February 28, 2007

Bosch Colt Variable Speed Router - Review

bosch_colt.jpgWe are big fans of Bosch tools. They're durable, they look good, and they're incredibly precise. That said, it comes as little surprise that the Bosch Colt Variable Speed Router is an outstanding tool and is now our go-to router for all small and medium sized jobs.

This little machine has some serious power behind it (one horsepower), and the ergonomic grip is far superior to anything we've ever seen on a router of this size. The adjustments, knobs, and on/off switch are all in the right place, making the operation of the Colt feel natural and easy.

The Colt's other perks include a soft start, a 1/4 inch collet, a nice carrying case, an edge guide, and a variable speed dial. Bosch does sell a version of the Colt that is single speed, but having the option to set the speed is worth the additional cost.

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February 27, 2007

Complete Home Wiring - Review

CompleteWiring.jpgUPDATE: This book has been recalled after nine years on the shelves. More information here.

With Complete Home Wiring, Sunset Books and editor Scott Atkinson have put together a solid reference for any one attempting a home wiring project. From a brief course on electricity to troubleshooting complicated problems, virtually every topic is covered.

The information is conveyed with clear writing, easy to understand drawings, and helpful pictures and charts. Topics covered include:

Low voltage wiring
How and where to run wires
Planning new circuits
Recessed lights, ceiling fans, and wall sconces
Electrical tools
The correct way to strip a wire
And on and on...

Because it is so thorough, it is a great reference to have sitting on the shelf for use when needed. There are a lot of basic electrical guides out there and we think this one stands a bit higher than the rest.

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February 22, 2007

Gorilla PVC Cement - Review

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We were pretty skeptical when we came across Gorilla PVC Cement, simply because it was so different from other glues we’ve used in the past. It doesn’t stink, it’s only one bottle, as opposed to the traditional 2 part PVC glue systems, and it says it’s Earth friendly. There’s no way it can work. Right?

Boy, were we wrong. This stuff is great, and, without question, worthy of the Gorilla Glue name. We found that each of the characteristics listed above made it our go-to PVC glue for standard plumbing repairs. With no primer, it’s easy to use, and without the fumes, you don’t get that ‘White Rabbit” feeling after spending an afternoon gluing pipes under the kitchen sink.

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Leatherman - Review

Leatherman.jpgEveryone needs a Leatherman. It’s pretty much that simple. There are plenty of models to choose from, but when it all comes down to it, they’re all pretty similar; knife, screwdrivers, file, can opener, etc. We prefer The Blast, but that’s just what we’re used to. We know other people who are equally passionate about other models. If there’s something specific you want, like a diamond file, just find the Leatherman that suits your needs. But find one nonetheless. You’ll thank us for it.

It’s one of those things that, once you have it in your pocket for a while, you start to wonder how you ever got along without one. How many times have you been up on a ladder wiring a light and you realize that you’re looking at a flathead screw and in your hand is a Phillip’s head screwdriver? With a Leatherman in your pocket, there’s no more standing up there wishing you could levitate the correct tool into your hand like this guy. Crawlspaces, roofs, and under vehicles are other places where our Leatherman has saved painful, awkward, and time consuming trips back to the toolbox.

Now, we’re so dependent that we feel naked without it in our pockets. It’s essential. Also, if you’re worried about the size, there are little ‘squirt’ models as well, half the size for about half the price.

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