but you will find out what smaller tools you should acquire. A woodworking class will also give you access and training for the other main power tools such as bandsaw, router, drill press, sander, etc.

Lisa asks…

Can I build a decent dog house with skill saw?

Before I get too into this project, do you think one could make a decent dog house with basic woodworking skills using a skill saw as the only power tool? I’m not trying to build something to keep our dog warm, it actually needs to be vented (we live in Florida). Your opinions?
So far I’ve gotten some great answers!

Some of you, however, need to grow up. I made it pretty clear by saying a skill saw was the only POWER TOOL I would be using. Using common sense you would know I did not mean I was going to build a doghouse using Skills Saws, rather use a Skill Saw as a tool to build a dog house.

Dusty answers:

With a circular saw, you can easily build a dog house. As long as you have the skills to cut a straight line, the entire project should take you an afternoon. Remember though that a circular saw can only cut a straight line. If you want to arch the opening, you will need to use a jigsaw. For appearance cuts, such as the siding, make your cut from the back side of the board or sheet of plywood. A circular saw will tear out the wood on the upside, so flip the board upside down. Good luck, and work safely.

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Helen asks…

How is the size of a house related to the amount of wood used to build it?

i have a math project so ineed to know that and
what different types of wood are needed for cabinets, floors and roofs?
what tools do carpenters use to make these items?

Dusty answers:

The amount of wood used to build a house is roughly proportional to its floor area. Therefore, a house that’s twice another’s size will have 4 times the amount of wood, approximately.

Lumber used to frame a house is generally softwoods such as fir or hemlock, although pine and spruce are sometimes used.

Hardwoods such as maple, oak, and cherry generally make up the finished products used in a house such as flooring and cabinets.

Most trim moldings now use medium density fiberboard (MDF), although that material does have a tendancy to absorb water and distort unless properly sealed; its main advantage is uniform paintability.

Sheet products such as plywood and oriented strandboard (OSB) are used for wall, roof, and floor underlayments.

Carpenters use a wide assortment of tools for construction including, but not limited to, radial arm saws, table saws, miter (chop) saws, skillsaws, hand saws, drills, pnuematic nail guns, hammers, tape measures, carpenter’s squares, etc., etc. A carpenter can never have too many or too large an assortment of tools. Each has a specific function that makes their work faster and more accurate.

Daniel asks…

will i find work as a qualified carpenter in australia, i have 5 years experience?

going to australia perth in may on a whv, i know i need to get my white card and tax file number, but would it be worth humfing my tools everywhere if im not likely to find work, any input will be most appreciated
basically are carpenters in as much demand as you hear about

Dusty answers:

If you were prepared to go to towns in the country, away from the metro areas of bigger cities you would get heaps of work.

A friend of mine is a carpenter & he is working for Rio Tinto, out from Karratha in WA’s north….as a maintenace worker at the minesites & rail lines. Not the general run of the mill carpentry but making heaps of money.

Small country towns, especially in growing area, are crying out for tradesmen…so if you are handy at renovations etc there is work everywhere — it’s just that most don’t want to be away from the big cities & the night life.

Linda asks…

which fits the blank best to complete the sentence?

The ____ has been stolen from their unlocked trucks, so they all had to buy new ones.
a-carpenter‘s tools
b-carpenters tools
c- carpenters’ tools

Dusty answers:

C). The fact that the sentence says “they” means it’s referring to plural (IE more than one) carpenters.

When you pluralise a noun and then indicate possession (with an apostrophe) it goes after the S, eg: carpenters’ tools. So it has to be C).

James asks…

how can i make a hockey stick out of leftovers?

i went to a leafs game and players stick broke and i got the blade ( it was a full composite stick… not a 2 piece). i have a wooden stick shaft because i sawed off the blade. i want to make the wooden shaft to stick into the composite blade… but i cant figure out how to skin down the bottom of the wooden shaft, how can i do that

PS i am no carpenter ( no major tools)

Dusty answers:

You can’t……. Sorry.

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Donna asks…

(Camp fire Friday question)To what extream have you gone to in order to make your ceramonieal tools?

I went as far as to pay a Gold smith and a Carpenter to allow me the use of their shops to make my tools and other ceremonial necessities.

Dusty answers:

The only things I have purchased are as far as tools go are my carving tools that I make all my other tools out of. I believe if you can’t make it yourself and you have to go to some specialty store to get it than you aren’t living the spirit of the Aesir, (or Wicca since I know most aren’t of my path). I like that you actually made your own tools even if you had to pay someone to use their shop, that is so cool.

Rev MacOg of the Asatru

Ruth asks…

what are the differences between men &women? do you accept the invitation to treat them the same in everything?

some people honors the women and prevents them from some jobs that are not suitable for females and guides them to wear clothes that save them and gives them respect ..
they treated women as jewels that should be protected and given priority as they consider the death for protecting a woman a great honor ..

some other people allows women to do and work in any thing even a driver or a carpenter or a blacksmith and never mind that women should pay for themselves and the men are not responsible to provide for them and to wear what they want even they are nude ..
they thinks a woman as a tool to satisfy their needs whatever she did with neglecting anything else .. they use their body and beauty as a first thing to evaluate them plus their minds also..
which is right ? do you think women are more free by doing every thing whether right or wrong ?

Dusty answers:

The differences stem from cultural differences. Some women are not treated well at all. But in our “Western Culture” woman hold a more honored position, yet there is still discrimination against them in the working world.

Personally, and from an Etiquette point of view, I feel that ALL people ought to be respected, honored, and treated equally. But this is in an ideal world.

Have a polite day.

Michael asks…

Please read a critique? PLEASE??????

I have to write a short story for Creative Writing and this is what I’ve come up with so far. Please give me good feedback; this is for a grade! D:

I had this one dream once that everyone in the world was of Chinese origin. Don’t ask why, I probably overdosed the Asian food or something. But the really weird thing about this dream (besides the fact that everyone was Chinese) was that nobody spoke and we all communicated via codes and symbols that we carved into shiny wooden planks.
Most of my dreams tended to be this way –pointless and, well, odd. Still, they were dreams, figments of my overly complex mind, not anywhere at all near reality. And I never expected them to be. But when I first woke up from this one dream, I knew for sure that it was different from all the others.
See, my grandfather was a carpenter, and for many, many years (ever since he was a little boy to be exact) he had loved to engrave things into solid objects. He cut trees and used their bark for building furniture, statues, and many other things that he then sold. But the other leftover wood he would chop into little planks, no larger than my history textbook, and etch within their surfaces deliberate arts and designs. He used to let me paint these after he was done, back when I used to be a little boy. I loved helping him. I loved the way the planks would sit out in the faint evening breeze to dry, how they would glisten under the sun the next morning. Oh, how grandpa’s face would glow with pride. He’d pat me on the back and say, “Look at that, Seth. Look, my boy, how beautiful. Think of how proud your mother’s gonna be when she sees these!”
And my mother was happy with these. She hung them all around the house. Over and under her springtime paintings, in the kitchen above the sink, they also framed the fireplace in the living room. Soon, our house was filled with them. Every corner, every wall, every surface had a piece of grandpa and his designs. I even hung some in my room. But instead of pretty flowers and words from different languages, I asked grandpa to carve me things like planes and cars, guitars and drums, suns and moons that danced in the deep burgundy.
I had exactly twenty-three of those. Ten had musical instrument on them –the ones I could play, like violin, drums, and piano. Grandpa even made me one with a ukulele. I never learned how to play it, though grandpa promised he’d teach me. Still he insisted I had one, because it would remind me of him and how he used to play ukulele for us in the backyard on those warm summer nights. But then he made another seven with airplanes and speed cars on them; five had crescents; one was a dazzling sun.
The night I dreamt of these planks was the night of my grandpa’s first death anniversary. I spent the whole day out in his workplace –a little cabin beside our house with small glass windows. There, his tools and old, abandoned projects lay the same from when he left them. Paintbrushes remained dipped in open paint cans, dried and hard; woodchips coated the ground where you stepped; old axes, chainsaws, and chisels sat untouched on the dusty wooden surfaces. There was even one of his favorite comic books open to the page where he left off on his chair, I noticed with amusement. Some of these last touches of his seemed pretty creepy, I admit. But mostly they just triggered some kind of deep, stirring emotion inside of me –an ache, a missing. I’d mingled too much with my grandfather, and we were really close. Sometimes, I even thought I’d grew on to him a little too much. It only made it worst when he left, you see. I missed him a lot. And as I stood there, staring around his empty cabin, I was surprised to feel the tears streaming down my face.
I decided to stay there for the night. I didn’t feel like going back home, facing family and friends – happy faces who knew nothing of what it felt like to be a simple boy with no real talent but dream of sharp paint aromas and still feel comfort. Maybe they’d never know, and it wasn’t their fault. Still, I think I just needed some time alone. Losing someone as special as grandpa was never something you really got used to.

Dusty answers:

I enjoyed it, but two suggestions.

1) The dream at the beginning was kind of irrelevent to never be mentioned again. Maybe start with, “My grandfather was a carpenter.”

2) Break it up into paragraphs instead of a daunting wall of text.

Best Wishes!

Maria asks…

Why does my dad hate everything he considers “blue collar”?

He has a vivid and passionate hatred for anything involving tools or physical work. He kicked me out of the house when I applied to be a carpenter‘s apprentice when I was 19. He hates the fact that I lift weights, and I can see the disgust on his face.

One time we went into Auto Zone together to get an air filter, and he freaked out when the guy was explaining to him which tools to use… I thought he was going to run out of the store, he looked so uncomfortable.

When I was a kid we bought a bed from Ikea and he couldn’t assemble it so I had to do it. He was so angry and frustrating.

I don’t understand it, as I have a healthy respect for people that work with their hands. I think they are the few people in this country that have valuable skills and get to see the fruits of their labor at the end of the day. Is it just because he is mechanically disinclined and feels he is being “one-upped” by people with such skills?
I don’t want to teach him anything. I just want to understand why.. One can be not good at something without hating it, right?

Dusty answers:

Is your dad from “the old country”, or did he have a dad who spent his life working hard manual labor?

Your dad might just be trying to protect you from things he went through due to hardships that seemed to stem from manual labor. Or he might just have a distaste for manual work, thinking that people who are gifted should be doing “something more with their lives” (i.e. He probably thinks you can do better because he knows that you have a lot of potential).

Knowing parents, he loves you but has a hard time expressing it. Some older people do have what seem to be skewed points of view, but there is almost always a good reason why they think the way they do. Have you tried talking to him about it?

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