It’s trivia time! We’ve covered some of these questions in previous columns… others we just dug up. Take your best shot and see how well you did when we give the answers next time.
1. When you mix up concrete, you use gravel, sand, water and an amazing ingredient that holds it all together… portland cement. Where did portland get it’s name?
a) Samuel Portland, the inventor of cement
b) A unique Oregon slate.
c) Portland stone, a popular 19th century building material
d) The concrete used in ancient shipyard piers.
2. There are a number of ways to eliminate tearaway when you’re cutting with a circular saw. Which of these methods WON’T do the trick?
a) Score the cutline with a sharp knife
b) Cut good side up
c) Put masking tape along the cutline
d) Use a shootboard
3. You’re painting your house and you want to complement blue. What color do you use?
4. Pascal’s Law can be a great help on a construction project. What did it help develop?
a) The 3/4/5 triangle which gives you a right angle
b) Measure twice, cut once.
c) The transit.
d) The water level
5. The tendency of the spring-loaded “Yankee Screwdriver” to cause injury to the user is said to have inspired:
a) The Robertson or square-head screw
b) The Phillips screw
c) The Allen key
d) A number of unprintable expletives.
Answers next time.