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Pricey Stops from 2013: Hand Tools that Broke

Pricey Stops from 2013: Hand Tools that Broke

Tools that stop working are the most costly tools to have around. In 2013, for us, it wasn’t the expensive tools that stopped working. It was tools in the under $20 price range that bit us. Here is a run down on some of the disappointments of 2013. We suspect that you will see a […]

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Take the Misery out of Drywall Sanding

Written by on August 4, 2013 in Power Sanders with 21 Comments

Festool Planex Sometimes evolution is slow, but right at the end takes a big leap. Drywall sanding is one of those fortunate beneficiaries of the “finally!” phenomenon. We have seen it all in the past three decades – the sanding sponge, the pole sander, the cool variations on the pole sander – and in the […]

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A Festool DTS400 Sander Reduces Labor in My Love of Painting

A Festool DTS400 Sander Reduces Labor in My Love of Painting

Reducing Labor with a Festool DTS400 Sander and Extraction System For much of my painting career I struggled with the antiquated mind set that performing a task in an environmentally friendly manner meant doing it by hand. Traditional painting tasks seemed to have always been done manually – on a planet historically flush with resources, […]

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Festool RO90 Rotex Sander: Triple Threat?

Written by on January 6, 2013 in Power Sanders, Product Reviews, Tools with 17 Comments
Festool RO90 Rotex Sander: Triple Threat?

Festool RO90 Review The Festool RO90 DX Rotex sander is one of the most innovative paint prep tools released in the past couple of years. Aptly marketed as a “multi-mode” sander, the RO90 is capable of doing the jobs of more than one sander. In tools, we all want the Holiest Grail – “the one […]

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Festool Syslite Long Term Assessment

Written by on January 1, 2013 in Lighting, Product Reviews, Tools with 9 Comments
Festool Syslite Long Term Assessment

 Jobsite Lighting on the Move… Jobsite lighting is an unfortunate necessity and a real pain in the neck for professionals in all trades, whether you work in residential, commercial, new construction or remodeling scenarios. Frequent power problems, general lack of outlets, and insufficient natural light leave us craving more light at work. Or, should we […]

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High 5

Written by on September 3, 2012 in Tools with 6 Comments
High 5

The 5 in 1 is one of the most common tools that painters carry from day to day. We all know that it has always done more than just 5 things for painters. It pops open the first can of paint in the morning, pounds the lid into the rim on the last one at […]

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Surfix Review

  This write up is intended to allow readers to see the Festool Surfix oil kit through the eyes of professional finishers who have used it in some depth. The written aspect of this review serves as an overview of the Surfix system as a whole, while the two accompanying videos specifically feature the application […]

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Onsite with Waterborne Cabinet Finishes – Brushed

Onsite with Waterborne Cabinet Finishes – Brushed

Some Realities of Onsite Waterborne Cabinet Finishes When the onsite elements conspire against, it is the craft of the finisher to use all weapons in the product arsenal to overcome – and waterborne cabinet finishes are a great solution. Here are some situational obstacles and product solutions gleaned from our field notes on recent custom […]

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RTS 400: Sporty Orbital

Written by on April 15, 2012 in Power Sanders, Tools with 5 Comments

Festool RTS 400 Dust Extraction Demo Short video demo with Scott Burt showing the absence of airborne dust with a RTS 400 inside a cabinet enclosure during finish sanding tasks in preparation for primer and paint. Festool sanding is noted for capturing dust at the source (the surface), so that it cannot become airborne – […]

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How to Power Sand Crown Molding and Custom Trim Prep

Written by on April 1, 2012 in Power Sanders, Prep, Tools with 5 Comments

Trim Prep Accelerant There are many, many cases where traditional round orbital and square palm sanders are not helpful in completing interior trim prep tasks, simply because of their design. Most notably, crown molding, base cap, cove, bed molds and beadboard, which are among the more common custom profiles that distinguish a basic trim pack […]

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