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  • #612352
    aa_custom
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    PIttsburgh, PA

    Nice. I’ve never built a rod. Seems like a great way to get an awesome rod for a great price though.

    #612043
    aa_custom
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    PIttsburgh, PA

    @MTRoads we were in glacier, so I think the north fork is what I was trying for. The stretch we drove along out of whitefish was beautiful. It turns into a warm water fishery near the lake, right?

    I’ve only got two rods right now. I just bought an orvis mirage for my 6wt though. Maybe I’ll have to put down my festool catalog and pick up a sage catalog.

    #611943
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    @MTRoads thats awesome. I’ve always wanted to build a boat, never had the room or time to do it though. My guide was asking me all kinds of questions about it when he found out I was a carpenter. Told him I’ve never built a boat, but gave him some insights on bending wood.

    How do you like the flathead? Was hoping to get a chance to fish it while on our trip, but it wasn’t in the cards. Looks beautiful though. If I end up out there I will certainly pester you about your boat though haha.

    The Clark Fork trip was awesome. We put in at St Regis and floated down for the day. Caught enough to get bored of nymphing, then just hammered them on caddis’ which was probably the most fun I’ve ever had with a fly rod.

    #611350
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    @aa_custom, Thought an article that came out in a local paper may be of some interest to you.

    http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/kcfw/flathead-co-has-building-boom-labor-shortage/340329461

    Thanks, I’ve been talking to someone in Whitefish who sent me that from the local paper. Might need to start looking for trim companies to talk to.

    My friend has an unlce who owns a hardwood mill in Arlee. He said he could get me in touch with some builders out there.

    I assume that is Buckeye Hardwood and Lumber? If so, I have purchased lumber from them only a couple times (distance). Here in Kalispell we have Glacier Hardwoods which is where I purchase most of my lumber.
    http://glacierhardwoods.com/

    Yep. We spent a day with hank and his wife while we were out there. Didn’t get to check out their shop unfortunately(not really that unfortunate, as I was floating down the Clark fork with cutthroats trying to yank the rod out of my hand that day).

    Seems like he makes some really cool stuff, he was telling me about a specialty saw mill he invented for this rustic oak flooring he makes.

    #611074
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    @mtroads

    Mostly trying to decide what I want to do when I get out there. Seems like there is a fairly strong new higher-end new construction market at the moment. Thinking about trying to set up as a trim installer, or debating if I should just try and find a job with a crew, as it seems like it’s a small area with a fairly saturated market too.

    I’m also wondering how it compares to a place like Missoula. Seems like there are more people in Missoula, but mostly transient since it’s a college town. More money, but less people in whitefish/kalispell.



    @kurt
    @welkerhomes were getting tired of city life. Have been wanting to move for a while and we visited Montana over the summer to see if we would want to live there, ad decided we very much want to live there. Looking for a place that has access to great outdoor recreation, less crowded, but still close enough to some population center that we can make a living.

    What about spending a long weekend their, or a few days during the week when construction is going on, might get a better feel for what you are looking for, bring along your portfolio and sell it to some of the contractors in the area, and as MTRoads suggested to check out the home prices.

    As you can tell by my profile I’m definitely not from their lol

    Good luck with your decision and research, looking forward to hearing what you and your family decide.

    We spent a few days in Missoula, and only one in Whitefish. Missoula was super fun, and had a lot going on, but it didn’t seem to have a lot of residential building, other than student housing. Tons of commercial work, and all the restaurants and bars were really nicely done, which is a thing I’m not used to seeing.

    Whitefish seemed like it has an older, wealthier demographic. Tons of really nice new homes were being built while we were there. We drove around and creeped on jobsites and it looked like there was a lot of work to be had. That, coupled with being able to work in 4 separate cities close enough together seems like it could be a solid choice.

    #611073
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    were getting tired of city life. Have been wanting to move for a while and we visited Montana over the summer to see if we would want to live there, ad decided we very much want to live there. Looking for a place that has access to great outdoor recreation, less crowded, but still close enough to some population center that we can make a living.

    ‘tired of city life’ There’s yer answer and I agree, I suggest move if ya can. Although I’m about 200 miles South of Missoula in Idaho I really don’t know much about the work up there, But I do know this is a great part of the country to get away from the big city life and into the outdoors. I made the big move 29 years ago from the big city life in the midwest and would never ever ever go back….Good luck

    Yeah. We are feeling pretty claustrophobic in the city. Neighbors never shut up, garbage all over the damn streets, too much traffic. When we got back from our trip there was a shooting at least once a week in a four block radius from our house. People dealing drugs and soliciting sex in the alley behind my house. etc etc. Just done with it.

    Give me open space, elk and mulie tags, and rivers full of native trout and I’ll figure out how to make a living to stay there.

    #611072
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    @aa_custom, Thought an article that came out in a local paper may be of some interest to you.

    http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/kcfw/flathead-co-has-building-boom-labor-shortage/340329461

    Thanks, I’ve been talking to someone in Whitefish who sent me that from the local paper. Might need to start looking for trim companies to talk to.

    My friend has an unlce who owns a hardwood mill in Arlee. He said he could get me in touch with some builders out there.

    #610787
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    @MTRoads

    Mostly trying to decide what I want to do when I get out there. Seems like there is a fairly strong new higher-end new construction market at the moment. Thinking about trying to set up as a trim installer, or debating if I should just try and find a job with a crew, as it seems like it’s a small area with a fairly saturated market too.

    I’m also wondering how it compares to a place like Missoula. Seems like there are more people in Missoula, but mostly transient since it’s a college town. More money, but less people in whitefish/kalispell.



    @kurt
    @welkerhomes were getting tired of city life. Have been wanting to move for a while and we visited Montana over the summer to see if we would want to live there, ad decided we very much want to live there. Looking for a place that has access to great outdoor recreation, less crowded, but still close enough to some population center that we can make a living.

    #536827
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Pulled the plug on the planex combo this morning. Haven’t run it yet, but will in the next week or so. Excited to see how it does. The way the head articulates is really impressive, i.ve never looked forward to a drywall job so much. Really looking forward to using the 36ac too. Kind of annoying they don’t hepa rate that unit though.

    #536326
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    thats the truth. i have a few ridgid vacs ive been phasing out. ill probably get rid of my last one after i buy the 36

    #536301
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    yeah, i love my vacs. have 26 and midi. thinking the two i have would stay in the van full time. 36 would come to a project at demo, and stay full time for cleanup and drywall work, and for use as dc on more tool heavy carpentry projects. might be a good vac to hook up to table saw too

    #536280
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    thinking about getting the planex/36ac combo tomorrow or thursday before the sale ends. ive found it to not really be worth it hiring out a drywaller for my kitchen and bath jobs ive been doing. last few i did with my dts 125 and ets 125 attached to my midi, finish turned out great, but took forever. planex seems super fast. 36ac vac looks like it would be great for cleanup duty too.

    anyone else have much experience with this tool. happy? worth it?

    #521580
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Found this old 1903 Springfield in a forclosure once.

    Looked up the serial numbers and it was an early rock island arsenal made weapon, apparently these were tempered by eye, and occasionally exploded during use. I hung on to it for a while and eventually traded it in.

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    #516079
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    I like my empires other than the bevel. I think the bubbles can be a bit hard to read sometimes too.

    Just did an addition frame up this week and it was killing me using my nice new stabilas on the roof.

    A nice thing about the jamber kit that hasn’t been mentioned it the magnets. They’re very strong, and placed to land on hinges for a hands free use.

    #515978
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    I love my stabilas. I just bought them this year. I have the jambers kit, which has the 32 and 78″ and I bought a 48″ r beam which is really nice too. I like the 78″ a lot. I think I’ll be adding a 24″ soon too. The 32″ is great, but it’s a bit too big for some things.

    #508257
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    hardie board over a rainscreen is pretty unbeatable. cedar should be fine too as long as you use a good primer.

    Install it over this, and you wont have to fur it out, and still have rainscreen performance. http://www.benjaminobdyke.com/products/hydrogap-drainable-housewrap

    I think I may be regretting this client already…and no work has started. She had a “lengthy” conversation with a guy from the USDA Forest Products Lab (???) who told her about the cedar breather product. And then I got a lesson on how to install siding from her :)

    I’m certainly younger than the typical contractor in my area, but I’m no idiot…

    Can I triple my estimate to account for the PITA factor?

    Triple your time estimate, and your margin on materials. Life is too short to waste on annoyances unless work is scarce

    Sounds like she knows just enough to be dangerous. Those type of clients are the worst.

    #508096
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    hardie board over a rainscreen is pretty unbeatable. cedar should be fine too as long as you use a good primer.

    Install it over this, and you wont have to fur it out, and still have rainscreen performance. http://www.benjaminobdyke.com/products/hydrogap-drainable-housewrap

    #506495
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    You’re not gonna be able to find the Collins clamps at Home Depot. They’re made by a small company out of Ohio. You can find them online though. I get mine at my lumberyard. Super handy to have. I don’t have any clam clamps, but I’ve been meaning to try some out, they’re pretty pricy though.

    #505933
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    Wow that sucks. I have not seen that kind of damage to a push stick.
    Have seen quite a few post where people are using this type of push stick for safety measures.
    Supposed to keep your hand away better and hold pressure on the front side of the board. Instead of just the rear part.

    The very first thing I made in wood shop as a kid.

    I have the same push stick as the op. Ive made plenty of blade contact with mine, no ill effects like that.

    #505519
    aa_custom
    Pro
    PIttsburgh, PA

    I like bottle jacks, a bit heavy, but nice and compact and work better than the annoying scissor jacks in used to seeing. My transit actually came with its own bottle jack which was nice.

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