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How To Choose And Use Miter Saws

Posted on December 18, 2013

Don't Get Mad Get A Miter Cut

Many people are wary of using tools they don't understand but using the miter saw is easy to use once you understand the basics. Miter saws perform a large number of tasks and provide support for many projects which is why it is essential in the building process. For the do it yourself people out there who are ready to tackle any project this tool is invaluable.

Miter Saw 1

The miter saw enables you to cut on an angle so that you can create different trims and moldings, as well as a number of other miter joints. Creating a miter joint may seem difficult but it is actually very simple.

Simply measure the dimensions of the joint area then divide by two. That will give you the degrees where you need to make the cuts.

There are three different types of miter saws. The different types offer you a range of different options for projects. The first type and the most common type is the standard miter saw. It is the basic miter saw that can make a perpendicular cut through a board or other material at angles typically ranging from 45 degrees left to 45 degrees right. The blade uses an angle scale and locking device keep the blade correctly aligned.

The second type of miter saw is the compound miter saw which adds the ability to tilt the blade at a specified angle from vertical, to cut a compound angle. This is also referred to as "bevel" cut.

The best way to remember the difference is by thinking of compound as a two in one tool because it cuts in two angles. This saw allows you to move the blade and tilt it so you can do different kinds of cuts according to the project.

Miter Saw 2

The third type of saw is the sliding miter saw. This saw slides along a horizontal arm, similar to a radial arm saw so that it can accomplish a large amount of tasks. This saw enables the user to cut a wider piece of material for bigger projects.

Most carpenters or contractors have a miter saw that they can use, but the general public does not.

Although, the equipment may be expensive the public can use it for a nominal rental price in order to avoid buying one. So the "do-it-yourselfer" is in luck because home depot and other home improvement stores rent out the miter saw for about forty three dollars a day with a small seventy five dollar deposit.

Renting the equipment enables anybody to get projects done without hiring someone to do the job for them. Learn the safety rules before you rent the product and take your time. Watch as many instructional video

The miter saw is easy to use and provides a range of different capabilities that enable people to complete a variety of different projects. Simply place the material you want cut then set the degree at which the cut should be made.

The cut can be made but be careful with your hands and clothes so they don’t get caught in the blade. Make sure that the saw is placed somewhere that is easy to clean up afterwards because the dust from the cuts will fly everywhere and could be hard to clean up.

Avoid The Weight

Posted on December 11, 2013

Many building projects have a lot of factors that affect the construction process. Weight is a big factor in the construction process. It affects the transportation costs.

It also influences the labor cost by increasing the time it takes to install as well. Ultimately, weight can play a large role in any type of building project. Thankfully, there is a great way to get around the weight issue.

Stone slabs

Any masonry job can cost a large amount of money due to the installation and the many additional expenses associated with it.

Some of the major expenses that affect the price is the actual cutting of the stone from the quarry and then transportation cost.

That expense is calculated into the material price at first. The contractor picking up the stone or brick can add onto the bill whatever amount they want.

A small section of a couple dozen square feet would weigh hundreds of pounds. If that were to ship with UPS or a freight company it would cost a fortune. Even with freight shipments it will be expensive because they weigh so much that the cost can even prevent certain projects from being finished.

The weight can also prevent it from being installed in certain spaces. Some walls are not designed to hold that kind of weight so it limits the areas that you can apply the stone.

This problem can hold back a lot of people from using the real stone on their projects.

Since our imitation stone panels don’t weigh that much they can be placed on any flat surface.

Another problem with using natural stone is the distance from the quarry. The selection for some people is extremely narrow because the distance can prohibit the use of different styles from regions farther away. For example, a client in New York would spend a fortune getting desert style stone to his or her project.

Stone with water

With our product you can choose from dozens of styles and colors.

Natural stone weighs too much to send around the country which prohibits the stylistic choices for the client.

Real stone is obsolete. The weight involved in stone installation is too inefficient because it is not cost effective. Our high quality faux stone or brick panels come with an array of accessories that help make it look and feel real.

Let's not forget about the wall preparation. With natural stone or brick a different type of framing and preparation is required to hold the weight of the stone. This is not the case with the faux version.

Why You Should Replace That Old Door For A New Look.

Posted on December 4, 2013

Doors are a very interesting part of our lives because we don’t pay attention to them until they break or get dirty. Fixing your doors and making sure that they stand up to the test of time is a great way to improve your home. Choosing a door can be hard because there are so many varieties. Replacing that old door really makes the interior of the house feel fresh and new. Besides, everybody loves their privacy which is why it is important not to wait until it's too late and you have a broken door hanging off the hinges.

Choosing a door that fits your lifestyle is essential to finding the ideal accessories that fit your design. Usually, the doors of our homes go unnoticed. This article will highlight ways to replace doors and help make your house pop.

The doors that make the biggest impression are the ones that people see first. Upon entering the house the front door is the thing that guests see first therefore making sure the front is in good condition can make a good impression. The front entrance provides the influential characteristics for the house.

Pick doors that reflect your personality because it never hurts to add flare to your design choices. Simply start off by checking the dimensions for the door jam.

Once you have the correct dimensions then cut out the size or find the corresponding prefabricated door. Get ready to place your door by getting the saws and power drills which you will need in the installation.

The trickiest part may be placing the door lock kit on the door because not many people are familiar with the process. It is a very simple process and the best way to understand the hinge and door knob sections is by looking at the previous door that you took off.

The hinge section can be cut out to make a mortise which is the small recess where the hinge leaf goes. Take your time with this part because chiseling out the mortise is a tricky procedure and you have to make sure it fits flush with the door.

Once the door has been placed and fitted you must make sure the hinges line up with the corresponding spot for the door. The door knob needed for the door should be placed by the door and measured for the correct cut.

Use a razor knife to cut the lines where the cut is going to take place because it is more accurate. Making the right cuts is the most important part of this process because even the smallest mistake can make the door unusable so take time when following through with this process.

Once you have cut out the areas for the door knob and the hinges get ready to attach the door. Simply use the same pins or hinges you may have taken off the old door. Most people like to use the old hinges and door knobs but if you are remodeling the doors and want them to look their best it is wise to get new stuff.

You can recycle the old hinges and pins for doors that are out of sight in the least trafficked areas of the house. Fixing old doors is a great way to boost resale value and home enjoyment as well.

Old Door In Need Of Repairs

Old Door In Need Of Repairs

Fixing up those old creaky doors is a great to give you home a new and better feel. Replacing the doors may seem complicated and hard to do but it is actually quite easy once you see how the full process works. The main piece of advice to remember is to take your time when replacing the doors so you don’t make the wrong cuts. Replacing the door is a great way to add value to your home and give a new feel at the same time.