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Carpentry Tips

Crowning Boards:
Crowning boards is routine to the initiated carpenter, but to a homeowner it may have little meaning. Most wood is warped in some way. If we passed up every board that wasn't straight there would be few to pick from. When placing boards in the horizontal position, such as floor and ceiling rafters, they must be crowned. Here's how. Lift one end of the board up to eye level and sight down the narrow face. Most boards will have some degree of "hump" or crook to them. The hump must be at the top of the board when in position. When the weight of the floor or ceiling is on these boards it will tend to straighten them out. Usually all boards are crowned at one time and marked with an arrow indicating which way is up. 

 

Drill Trick: 
Eventually everyone doing home repairs will have to remove a screw that has been painted over. This most commonly occurs when removing door or cabinet hinges. The slots and screw heads are all full of paint, making removal difficult. A typical reaction is to try and knock the paint out of the slot with the edge of the screwdriver. Sometimes this works, but more often it results in damage to the screw, door, or nearby finger. Next time you encounter this problem try this: Chuck a four-penny nail into the drill and carefully drill out the paint. 

 

Missed Nails:
Nails that miss their mark should always be pulled. When nailing off sheathing on roofing, walls or floors, occasionally a nail misses the framing member. These missed nails may seem innocent enough, but they can cause problems in the future. As temperature and humidity change over time, missed nails can slowly work their way back out of the wood. On roofs this is evidenced by bumps or raised shingles. On sidewalls, missed nails can open up cracks that let the weather in. On floors, excessive wear and early failure can come from nails pushing up on sheet goods. Take the time to check under the decking and sheathing for nails that missed their mark and remove them. Be sure to replace these nails with nails that are correctly fastened. 

 

No-Split Nailing: 
Nailing near the end of a board always increases the risk of splitting the wood. Try this tip to prevent a split. Make an indention in the wood by driving the edge of the nail head into the wood perpendicular to the grain near the end of the board. Now drive the nail just inside the dent away from the end. Stay close enough to the dent so that the nail head covers the dent when driven home. 

 

Shims:
The value of the shim shouldn't be underestimated. Shims are an essential tool in many areas of construction. They are used to make minor adjustments or take up small spaces. Shims can be either flat or tapered. They can be made of a wide variety of materials -- wood, plastic, and metal are common. Shims are used to level cabinets and casework; equipment and machinery; plumbing fixtures; and furniture. Be sure to consider the demands put on the shim. Often they are put in a structural situation and must be able to carry a load. Wood shingles are commonly used as shims and are often packaged and sold as such. Look for a small plastic wedge at the home center -- they are very useful shims.