Monthly Archives: May 2010

Apparently there is a worldwide shortage of long arm, long throat, long reach paper hole punch gizmos for the paper crafts industry.

So the research department here at the International Handyman Headquarters developed a couple of prototypes in the shop just to see what it would take to make a workable device.

After some fits and starts and a little by-guess and by-golly I came up with two models made from wood scraps and commonly available hardware store parts.

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For those of you unfamiliar with this technology the hydrogen interacts with a catalyst and produces electricity to run electric motors which move the car.

Not exactly the same as an engine that runs on hydrogen in lieu of gasoline or diesel.

It has been around in one form or other since NASA developed it for the space program back in the 1960’s.

If the technology to run fuel cells with propane or natural gas matures, a central electric power grid will become obsolete and quiet, decentralized electricity will be available from a box attached to a gas supply in your backyard.


06/07/12 Well, I’ll be darned! It works now! You can magnify right up to individual words! Be sure your computer has the correct image capability–this is a HUGE file!

For those of you unfamiliar with this story, the North Carolina Bill Of Rights was AWOL for over a century in private hands, the victim of kidnapping by an errant Yankee Soldier from General Sherman’s Army.

It is now down at the Archives and History Museum and periodically available for public view.

The hard working and helpful archivists will send you a terrific email picture if you ask.

If you click on the thumbnail you will see a 5.8 meg jpeg image. Do not try this from dialup or a slow internet connection.



Can you believe it? Just four of these are enough to support a 200+ lb man loaded with suitcases or Christmas ornaments in complete comfort. And these four are 50 years old!

“You must have a million photographs of projects, have you taken pictures of everything you have ever done?” was the question posed to me recently.

Sadly, my answer was: “NO!”

To my regret many good projects have wandered out into the world with minimal documentation.

A reminder of this fact came to me when I returned once again to my favorite bungalow cottage neighborhood, as I have many times in the past 20 + years, and encountered a fine project from five years earlier that completely escaped my files with nary a single picture.

The client had one of those grand one piece attic stairs, solid as rock, with elegantly simple 19th century style ironwork brackets.

My commission was to build a replica wooden stair to replace the 50 year old original which was clearly ready for a well deserved retirement.

After five years of service, I am pleased to report my replica stairway was in pristine condition and works as well as the original had for about fifty years.

It is mystery to me why no photographs of this project were not archived, but I grabbed some snapshots while I completed my current assignment.