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Here are a few items that you might find handy from time to time.  They include actual masonry tools, homemade devices and whatever the members have found or come up with to help make their lives a little easier and their crafting more productive and/or fun.  Like everything else here, this will remain "a work in progress" that any and all may contribute to, so please..share what works for you!


Rebar Hicky
This is a manual rebar bending tool.  A great addition to any shop where best replica watches built up concrete or Hypertufa work is taking place.  Use it on bar up to a half-inch or even 5/8ths if you can supply enough grunt.  The triangle shaped head has 3 heavy posts for grabbing and bending on one side...on the other is a single post that can be inserted into a hole on a worktop to steady it & provide extra leverage.  Can usually be found in the Masonry Dapartment of most Big Box home improvement stores for around twenty bucks.
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Wire Twisters
Used in conjunction with either soft iron wire or pre-fabbed "wire-ties" to fasten rebar together as well as for attaching lath & other support material.  Also found in most Big Box Masonry Departments.  The handle rotates so you can twist wire much quicker than with a pair of standard pliers or Vise-Grips.
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Drill Mounted Mixing Blade or "Mud Paddle"
For smaller batches of lighter & wetter mixes, a vacheron constantin replica watches heavy duty, 1/2 inch drill with a "mud-mixer" blade can often get the job done.  This attachment is really made for use with sheetrock "mud", so don't expect it to shine when applied to heavy or dry concrete formulations.  Once again, check your local Big Box store, this time whereever the sheetrock supplies might be.
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Dust Guard for a Small Mixer
If you own a small mixer, you are probably familiar with the clouds of dust it spits out.  Especially while "dry mixing".  A piece of "Coroplast" ( corrugated plastic) cut to fit and attached with a few mini-clamps will let you breathe a lot easier.
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Hot Wire Styrofoam Cutter Plans
Below is a quick sketch of a Hot Wire Styrofaom Cutter I made & used years ago.  The size can be adapted from a small table-top unit to one that will handle very large blocks of foam.  Because it cuts by melting, there are no "crumbs" or dust to contend with.  However, be aware that melting Styrofoam produces styrene gas and work only in a well ventilated area.  Preferably with a small fan moving the fumes away.

The train transformer will heat the wire with a very low current that can be adjusted just as you would adjust the speed of the model train.  When the wire is pulled taut, this rig will make very clean & accurate cuts in nearly all types of rigid foam.  Very handy for creating molds, forms and lightweight armatures.
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