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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, Uncategorized 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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Proform Picasso “the Bull” 2.0 brush

Written by on March 27, 2012 in Applicators, Brushes and Rollers, Tools, Uncategorized with 31 Comments

Update 10/12: On further review, these brushes have not held up as well over time as other pro level brushes that we use. They are good as long as they hold together, but when they are done, they are done. Not typical of professional quality brushes. Picasso paint brushes have been getting a good bit […]

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Cool Tool Accessory Loss Prevention Tip

Written by on December 24, 2011 in Tools, Uncategorized, Vacuums/Dust Extractors with 6 Comments
Cool Tool Accessory Loss Prevention Tip

Five Golden Rings!! Sort of… Most of us put a decent chunk of time into job stocking, assembling kits, and accessorizing equipment. In jobsite settings with multiple trades, no matter how organized and tight you run, it can still be a free for all. When other trades need something, they may just grab it. Sometimes, […]

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Little Big Roller Oxymoron

Written by on December 13, 2011 in Applicators, Brushes and Rollers, Tools, Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Little Big Roller Oxymoron

A few weeks ago, we started testing the new Purdy Jumbo Mini Roller frames and covers. The biggest design improvement in this generation of applicators is that the frame is not all wire style. It has a plastic core (the spinning cylinder that roller cover slides onto) that is a beefy 3/4″ thick, and one […]

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RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

RO 90 on Last year’s Yule Log

Festool RO 90 and Granat Abrasive Testing When testing any kind of work related gear, my company and I put the stuff through all of its typical tasks, and then throw some curve balls in. We are always looking for situations we haven’t attempted before, in the context of testing boundaries of equipment. Today’s example […]

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Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil made Tolerable

Sometimes We do some Hand Sanding… …and the Festool Hand Sanding Kit (HSK) provides solutions. Eliminating hand sanding is generally a surface prep efficiency goal for painters and wood/drywall finishers. Especially for us, for instance, on a friday when we are trying to bust out a final skim coat and head for the mountains. At […]

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New: Purdy Jumbo Mini Rollers

Written by on November 17, 2011 in Applicators, Brushes and Rollers, Tools, Uncategorized with 4 Comments
New: Purdy Jumbo Mini Rollers

For those tasks where every inch counts, and 9 inches would be too much, the jumbo mini roller frames and covers from Purdy offer potential solutions, if used properly. These are beefier than the wire frames we have used in the past, and ergonomically improved. Also, this one frame size can accommodate both 4 1/2 […]

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Tool of the Week: Festool Syslite

Written by on November 8, 2011 in Lighting, Tool of the Week, Tools, Uncategorized with 3 Comments

Festool Syslite [Update Jan ’13: Syslite Review Published] If you follow this site at all, you will already know that a current pet peeve, and it is related to the season and recent time change, is task lighting on projects. Enter, Festool Syslite. It’s a seasonal disorder, but its a thing. The Festool Syslite is […]

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Blaklader Tough Guy Painter Pants Review

Written by on October 28, 2011 in Product Reviews, Publications, Tools, Uncategorized, Workwear with 3 Comments
Blaklader Tough Guy Painter Pants Review

Those of you who know me know that I am historically not a huge fan of painters whites. That all changed last year when I tested and reviewed Armed Workwear painters pants in APC. That was my first experience using pants with insertable kneepads. I quickly became an advocate of this concept and am now […]

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3 Production Tips that make Erecta-Rack a Prefinishing Solution…

Written by on September 30, 2011 in Drying Racks, Shop Solutions, Tools, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
3 Production Tips that make Erecta-Rack a Prefinishing Solution…

Erecta-Rack…because space matters… The Erecta-Rack system has been a solid solution for us both in the shop and in the field when it comes to racking small, medium or large quantities of stock for drying and curing. We have pushed the system beyond the manufacturers recommended load capacities, and there are a few techniques that […]

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