March 27, 2012

Back in Action

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While the renovation is by no means done, Tool Snob HQ is back in operational conditions. There is no casing, certainly no paint, no baseboard, no floor in one room, no sink in the half bath, no tile in the master bath, and hardly any doors at all (including the bathrooms). But there is plumbing, electric, two toilets, a nice looking kitchen, and a heating system. Enough for us to move back in and get things going again.

So we're officially coming out of our long exile (pictured). We'll be posting more regularly and reviewing the mounds and mounds of tools that we've backlogged here (if you're a PR person who has sent us something in the past six months, please feel free to drop a line to badger/remind us). There are all kinds of good things coming...

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February 17, 2012

Now That's a Beam....

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So yeah, we had a little structural work to do at our place, and when I say, "little structural work" what I really mean is, "we rebuilt 80% of the house from the inside out."

Here's a shot of the new beam that spans the kitchen ceiling. It picks up half of the roof ridge one floor above it. I'd say it's never going to budge. I'd even go as far as to say, you could park a truck on my roof with no problems. The 16' beam consists of two 7"LVLs, two 7" SPF, one 7" chestnut, and just to make sure it's still standing after nuclear Armageddon, a 3/4" steel plate. The whole thing is bolted through with two 10-1/2" bolts every foot, top and bottom. Substantial.

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February 16, 2012

Lamello Invis MX

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So while we were floating around the web researching an upcoming post, we stumbled across this interesting little item. It's a joining system by Lamello called the Invis. Lamello is known for two things; 1) inventing the biscuit joining system and 2) manufacturing the most badass biscuit joiners on the planet. It's a Sweedish company and they have their niche (high end joining) and they're sticking to it.

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February 9, 2012

Festool Planex LHS 225 Long Reach Drywall Sander

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We felt we had to emerge from our renovation coma to spread the word on this one. Festool's new (new to the US, at least) drywall sander. Even though it kinda looks like it was designed by H.R. Giger, we have the feeling that it might be pound for pound the most time/agony saving tool ever invented. We've never even touched the thing, but we've sanded enough joint compound in our time to know what a tedious, dusty, pain in the arse it is. Combine that horror-show with Festool's core belief in the eradication of jobsite dust and their freakishly high quality standards and you're talking Planex.

There's a lot to say about this tool. But first off, one of the accessories is a body harness. How wild is that?

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January 19, 2012

The Renovation Continues....

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The renovation marches on and has gobbled up about 120% of my free time. I've got a whole lot more in the way of thoughts on the general aspects of the project, but I'll save that for later.

Here's a shot of the nightly tool storage area. Through the project, I've discovered a number of MVP tools that I'm going to cover in more detail in the coming days. These are tools that I've been using that have really helped things along. You can pretty much see them all here: the Milwaukee M12 Jacket, the DeWalt worm drive, the Bosch Impact Driver, the Makita 15 amp Recip Saw and the Hardcore Hammer. There are others, but those are the ones at the top of the mind (probably because I used them all last night).

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December 12, 2011

Win $1000 For Tools and Loot

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Amazon, the place where we buy about 50% of our tools, is giving away a $1000 gift card that can be used on anything in their ginormous store. Info is at their facebook page here.

Or you can just browse their tools and hardware here.

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December 9, 2011

Ridgid JobMax Jigsaw Head

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We were at Home Depot the other day and got a glimpse of where Ridgid is heading with their new JobMax system (our review here). If you're unfamiliar with it, it's a powered handle with a PTO at the end of it, and a series of interchangeable heads. Thus far, the heads have stuck with the standard fare, mostly fastening tools like impact drivers and right angle drills, but now they've branched off into cutting tools with a cool looking jigsaw head.

We checked out the tool a little (but not too much, due to the annoying lasso that Home Depot uses to ensure no one steals their display tools) and it seems like a neat item. The fact that there is now a corded JobMax makes us more comfortable with this kind of thing. It's our experience that cutting tools and 12-volt cordless systems don't pair up too well.

In the late summer we met with one of our pals from Ridgid and they let us know that we should expect a lot out of the JobMax system in the coming year and beyond. Sounds like there is an over abundance of accessories heading down the pike.

It's a cool tool (we closely examined it's capabilities at Popular Mechanics) and it's looking like Ridgid wants to go to the "only tool you'll ever need" realm.

Should be available at Home Depot online, but we can't find it. HD's website ain't the greatest.

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December 7, 2011

My Kitchen

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Um...there's not supposed to be a cathedral ceiling....

The title of the post is a bit misleading. This is actually my kitchen and my master bedroom...and the giant void where there used to be the floor that separated them.

If you have an old house and you're thinking about gutting it, this is what happens, regardless of your plan. Trust me. There will come a point, early on, when you realize that your house is held together by memory and unicorn dust and then you'll need a structural engineer and a thousand dollars in LVLs. Trust me.

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November 23, 2011

A Couple Black Friday Tool Deals 2011

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Here are some deals that have come across the desk as well as the names of some trusted retailers....

Rockwell
Rockwell BladeRunner, $159.00, plus free shipping
Rockwell VersaCut Saw, $119.00, plus free shipping
Rockwell JawHorse & Plywood Jaw, $169.00, plus free shipping
Rockwell JawHorse & Work Table, $169.00, plus free shipping

These special exclusive online offers will be available here on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 and Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.

Powermatic
There's a bonanza in store for woodworkers who take advantage of POWERMATIC's Golden Black Friday sales event from November 25-29. Save up to an extra 15 percent off selected products and all accessoriesto keep your workshop running at peak performance. Click the this link to view POWERMATIC woodworking products included in the five-day sale.

Jet
From November 25-29, you'll save up to 28 percent off selected JET woodworking machinery and 15 percent off all JET accessories and mobile bases. Over the course of the code-red sale, JET will highlight its major product categories with tools to keep your workshop humming at peak performance. Click here to see products on sale now.

Also, while you're on the website, enter JET's Workshop Sweepstakes. New prizes are given away each month and winners qualify to win the grand prize valued at $3,400.

WORX
Lawn and garden enthusiasts can dodge Black Friday shoppers by simply
logging onto the net and clicking here for once-a-year deals on some of your favorite WORX yard tools, including:
WORX TriVac Blower & free Leaf Collection System, $89.00, plus freeshipping
WORX GT Trimmer & free Blower Sweeper, $119.00
WORX JawSaw & free sharpening for life, $119.00
WORX SnowThrower, $219.00
This exclusive online offer will be available on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 and Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2011.

As far as retailers that we'd recommend, we'd have to stick with the old faithfuls...

Ohio Power Tool
(a sponsor of this site)
Tool Nut (crazy Jets fans from NY)
Amazon (Juggernaut)

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November 15, 2011

Festool Sweepstakes...(aka Insane Prize Posse)

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We're starting to wonder if someone is drugging the coffee at Festool HQ. They just announced another unreal prize for their monthly sweepstakes. This time around, you can win a track saw, a guide rail, and a CT 26 as well as a few other accessories. It's crazy. We're talking a prize package of over $1600. Oh snap!

Get more information and enter to win here.

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