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Every Day Carries: Top Painting Tools Under $20

Written by on December 22, 2019 in Product Reviews, Tools with 0 Comments
Every Day Carries: Top Painting Tools Under $20

I’d bet that all of our toolboxes are loaded with disposable sundries and essential hand tools. The sundries include everything from sanding sponges to rags, tapes and caulk tubes. And the tools themselves are the first and most common daily essentials that we reach for in preparation for working our artistry. Often it is the […]

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Review: New Festool ets ec 125 Sander

Written by on September 11, 2015 in Power Sanders, Product Reviews, Tools, Uncategorized with 13 Comments
Review: New Festool ets ec 125 Sander

ETS EC 125 from Festool 5″ sanders are the most common size in the power sanding world. If you own one sander, it is likely a 5″ round orbital sander. Their popularity is based on practical size and range of task types they can complete. That said, not all 5″ sanders are the same. And […]

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Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning

Written by on March 29, 2015 in Brushes and Rollers, Tools, Uncategorized with 1 Comment

Tips for Paint Brush Selection and Cleaning We’ve done a couple of written and visual projects recently with the Journal of Light Construction, to help users better understand paint brush selection and cleaning. “Surfaces to be brushed can vary from drywall, to cabinets, to rough exterior siding, or even concrete. A brush doesn’t have to […]

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Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Written by on December 13, 2014 in Products of Interest, Tools, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Festool plunged into the oscillating multi-tool market in December 2014 with the launch of the Vecturo OS400. In the weeks prior to the release of the tool, Topcoat test drove a manufacturer supplied unit through a series of interior and exterior material removal tasks. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the tool, […]

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Top Tools for Fine Finishing

Written by on October 26, 2014 in On Further Review..., Tools, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Top Tools for Fine Finishing

There are so many choices in products and tools for fine finishing, and of course, the products and tools define the process to a large extent. We are frequently asked which tools continue to rise to the top in our shop and in the field. Here is a compilation pulled from a recent cherry table […]

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Big and Fine: the Festool RS2 Sander

Written by on December 28, 2013 in Power Sanders, Product Reviews, Tools, Uncategorized with 1 Comment

A 4 1/2″x9″ Orbital Sander Ok, first things first, this is not an aggressive sander. Sometimes, when we see big tools, our minds quickly leap to “big and powerful”. This is more a case of big and fine. The Festool RS2 is a fine orbital sander for finish work. While it has more pad surface […]

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Festool RO90 Rotex Sander: Triple Threat?

Written by on January 6, 2013 in Power Sanders, Product Reviews, Tools, Uncategorized with 16 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, Uncategorized 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, Uncategorized 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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