I missed your question, but I've done that many times. I don't recommend it
unless you're really careful. On most surfaces you'll still want to either:
1) nail a brace to the wall you're working on, C-clamped or whatever to one
or both of the stepladders; or 2) prop the stepladders with a long 2 x 4
from behind. I put a stake in the ground, nail the 2 x 4 to it, and clamp
the 2 x 4 to the stepladder. I use two braces, one to each stepladder.
Using stepladders that way has long been a way to set up a low scaffold, but
you'd better have good balance and not try to get too high with it. It does
work, however. Using the braces slows the whole process down. It's a
question of how you feel about broken bones.
I've also built homemade scaffolds and it's a real PITA, in my opinion. I
use 2 x 4s for the verticals and 1" electrical conduit for diagonals. Never
count on those diagonals to handle compressive loads; use two, crossbraced,
so the load is always in tension.
The slickest solution I've used is two regular ladders with ladder hooks for
a scaffold plank. I'll go up about ten feet with that, but no higher. Again,
you want to nail a brace to the wall. Use a short plank or else make sure
you're using genuine scaffold plank, which is undressed and thicker than
My dad always took the attitude that if you were careful, there was
really no need for things like blade guards on table saws, or using
pushers to feed the wood into the saw. Then he got distracted one day
while cutting some thin (maybe 1"?) strips for planter boxes, and the
saw hit a knot.
My first thought as he came up the stairs was that he was teasing me
with a red plastic snake. Then I saw that it was blood all over his
If you ever end up getting a finger (right index finger, in this
case -- and dad was right-handed, and he was an accountant, and this
was right before tax season) amputated, *don't* let the doctors
convince you that it'll be less noticeable if they go ahead and take
the knuckle along with it. They're right, but you really do want as
much of the hand as possible for stability.
Reminds me of a conversation I had with a deputy sheriff. He used to have a
handsome head of hair. Until the night he got involved in an altercation
with a crazed, very intoxicated woman. She grabbed his hair in a death grip
and they could not pry her loose for several minutes. By that time, she had
torn much of his scalp loose from his head.
The resulting injuries were very painful and took awhile to heal. They
shaved his head before they did the surgery to reattach his scalp. He had
to keep it shaved during the recovery. It has never been more than a half an
inch long since.
He said if he retires or takes up another line of work, he might grow some
hair agin. But as long as he is a law enforcement officer, he will go with a
'Sounds wise to me. When I hear these stories I have to wonder why some
do-gooder group hasn't done PSAs on television showing how your scalp can
get peeled off if your hair is long and it gets caught in something.
Spiro Agnew would have liked those.
'Buzz Cut' draws its name from the buzzing sound the clippers make as they
ride along the scalp. Think electric dog clippers- basically the same thing.
The buzz is 60hz, from the alternating line current, that is used to move
the heads back and forth. In UK, it would be a 50hz buzz. You hear it right
through your skull. I had buzz cuts as a kid, until I looked in the mirror
one day around 4th or 5th grade. I had a pony tail as a teenager, but am
back to above-the collar now. The current buzz-cut fad, presumably
war-inspired, leaves me cold.
Doubt that it really has anything to do with war. Circle goes
around--when I was a little kid buzz cuts and crew cuts were popular.
When I was a bit older styles got longer (I remember when the Beatles,
as they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, had scandalously long hair)
and longer and longer and then shorter and shorter and shorter and now
we're back to buzz cuts. In another 30 years or so it will be long
Cops used to wear uniform shirts with those nifty epaulets on the
shoulders. Great hand holds for the bad guys.
I cut mine loose and put velcro on the shirt and epaulets. First bad
ass to grab one as he had so many before, stood there staring at it
with a surprised and stupid look on his face, long enough for me to
chop him down like an oak with my baton.
on 9/16/2007 3:31 PM Gunner Asch said the following:
How times have changed. When I started, I wore a Sam Browne belt with
the leather shoulder strap over a dress blouse. It wasn't until the 70's
when the strap became a hazard, and we became pigs, that it was removed.
on 9/10/2007 2:11 PM Ed Huntress said the following:
My hair has been cut so that it is no more than 1/2" long.
The one tool that I use that I have the most respect for (read scared
of) is the radial arm saw, especially when ripping. Somehow, the blade
over the table is more respected (read scared of) than one under the table.
The others, I'm just merely careful.
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