April 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm #48531
SUGGESTION for the hurting part: obtain a good brand of homeopathic Arnica 9C or 30C (we prefer Boiron or Newton Labs – Luckyvitamin.com is probably the least expensive on line for Boiron, but Newton does not authorize anyone to sell their products on line for them – order direct at newtonlabs.net if not in a local health food store). As soon as you’re finished with any job that you know will result in significant soreness the next day, whether from straining, bruising, or just very intensive work, put six pellets of either of the above under your tongue (six drops of liquid if using the liquid Newton Labs). Do it a minimum of 15-20 minutes after having had anything (liquid or solid) in your mouth, and wait at least another 15-20 minutes before putting anything else in your mouth. Repeat several hours later, particularly if using the 9C potency. If really hurting the next day, take more upon awakening, then again up to several times the next day. It won’t act the same as ibuprophen where you start taking it after you are hurting and the soreness subsides for a few hours after a while, then comes back. Instead, it reduces the overall discomfort that ends up occurring. I know of at least one OB/GYN that gives it to his patients just before they go into the delivery room, and post-natal discomfort is considerably reduced. Personally, we’ve used it for years, and would not be without it.
It sounds like a number of us could use an old folks support group. (Just kidding.)April 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm #48539
But 74 ,
That is a 2 person job. Especially trying to move a door like that into position. Those 2x12s are heavy. Anytime you have to lift up above head or near face level its hard work. Lifting from the hips and using the legs is a lot easier good for logs. If you have to go all out muscling things into place you run the risk of injury. Unless you’re a 30 year old 200 pound bench presser.
I don’t hammer nails much, I screw using those bronze ceramic outdoor screws. I have to reposition a window or board they come right out. Star bits, love em.
I’ve never taken ibuprofen. Beer or bourbon is the preferred choice and then sleep. Ignore ignore ignore. But I’ve noticed when you get older you are more likely to get the good stuff. After a root canal I told the dentist I’d rather take aspirin and bleed than take ibuprofen. He didn’t mess around after that. I got a prescription.April 28, 2016 at 11:33 pm #48540
I use screws as well but not for structural members with lateral forces. They don’t have the shear strength of a 16d nail. It is nice to not jar everything with pounding. A lot of times I tack things together with a Paslode finish nailer driving 2.5″ nails, then come back with a heavier fastener. The torque from driving thousands of screws overs the years starts to bother my tendonitis.
I’ve worked alone for so long I have methods to help me handle heavy loads. Like with the header after I had one end on the jack stud and in the socket. I put a post under the header and used it as as jack. That gave me a hands free opportunity to use my 12lb sledge and drive it under the top plate and into place.
As for the 30 year old, well I’m past that on all accounts, not that I’m fat, in fact I lost 15 lbs last year.April 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm #48542
Working for yourself is the most productive work of all. However you do it, it gets done right.
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