Dead as a Doornail

Shuffled off this mortal coil

I say it all the time, I know what it means, but how did they come up with that phrase? Meaning that it is not alive, unequivocally deceased it can be figuratively or literally defunct – the phone line is deader than a door nail or that possum, you ran over, is as dead as a doornail.

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Porter-Cable Circular Saw

I added the Porter-Cable 20vMAX Circular Saw to my collection of the 20V Lithium tools. It weighs 6.5 pounds without the battery and costs around 60 dollars, on Amazon.com, tool only. It has a 6-1/2-inch carbide tooth blade of the cordless circular saw delivers a 2-1/8′ cutting capacity.

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Porter-Cable Jig Saw

I added the Porter-Cable 20vMAX Jig Saw to my collection of the 20V Lithium tools. I love the battery life and the tools are about as good as the corded ones. It is now hard to use a corded tool, such and inconvenience. It will cut up to 45 degrees adjustable with the onboard tool. It weighs 5 pounds without the battery and costs around 50 dollars, on Amazon.com, tool only. It has a dust blower to keep the sawdust and other debris away from the cutting blade. There is a red lever by the blade that makes changing it super easy.

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Why is it called a Crowbar?

I was helping my friend Tim with a project when he couldn’t find his crowbar. That got me wondering, why do we call it a “crow”bar? They are forged from long steel products, usually medium-carbon steel they are a tool used for removing nails or forcing two objects apart.

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Drill Bit Sizing Chart

Drill bits are used to remove material to create a hole. There are several considerations like the spiral (rate of twist or how it controls the rate of chip removal), the point angle (harder materials require a larger point angle where soft material require a sharp angle), the lip angle (the amount of support provided to the cutting edge)

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Full Motion TV Wall Mount

I wanted to place my bedroom TV fairly close to my bed. To do this, it would have to be placed on a wall to the side of the bed. This meant angling the TV so that while lying down the screen would be square to my vision. I had a Best Buy gift card so I went on a hunt. I found the perfect wall mount and tried it, in the store, with their demo.

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Biscuit Joiner

A biscuit joiner, also called a plate joiner, is a woodworking tool used to join two boards together. I love mine, made by Skil. You do need to wear a mask and goggles as there is a lot of saw dust expelled quickly. Most joiners are corded, but you almost always use them in an environment where electricity is available.

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