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Tip #15: Interior Pipe Cutter
(Photo right) Over-exuberent backfill on a new pool shoved this return line fitting far into the pool.
Protruding through the wall, it's impossible for a hacksaw or cable saw to get a good, straight cut on the pipe where it needs to be trimmed.
This variable speed, drill- mounted interior pipe cutter reaches the proper depth through the interior of pipe. The heavy steel blade even breezes through any cement grout securing the pipe.
Available through most hardware, home supply stores, the cutter costs less than $12.
And, I'd like to point out that my 'antique' Minolta SLR film camera stopped motion on the whirling blade visible in this second photo (left).
Tip #16: Concrete Delivery
Any time you call for concrete on a renovation job, the specter of a thirty ton, twelve yard concrete truck backing over a sidewalk or driveway invites an extra, unanticipated cost to get the job done.
Sidewalks break where a truck is forced to lift itself up onto the edge of the slab.
Eliminate this lift and you eliminate having to replace broken sidewalk slabs.
You can use wood, cement pavers, bricks or blocks; anything that prevents the truck from slipping off one concrete surface and having to rise again to the next.
Thirty years of using this simple trick has saved us from breaking even one sidewalk or driveway slab.
It's always amazed me to watch another contractor bounce a fully loaded concrete truck over a sidewalk and gawk at the result. Astonished......how?.
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