[200q20v] DIY Alignment, tools and procedures

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Wed Jun 6 17:24:30 EDT 2001

If a carpenter's framing square is off just a bit, you can file the outside 
edge angle square.  You just can't use the inside of one leg and the 
outside of the other accurately any more.  It's also possible to clamp one 
arm to a flat surface and gently boink the other with a rubber mallet to 
make some adjustment.

At 03:24 PM 06/06/2001 -0400, Phil Rose wrote:

>At 9:27 AM -0400 6/6/01, Kneale Brownson wrote:
>>You probably also want to calibrate your carpenter square, Bernie. One 
>>way is to use the edge of your bench and mark a line on the top for the 
>>arm that goes across the bench, then flip the square to see if the same 
>>arm lines up exactly with the mark.  Carpenter squares are famous for 
>>going out of square because they get dropped/bumped a bunch, so you 
>>usually can get them back into square with mild bumping.  Otherwise, go 
>>get another.  They're usually even cheaper than levels.
>>At 10:54 PM 06/05/2001 -0800, Bernie Benz wrote:
>I believe Bernie's using a steel "framing square", not a "Try-square" so 
>that "bumping" adjustment won't work, although the test is still valid. I 
>do recall that some adroit dimpling with a  hammer and prick-punch (at the 
>inner or outer corner, depending on the error) will help true up a steel 
>framing square.
>Phil Rose
>Rochester, NY
>mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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