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    Trimming door bottom

    Both Festool and Makita used to advertise their saws as capable of this (although AFAIK Makita haven't ever made nice clamps like those in the video). In most British houses it would be tricky as floors and doorframes are often not true - Once you get away from the old colonial states, American...
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    Capacitance Meter

    Awww. That's just nasty. It hasn't done the owner any harm, I expect.
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    Trimming door bottom

    I did consider that first-off, but it meant removing a long, thin, splintery wedge, then a glue-up. So I left them alone, after making sure nothing would catch on carpet (there were other issues to deal with - the builder hadn't hung them properly in the first place, and hinge positions had to...
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    Trimming door bottom

    Track saw + new or sharpened blade AND a scoring cut (remember to go "backwards" doing this!). I find the resulting cut doesn't even need a pass with a plane. It helps that my Makita track saw has a scoring setting, whch makes that bit easy, but even so, it's not a big deal. You can do the...
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    Capacitance Meter

    That's why I keep my AVO, and a similar (but higher impedance) Taylor. For everything else DMM.
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    Pretty miffed at the (lack of) response

    Indeed - although my comment had nothing to do with the OP's thread, now removed anyway - Merry Christmas!
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    Which Wi-Fi mesh?

    I have other Ubiquiti kit doing my firewall/router (the telco's box works merely as a modem). Had I gone the whole Unifi route, it would indeed be in one graphical and rather cool interface, which I could even remotely manage if I chose. I keep the WiFi and firewall separate, but they cooperate...
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    Which Wi-Fi mesh?

    Ubiquiti Unifi here. Not cheap but very good. I have a Unifi controller (appliance) too - I didn't get on with the Cloud version, though that would have worked too. The switchover between access points for a client is usually seamless - I can walk around playing a YouTube video or FaceTime...
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    electrical testing

    I never worked in Transmitter Group but I did visit some. I'll never forget being shown the inside of the old long wave (Light Programme (Radio 2) then Radio 4) transmitter at Droitwich - 1/2 MW at the final output stage (just disappearing up a wire)... This was in the days when it was valves...
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    electrical testing

    "Borrowed neutral", innit? Was the hallway lighting (pick a common part of the property of your choice) actually wired across two consumer units - live from one, neutral from another?
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    Anyone know where I can buy these.....?

    Not sure if this style is what the OP wanted, but anyway... I have just one of those clamps, bought from Amazon (I can't remember when, but several years ago). The reseller advertised a pair, but only one arrived and they refused to send a second one nor amend their listing. Long-established...
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    Advice on No 80 Scraper Plane

    My Record #80 came with a 45 degree bevel. I'm not sure if the bevel helps or not! I think the 45 deg. is to simply make getting a burr easier. Like the others above, I suspect technique in this case though, and trying too hard, or having too great a curve on the blade/iron*. I did just the...
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    SIP 12in bandsaw siezed up guide bearings

    I have a SIP12" model. The bearings don't last long, BUT using higher quality ones (SKF, etc.) helps, as does using properly sealed ones. I don't think zz are properly sealed - they just have a cover over the actual ball race. I use ones with a rubber seal, and they seem to be good. They are...
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    How many Pocket holes?

    Pocket hole clamps usually go across the joint, at right angles to the glueing faces. This is so they don't slip out of alignment in glue-up, because the screws go in at an angle, and ordinarily there are no pilot holes in the second workpiece to guide them.
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    So, do most of you use sketch up for your designs?

    I think that is the first useful application of groups I have come across. Of course, I should get out more...
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    How many Pocket holes?

    You need to be a bit more specific: what _exactly_ are you trying to do, in what wood, with/without glue, and what are the dimensions involved? Even then, the best thing is to get the correct screws (length and thread style) and experiment. long-to-long grain and end-to-long grain will have...
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    So, do most of you use sketch up for your designs?

    I use Inkscape too, but it is VERY hard to learn, partly because it is poorly documented (but wonderful compared to the iOs device I have!). I have used a lot of drawing packages down the years (and loved Corel Draw - I have typeset books in it), but I would still use SU for roughing out...
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    So, do most of you use sketch up for your designs?

    ^^^ Particularly the last bit. :-)
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    So, do most of you use sketch up for your designs?

    And another thing: There is some correlation between the way you group things in SketchUp and real life. For example, a panel door set, where the rails and stiles will each be repeated on each door (although top and bottom rails might differ). I find "thinking in components" can help my real...
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    So, do most of you use sketch up for your designs?

    COMPONENTS are the way to go. Start off making the simplest things (even mere 2D rectangles!) into components. Then practice selecting several components and collecting them into one big new component. Find out how to name components, too. Clone your components (ctrl+C ctrl+V, i.e. copy &...
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