Simple, Yet Diabolical

Simple, Yet Diabolical

Adam reflects on his days hanging in Valley Village, and gives advice on lead paint removal, painting houses, and purchasing the right type of saw.


Show Summary

At the top of the show, Adam discusses his realization that we are the most p-whipped nation in the world, and yet we have the most powerful military. He then has Katie read a couple mailed in questions, and gives advice on purchasing the right saw and ways to safely remove lead paint.

Jumping to the ‘sausage fest’ on the phone lines, Adam talks to a guy with loose floorboards at the bottom of his stairway. Adam then goes on a tangent about going to the post office and posting Wanted posters, and talks to another caller about plumbing that makes a noise whenever the hot water comes on. He also chats with a guy calling from Valley Village, and the guys reflect on a couple places Adam used to go to back in the day.

Finally a female comes on the line, and talks to Adam about her husband’s plans to build a house. She tells Adam that her husband is a cabinet maker, and it reminds Adam of his crappy job working at a cabinet shop. Adam also talks about his after-show experience of signing books and taking pictures with everyone, and wraps the show giving advice to a martial arts teacher on how to paint the outside of his house.

Show Credits

Executive Producer: Donny Misraje
Associate Producer: Katie Levine
Technical Director: Logan Moy
Show Summary: Matt Fondiler
Web Engineering: Melanie de Jonge

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16 Responses to “Simple, Yet Diabolical”

  1. spamy
    2011/05/07 at 7:05 am #

    LOVE the AOTH podcasts! just wish they were longer..or daily. Keep ’em coming Ace

  2. Jim
    2011/05/07 at 11:36 am #

    Love you Ace but as a GC I have to disagree on your hate of Dewalt. Their chopsaws have a great table slide that doesn’t get full of sawdust or metal shavings like some of the others do so it always slides back and forth like it should. Their table saws are tough and have a huge red shut off switch so when you finish a cut and have your hands full, you just kick the switch. ( Not all of us have an assistant to do it for us). Dewalt cordless drills have the most windings on the motors which makes them run cooler and let’s you run them for longer periods of time. You are right to say that the average fag who’s only going to use the tool once should save the money and get a Crap and Decker. Thanks for another great show.

  3. Marshall
    2011/05/07 at 7:04 pm #

    for the guy with the condensation problem, if the air in the bathroom isnt getting replaced then the fan is just spinning its wheels so to speak. to test this theory out next shower leave the bathroom door open and run the fan and see if the problem goes away. if it does he can let more air in by installing a louvered vent in the bathroom door or simply cut a little off the bottom of it. should have about a one inch gap to the floor in all interior doors to allow for proper ventilation. hope this helps.

    • Brian
      2011/05/19 at 9:29 am #

      I had a similar problem once-I wrpaped the ventilation line from the fan to the outside with some ducting insulation and the condensation stopped. Just a suggestion…good luck

  4. Hack on the House
    2011/05/07 at 11:34 pm #

    Aceman: you think black and Decker is bad. I’m the proud owner of a cordless set made by Coleman!!! Heck, they can’t even make a decent grill.

  5. Chris from Lakeland, FL
    2011/05/08 at 10:25 am #

    I’m with Marshall, on the bathroom condensation issue. Especially given that this is the downstairs bathroom; hot air rises, cold air falls. His hot, steamy water/water vapor is encountering colder, denser air downstairs, causing more of the water vapor to condense back to water, before being expelled as a vapor, by the fan.

    He needs to provide more “make-up air” (air coming in), for that fan to use to push out the steam, before it condenses. Otherwise, he’s just pushing out the air that remains after the steam (water vapor), has already condensed. Cut a hole in the door and install a good-sized (1 X 1 1/2 foot) louvered vent, or trim off the door bottom an inch and that should do the trick.

  6. mnoswad1
    2011/05/08 at 3:54 pm #

    DeWalt in some regard is glorified black & decker. However B&D had an industrial version of their tools that they eventually renamed Dewalt. Dewalt as a brand name is actually much older.

    I prefer DeWalt because they have always maintained their battery compatibility throughout the product lineup. I can take a new 18 volt battery and put it into a tool from 15 years ago and it fits and works. All the other manufacturers have struggled over the last few years to finally standardize their battery systems yet Dewalt had this sorted out years ago.

    DeWalt also has the best ergonomics in my opinion, the grips on the cordless drill are not too big and easy to get a good grip on. That was a major determining factor when I was deciding what system to go with.

    Btw, those nails in your picture are not finish nails, and plumbers tape would be commonly known as teflon tape, you mean metal pipe strap, however I prefer the plastic version.

    Anyway……thanks for the show, getting some stuff from Amazon this week!

    • zapoli
      2011/05/10 at 2:01 pm #

      The metal strapping is definitely called “plumber’s tape.” The teflon stuff is usually called some version of “thread tape,” even if it also sometimes gets called plumber’s tape (by non-plumbers). For sure, you could not find a package of the teflon stuff with “plumber’s tape” printed on the label.

      And yeah, those are pretty much the opposite of finish nails.

    • Justin C
      2011/08/02 at 12:03 pm #

      Plastic plumbers tape is complete shit!! The next time I see an actual plumber buying that shit in the store I am gonna hit him in the head with the claw end of a 25oz. framing hammer!! That stuff is complete dog shit, metal all the way!

  7. Fanny
    2011/05/08 at 10:58 pm #

    It seems that growing up with nothing made you very resourceful. I feel it’s this quality that has enabled most of your success. It may also have something to do with your unique view of life and everything in it. I guess that if you would have grown up rich you may not be as interesting as you are.


  8. Chicityguy
    2011/05/09 at 12:48 pm #

    As a Milwaukee guy for over 2 decades now, I stand by them for most power tools, including a sliding compound miter saw. I will say that back in the 50’s through the mid 60’s, black & decker used to build tools that were as good as Milwaukee that last nearly forever. I have a 1/2″ black & decker right angle drill that is 50+ years old and still on the same armature with only the brushes being replaced. I’d like to think it will last another 20 years. Today’s black & decker tools, however, you couldn’t offer to me free. I can’t think of a good tool they’ve built in the last 25+ years.

  9. Marshall
    2011/05/09 at 3:51 pm #

    If you intend to use your miter saw for framing a Dewalt is a good choice because it has lots of power; however, if you intend to use it for trim work a well made underpowered saw is the way to go because they tend to run much more smoothly. I find Hitachi makes the best compound sliding miter saw for trim work. Of course carpenters and tool makes are like NASCAR fans and car makes. I wonder if thats why so many tool makers sponsor cars. By the way, cordless tools and circular saws, Mikita. Heavy duty corded tools, Milwaukee.

  10. Aldo Kleckner
    2011/12/21 at 2:10 am #

    But is it snivel gear, or primarily meant to replace the Load Bearing Equipment as an outer shell, too? I read a lot of posters not seeing it any differently than a Gen 1 ECWCs. David Stirling would set them straight.

    2012/01/06 at 1:27 pm #

    Prospecting is better if marketing groups have accurate prospect information.

  12. Pinkie Delmoro
    2012/02/13 at 7:00 pm #

    Love that knobby handle, and I totally dig the rustic look! We did something similar (and far less complicated easy way out!) with an old apple crate:

  13. Angelia Behl
    2012/05/24 at 9:18 am #

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