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Xtend & Climb 785P Telescoping Ladder Review

Written by on August 30, 2011 in Ladders, Product Reviews, Tools, Uncategorized with 9 Comments
Xtend & Climb 785P Telescoping Ladder Review

Our review of the Xtend & Climb 785P telescoping ladder appeared in the July 2011 issue of American Painting Contractor magazine. While this tool is kind of diy-ish, it is most definitely worth the space it will occupy when not in use in order to capitalize on the space it doesn’t take up when being […]

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Can your sandpaper do this?

Festool Granat Abrasives Can. No kidding. In mid 2011, we began testing Festool Granat abrasives, which are designed for paint removal and finish sanding. In one of our early tests of Granat, I started with a piece of 1×8 sapele that was primed solid with exterior oil primer. Using an RO150 sander, I stripped the […]

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Festool ETS 125 Sander

Festool ETS 125 Random Orbital Sander Orbital sanding…post chemical strip and pre stain application. Holy ergonomics. I don’t know about you, but when I am in defurring mode after a chem strip, doing final cleanup just before stain, I need an orbital that is light and fast. One handed operation all day long, left and […]

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Tool of the Week: Festool DX93E Detail Sander

Tool of the Week: Festool DX93E Detail Sander

The devil is in the details… Or used to be, anyways. Our colleagues over at Maximum Painting have referred to sanding as a production killer, in the context of hand sanding on interior work. We could not agree more, and we see the problem as a global one across interior and exterior painting. This week, […]

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Take that, “to do” list!

Take that, “to do” list!

Festool Systems for Organization One of the most stressful aspects of managing multiple paint projects simultaneously is that empty feeling when you arrive on a job and realize that you have forgotten something. There is always something. But we are gaining on it. Giving every system a little scrubdown, or in some cases a major […]

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Festool Sanders and Dust Collection for Paint Contractors?

  Update: Read our Festool System Review from APC January ’12 issue. In mid 2011, we began initial setup and testing of Festool sanders and dust collection tools. Our intentions in researching upgrades for these critical systems: Improve jobsite conditions for ourselves and our customers Improve efficiency of our labor intensive prep processes Improve quality of finished […]

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Paint Contractor Tools: Sanders and Dust Collection

Paint Contractor Tools: Sanders and Dust Collection

Not About Tools, but How Work is Done… So, what do you do with sanders and vacuums that are disappointing you in the field? Well, tools are to be assessed on performance. I’ve been somewhat vocal about the fact that our current sanders and vacuums are showing signs of not

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One Drying Rack for Short and Long Stock?

Written by on August 9, 2011 in Drying Racks, On Further Review..., Tools, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
One Drying Rack for Short and Long Stock?

Right now, time and space are at a premium. A little improv on the modular stackable rack system made it quick and easy. When you have two different lengths where one is twice as long as the other, racking on the same system is awkward because you have to play to the shortest length without […]

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July 2011 American Painting Contractor magazine

Written by on July 31, 2011 in Ladders, Publications, Tools, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
July 2011 American Painting Contractor magazine

The July issue of American Painting Contractor magazine is now out. On pages 8-9, check out my review of a handy new telescoping extension ladder system that fits in the extra cab of my truck. Also, APC has been in the process of upgrading the magazine’s website, and it is looking great.

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Erecta-Rack: When not in Use

Written by on June 20, 2011 in Drying Racks, On Further Review..., Tools, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Erecta-Rack: When not in Use

In the spirit of the On Further Review component of this blog, here is some follow up information on the Erecta-Rack drying system, which we reviewed several months ago in APC magazine. One of the things that we liked the most about this system was its compact, modular design. After more months of use in […]

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