Keyless Chuck Is Not A Homeless Man

Keyless Chuck Is Not A Homeless Man

In today’s podcast, Adam teaches valuable lessons about drywall, roofing, and conduit vs. romex.


Show Summary

The first question of the day comes from an email, essentially asking for a Roofing 101 lesson. Adam says he gets mad when he hears about father-son projects, and talks about his experiences trying to build a house with his dad. Adam then takes a call about the best way to hang a picture, and Adam says they should teach a class on this type of thing instead of Algebra.

Another caller recently purchased a house that’s having a ton of problems. There have been a couple electrical fire scares, so they’re trying to figure out the best way to be safe without spending a fortune. Adam advises them to have their breakers labeled, and to call over an electrician who can test all the outlets.

Adam also gives advice on preventing house flooding by shutting of the water supply when you go on vacation, or at least upgrade to a metal hose. Another caller wants to know the best way to cover some of the exposed light wires on his house. As the show wraps up, Adam talks to a guy about prepping an old basement for sealing and repainting.

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Show Credits

Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Associate Producer: Logan Moy
Phones: Gary Smith
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler
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27 Responses to “Keyless Chuck Is Not A Homeless Man”

  1. Darrin Creger
    2011/05/20 at 10:19 pm #

    did adam type the show sumary? with all the spelling errors? lol

    • Ford Prefect
      2011/05/27 at 7:19 pm #

      Sumary? Although it is getting warmer.

    • Ford Prefect
      2011/05/27 at 8:35 pm #

      This is one too many; I post too much, but I agree with Adam.

      How can a man not celebrate manhood with his son? Think about it: how much fun and satisfying would that be? Also, how degenerate would it be for you *not* to recognize that? I think it would it so much fun you could die happy, the very definition of euphoria. Argue with me. Of course not. I wouldn’t read your argument anyway.

      “Die Happy” should be a bumper sticker, and it would probably be the only bumper sticker that sticks. Glue is not new, and neither is blood.

      • Ford Prefect
        2011/05/27 at 8:38 pm #

        Damn, typos there. Instead of “it would it”, “it would be”.

  2. Sluggh
    2011/05/21 at 2:01 am #

    Get it the fuck on.

  3. Richard
    2011/05/21 at 6:22 am #

    Drywalls (plural?). Adam gets “made”… What the fuck? That’s not even junior college level writing.

  4. spamy
    2011/05/21 at 8:55 am #

    Can we get this show on 5 days a week? ..Now that would be getting it on!

    • Ford Prefect
      2011/05/27 at 8:56 pm #

      Yeah, 5/7. You’re a prime retard.

  5. WesKanaloa
    2011/05/21 at 11:48 am #

    I didn’t know the water should be shut off on the washing machine when not in use, it makes sense now that Ace brought it up, why else would there usually be a shut-off valve right above the washer?

    • Louis
      2011/05/23 at 8:34 am #

      Depending on what kind of water shutoff valve you have, if its a knob type shutoff for hot and cold, I would highly recommend against turning those on and off every time you use the washer, especially if they’re old and you rarely turn them on and off. They have a tendency to leak at the shaft because the o-rings dry out in them and then when you crank it on and off for the first time in years, you’ll see now you have a serious problem of the valve leaking externally. It might not happen the first ten times you use it, but eventually it will. Unless you have a washing machine shut off using a ball valve like a watts water technologies, or some type of ball valve with 90 degree shut off, I’d update the shut-off system your washer uses before making a habit of turning the pressure on the lines on and off after each use. Ball valves in general are made for the reliability of being turned on and off for many years without leaking.

  6. Chris from Lakeland, FL
    2011/05/21 at 1:52 pm #

    Dave From Cleveland:

    I don’t think Adam unnderstands how light a mounted fish is, after it comes back from the taxidermist; maybe he thinks it’s something like the weight of the fish that got smacked with the bat, which would be 40 or 50 pounds. It’s not; it probably weighs less than 10 pounds, if that, once all the innards and meat are taken out. All you get back from a taxidermist is the skin (thus the “derm” part), over a lightweight foam (probably) mold he has in the shop.

    You shouldn’t need a lag bolt, just a decent wood screw (maybe 2 1/2 inch; #12 I believe would get you around the 3/16 inch diameter of the threads that would be plenty good). Put it in at a slight down angle, as he said. Don’t bother with the stud finder, just use your finger. I think Adam is picturing a wire that the fish is hanging down from, so missed holes would be visible. You have a wire going from the fish’ tail to head, don’t you? If you miss the stud by a little, you can move over a half inch left or right and try again, without the misses being visible, right?

  7. Chris from Lakeland, FL
    2011/05/21 at 2:54 pm #

    @ Mike from RI:

    I would go with the cleats and drywall, but, that doesn’t mean a basement can’t be pressure washed. You just set up a wet-or-dry shop vac at a low end and get an extra hose to attach to the exhaust hole, then vent the exhaust outside. You can get a ‘Floor Squeezee” to gently push water off the floor, towards the shop vac intake hose. Read the instructions! Take the filter off the shop vac. put up a piece of mesh in front of the intake hose to capture the solid material, that you regularly clean out, as the shop vac is being used as a pump, not a vacuum cleaner.

    The best part about the cleats and drywall approach is that you can run electric and communications cabling behind it (they make shallow boxes for the outlets), so you may kill two birds with one stone.

  8. Hack on the House
    2011/05/22 at 11:00 am #


    • Sluggh
      2011/05/22 at 11:01 pm #

      Then your plants die, particularly if you have a drip system on a timer or have a neighbor come by and spray things with a hose.

    • Louis
      2011/05/23 at 8:16 am #

      The problem I would see turning the water main off is what all needs a water supply while you’re not watching the house. The water heater uses water regardless if you’re running it or not. What works for one person might not work for another. Depending on how old your water heater is, if it doesn’t have a standalone safety shutoff, you could burn up your water heater up.

      • Mark
        2011/06/04 at 6:10 pm #

        Louis, nothing in the house needs water while you are gone for several days or longer. Turn off the water at the main cut-off and turn off the hot water electricity at the breaker box. Why waste electricity heating water while you are gone???

  9. Stacey E
    2011/05/23 at 11:32 am #

    Was Matt having himself a dose of “grandpa’s cough medicine” when he wrote the summary? “Adam gets made…” and “comes from a written in letter”. Holy cow. Thank God Adam’s finally talking about romex, though.

  10. Will
    2011/05/23 at 7:45 pm #

    That first picture is not of three-tab asphalt roofing. Those are (or at least looks like) tile shingles. Here are some examples of three-tab:

  11. Matt
    2011/05/24 at 6:28 pm #

    Hey ACE- I am having an electrician hook up 240 from our breaker box to a hot tub in the back of the house. Do I need a permit for this? I know legally the answer is “yes”. I know it’s a touchy subject for you (permits and “the man”), but just looking for your opinion. What are the consequences if I don’t get one? The electrician was referred from a trusted friend and he said he would pull a permit if I wanted, but it is really a waste of money. He said he takes his work seriously and goes above and beyond the minimum they will inspect for.

  12. Jeff Rasmusssen
    2011/05/25 at 6:33 pm #

    How do you make a glory-hole-arolla?

  13. Ford Prefect
    2011/05/27 at 7:33 pm #

    About gas odor, I think we’re having a Whiskey Rebellion here in New England. It doesn’t smell any more; it used to, but it doesn’t now. I cooked a steak on the BBQ and beans on the stove top. The stove, it stunk right away. The BBQ, no odor what-so-ever, and there was no wind to speak of.

    No one heats their house with propane anymore, unless they’re some self-reliant iconoclast living alone in a New Hampshire mobile fortress, in which case they wouldn’t blow their house up, and even if they did, they wouldn’t sue because it’s a contradiction of principles.

  14. Ford Prefect
    2011/05/27 at 7:42 pm #

    “Roller skate and key,” I can’t remember where that’s from.

    Every once in a while I listen to Country Radio, because it’s good for the soul.

    “You’ll be the Honey Suckle, I’ll be bee.”

    That’s the quintescence of a good Country song: almost rude, and almost poetry. It’s very similar to Comedy.

    • Ford Prefect
      2011/05/27 at 7:45 pm #

      (“I’ll be the bee”)

  15. Hugh Gasol
    2011/05/28 at 11:38 am #

    Country music sucks, Melanie was a folk and pop singer-songwriter.

  16. Mark
    2011/06/04 at 6:14 pm #

    Adam, you were trying to help the caller with the angles of the window opening, but didn’t mention a T-Bevel tool. That would measure the angles on each corner to see how true the opening is.

    Love the show!

  17. Todd
    2011/06/08 at 7:43 pm #

    three sided conduit = Plug Mold

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