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Also, once you have squeezed the handles together, these pliers will lock in that position until released by a pressure mechanism. Lock-grip pliers 30 Multi-pliers Carpentry Needle-nose pliers Multi-pliers Many mechanics refer to these as waterpump pliers. The jaws are set at a wide angle with a long slipjoint and they open considerably wider than standard pliers. Needle-nose Pliers While not so common as other pliers, needle-nose pliers perform many delicate tasks, such as pulling a fine nail-head out of a piece of fine carpentry.

To a certain extent, waste is unavoidable. No matter how carefully you plan your work, you're bound to wind up with a stack of small wood chunks. Save every piece of finished lumber. There are a thousand uses for it, from making under-deck block supports (cleats) to making children's toy blocks. The cost of milled lumber has now reached such a level that the old habit of using scraps for firewood no longer seems tolerable. If you live in the East, chances are the 2x4s you order will be fir. In the West, they're likely to be redwood.

These gadgets are considered by many people to give a much stronger joint than toenailing; and they have been used in tornado and earthquake country because they strengthen a structure vertically as well as horizontally. ) Door Openings If your studding line includes a door opening, here's how to frame it. Measure up from the floor to the top of the door opening traditionally 6 feet 8 inches. However, determine this by the height of the door you are going to install. Be sure to allow for such items as new flooring, trim, and the like.

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