This article is by mrW Tradesmen Sean Lintow Sr. from his SLS Construction website.
Living in Arizona, I used to love traveling up to Flagstaff especially during the winter months. One of my favorite places was the Little America as not only did they have a huge roaring fire, an awesome buffet, a great Christmas light display, but some of the largest icicles I have ever seen. Ahhh if I had just known what the issues were lurking behind those icicles & under the snow…
An ice dam is created when melting snow is running down the roof & refreezes before it hits the ground. Eventually as this continues the layer of ice keeps getting larger which can leave water piled up behind it. The root cause of this issue is simple & that is your heating dollars flowing into the attic. The fix: stop the heat loss which is done by stopping the air leaks first & then insulating the attic properly.
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So I’ve been a Master mechanic since 1970 and I’m pretty good at it. I like to think of myself as a master of my trade, although there are probably some who would argue the point. Just like many of us, I have a lot of tools because of what I call the “Magpie Effect” which strikes us when we step up into the Big Red Truck and see all the shiny things on the shelves. Some of these things go into the depths of one of my many tool boxes, and I only see them again when I am looking for something else, but there are exceptions.
The best purchase I’ve made lately, or maybe ever, is a little gadget called a Worksharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. When I walked into my local hardware store, the sales guys and gals were all clustered around the back counter, (Not with coffee cups, for once), and there was much oohing and aahing from the group. As soon as I saw this thing work on a guy’s Tanto bladed knife, I was hooked. Basically, it’s a belt-style knife sharpener with guides for different angles, but it was only later that I remembered that and took it home to do my knives and earn a huge atta boy from my wife for doing hers.
Originally, I bought it because I had a car in the shop with a coolant leak. Not a strange occurrence, but this one had a leak because the owner had cut off the lower radiator hose and left a huge nick in the aluminum outlet port on the engine.
I took the angle guide off the sharpener, which is a really compact little device, and leaned over the radiator to get to the hose fitting. When the angle was a little wrong, I just pushed in the lock and swiveled the head around a little! Since the belt is free for a good portion of its travel, it wrapped around the radius of the port and sanded the nick off in about 30 seconds.
So far, I have used this thing to sharpen all the knives in my family and those of my neighbors and nearby relatives, redone the tools in my garden shed, ground off a circular weld on the tongue of my recently completed Teardrop trailer, and sanded off a projecting sliver on my porch rail, for Pete’s sake!
Everybody thinks I’m some sort of master knife maker, when actually; all I do is pull the trigger and run the knife across the guide!
One more thing that I think is important, and it should ring a bell for all of you, the little company in Oregon called Darex trains all their own employees on-site, and even has a group of mentally and physically challenged folk who do some assembly. They also build a product you probably own, called a Drill Doctor.
Made in the U.S.A. by people trained on the job…Isn’t that what we at mikeroweWORKS are all about?
This blog comes from the SLS Construction website, written by mrW Tradesmen Sean Lintow Sr.
While living without power isn’t fun, it’s doable. When you start coupling that with other issues… well, things start looking a lot bleaker. If that’s not enough, add in all the news reports talking about “You can die from being cold,” or “Thousands of New Yorkers who survived Sandy, and are sticking it out in homes without power now risk freezing to death as temperatures plunge, officials warned” is enough to send one that might not be prepared into a full fledged panic.
With that in mind, let me remind you of the first rule taught to scouts, the military, or those that go to survival school which is, “don’t panic” & mind your attitude. That is what allowed a 12 year old wearing only jeans & a shirt to survive overnight in 31° weather outdoors. Unlike the 12 year old, just remember; you already have a shelter with clothes, blankets & bedding available. If you have kids, by being upbeat & positive – treating it like a camping trip can help bolster everyone spirits & yes even might even make it seem fun to them. So how can one weather the freezing temps without power – well here are some suggestions:
Shrink your shelter:
Find one room or two to stay in & to keep warm – shut the rest of the doors
Generally this will be a room towards the center of the house or the main living room
If possible you want one with the least amount of exterior walls or the more sheltered walls
Carpet is a great insulator & will always feel warmer than a hard surface
Grab some mattresses (skip the box springs) & bring them in – not only is this for comfort, but prevents heat from being lost into floor
Use a “door snake” (rolled up towel / long bean bag about 3” around) to stop drafts from coming in under the doors.
Cover the windows at night to prevent heat loss
Use alternative heat sources
Do I really need to say if you have a working fireplace now would be a good time to use it – these worked great for our ancestors
Ventless fireplaces or space heaters are also a great backup heat source (though they should not be used without a window at least cracked open or when the power is on)
DO NOT use your gas stove, propane grill, or charcoal grill as the carbon monoxide will kill you quicker than your shivering)
Lanterns & Candles are great for giving off light & some heat. Just make sure you use your head & keep them away from flammable items (above / around them) and away from areas where they can get bumped & knocked over.
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mikeroweWORKS is celebrating National Tradesmen Day and here are a few of our mrW Tradesmen showing their support and helping us honor the day. Read More...
This blog comes from mrW Tradesmen Sean Lintow, SLS Construction. He is currently at SkillsUSA 2012 and will be posting information during the week on his website.
You know, it really is kind of ironic – here I am sitting in the hotel room writing this article on SkillsUSA 2012 & I got the TV on. This show happens to be on Millennial’s, their stories, and thoughts on the upcoming election. So what am I hearing – I went to university, sent out 80 / 300 applications & I haven’t been called / hired. I spent 200K to become a lawyer & I don’t know if I will ever be able to pay it back. I’m 27 with a Masters & haven’t worked a day in my life… I have a double master & am working part time in retail…
Well welcome to Kansas City & the 2012 SkillsUSA National Championships. This year there is almost 6000 competitors competing in 94 different events. Unfortunately with the MLB’s All-Star game coming up soon they had to bump Skills up by a few days so everyone was rushing today to get the finishing touches up as orientations & judging actually starts tomorrow. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that they would still be setting up & my room wouldn’t be ready for a while.
Wow a virtual welder – a special thanks to Lincoln Electric for giving me a quick lesson & for talking me into trying it. That was pretty fun, especially seeing the last time I did any welding was… well lets just say Skills used to be known as VICA back when I did any. Read More...
Here is a tool worth buying a few of.
I never was a fan of multi-bit drivers until I found this one. Unlike other multi-bit screwdrivers, it has a nice snap to the cap making it fit firmly so you don’t have bits falling out while you work. It has a nice feel to the handle so you can really bear down on it. They are even available in tamper-proof bit sets for all the things I’m not “suppose” to take apart. All for about twenty bucks.
Now If I could just get a version that won’t get lost. Maybe Megapro is working on that.
Joey Authement – CNC Programmer, mrW Tradesmen learn more about him – HERE
By SLS ~ Sean Lintow,
I got to admit it – I just love my job sometimes. Not only did I have the flexibility to take two days off this week, but I got to do so for a great organization, a great event, & I got to promote another one some more. Yep, you guessed it; it was for SkillsUSA & the Alabama State Championships & of course, the mikeroweWORKS site & foundation. Read More...