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  • How to Hang Drywall Ceilings by Yourself

    Very good idea using the lipstick - that's a variation of using a carpenter's pencil or wax layout crayon.

    On a tiny ceiling putting up edge boards works just fine - the professional one-man hangers make a "T" out of 2X4 that is 1/2" longer than the height of the ceiling. To use it, lean the T against a wall, set one edge of the sheetrock on the top and then pull the assembly to the position you want (awkward - but you do have two hands). Then, pull the "T" to force that end of the sheetrock tight (while still holding the other end up - remember, two hands). With the "T" end secure, you can start screwing on the other end - make sure you keep it from bowing too much as you work towards the "T."They also make lifts that you can rent and do it really easily by just operating a few cranks and line the sheetrock up flat or for a vaulted ceiling with l...

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    On a tiny ceiling putting up edge boards works just fine - the professional one-man hangers make a "T" out of 2X4 that is 1/2" longer than the height of the ceiling. To use it, lean the T against a wall, set one edge of the sheetrock on the top and then pull the assembly to the position you want (awkward - but you do have two hands). Then, pull the "T" to force that end of the sheetrock tight (while still holding the other end up - remember, two hands). With the "T" end secure, you can start screwing on the other end - make sure you keep it from bowing too much as you work towards the "T."They also make lifts that you can rent and do it really easily by just operating a few cranks and line the sheetrock up flat or for a vaulted ceiling with little trouble.

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  • Leg for a wooden table (incredible strength)

    Nice instructable - cheaper than buying store barrels and certainly a way to make giant ones that will be very strong and very affordable.You could eliminate the end caps from the pipe and simply use an unthreaded section of pipe to create a home made barrel. You might also consider tapping the pipe outside of the wood so you can clean the cutting oil off rather than risk staining the wood from the cutting oil. (Also, if you broke the tap while tapping in the wood, you'd end up destroying the leg to get the pipe and broken tap back out.) Could also just drill part way through the leg and insert a section of pipe (the barrel) that is 1" shorter than the width of the leg. Then, one end is already plugged by 1/2" of wood and the opposite (hole side) can be plugged by a dowel to h...

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    Nice instructable - cheaper than buying store barrels and certainly a way to make giant ones that will be very strong and very affordable.You could eliminate the end caps from the pipe and simply use an unthreaded section of pipe to create a home made barrel. You might also consider tapping the pipe outside of the wood so you can clean the cutting oil off rather than risk staining the wood from the cutting oil. (Also, if you broke the tap while tapping in the wood, you'd end up destroying the leg to get the pipe and broken tap back out.) Could also just drill part way through the leg and insert a section of pipe (the barrel) that is 1" shorter than the width of the leg. Then, one end is already plugged by 1/2" of wood and the opposite (hole side) can be plugged by a dowel to hide the barrel entirely (after it's assembles so you can position the barrel to receive the table bolt.If you do not have a leg made from the center of a tree where the grain is circular, in other words, with the grain biased in a single direction - make sure the pipe is inserted perpendicular to the grain for greatest strength.

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