April 6, 2012

Makita LXPK01 18V LXT Li-Ion Cordless 3-1/4" Planer - Review

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So there's this crusty old bastard of a carpenter that we've been working with. (And don't get all offended, because we tell him that to his face. "You know, you're a crusty old bastard." "Grumble....grumble...") Like all crusty old bastards, this one is completely set in his patterns and nothing, and we mean nothing, is going to change the way he does things.

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April 4, 2012

Goo Gone Pro Power - Review

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So a while back (over six months....) we were contacted by the peeps at Goo Gone. They said, "yo, we're gonna send you something smeared with some nasty goo and along with it, we'll include a bottle of Goo Gone so you can clean up the mess and keep whatever is is we're sending you." (note: heavy paraphrasing going in). We said, "yo, honestly, don't bother, we've been meaning to write about your great product for years, we'll just write about our previous experiences with it." Then they said, "yo, this is already in the works, you got some of our product coming your way." At which point we said, "yo, thanks!"

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April 2, 2012

Ye Olde Makita Orbital: R.I.P.

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One of the first tools we got when we decided to take the plunge and live the life of the construction donkey was a Makita orbital sander. It came right after our DeWalt drill, our Makita circ saw, and our Bosch jigsaw. We've had this fella for a while and while we were clearing out the garage last weekend, we decided it was time to say goodbye to our old pal.

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March 30, 2012

Sola Focus Vial 4' Level - Review

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So when you think "high-end level," you think, "Stabila." Right? Well, yeah, but as it turns out there is another player in the arena. We were contacted by Sola Levels last year and thought, "why not, we'll give anything a try." Honestly we had never heard of the brand and thought it was just another mid-range level vying for some market space. We got to talking to them and it wasn't long before we were convinced otherwise.

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March 27, 2012

Back in Action

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While the renovation is by no means done, Tool Snob HQ is back in operational conditions. There is no casing, certainly no paint, no baseboard, no floor in one room, no sink in the half bath, no tile in the master bath, and hardly any doors at all (including the bathrooms). But there is plumbing, electric, two toilets, a nice looking kitchen, and a heating system. Enough for us to move back in and get things going again.

So we're officially coming out of our long exile (pictured). We'll be posting more regularly and reviewing the mounds and mounds of tools that we've backlogged here (if you're a PR person who has sent us something in the past six months, please feel free to drop a line to badger/remind us). There are all kinds of good things coming...

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February 17, 2012

Now That's a Beam....

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So yeah, we had a little structural work to do at our place, and when I say, "little structural work" what I really mean is, "we rebuilt 80% of the house from the inside out."

Here's a shot of the new beam that spans the kitchen ceiling. It picks up half of the roof ridge one floor above it. I'd say it's never going to budge. I'd even go as far as to say, you could park a truck on my roof with no problems. The 16' beam consists of two 7"LVLs, two 7" SPF, one 7" chestnut, and just to make sure it's still standing after nuclear Armageddon, a 3/4" steel plate. The whole thing is bolted through with two 10-1/2" bolts every foot, top and bottom. Substantial.

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February 16, 2012

Lamello Invis MX

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So while we were floating around the web researching an upcoming post, we stumbled across this interesting little item. It's a joining system by Lamello called the Invis. Lamello is known for two things; 1) inventing the biscuit joining system and 2) manufacturing the most badass biscuit joiners on the planet. It's a Sweedish company and they have their niche (high end joining) and they're sticking to it.

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February 9, 2012

Festool Planex LHS 225 Long Reach Drywall Sander

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We felt we had to emerge from our renovation coma to spread the word on this one. Festool's new (new to the US, at least) drywall sander. Even though it kinda looks like it was designed by H.R. Giger, we have the feeling that it might be pound for pound the most time/agony saving tool ever invented. We've never even touched the thing, but we've sanded enough joint compound in our time to know what a tedious, dusty, pain in the arse it is. Combine that horror-show with Festool's core belief in the eradication of jobsite dust and their freakishly high quality standards and you're talking Planex.

There's a lot to say about this tool. But first off, one of the accessories is a body harness. How wild is that?

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January 19, 2012

The Renovation Continues....

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The renovation marches on and has gobbled up about 120% of my free time. I've got a whole lot more in the way of thoughts on the general aspects of the project, but I'll save that for later.

Here's a shot of the nightly tool storage area. Through the project, I've discovered a number of MVP tools that I'm going to cover in more detail in the coming days. These are tools that I've been using that have really helped things along. You can pretty much see them all here: the Milwaukee M12 Jacket, the DeWalt worm drive, the Bosch Impact Driver, the Makita 15 amp Recip Saw and the Hardcore Hammer. There are others, but those are the ones at the top of the mind (probably because I used them all last night).

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December 12, 2011

Win $1000 For Tools and Loot

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Amazon, the place where we buy about 50% of our tools, is giving away a $1000 gift card that can be used on anything in their ginormous store. Info is at their facebook page here.

Or you can just browse their tools and hardware here.

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