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    I started on my ground level deck yesterday and again ran into the problem of untwisting boards. I whipped up a simple tool from my stash of thinwall scrap steel tubing. Took 5 minutes max.

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    Very nice and undoubtedly handy. I noticed that Stanley makes a neat framing tool that has a fork for manipulating 2x lumber as well as a couple of prying tools and a hammer head as I recall.

    It's called the Fubar Yup....really...

    http://www.stanleytools.com/default....TNUMBER=55-099

    Still, I like yours better. It offers more leverage. Plus...how do you use the hammer head on the Fubar when you have the fork in use twisting the piece into place

    Paul
    Paul Carpenter
    Mapleton, IL

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    • #3
      Evan's is similar in design but 90 degrees, from a bumper bender.
      Simple and effective.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Evan
        .......

        Took 5 minutes max.

        Yeah, great tool, but 5 minutes.......no way.

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        • #5
          Why no way? Assuming he had to make the 2 cuts to form the 3 pieces, and maybe another to get the handle length (my guess it's just what was handy and required less cutting), then clamp it on a table and buzz (8) ~1" beads with the wire feed, finally wrap with tape. Wouldn't take me 5 minutes from walking out the door using just what's in my shop at this moment (basically, scrap 1" square tubing). Of course that assumes the spacer piece was sufficiently close to provide for the board + operation clearance without having to shim/cut, but even that wouldn't be bad.
          Russ
          Master Floor Sweeper

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          • #6
            No cutting, the pieces are 1 1/2" sq leftovers from the ongoing projects. No clamping, throw on floor, leave slight gap for clearance and zap with welder, dip in rain barrel. Paint with Krylon Instant Drying paint (really, dries almost on contact) and tape. 5 Minutes max.
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            • #7
              Evan :
              Cool a board untwister thingey you invented, Yea I know there are comercial versions but it it is nice when you can make one cheaper and quicker than a trip to the store.
              Tin
              Ad maiorem dei gloriam - Ad vitam paramus

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              • #8
                Ah, welded then. That explains it. From the picture I thought you had some weapons grade duct tape that we couldn't get down here. (Homeland security and all that.) Very good. It did occur to me though, that if the handle were at 90 degrees to the fork, you could get leverage in several directions to combat warp and wind.
                .
                "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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                • #9
                  Hi

                  Just use a large "F" clamp on the board and press down on the "leg" (with your foot) while you hammer the nail

                  Simple, zero minutes to make AND very useful to "clamp" things
                  Kind regards

                  Peter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Evan
                    I started on my ground level deck yesterday and again ran into the problem of untwisting boards. I whipped up a simple tool from my stash of thinwall scrap steel tubing.
                    Evan,

                    How did you join the warped boards so that they don't unsprung in the future? Clinched nails?
                    Allan Ostling

                    Phoenix, Arizona

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                    • #11
                      What are 'nails'? I haven't used nails in decades. Everything I build (of wood) is screwed together. I use either self drilling plated and chromated screws or for the treated wood I use epoxy coated deck screws. I don't know anyone that still uses nails for decks, certainly not commercial builders.
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                      • #12
                        A homebrew "TIMBER TWEEKER",why buy when you can build.

                        May as well whip one of these up too while your at it

                        http://www.tools-plus.com/cepco-bw2.html
                        I just need one more tool,just one!

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                        • #13
                          That looks useful. I could have used that on the upper deck. I don't need it for the ground level deck as I can just stick a pry bar in the ground.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Evan
                            I don't know anyone that still uses nails for decks, certainly not commercial builders.
                            Evan,

                            My grandfather Axel was a carpenter, so I have a fondness for hammers and nails. The Spring 2006 issue of Woodworking Magazine http://www.woodworking-magazine.com/ has an article titled "Build Furniture With a Hammer." The lead-in sentence states "Far from a crude implement, a good hammer is a wonder of subtlety and an asset for many kinds of joinery."

                            I've no doubt you are right to use screws for decks. But now that your comment made me look up this article again, I want to get a classic hammer, and some cut nails.
                            Allan Ostling

                            Phoenix, Arizona

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                            • #15
                              Evan, I think you guys get the good wood up there in BC and we get the crap here in SoCal. I fought the rafters on the patio I built so hard I was just about ready to swear off wood forever!

                              They're nice and straight when ya pick 'em .....

                              The rafters go between and are supposed to meet blocks on the beam, but several were twisted so bad I had to hang off a 10" C-Clamp with both hands to get them straight. The problem was you can't hang off a 10" C-Clamp with both hands and still drive a nail!

                              I wound up hanging a 5 gal paint bucket on the C-Clamp and then gradually added 25 lb bricks of lead until the bucket was about ready to let go. Bent the handle. A little more pressure from my left hand was still needed before I could bang one in to hold it.

                              The 4x8 beams went crazy too. One of 'em was off plumb by 6" a week later. I figured I was gonna need a truck to pull the beams straight, but when SIL showed up with his F250 4x4 Diesel he had his 400lb buddy Jared with him. Jared gave the post a bump with one shoulder and moved that beam out 4". A couple more hits with those hams he calls hands and it was on the mark!

                              The dude's a man mountain. Little old me couldn't even budge it.

                              So here's a pic of the only patio cover I will ever build. This won't be happening again. I prefer metal .....



                              Still haven't painted it.

                              SP

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