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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Woodpecker Holes and DeWalt
« Last post by JD2720 on Today at 07:42 AM »
I do not have a Dewalt multi tool, but I have been told they work well.
You must have wood bees. Wood bees bore into the wood & lay their eggs. Then the wood peckers cut into the wood to get the bee larva.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Woodpecker Holes and DeWalt
« Last post by afish on Today at 07:38 AM »
Those dang woodpeckers will peck anything, not sure if Thompsons will stop them but I guess its worth a try.  Years ago when I built one of my houses which was all ICF and metal studs.  I was taking a break one day and and heard a banging on a metal stud.  I looked up and there's a woodpecker on a metal stud pecking away at it.  He seemed pretty determined even though he wasn't getting anywhere... He finally gave up and flew away but that was my first encounter with a determined woodpecker. Seemed like a persistent little S#!* Not sure what they pecked on but you might have to consider a different siding if they wont stop. 
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On my boats I always used something like this

https://www.totalboat.com/product/2-part-teak-cleaner/

If you plan to finish the teak in any way take a look at Sikkens cetol.  It holds up better than spar varnish and is a lot less work to apply. 

Ya, I'm familiar with TotalBoat products. Good to know that their 2-part teak cleaner works well. I'll pick some up and try it. I was actually looking at the TotalBoat penetrating epoxy first before I decided to use the Smith's CPES.

Is there a particular Sikkens Cetol that you're familiar with? They offer 19 different flavors.  [smile]

I'm using this

https://www.amazon.com/Interlux-IVA316-QT-Natural-Fluid_Ounces/dp/B0017KQKX8

Fred
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Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Woodpecker Holes and DeWalt
« Last post by Vondawg on Today at 07:12 AM »
I was told recently by an exterminator that applying Thompson water seal to the repaired woodpecker damaged areas (mine are cedar shingles) will deter them.
I’ve just done this so don’t have results, but for a month now …no woodpeckers.
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Other Tools & Accessories / Woodpecker Holes and DeWalt
« Last post by Birdhunter on Today at 06:30 AM »
Woodpeckers made several hidden holes above a 25’ high window in our living room. Water got in and rotted way too much of the window structure. Two brave guys from a local painting company have been working the past 3 days to remove rotten wood and rebuild the structure.

They have been using a DeWalt vibrating cutter they bought for this job. I have the Fein and Festool version, but mine are corded. This DeWalt has a small 20volt battery and a brushless motor. The guys can cut for hours before changing batteries. The form factor looks good.

Impressive tool. darn woodpeckers! My guess the billl will be at least $5000.
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Festool Tool Problems / T18 random pitch changes
« Last post by _Ben_ on Today at 06:24 AM »
Hi,

Wondering if this is a problem or "they all do that". My t18+3 seems to have a feint change in pitch/sound when driving. Most noticeable at torque 16 and above and doesn't matter what gear or whether I'm even driving a screw.

I don't want to send it in if they all do it...

My older generation c18 doesn't do it at all. And assume they have the same electronics, anyone else had this?

Thanks,
Ben.
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Unfortunately, all were water penetrable and thus left visible marks on the furniture and obviously physical damage which meant I had to refinish these items yearly...this post is my attempt to outgrow that nasty habit.

I found a custom cover manufacturer last year and had covers made for all the furniture. My thought was that until I got the furniture cover problem under control, I'd be refinishing this stuff till the day I died...that's not a pleasant thought.
Even Sunbrella which is the standard for the marine industry must have a DWR (Durable water repellent.) If it needs to be done yearly so be it. I stored my boat outside full sun in California. Normally we actually do get rain here, although the storms in MN enthralled me. I would wash my cover in an industrial machine at a laundry mat, using something like Woolite or Nikwash wash. After washing the cover, apply Nikwax to the load. The difference in water repellency after was night and day. Sunbrella is breathable which is what keeps the mold down. Gortex chair covers might be a little expensive.

For clothing, especially for rain coats in MN, I'd first wash a couple of loads, then add the DWR to the load and run the machine but wouldn't let it drain. You can run a whole bunch of clothing thru on a single bottle.
https://www.amazon.com/Nikwax-TX-Direct-Wash-in-Waterproofing/dp/B07P61CQ96
https://www.amazon.com/Nikwax-Hardshell-Cleaning-Waterproofing-DUO-Pack/dp/B000PGOOIS/ref=pd_lpo_card_3?pd_rd_i=B000PGOOIS&psc=1

Vinyl would still need the thread penetrations sealed with a seam sealant. Aquaseal mixed with Cotol240 to thin it works great, or buy the single part tent seam sealer. in maintaining multiple drysuits (White water kayaking in MN after the ice breaks up can be cold), so I buy the BIG tubes of Aquaseal and freeze it between uses. Last for years that way. The quart of Cotol240 lasts years to. Sometimes it is a 50/50 mix for penetration, or for a fast dry time to get back in the water.

Here's what I decided upon and I'm totally satisfied. I've had them for a year and have no regrets, be aware that if you order the heaviest gauge vinyl like I did, they do become very heavy. The next time I'd opt for the lighter version because high winds are not an issue.

https://www.alcocovers.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvPn9yJKR8QIVjm5vBB1H8QNGEAAYASAAEgJyUPD_BwE
I buy rolls of Sunbrella from Ebay for cheap when needed. Having an industrial sewing machine opens up lots of options. When I actually have some free time I plan to make a hanging chair. Hmmm...I should start looking for the right hard piece of oak still somewhere in a tree as I have been trimming them back and removing dead branches for fire prevention along with tree health. I chipped up a bunch that were dry and hard as a hickory baseball bat or so it seemed. Gotta start using more local resources.

As far as snowfall is concerned, the average for Minnesota is from 38" to almost 70".  [eek]
I was freaked out when I moved to MN because of the winters. Turned out other than being cold, it's icy sometimes even with salt, but the snow storms were often pretty tame. Used to sit on the couch and enjoy them while toasty warm. A couple years in MN there wasn't enough snow to go cross country skiing more than a couple times in the winter. Being from NorCal..."Lake Tahoe gets an average of 215.4 inches of snowfall, or a little under 18 feet. Upper elevations can get between 300 and 500 inches per year." I really didn't need my Audi Quattro in MN but sometimes it was nice to have. My wife took the campus connector to the lab most every day so she rarely drove, other than to the store, and she got exercise walking to the bus stop.
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Building Materials / Re: Anyone know of Torx 5mm hinge screws?
« Last post by Gregor on Today at 02:52 AM »
Torx is now very common here. With all these different standards I have to carry 4 different types of bits on my drill. A slotted one, a PH1, a PZ2 and a T20.

Hard to imagine Wurth is trying to push their own standard in all this. I find it a lame company anyway, they don't produce anything, the only rebadge other companies products.
In my experience AW (compared to Torx) has improved retention of the screw on the bit. Does not really seem to matter on a single screw, but the difference in handling becomes noticeable with quantity.
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Torx is super common here, with Spax and GRK being the most prevalent (common at the big stores).

I like torx fine, but sometimes it feels like GRK chooses the size randomly. I’ve always got the wrong size bit.

And Spax adds another bit, with some standard torx (T-star) and some T-star plus, with the extra depression in the screw head.
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Building Materials / Re: Anyone know of Torx 5mm hinge screws?
« Last post by Alex on Today at 01:48 AM »
Torx is now very common here. With all these different standards I have to carry 4 different types of bits on my drill. A slotted one, a PH1, a PZ2 and a T20.

Hard to imagine Wurth is trying to push their own standard in all this. I find it a lame company anyway, they don't produce anything, the only rebadge other companies products. Luckily they're only big in Germany and to a lesser degree in a few surrounding countries.
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