Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Amidst of 1000 acers of crawfish ponds under a 500 year old Oak grove. SW La
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
Being a one man show, most jobs I take can be done without help. I can figure out ways to make my work a little easier. For example when I build fence I made some two legged sawhorses I lean up against the post to hold the lowest 2x4 runners. Then I cut spacer blocks to set on top of the lower 2x4 to hold up the middle 2x4 and again for the top board. Just some little thing I have come up with to do the job by my self.
Well today's job was to remover 36ft of rotten barge rafter and replace with new wood. Well holding up a treated 2x6x8s over my head, and in place, will I nail them with a hammer was going to be a challenge. So giving it a few minutes to think about what I was going to do and, I came up with this. I carry 3 Wonder Bars in my tool box. I took the oldest one out and drilled a hole dead in the middle, just big enough for a deck screw to go though. And with one screw I mounted it under the rafter as shown in the picture. Then I slipped the new 2x6 barge rafter under the eve strip and rolled it in and on top of the end of the Wonder. Bar. That was enough to hold the new barge rafter in place so I could nail it. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't fance, but it worked. And when you work alone, that's all I needed was something that worked. Now before you asked why I used 8ft boards, because The home owner bought it and hired me to put it up.
Collector of Old Tools
Fixer of all things broke
Expert = Drip under pressure