|Volume 17 Issue 1
Welcome to Dave's Shop Talk's Home Improvement Newsletter of questions from our members on their construction projects, a Tip of the Month and a home remodeling article, both from our website at http://daveosborne.com.
When laying out studs for a wall, be sure to layout both top and bottom plates at the same time.
When framing a wall in a renovation, be sure to add backing at corners, intersections and behind fixtures.
In those days, we didn't have cell phones with cameras, handy. Dad had a camera and was always taking pictures of mom and us kids, but we don't have many of him. The photo we shared was actually a cropped pic of Dad with my daughter, taken by her husband.
Thanks for the comment, I'll keep looking!
Unfortunately, the company that Dad worked for, Commonwealth Construction, was purchased by a multinational company called Atkinson Construction Company. They went bankrupt a few years later, taking Commonwealth down with them.
I found it interesting with the response I got after December's Newsletter. Our readers wanted to see photos of our Dad working on a project, which I don't have. Dad was an avid photographer, but camera shy, himself. I have one picture that I can show you of Dad as a young man, along with another man and his father, our grandfather.
Dad is on the left. He invented the logging hook as shown in this working model that he built to show how the hook will work. His father, on the right, also a carpenter, who built many wooden train trestles, in British Columbia's Kettle Valley in the Okanagan. The man in the middle is unknown to me. Dad told me that he had a partner that was going to patent the hook and sell it to a logging company. This never happened, although, Dad noticed, a few years later, his same hook design laying on the ground in the yard of a large logging machine company. Apparently, his partner got the patent under his own name ans sold it to this company. Dad never heard from this guy after that. He never invented anything to be patented, again. He invented different things but only for his own use.
I find this model very interesting. Look at the carpenter work involved here, especially the truss.
This shows the entire model with electric motor on the top right. This style of hook is still used in the logging industry, today.
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