Space Saving Bookshelves

Sometimes you have a room that needs a book shelf, but the problem is there really isn’t enough floor space.
How do you solve this problem?
Simple. Install it in the wall.
First check your wall. Is is a load bearing wall or not. Load bearing means that the wall supports the ceiling joists or in the event of a two story (or more) house the upstairs floor joists.
If it is a load bearing wall you can still do this you just have to make a couple of modifications to the plan.

Alright here’s how to do make a built in book case.
Figure out the location that you want the book case first, take into consideration any future home improvements you might decide to do. Because once it’s installed it is a pain to move.
Where a normal book case is built out of 1x10s or 1x12s with all of the case taking up floor space these book cases can be built the same way with only 4 to 8 inches sticking out into the floor. That number varies with the thickness of your wall (most walls are 4 to 5 inches thick).
To start with if the wall is a load bearing wall you want to build your bookcase narrow enough that it can fit in between the studs (easy way) or you want to remove a stud and build a header to go across the top of your bookcase. To build a header you just nail together a couple of 2x6s and install them on top of a couple of studs.
I have tried to illustrate this part.

Okay once you get that done you are ready to build your bookcase.
What I use to build mine is almost always spruce. Spruce is a soft almost white wood that is easy to work with and takes stain very well. You can make it look like any kind of wood you want it to with the right color of stain.
I prefer either a light redwood or mahogany stain. But it depends on what the rest of the room is as to what color I stain it.
Okay I’m getting ahead of myself.
Back to building the book case. First we need to know what depth we want, I usually go with 1x8s or 1x10s and very rarely use 1x12s on a built in bookcase.
What I do is measure the inside between the remaining studs. Then I cut two  sections of the wood lets say the inside measurement is 44 inches. So I will cut a top and bottom board 44 inches long.
Then measure the height. I try to go as far up to the ceiling as I can so lets say we have an eight foot ceiling.
On a non load bearing wall (no header) I would cut two side pieces 94-1/2 inches long, that will make it 96 inches overall.
If it is a load bearing wall and I have a 2×6 header I deduct 5-1/2 inches from the length. (the reason for this is a 2×6 is actually 1-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches.)

After I have my frame pieces cut I will nail or screw them together. For the back of the bookshelf I use a 4 x8 sheet of 1/4″ luan. ( a thin plywood that actually looks pretty good for bookshelf backs).
Check the luan with a framing square and make sure that it is square then line the edges on two sides up with the frame of your bookcase. Attach the luan and if you did this right your bookcase will be almost perfectly square, now lets just hope your walls are. You can take a router with a flush bit and cut off the excess luan.If you don’t have a router you can use a circular saw. Don’t worry if you nick the sides a little because this area will not be seen.

Decide how many shelves you want to put in your bookshelf.
On a seven foot bookshelf I usually put in four shelves. Spacing the bottom ones further apart than the top ones. That way you can put bigger items on the bottom shelves.
Okay so we’re going to put four shelves in this thing.
We cut four boards 42-1/2 inches long. Then install them. I like to mark one side for my shelves, attach them on that side and use a speed square to line them up square.
After you have your shelves in place you are ready to install the bookshelf.
Simply place it in the opening in the wall and then screw it to the studs on the side, the header on the top and the floor on the bottom.
Then you are ready to trim it out If you had to install a header you will have to use something over six inches wide. A 1×8 will work wonders here and you can use 1x6s for the sides. I like to route the outside edges to give it a smooth shapely look.
If you didn’t have to use a header 1x4s will work for  your trim.

 

That’s how simple it is to build a built in or space saving book shelf.

Planting The Garden

Spring time is the time to get started on your garden.
Whether you know it or not a vegetable garden is one of the best investments you can make.
Vegetable gardens serve several purposes they get you out of the house and doing something, they relieve stress and they provide you with fresh home grown vegetables helping lower your food costs and in this day we all need to lower costs as much as we can.

So let’s get started with that garden shall we.
First thing that is very important is location. Depending on what you are wanting to plant you will need to locate an area for it.
Corn, tomatoes and beans seem to work well on semi-flat surfaces meaning your garden should be able to let water run off but it should retain some water.
Watermelons and pumpkins seem to work best on a mount that drains water pretty well.
Turnip greens have always worked best for me on lower ground that held more water (not a mud hole mind you)
Of course rice needs lots of water to grow, which we’re not going to discuss growing rice at this moment.
Don’t have an area to till and plant? You can always build a small tiered garden using landscape timbers or cross ties. This is basically a square section with dirt put in it and then you move in about a foot and put in another smaller squared section and you can continue to do this for about four levels, planting different things on each level. I have grown tomatoes, onions, strawberries and peppers in a tiered garden.
Another little garden you can do consists of building boxes out of 1×8’s you can build them as long as you want or as short as you want. Basically you take three equal lengths of 1×8 or 1×10 if you choose and attach them with one long piece being the front, one long piece being the back and the other long piece being the bottom, then cut two shorter pieces to make the sides. Make the shorter side pieces about two feet long and you have legs for your garden to stand on (although you may have to put something under the center to help support the weight).
How ever you build your garden you are going to need good soil for it.
Where I live it is mostly red clay with some good soil mixed in. What I do is buy bags of Black Kow fertilizer (basically cow manure) and mix it in with my soil.
To start I till the soil until it is nice and soft and goes deep, then I spread the bags of Black Kow over it and rake it in, then I till it again until it is blended all together really well.
After I get it tilled up I usually add some Triple 13 Fertilizer (13 13 13) to the soil and till it one more time.
Then I wait. Patience is a virtue for a garden. I usually wait for a good rain to come through which dissolves the Triple 13, if after a few days there has been no rain I will water the garden area with a hose making sure the entire garden is saturated.
Wait another day then till it one more time.
After that time I will take a how and cut out my rows (my garden spots are only about a hundred feet long by maybe twenty feet wide and I make one row every two feet).
After the rows are cut out, it’s time to plant the seeds.
Now for corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, squash and beans I plant seeds. For tomatoes, strawberries and peppers I go ahead and by the started plants, for onions I buy the started bulbs.
When planting corn I like to plant the seeds at least 18 inches to 2 feet apart, that gives the stalks room to grow and little or no competition for nutrients. Beans I plant the same way.
Watermelons I plant about six feet apart on little mounds that I build with the hoe.
Strawberries I plant about a 8 inches apart. They spread but they don’t seem to mind.
Basically any vine plant, watermelons, cantaloupes and squash you need to give a good separation of four or more feet.
Bush plants (although they are called vines) like peppers, certain bean and tomatoes you should plant at least two to three feet apart. Okra can be planted about a foot apart.
Keep a check on your garden. Pull out the weeds, don’t step on any vines and keep it watered.
With corn you will need to “Lay it by” Which means basically you cut out the dirt near the roots (don’t cut the roots), usually I will take the hoe and cut a small ditch on both sides of my corn and in between the rows and put in some Nitrate of Soda or Sodium Nitrate, and then rake some dirt over it and over to the stalks of the corn. This makes the corn really grow. Be sure and water it lightly within a day of doing this.
This also helps tomatoes but instead of cutting ditches I just sprinkle the sodium nitrate around the base of the plant and water it a little. Remember you can over fertilize your garden just as easily as you can over water your garden.
Over fertilizing will “burn” your plants up. Over watering will drown your plants.
Next time we will talk about garden pest and garden pesticides.
Thanks for reading
Gary

12-pack thief’s beer run turns deadly

Okay apparently a Fort Lauderdale man who swiped a 12-pack of Budweiser met his fate shortly thereafter when he crashed his car into a palm tree while making his getaway.
Wyman Sims, 36, died after he wrapped his Chrysler Sebring around a tree on Northwest 21st Ave. near Northwest 44th St. in Oakland Park around 1:20 p.m. Sunday, police said.
The Police say Sims was speeding after he’d stolen a 12-pack of beer from a BP station.
The BP employees had flagged down a cop, who found Sims and his Sebring a short time later.
Sims was pronounced dead at the scene.
There was no chase, but the Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit noted that the Sebring had a temporary tire on the rear of the car, which may have led to Sims losing control of his car.
Stealing Beer?
Speeding?
Possibly Driving Under the Influence (not proved or disclosed in the actual story)?
Looks like the gene pool just got a little Clorox.
Speeding is stupid anyhow, speeding with a temporary tire is beyond stupid.
Why the hell car manufacturers put those tires in a car instead of a real spare is in itself an issue worthy of litigation.
But this guy was obviously an idiot. Stealing beer. Damn. If you’re going to knock over the BP for Bud you might as well steal some pork rinds to go with it. Good Grief.

I know he didn’t think that his last act on this earth would be one of utter stupidity but there are a lot of people that do really stupid things and pay the ultimate price for it.

My sympathies go out to this guys family because now they will have to be the ones to say “My dumbass brother, father, son, husband, whatever, got killed making his getaway after a beer heist.” I hope they get over this loss soon.
Of course I personally knew a guy that thought the Dukes of Hazzard was a documentary and lived for the opportunity to “outrun the law”
Knew is the optimal word, because in one of his escapades after fleeing from the police and running several other cars off the road, he tried to take a curve at too high a speed and missed a bridge. He didn’t miss the tree that he impaled himself on when the car came to a stop against another tree sending him through the windshield.
What is wrong with people?

Gun Control – The .357 Magnum

The .357 Magnum was collaboratively developed over a period in the early to mid-1930s by a group of individuals in a direct response to Colt’s .38 Super Automatic. At the time, the .38 Super was the only American pistol cartridge capable of defeating automobile cover and the early ballistic vests that were just beginning to emerge in the post-World War I “Gangster Era.” Tests at the time revealed that those vests defeated any handgun cartridge traveling at less than about 1000 ft/s. Colt’s .38 Super Automatic just edged over that velocity and was able to penetrate car doors and vests that bootleggers and gangsters were employing as cover.

Though .38 and .357 would seem to be different-diameter chamberings, they are in fact identical. 0.357 inch is the true bullet diameter of the .38 Special cartridge as well as the .38 super. The .38 Special nomenclature relates to the previous use of heeled bullets (such as the .38 Long Colt), which were the same diameter as the case. Thus, the only external difference in the two cartridges is a slight difference in length, solely for safety purposes as explained below.

Much credit for the .357’s early development is given to hunter and experimenter Elmer Keith. Keith’s early work in loading the .38 Special to increasingly higher pressure levels was made possible by the availability of heavy, target shooting-oriented revolvers like the Smith & Wesson 38/44 “Heavy Duty” and “Outdoorsman”, .38-caliber revolvers built on .44-caliber frames. The .38-44 HV load used the .38 Special cartridge loaded to a much higher velocity than standard .38 Special ammunition. The .38-44 revolvers were made by using a .44 Special size gun with the barrel and cylinder bored to .357 caliber (the true bullet diameter of the .38 Special). Since the frame, cylinder, and barrel were much stronger than the standard .38 Special components, it was capable of withstanding much higher pressures. The .38-44 HV round, while no longer available, was in most cases the equal of the later .357 Magnum, which works at more than double the pressure of standard .38 Special. The .357 Magnum addresses the safety issues earlier cartridges had by stretching the case by approximately 1/8 of an inch, preventing the high pressure .357 cartridge from chambering in a firearm designed for the shorter, lower pressure .38.[12] Elmer Keith also contributed the Keith-style bullet, which increased the mass of bullet located outside of the cartridge, while leaving more room inside the cartridge for powder. The Keith bullet also employed a large, flat meplat, thus enabling rapid energy transfer for greater wounding properties. At the same time, this bullet design does not deform like a hollow point, and as a result achieves greater penetration. These characteristics of the Keith bullet make it very suitable for hunting applications as well as target shooting.

Revolvers in .357 Magnum caliber have the significant advantage of also being able to fire .38 Special ammunition, with its lower cost, recoil, noise, and muzzle flash. This trait makes .357 revolvers ideal for novice shooters who are not yet used to firing full-strength .357 loads but do not want the expense of buying a second lower-powered gun to train with. However, a .38 Special should not generally be used with any .357 automatic handgun or rifle, such as the Magnum Research Desert Eagle.

Gun Control – Choosing a Handgun

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when buying a handgun is they get something they can’t handle.
I knew a guy that sat up and watched a Clint Eastwood marathon of Dirty Harry movies.
The next day he goes to a gun shop and buys a .44 magnum. This is fine and well if you can handle a 44, my friend however could not.  This guy strains to hold a full coffee cup.
So he goes out to shoot his new .44, having never shot one before he didn’t quite know what to expect.
Of course Clint Eastwood can shoot the thing with one hand, Clint although tall and lanky is a fairly strong individual.
My friend not so much. He tries to shoot with one hand, even after being told by myself and a couple of others to hold it with two hands until you are sure about the recoil. Boom. Bonk, gun to the head and gun flies out of hand.
Now the gun hangs in his room and has not been fired for over three years.
See here’s the thing. I don’t care how big or small a hand gun you buy or want to buy, t

he first time you shoot it, use both hands. It’s better to look wary than to pop a knot (or worse poke a hole with the hammer) on you head.
People get injured all the time because they want to appear macho and do stupid things.
When buying a firearm especially a handgun think about what you are going to use it for.

If it is for personal protection things to take into account are;

Size. For concealed carry you want something that is concealable. If you like revolvers Smith and Wesson makes a J Frame 5 shot .38 that conceals easy. Glock makes some very compact semi autos that are good for concealed carry.
A .44 magnum with an eight inch barrel doesn’t conceal all that well.

Recoil. Can you handle the firearm you are buying. If you are going to be scared to use it or flinch every time you shoot it, then you have the wrong gun. A .38 that you can hit with is far better than a .44 that you are afraid to shoot. 
There are some bigger bore guns that have low recoil, Desert Eagle makes a .44 magnum automatic that has very manageable recoil but they are very big and bulky, and although some people might recommend them, they are not the best for concealed carry.

Dependability. This is the most important factor of any firearm or any other piece of personal protection.
There are a lot of cheap guns out there, I’m not going to name them here but you know them if you see them in the gun shop. They’re generic molds and models usually in .380, .38, 9mm, and .25 calibers. 
These guns use lower grade parts and the firing pins usually break on them sometimes after only a few shots.
If you are going to protect yourself you need to spend the extra money and buy a good gun.
My personal favorite that I carry is a Sig Sauer P228

This is a 9mm which just so happens to be the same diameter bullet as a .38, .357 and .380. The one that I have is a very accurate gun and very dependable. I’ve shot over 3000 rounds through this gun without a single jam or misfire.
Did I mention that it is very accurate.

Another good one for concealed carry is the Glock 26 it is also a 9mm. Although Glocks are exceptional guns I have never really cared about hammerless automatics. But as far as dependability goes they are very hard to beat.

If you like revolvers the Smith and Wesson J Frame has been around for many years and is still one of the favorite back ups for many law enforcement officers. They are dependable and surprisingly accurate for a snub nosed pistol.

And .38 special bullets are very economical. I should note that you can shoot .38 special rounds through a .357 magnum because the bullets are the same diameter. (38’s are actually 357/1000ths of an inch in diameter the same as the .357 magnum. The difference being that the .357 magnum is a longer shell casing, holding a little bit more powder).

Some gun ranges will rent you a fire arm to try out. That is usually the best step in purchasing a handgun.
Try out several and pick the one that you can handle, shoot and carry the best.

Things to Never Do With Eels, Ya Sick Bastards

A CHEF has died after an EEL was put up his butt.

Shocked doctors in Sichuan, China, found the sea creature in the 59-year-old man’s rectum after his death, it has been reported.

The 50cm long Asian swamp eel was allegedly inserted into the unnamed man’s bottom, after he passed out drunk, by pals playing a prank on him. 
Medics said the eel had devoured his bowels.

How the hell do you play a prank like this?
“Hey Chow. Chan pass out rets pray plank on him.”
“You want to dlaw mustache on his face again?”
“No we did that many time arready.”
“You want to tape him to wall again?”
“No he got hurt rast time when he fall into fryer.”
“What you want to do to him this time?”
“I know, ret’s stick rive eel up Chans ass.”
“Good idea, it’s srimy anyhow we don’t need rube.”
“Ha ha this funny plank.”
“What is munching sound?”
“Why Chan breeding from ass?”
“Oooh Chan not rooking so good.”
“Ruh roh. “

Asian swamp eel, Monopterus albus  (Synbranchiformes: Synbranchidae )Heres a picture of an Asian Swamp Eel.

 

I’m sure that his friends didn’t mean to kill him, but I’m going to go on record here and say that if I were to ever pass out and wake up to find that something, anything has been stuck up my butt. I’m killing somebody.

Gun Control – A Tight Grip and A Steady Hand.

This is an excerpt from a story that was posted in the Armed Citizen section of the NRA’s website.

An unwitting Shelby County, Ala., homeowner unknowingly helped in the capture of four inmates who had escaped from a Georgia prison. When the citizen arrived home early one morning, he found four men attempting to rob his house. (They had apparently broken in just as he pulled up, from working the night shift).
The homeowner retrieved his gun (that he legally carries in his truck) and fired, hitting one in the face. The men fled but dropped off (pitched the son of a bitch out in the store parking lot) their injured conspirator at a nearby store so that he could get medical attention (They didn’t give a damn about his medical attention they just wanted the bloody fool out of the vehicle that they had stolen earlier).
Shortly thereafter, the three other men were apprehended in the area without incident (With the aid of other armed citizens).
The homeowner was not charged, according to the local district attorney, because, “If we as a society ever get to the point where people are not entitled to defend themselves in their own home, then the law has totally lost its perspective.”

I was around when this took place and the local store mentioned is three miles from my house and the location this took place in is about three and a quarter miles from my house. The comments in bold are mine.

An incident that occurred with me happened in Birmingham. I was helping my wife in a child custody case against her ex husband and was coming out of our lawyers office. It was about 2:30 on a Friday afternoon in the middle of June  the temperature was in the high eighties or low nineties. A man was standing on the corner just in front of my lawyer’s office and I was passing on my way to my truck.
The guy was wearing a heavy black coat, had a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and had a towel laid over his left hand. Suspicion meter kicks on.
I had about two blocks to walk to my truck (parking in Birmingham is a pain in the butt), as I walked past he asked if I knew where highway 280 was from where we were standing. I replied that it was about two blocks in the opposite direction of which he was facing.
He smiled and said, You aint from around here is you?
I said No I live in Shelby County but I come up here all the time.
He said I’ve been living in Birmingham all my life. Suspicion meter moves from moderate to reason for concern.
I said Well then you should know where highway 280 is.
He stuck out his right hand and said You got me there man.
I don’t shake hands with too many people especially with people who have their other hand covered up.
I just said have a good day and continued walking. Suspicion meter moves up to medium high.
After I had gotten about fifteen paces from him (yes I kept my eye on him to see what he was doing) another guy stepped out of the bushes and fell in with him walking up the street in the same direction I was walking.
In a couple of minutes a woman stepped out from a building and walked toward me, I passed her and noticed that she was steadily looking me over as we passed. I’m not a pretty man and am damn sure nothing for anybody to be looking at like she was looking at me. Suspicion meter pegs out. 
I notice that when she gets to the two guys she turns and falls in step with them.
When I get to where my truck is parked I take out my keys and walk to the driver side (street side) of my pickup.
The shoe wearing guy says, Hey man hold up a minute. They increase their speed from a fast walk to a trot toward my position. I failed to mention that I am a legal concealed carrier. I removed the AMT Backup II from my back pocket  so that they can see it and place it on the dash of my truck with my hand resting on the grip.
I never pointed it at them. Never had to. They saw that I was armed and turned an ran. I spoke with a Birmingham police officer later and he was more concerned about why I was carrying a firearm than he was about doing a report . Since they didn’t actually rob me (although he said that was their intent) no crime was committed. He also said that robberies like that was an everyday occurrence there.
All of this reinforced my belief that police officers especially in the larger cities don’t care unless they have to respond to something like this and that if you are willing to trust someone else with your safety (police included) then you are a fool.

So picture this scenario. You wife is across town at the supermarket. A rapist with aids is closing in on her.
She has two minutes (which is about one minute and fifty-five seconds more than she would have in reality) to make a choice of which item to use to save her life. A condom, a cell phone, pepper spray or a firearm.

Which do you think she would be better off using?
A rapist doesn’t worry much about condoms.
By the time she gets 911 on the phone it would be too late, and the rapist will have done what he started out to do before the police to finally get there.
Pepper spray? I hope it isn’t windy, and although it works to an extent on people that are not using drugs pepper spray hardly effects someone on crystal meth, if anything it makes them irate.
A firearm makes a big difference in these type of situations. In fact most of the time you don’t even have to fire it just letting someone see that you are willing to shoot them usually changes their minds even if they are cracked up or on meth.

Never give up your rights for a false sense of safety.

They Just Don’t Build Doors Like They Used To….or replacing the bathroom door.

After some really high speed tacos, I had to make a run for the bathroom.
I did not know that someone had locked the door from the inside and pulled it closed on their way out.
So here’s the scenario; You have this big ugly dude jumping up and down doing the happy crappy dance trying to get into the bathroom.
Door is still locked.
Knowing how cheaply made things are these days I decided that I would try to force the door open using my shoulder.
Door is still locked.
I try to push my knife blade into the gap between the door and the wall and hopefully wedge it open.
Door is still locked.
I tried to find a nail or clothes hanger or any piece of straight wire to push in the little hole that unlocks the door.
In a house that I have been remodeling with nails, screws, wire, and other assorted implements of doom laying around, there is nothing.
Door is still locked.
In my frustration I punch the door.
Door is still locked
Now door has a fist sized hole through it.
Fist is stuck in door.
Door is still locked.
To complicate things the tacos are working their way through me like Metamucil through a retirement home and in almost the same way.
Finally I break the door out from around my fist.
Door is still locked. But Lock is all that remains of the door.

Now in the old days you could have just walked up and put your shoulder into a door and it would budge at the latch mechanism. But these cheap doors are almost flexible until you get your fist stuck through them.
Luckily for me I was able to get inside and take care of business without having an accident in my pants.
Unluckily for everyone else in the house, there was no bathroom door to block off the odiferous emanations coming forth.

Now I am having to build a new door. I know you can buy them but what’s the point in doing that.

Here’s how it’s done in a step by step fashion.
First I gathered materials.
Since it is an inside door, it doesn’t have to be insulated.
I had some 3/4 inch Birch plywood laying around, a couple of 2X4s,  some 2-1/2″ wood screws and my saws.

Okay here are step by step instructions. (Some of these are optional)

1 Drop plywood edge first across toes. Get’s the blood flowing.

2 Quit screeching, the neighbors will call the cops.

3 Wipe eyes, go inside and measure door opening.

4 Forget what the measurements were, so re-measure and write down measurements.

5 Prepare 2x4s following simple steps listed here.

a. Since I needed a 28″ wide door, I ripped the 2x4s down to 3 inches.
a2. Re rip 2x4s due to forgetting to tighten rip fence and ending up with a 3 inch 2×4 on one end and a 3-3/4 inch 2×4 on the other end.

b. Go back and measure the height that the door needs to be. Remember to allow 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space. 1/4 of an inch will give you 1/8 of an inch on top and 1/8 of an inch on the bottom to allow for a close fit without being too tight.

c. cut 2/4s to length needed. Since I cut 45 degree angles on them I wound up with 28 inch pieces for top and bottom and 78 inch pieces for the sides.

d. Rip a notch down the length of each piece, this is for the plywood to sit inside. It makes a nice joint and it makes a door without cracks or gaps. And when you are doing your business in the bathroom the last thing you want (or in my case, when I’m in the bathroom, anyone in the house wants) is cracks or gaps.

6 Assemble the 2x4s.

7 Disassemble the 2x4s because I got ahead of myself and put a long one on one side and a short one on the other.

8 Reassemble the 2x4s correctly this time. Make sure that the notches that were cut out are all on the same side.

9 Cut the plywood down to size.
Now if you run a skilsaw like I do and can never make a straight cut here is a tip for you. Find a straight board, that is longer than you need and attach it 1 -1/2 inches from your marks. Put the blade side of the saw against the board and rip that sucker down. I usually make sure that I attach the board on the scrap side of the plywood that way I can screw it to the plywood and make sure it goes nowhere. If you have some strong clamps you can clamp the board on there.

10 Place the plywood that you just cut down to size in the 2×4 frame that you just made. Attach it with glue, screws or finishing nails. I attach the plywood with glue and then using long screws, 2-1/2″s  I screw in from the edges of the frame directly into the edges of the plywood. The reason I do this is no one looks at the edges of your door.

11 Sand. Lots of sanding. Although the Birch plywood is cabinet grade and is very smooth, I sand the crap out of it.

12 Seal. This is going to be a bathroom door and as such will be exposed to moisture, steam and vicious aromas. I put at least two coats of spar varnish on my doors. This gives them a very durable sealant and a high glossy shine.

13 Hang the door. Install hinges on the door and depending on the amount of space I allowed, usually 1/4 inch, I will cut some shims to hold the door in place while I attach the hinges to the door frame.

14 Test the door, make sure it closes flush and swings easily.

15 Install door knobs, handles or what ever you use to secure and lock the door.

16  Drink beer. You have a hard day of building a door. You need to drink a beer and relax.

 

Gun Safety Is The Best Form Of Gun Control

Last time we talked about gun safety and the need to explain to kids about guns and what they are capable of.

I found this video displaying some of the safety guidelines that we spoke of.

Check out the rest of his videos here

You can also check out The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program’s mascot, Eddie Eagle®, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules:

If you see a gun:
STOP!
Don’t Touch.
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.

Begun in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 21 million children — in all 50 states. This program was developed through the combined efforts of such qualified professionals as clinical psychologists, reading specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, and law enforcement personnel.
Read More Here

As a gun owner and a father, one thing I never want to hear is that my son accidentally shot someone or shot himself.
Something else I never want to hear is that some piece of scum that should not be walking around in society, broke into my house and raped and killed members of my family.
In this age of home invasions, car jackings, overburdened police departments and the fact that the Supreme Court ruled that it is not the police’s job to protect you (have you noticed “To Protect and To Serve” is no longer on police cars?), you have to protect yourself (which we will cover later), but no matter what form of protection you use always make sure to educate your children on it.

Gun Safety – My Version of Gun Control

Gun control has been a big political issue for at least the last thirty years.
I have never supported gun control in any shape form or fashion, because it has been proven time after time that gun control does not work.
In the nanny state that America has become, no one is responsible for their actions, they want to blame everyone else for their lack of energy, character, education or moral fiber.
Going even further than that some misguided souls have decided to blame the gun for the crime committed.
That’s like blaming the car for an auto accident, or blaming the keyboard for my misspellings.
A gun is an inanimate object, someone has to point it and pull the trigger before it does anything.
I firmly believe that law abiding citizens should be allowed to carry what ever type of firearm they want, however they want to carry it. They should also be prepared to withstand scrutiny in the event they should use it.

Do I believe that violent criminals should be prohibited from possessing a fire arm? I believe that violent criminals should be prohibited from being free.

Okay now that I have my little political rant out of the way, let’s talk about gun safety.
If you keep a loaded gun in your house (an empty gun is not going to protect you) here are some things to make sure of.

1 It is kept in your reach but out of reach of young children.
This means that small children (or children that are incapable of understanding) are not allowed access to your firearm, but you have it close at hand in the event it is needed. Remember the old saying “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”  This applies to several things and firearms are one of them.

2 All children in the house are taught about the gun.
This means demonstrate to them what it can do (shooting a 2 liter bottle filled with water works). Let them know that they are not to touch the gun without your supervision. Let them know that if they do touch the gun, without your supervision they will be punished. The biggest thing is let them know that when that trigger if pulled and that bullet leave the barrel, there is not taking it back. When you shoot something it stays shot whether you meant to shoot it or not.
Don’t hide the gun from the kids. Teach them about it. When you hide something from kids it makes them more curious about it. They are more likely to play with the gun that they find hidden than they are with the one they see everyday and know about. An example of this is both of my kids were taught from the time they were young, not to touch any of my guns without my direct supervision. They were both taught what happens when you shoot something.
Both of them know the difference between real guns and toy guns and the big thing is that both of them are not impressed with guns or excited by them like kids that have never shot.

3 Don’t point the barrel at anything or anyone that you are not intending to shoot.
That is simple enough to understand.

4  When shooting, know what is behind what you are shooting at. There has been many a deer that managed to get in between me and the farmhouse near where I was hunting, that has gotten a free pass.
It’s real simple if I don’t know what is on the other side of the deer, I’m not going to shoot at it. I don’t need the meat bad enough that I am going to risk hurting or killing someone for it. The same principle applies for target shooting as well.
Make sure of what is behind that target. A big mound of dirt works wonders, as do trees or logs. Rocks or metal should be avoided due to the possibility of ricochets.

5 Make sure you keep a firm grip on the gun. Pistol, rifle or shotgun it doesn’t matter what it is, a firm grip can be the difference between hitting your target and having a disaster.  A loose grip lets the gun jump, in the event of big bore handguns it can mean jumping and hitting you in the head, or flying out of your hand and hitting the ground, some of the cheaper made semi automatics can be dropped and possibly go off.

6 When you store your firearms, make sure they are safely put away.
I have a gun cabinet that I built it holds ten rifles or shotguns or any combination of the two, up to ten. The gun cabinet has a cable that goes through the trigger guard and locks off to the other side.
All of the guns in the cabinet are locked away with empty magazines, or chambers.
For my handguns I have a metal safe that I lock them away in. Also these guns are empty when they are put away.
The gun I carry for self defense sits on my desk right beside me. It stays loaded with the safety on (don’t trust safeties) and within reach. If anyone walks in they are assessed and the gun is either left sitting put under my desk or in my hand.

7 Know your gun. Read the owners manual, learn how to take it apart and clean it properly. If you don’t know how ask the person that you are buying it from. Most gun shops will gladly show you how to take the gun apart for cleaning and proper reassembly.

8 Use common sense. Understand you can’t bring a bullet back once it has been fired. You can’t unshoot anyone or anything. If the firearm is in bad shape (rust, pits or something in the barrel) do not shoot it.

9 Enjoy your second amendment right responsibly.

Here are some arguements about gun control.

Gun control makes people safer.  True. Gun control makes violent criminals safer and violent criminals are still people, even though the behave like animals.

Gun control will lower the homicide rate. How is that working out for Mexico?

Gun control saves lives.  That has never been proven. The sad part about this statement is that depending on where you go to get your information gun control has never been proven to save lives, according to the FBI.

Why do we need guns in a civilized society?  What makes you think we live in a civilized society? Rapes, murders, child molestation, thefts, drug dealings, political corruption, wars, riots and meanness in general pretty much insures that our society although advanced, is anything but civilized.

Gun control only effects the law abiding citizen in that it restricts their right to owning a gun, criminals on the other hand are not effected by gun control because they don’t obey the laws.
Unless a world wide ban on guns is implemented and all the guns ever made and still usable are destroyed gun control will never work. Then criminals will turn to knives, axes, or any other means to achieve their goals.

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