Difference Between a Carpenter's Pencil & a Regular Pencil

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A carpenter's pencil and a regular pencil have many differences, including thickness and even intention. Find out about the difference between a carpenter's pencil and a regular pencil with help from an experienced home repair professional in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Steve Clark of RFC of San Francisco. Today, we're going to speak about the difference between a carpenter's pencil and a regular pencil. A carpenter's pencil is thicker, and has a thicker lead and is also stronger. It won't break like a regular pencil. The other great thing about a carpenter's pencil is it has a flat edge so when you put it on a flat level it won't roll away from you like a regular pencil. Now I still use a regular pencil on my carpentry work for fine carpentry like molding. I'll also use a mechanical pencil if I need to make a fine point where I need to get to 1/16th of an inch. I have three tips on great utilization of your carpenter's pencil. The first is buy your lumber at a lumber yard. You'll get free carpenter's pencils when you do so. The second is I love to utilize this chain that returns my carpenter's pencil to me once I utilize it. I'm never looking for it on the job site. And the third is I have attached a sharpener to my utility bag with a piece of string. Whenever I need to sharpen my pencil, I don't need to look for a knife or whittle away. I just simply go to my bag, pull out my sharpener and I get a nice sharp edge. I just spoke about the difference between a carpenter's pencil and a regular pencil. I'm Steve Clark of RFC of San Francisco, a licensed general contractor and a licensed plumber. Thanks for watching.

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