December 9, 2011
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
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
Here are some deals that have come across the desk as well as the names of some trusted retailers....
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.
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.
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.
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)
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November 15, 2011
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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November 11, 2011
This is from the folks at John Deere and it's about mower maintenance. If you're like us and have an "on-again-off-again" relationship with small engines, below are a few tips worth following to keep the frustrating machines in working order.
Our feelings on these engines is summed up by something we overheard FOTS (father of Tool Snob) say a few weekends ago regarding his string trimmer: "I don't care if it trims grass, I just want it to start."
5 Tips for Mower Maintenance this Fall
We are well into fall and the dog days of summer are behind us, but before you abandon your lawn care duties, remember that your mower can be used year round for Mother Nature cleanup duty. Most riding lawn mowers, like the John Deere X310, or zero-turn-radius mowers, like the Z665 Ztrak™, come with a variety of attachments that can change with the seasons. When using your mower to mulch leaves this fall, be sure to provide proper and frequent maintenance checks for optimum performance.
Look for leaves. Fall leaves, though beautiful, present a particular challenge for mowers. Double check your air filters for stoppage. If filters are blocked, they will suck unfiltered air from elsewhere and damage the motor.
Stay sharp. The added strain of leaf mulching may dull the mower blade more quickly. You can use 20 percent more fuel with a dull blade, so either sharpen up or have a spare blade on hand.
For those who prefer to let their mowers hibernate for the winter months, there are a few important things to check before putting your machine in storage. Don't wait till spring to clean up your machines. A little work now will save you time and money when it comes to rolling your mower back out of the garage next year.
Hit the deck. Clipping and debris buildup under the deck can cut airflow and reduce effectiveness. A dirty deck can also cause rust and corrosion during winter storage. Turn the mower on its side and clean the undercarriage with a hose.
Fuel Fix. Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank to prevent separation that can lead to corrosion. After adding the stabilizer, run the engine for five minutes.
Give it a once over. Tighten all nuts and bolts; check belts filters, safety shields and guards. Replace any damaged or missing parts, including spark plugs. Check tire tread and pressure. Make sure your mower will be ready to hit the ground running next spring.
Spending a little bit of time maintaining your mower throughout the fall and possibly prepping it for winter storage will save you a lot of hassle in the spring. As temperatures drop, don't drop the ball on important lawn care duties.
Read More in: How-To | Lawn/Garden
November 9, 2011
As of Oct 1st, all CTs (vacs) shipping from Festool are labeled as "Full Unit Certified HEPA." This is pretty cool and a result of the obnoxious new RRP regulations that have come to be. If you haven't heard, if you even look at a house with lead paint on it, you need to be wearing a Tyvek suit and a full respirator. You also need to wrap everything in plastic (duct taping the plastic to the floor), and you can only use a HEPA vac. You also need to take a class which includes forking over $300 to the government. But that's only if you're a contractor. If you're a homeowner doing the work, you can go shirtless, use an angle grinder to do your sanding, and pressure wash the lead paint into the nearby wetlands. Makes total sense.
But we digress...with these new regulations, tool companies have had to make a quick adjustment. Festool has had a leg up with this transition because their vacs are top of the line in the first place. The way the law reads is that you can't simply drop a HEPA filter into a ShopVac, but rather you need a fully-compliant vac (it has to do with the seal within the vac).
So, as we started, as of Oct 1st, All Festool vacs will ship with Full Unit Certification. They are also taking care of all customers who purchased a CT 26/36 since their launch back in 2010, by providing an updated HEPA filter, hard copy certificate, and labeling for their dust extractor, all at no charge. All you have to do is register on the website and they'll send out the goods.
Festool CTs at Festool Products and Amazon
Read More in: Safety | Vacuums
November 8, 2011
I uncovered this corner of the foundation after taking off the "sun room."
I totally can't see it as being a problem. No way.
Read More in: Our House
November 7, 2011
So you're probably all familiar with the Little Giant Ladder. If not, it's a freaky sort of extension ladder that can transform itself through a lengthening or shortening of the legs into one of about fifty different configurations. They're very handy. They're also pretty heavy, but overall, great to have on site.
So last year, Little Giant brought the technology into the step ladder format and called it the Select Step. We thought this was a little strange and redundant, seeing as the standard Little Giant already can convert into something of a step ladder. We got in touch with the company and they sent us one to review. We've had this thing for a while now and honestly, it spent much of that time leaning against the wall in the garage. We never really dug into it until a few months ago when we brought it to the site.
Since then it has become something of a jobsite MVP. Continue reading: "Little Giant Select Step Ladder - Review"
Read More in: Benches, Stands, and Storage | Hand Tools | Safety
November 1, 2011
Behold! The shortest and lamest monthly roundup evah!
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October 31, 2011
Our ongoing catalog of poor construction techniques continues with this doozie of a wiring job that I found buried in the wall when I gutted the place.
Seriously, wtf? Who does stuff like this?
Had I known that every time I turned on the light to the bathroom, I was sending electricity through this mess, I would have probably been content to leave the light off and pee all over the toilet seat.
After finding this and a few other things, I'm starting to lean towards the opinion that if you buy an old house you've got to gut it. Who knows what Jimmy the Homeowner buried in the walls. Frightening stuff.
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