We are joined by Kayla, AmyWorks’ project manager. Project update on the DADU (detached accessory dwelling unit). The plumbing rough-in and electrical rough-in are done along with the HVAC including inspections for all. Mini split unit with no ducting (Alicia’s favorite) was also done and then followed by insulation. According to Kayla it looks “hairy” but coming together. Framing inspection and HVAC to be done and getting ready for drywall. Supply chain issues have hit the project and flooring is backlogged into June. Stay tuned for how this issue is worked through.
Power saws. This seems to be one of the most intimidating tools for the DiY’er but the most sought after tool to use and purchase. Amy talks circular saws and the several different types. There is the side winder that is the most common with the motor on the side. These are lighter and easier to use. Then there is the worm-drive and hypoid that have the motor in-line and are narrower with more torque which can handle wet or dense wood easier than the sidewinder. Changing the blade can be tricky and knowing the tricks can help with this task. Also knowing the different types of blades can be a huge advantage to the success of using the saw. Kayla and Amy cover some tricks for cutting plywood and how to deal with splinters and holes using wood filler or glue and saw dust.
Miter saws and chop saws are one in the same for this conversation. There is the compound miter saw that has a pivot of the blade either left or right, the dual compound miter saw has a blade that pivots both left AND right. Then there is the sliding compound miter saw that allows the user to cut larger pieces of wood like a 2x12.
Remember to think safety when using the saws. No gloves. No baggy clothes. No strings. Headphones can be distracting and prevent you from hearing the blade binding. Wear a mask and eyeglasses. Use the dust collection feature on the tools and never alter the blade guard.
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This podcast was recorded at The Winterblue Room in Seattle, WA. www.the winterblueroom.com