Category Archives: Tools Review

Bucket Head Rocks!

Bucket Head™ is one of those simple inventions that makes you wonder how you’d previously gotten along without it. Marketed by Home Depot, it’s a small wet/dry vacuum head that snaps on top of their ubiquitous five gallon Homer Bucket™. … Continue reading

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JLC Archive on USB Flash Drive

Bet you never thought of a USB flash drive as a construction tool. Or better yet, as a knowledgeable journeyman. I never would’ve either, until my copy of the JLC Archive on USB Flash Drive arrived a few days ago. … Continue reading

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My Review of Ryobi’s 18V ONE+ Cordless Drill Kits

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Elegant Brass Tools

Call me odd if you will, but I generally prefer things that are traditional, simple, functional, well-made, and elegant. Hand tools exhibiting these qualities are particularly important to me, and they need not be antiques to embody the craftsmanship often … Continue reading

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Shop Vacuum Optimizations

Please Read This Disclaimer: A standard (residential/domestic) shop vacuum should never be used to pick up hazardous materials, or waste suspected to contain hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, lead paint particles or chips, lead dust, and asbestos. Nor … Continue reading

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Scraper On A Stick

The Problem: How do you scrape peeling paint from an overhead area without having to set a ladder or scaffold up? Here’s an example — large swatches of paint peeling from a water damaged ceiling. The ceiling is going to … Continue reading

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Hockey Pucks!

That’s right — hockey pucks! I just received an order for a bunch of them from Lee Valley Tools, for only a dollar a piece (a buck a puck, basically). I’d also ordered two bags of Lee Valley’s high friction … Continue reading

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Nouveau Heirloom Gimlet

Often, I find myself inventing tools. Not original tools, per sé, but some combination of existing tools and other items allowing me to perform routine tasks efficiently. Here’s an account of one such attempt that worked well. I like traditional … Continue reading

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Ruggedized Photography: Ryobi’s TEK4 Durashot Camera

Just a little more than a year ago, Ryobi introduced an 8MP digital camera as part of their TEK4 product line. Called the Durashot, this camera runs on the same rechargeable, 4V lithium ion battery that powers the rest of … Continue reading

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