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  • Cleaning Rust Off of Tools Without Harsh Chemicals

    glittie12mDoes Evaporust turn the tools black? Most such products I've tried do, and I don't like black tools.

    capernius,That couldn't be more wrong. Are you joking?

    GenerallyOdd,"pass them over whatever you've used before you put it away."What? I don't understand.

    "...WD40 which is little more than kerosene in a spray can."This is utterly false, and complete nonsense.

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  • How To Cut A Straight Line Using A Skill Saw Or Jig Saw

    I deleted my third posting after finding that my "breakthrough" method was not as good as I thought it was. However, I'll keep trying, so your comments give me hope. It's just that when I tried to upload my photos, I saw some comments to the effect that illustrations could not be uploaded without some kind of paid membership. Thanks to you, the next time I see those words, I'll check further.

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  • How To Cut A Straight Line Using A Skill Saw Or Jig Saw

    After my rant/vent, I decided to see if I could do something about this deplorable, inexplicable situation. I decided to see if I could find a way to fix the problem rather than to just scream about it. I now think that I have, and it was easier than I had expected; in fact, I now see/remember that circular saws already have a little notch on the bar/metal strip in front of the blade that was put there for this purpose. It's always been there, so why doesn't it work? I'm not sure, unless I was attempting to rely upon it without also using the built-in guide. The combination of the two should do the job, but I am going to go further. My solution is to affix a small horizontal plate in front of the notch so as to expand the "crosshairs." I'm just trying to decide on the materi...see more »After my rant/vent, I decided to see if I could do something about this deplorable, inexplicable situation. I decided to see if I could find a way to fix the problem rather than to just scream about it. I now think that I have, and it was easier than I had expected; in fact, I now see/remember that circular saws already have a little notch on the bar/metal strip in front of the blade that was put there for this purpose. It's always been there, so why doesn't it work? I'm not sure, unless I was attempting to rely upon it without also using the built-in guide. The combination of the two should do the job, but I am going to go further. My solution is to affix a small horizontal plate in front of the notch so as to expand the "crosshairs." I'm just trying to decide on the material for this purpose. A sheet of clear plastic would be great, but plastic does tend to scuff up and become opaque. A strip of metal would also work. Anything that would give a better "fix" upon the position of the blade would do.Choosing the "sight" material and accurately positioning the "crosshairs" in the "sight" are the only considerations. To lock in the correct "sight set" I would first fix the Circular saw in place by simply sawing a slit in a piece of plywood long enough to hold the circular saw in place. Then, I would mark the "sightpiece" I have attached so as to leave no doubt as to where the circular saw needs to be placed to follow a line accurately and precisely. I should have waited until I had done the job, but this is something that has always irritated me so much that I couldn't keep quiet any longer. NOW TO DO IT.

    So it's worse than I had thought: the circular saw industry actually makes saws that require instructions such as yours to operate. I had thought the fault was mine. I had thought I just didn't know how to operate my saw. I just couldn't imagine how an industry wouldn't have perfected its design after such a long period so that anyone could pick up a saw and do his job without special instructions such as yours. I call that shocking and disgusting. I'd like to sue, bur that would be a waste of time. While I greatly appreciate your advice, it does make me angry, not at you, of course, but at the industry that permits this situation to continue. It's unbelievable. Sorry, for an outburst when my words should have been directed to showing my appreciation for your help, but now that I know...see more »So it's worse than I had thought: the circular saw industry actually makes saws that require instructions such as yours to operate. I had thought the fault was mine. I had thought I just didn't know how to operate my saw. I just couldn't imagine how an industry wouldn't have perfected its design after such a long period so that anyone could pick up a saw and do his job without special instructions such as yours. I call that shocking and disgusting. I'd like to sue, bur that would be a waste of time. While I greatly appreciate your advice, it does make me angry, not at you, of course, but at the industry that permits this situation to continue. It's unbelievable. Sorry, for an outburst when my words should have been directed to showing my appreciation for your help, but now that I know the truth I am furious, damned furious. I'd probably cut of my fingers if I tried to use my saw right now. Anyway, thanks a million for opening my eyes.

    I removed my first two rants after finding a way to insure accurate cuts with circular saws exactly where intended and without bothersome measurements. To illustrate my method, I had intended to upload three photos. Unfortunately, I now find that to upload images you have to pay, so I won't be submitting my solution after all. I won't be doing it in text, either, because I don't think that words would do the trick. All I can say is that with the guide that all circular saws have in front of the blade (usually a notch), and the guide to the right that is parallel to the blade, AND the additional "crosshair" that I add with a small panel of transparent Lexan (A plastic), you will always be able to place the cuts where you want them.

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