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iknowfear


Nov 18, 2013, 2:57 PM
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Pounding A Nail: Old Shoe or Glass Bottle?
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A lot of questions in this forum are of the following kind:
Alex wrote:
"A client has asked me to build and install a custom shelving system. I'm at the point where I need to nail it, but I'm not sure what to use to pound the nails in. Should I use an old shoe or a glass bottle?

How would you answer the question?

a) It depends. If you are looking to pound a small (20lb) nail in something like drywall, you'll find it much easier to use the bottle, especially if the shoe is dirty. However, if you are trying to drive a heavy nail into some wood, go with the shoe: the bottle with shatter in your hand.

b) There is something fundamentally wrong with the way you are building; you need to use real tools. Yes, it may involve a trip to the toolbox (or even to the hardware store), but doing it the right way is going to save a lot of time, money, and aggravation through the lifecycle of your product. You need to stop building things for money until you understand the basics of construction.

I would hope that just about any sane person would choose something close to (b). Sure, it may seem a bit harsh, but think about it from the customer prospective: how would you feel if your carpenter asked such a question?

PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE accept advice instead of answers.

If you do not like the replies you are getting, maybe the question was wrong...


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dagibbs


Nov 18, 2013, 8:07 PM
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Why are all these people not answering my question? All I asked was a simple question about a shoe or a bottle -- I don't want advice about getting a book on carpentry, or buying tools. Just tell me which to use.


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