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We have several public libraries close enough that my daughter-units can bike easily enough to most of them. I've donated books to each over the years and it's not that they don't have an over-supply from willing patrons. It's the resources to bind them for shelving and use, catalog them, and then put them out so they get used.
Tangential thought: I watched one mom put a book back because it was "old and a hard-back" (I asked because I knew the book was a good read.) It didn't have a cover sexy enough to hold her daughter's attention. Gahdferbid the story do that...
If your local library has volunteer hours, find out what you can do to assist them in getting their back-logged books out on the shelves. If it's like our system, you'll have to go through _some_ training but once you're in you can make a difference.
The Ranger
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My wife and I have done that. They accept donated books for two reasons: either they sell them to raise money (if they don't need/want them on the shelves) or in some cases they'll put them in a library binding and circulate them if it's a title they'd like to have (but currently cannot afford to buy). We've had a lot of use out of our local public library so we don't mind giving them books we no longer have room for. And it doesn't matter how many bookcases I build, they're always instantly full as soon as they're in place.
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

BOOKS? In a LIBRARY? How quaint.
Mine has hand puppets, games, wall art, toys, videos, and a few other odds and ends.
They do have a spinner rack containing historical romances ("bodice rippers") with a sign: "Leave two, take two".
Libraries have abrogated their classical role as repositories of information. Most should be burnt to the ground and the ashes scattered. Not to worry, you won't be burning books!
To be even more topical, there are libraries in Berkeley that loans tools (power saws, pressure washers, ladders, post hole diggers, etc.). Buncha goddamn communists, you ask me.
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Power tools are permitted in Berkeley?
Those symbols of the industrial military complex should be banned immediately.
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If that's how things are where you live, it's because of YOU.
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On 8/7/2010 4:12 PM, JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

Uh, how is what the libraries contain "because of HIM"?
In most towns the library has limited shelf space and tosses anything that doesn't move regularly. Are you saying that he should go regularly check out carpentry books that cover material that he has long since mastered just so the library will keep them?
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On Sat, 07 Aug 2010 17:02:58 -0400, "J. Clarke"

Possibly, he's suggesting libraries will stock books on subjects that people attending the library are looking for. If most go to the Internet to do their research, libraries have less information to go on when they stock their shelves.
But, I think libraries are doomed to obscurity. I believe most people (those living on the North American continent) including those less financially capable have their own access to the Internet in one way or another.
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What he described is a dysfunctional library. An extreme. Libraries like that are reflections of their patrons' indifference.
That's quite different from what you said, which is a moderate and correct view.
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"Doug Miller" wrote

Snipped but LOL! Best part was no floor anchoring. That was the least fun part of finishing a basement but it's got to be done and done right.
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the self tapping concrete screw. Trying to anchor anything in old concrete used to mean a gunpowder powered nail, but now, drill a hole and drive a screw. So easy. Also, if any of you don't yet have an impact driver (cordless) you need to get one. They are the stuff for driving hard to drive things like concrete screws, and deck type screws.
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On Aug 6, 9:36pm, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

Apparently the "force fit and let friction take over" practice is not unique.
I just removed a bi-fold door in an old house apartment that my moved into.
The bi-fold doors were shorter than the original door opening - by a foot - so they install a new "header".
They screwed the header (an unpainted pine board) into the jamb on the dumb end of the bi-fold and forced the pivoting end into the opening.
I guess if you're going to do a job half-way, you might as well do that half wrong.
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Doug Miller wrote:

When we were building a house in Texas the builder came every afternoon to check on the framers. He had a big red marker and would look down a wall then would put big X's on the studs that stood out. The framers would take these out and replace them with straighter ones.
We moved to Georgia and had planned on building again. We visited one builder at a job site and noticed that about 1 out of 3 studs were out of alignment. When I pointed it out to the builder he said, "the sheetrock will straighten them all out." Then we visited a finished house he had built. The walls looked like snake tracks. The sheetrock had not helped straighten them. We marked him off our list.
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On Sat, 07 Aug 2010 01:36:39 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

Perhaps because they know someone who is in the building trades and couldn't find his butt with 4 hands, a mirror, and a flashlight.
We lived in one house where the back wall of the carport was almost 2 inches out of plumb - I can only wonder how work done by "professionals" who didn't know wha sqaure, plumb, and level were got past the city building inspector.
I knew the wall wasn't plumb, but discovered exactly how bad it was when I enclosed the carport and started fo finish the walls. I ripped 2x4's diagonally to make the nailing surface vertical. My work was permitted and inspected; the inspector even asked whether I was an electrician by trade (no, but I learned the right way to do wiring - I was sleeping in that house....)
John
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On Aug 6, 6:36pm, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

When I got around to changing the old kitchen into a bedroom after adding an addition, I found that the proud former owner had used scraps of sheetrock to do the walls. Pieces as small a 1' square! the price of mud he used probablywould have bought new sheetrock.
Harry K
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On 8/08/10 9:56 AM, Harry K wrote:

studs with a 16" centre. yikes.
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wrote:

Old construction, the walls were the old wood ship lap. This must have been built way back. After some research I found out it had been _two_ shacks shoved together.
Harry K
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In typed:

Not all do; some post here instead.
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