Tips of the Trades Vol. 4
Great tips from pros in the field
CPT sends out a big thanks to these folks who are willing to help out their fellow brothers and sisters in arms by sharing these brilliant nuggets of wisdom they picked up along the way.
Prevent cutting too deep
When I use my OMT to cut drywall, I tape the end of the blade off at 1/2” to make sure I don’t nick a pipe or wire immediately behind the drywall. Not that I’ve ever done that before…
Submitted by David Scott Clark (@baristabuildingcompany)
Be ready for auto repairs
I always carry tire plugs on all the work vehicles, just never know. A full day of work can be derailed if you lose your transportation.
Submitted by Brad Near (@knarlycarl)
It’s all about leverage
Had to use the ol’ ‘3-ft. crowbar on the end of thes 24’s’.
Submitted by (@plumbingfail)
I’ve used this knot for many years. An elderly friend who has since passed taught it to me. I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s super handy! It works with rope or strap, doesn’t come loose if it loses tension, and it’s so easy to undo when finished. I’ve pulled countless vehicles out of the snow, lowered items from a roof, pulled things through chases, etc…
Submitted by Brad Near (@knarlycarl)
Keep seals as good as new
We’ve had some people asking what we use to keep our automatic taping tools nice and lubricated. We recommend using a silicone spray on your seals and any moving parts. This helps keep everything moving smoothly and prevents your seals from drying up. This is a WD-40 brand of Silicone spray. Make sure to not use light lubricants like standard WD-40 because they will cause the seals to harden.
Submitted by @drywallnation
A raised fence or stop block helps insure that sawdust won’t hold the workpiece out of position. It’s a simple but useful trick we employ to keep our parts consistent.
Submitted by Zach Dettmore (@dettmore101)
Cut vinyl without cracking
For part of today I had to add in a few pieces of siding that were blown off. Not sure how many of you do this yourselves, or know of this, but this is my way to cut vinyl siding when I don’t have a vinyl blade on me. I turn a fine tooth blade backwards and cut like I normally would; if the vinyl is older you may get some mild chipping, but for the most part the blade just melts right through.
Submitted by Tyler Holmes (@holmesimprovement)
Scrap metal guard
When we’re tight on space and gotta make the bristles bend we make a guard outta scrap metal.
Submitted by Primetime Painting (@primetimepaintingcny)
Project a plumb line
If you are framing a wall up to a slope of unknown pitch. If you are using a laser to help with layout, try projecting a plumb line along your plates and then use your speed square on the pivot point to find your angle. This is a great way to get an accurate bevel or miter for the studs that lay into the plate on the slope.
Submitted by Aaron Thomas (@aaronthomasaquinas)
Story pole explanation
I know, most guys are going to know what a story pole is. Probably one of the oldest and most efficient tricks in the book when it comes to repetitive marking. But here’s a video anyway, in case you don’t know or need something cleared up. We use it on every job to ensure consistent marks across our entire project. As long as we get an accurate reading from our laser….the rest will be perfect.
Submited by Kyle Stumpenhorst (@rrbuildings)
Put a screw in it
The other day I saw someone spending a considerable amount of time cleaning out the straw on a can of foam insulation, and I just had to say something! There’s a super easy way to save these cans for a second use..put a wood screw in it! Seals it right up!
Submitted by Jeremy Dibos (@bloodsweatandsplinters)
Fence Height Method
This is my method for determining the exact height on the miter saw fence to cut crown molding in the nested position.
Submitted by Modern Oak Construction (@modern_oak)
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