Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Return of the Tool Tips

Posted by PicasaSo I am trying the "Blog This" button in Picassa, not, I am convinced, to good effect. It is always hard to figure out how stuff is going to show up in Blogger, but the rewards of having everything taken care of seem worth the penalty in layout freedom. The photo to the left (I hope) is of my knee, modeling the tip of his post. I have been through loads of knee pads in my time (peanut gallery, you may, and have hated them all after a while. If they are not cutting off your circulation, they are falling off. I recently rolled my eyes and bought these "Better than anything you've tried!" numbers, and can say that yes, they are actually better than anything I've tried in the past.

They have a wide neoprene strap on the bottom and only the bottom. This allows a lot more knee movement without the tourniquet effect. Ridges along the sides on the inside keep things from falling in and keep the pads from flopping around. The face of the pad is tough, but not rigid, which is good for situations where you might kneel on a screw and want it to depress into the pad a bit rather than scratch an expensive but soft bamboo floor (don't get me started....).
I still keep an older pair of kneepads with a hard, solid face for special demolition occasions where I might kneel on a screw or nail or pungie stick that would pierce this pair, but I'm a convert. You can find them here.

We've been working at a big advertising agency, building a photo retouching room. One of these jobs where we build a big glass wall and then install really expensive automated blackout shutters so no light comes through the...uh...big glass wall? Mine is not to question why...
Here is Michael clearly sleeping on the job when he is supposed to be trimming the post which will form part of the wall. We had to fabricate it in two parts to get it in the elevator.

And here is a section view of the trimmed post. It's made out of Multi-ply, which is plywood without any voids. Much heavier and more expensive, but consistently strong. Also, because it has no voids, every cut edge has a nice, solid, striped look, which allows you to just sand it, clear coat it and leave it. The cut edges of regular plywood look awful and require edge banding. I think this always looks better.


  1. Help me out here. What are voids?

  2. JRH, a void is a place where something is not there. That's not a good sentence, but it's accurate.

    That multi-ply looks sharp--worth the money in my opinion, of course it's not my money.

  3. *snorting at piles of worn-out kneepads*

    I'm not sayin' anything.

    - The Peanut Gallery

  4. Charles, I know what the word 'void' means, but I thought plywood was made up of small bits of wood, and therefore solid. yes? no? no voids, right?