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Re: How to Clean a Large Paint Roller

That brings back memories of when I painted new houses on weekends during my Junior and Senior years in high school. I like the wheelbarrow as a shield but that wasn't necessary on a new construction site--no lawn to mess up.

You have to be careful and not over-rev the roller. You might float a valve or throw a rod.

Re: Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

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Re: Festool Postpones New Jigsaw

I wonder what genius thought up that excuse. Anyone who owns a Festool product knows that Festool engineers are too meticulous to not meet required safety standards.

Its gotta be a flaw in the innovative design that leaves the Carvex vulnerable to being compared to competitors in terms of performance and reliability and the lack thereof.

Re: Are Modern Power Tools Junk?

The main reason manufacturers produce "throw-away" tools is that we buy them. If we didn’t—they wouldn’t.

But I don’t have a problem with manufactures making inexpensive tools available for the hobbyist; if the price is right. I’m a hobbyist myself and not a working professional these days and should probably be buying more throw-aways because I rarely have a chance to give new tools a proper workout before the 90-day or one-year warranty expires.

I’m a proud tool junkie. Cheap tools that look like they should have "Made by Mattel" stamped on them make my skin crawl. So now I’m buying Festool, Fein, etc.; so that I’ll have something to pass on to my children.

Re: Reader Poll: Do you still use a corded drill?

I’m not through venting.

Cordless tools are a manufacturer’s dream-come-true. Designed obsolesce!

Corded drills made in the 50s and 60s were passed down from father to son over the years. They were designed to last and if they did quit working you repaired them: new brushes, cords, bearings, switches, etc.

Now-a-days you’re lucky if your corded tool outlasts the battery that came with it much less be able to afford or find a replacement battery.

Re: Reader Poll: Do you still use a corded drill?

"It still boggles me that no major power tool manufacturer has been able to produce a tool that can run off batteries and/or corded power."

That’s not going to happen:

Think about it—if you could still use your cordless drill by attaching an AC cord, would you fork over the ridiculous price manufactures want for replacement batteries?
Maybe—if you require the convenience and portability of cordless.

Manufactures need you to buy new tools.

That’s why they design batteries to fail after a period of time and price replacement batteries close to the price of new tools so that you go ahead and by the new tool rather than take a chance with the old tool failing. They also discontinue making replacement batteries so that your cordless tools are rendered useless—so that you’ll have to buy new tools.

Re: Improvised paint shield

A proper paint job on wood windows glazed with materials that require a protective coating of paint (e.g. putty) requires the painter to lap paint onto the glass to seal the union between the glazing material and glass to prevent moisture penetration into the glaze and window structure.

Failure to do this will dramatically reduce the lifespan of the paint job and window unit. There’s no substitute for good preparation, quality materials, proper technique, and a steady hand.

This applies to the interior as well. Condensed moisture will damage wood windows if the gap between glass and wood isn’t properly sealed.

Re: UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

What's the status of the "Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand"? I can't find any info since the 12-10-10 update.

Re: A Sliding Dump Bed Makes Unloading Gravel Fast and Easy

Another solution would be to get a "Loadhandler". I've been using one for over 10 years. One of the best investments I've ever made. http://www.loadhandler.com/

Re: Power Hand pulls and pushes deck boards together


I prefer the $35 you cited rather than the $134.99 Amazon is actually asking. It still looks like a handy tool if you spend a lot of time wrestling with deck boards.