Plan your Demo when you Renovate

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Tip: Don’t demolish more than you can restore

Little glue made removing these tiles easy

Little glue made removing these tiles easy*

Wrecking is easy and fun, no measuring, cutting,  just start swinging that hammer and pry bar. Lot’s of big stuff gets trashed and the landscape of your home can change quickly.  The best part is it costs very little to demolish and takes no brains to do it. Well so you would think …

Actually doing a demo on your kitchen, bathroom, rec room, garage etc. takes planning and coordination to do it right. Safety has to be considered so no one gets hurt as the dust and noise of the wrecking party carries on. Wear safety gear, a mask, eyewear, gloves, and construction boots because this is a war zone.

Dispose of all the crap you pry off and rip out.  It needs to be bagged, binned and bundled for the garbage. You don’t want the (dangerous) stuff  debris laying around too long. And when and where will it go?- recycling, reused or off to the garbage heap. Continue reading “Plan your Demo when you Renovate” »

Hot Glue to the Rescue

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Tip: Melt a stick with a lighter

glue stickI love glue. Yes I do, it forms around anything. Sticks to about anything and when it dries it bonds with great strength that nails and screws would only wish. The thing is, most glues need TIME to work their magic (from hours to days) to harden and give the adhesive strength you need.

Then you have hot glue: a thermoplastic polymer which hardens when it cools. Other glues need water or solvent to evaporate or chemically cure to set. Sure you could consider epoxy glues as they can harden in <5 minutes, but I find them messy and costly if you’re working with a lot. Hot glue can set within seconds. After a minute you’re good to get on with the task which is such a time saver. Continue reading “Hot Glue to the Rescue” »

Ryobi Music Player – Rocks!

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Tip: Put this radio in a corner for more bass

Ryobi portiable radio, MP3 player rocks

Ryobi portiable radio, MP3 player rocks

Ever wanted a quick and simple way to play music while building your next project? Well Home Depot has a Ryobi small portable radio/mp3 player unit that is awesome in many ways.  I use this unit and recommend it — here’s why.

As a pro handyman I like to travel light which is hard to do. This unit is much smaller than all the other jobsite music players and much cheaper at around $30. Whereas the other music blasters can fill a new home under construction, this little guy is meant for local unobtrusive audio.

The quality of construction is strong so it can take a few knocks. The membrane buttons on top make sense and are easy to clean. The digital radio reception is excellent.  The station stays locked on and never drifts. Reception even in the depth of a concrete basement is good for AM or FM. Amazing!

There are 10 presets you can program for each radio band. Or you can switch the mode over to AUX to use your external signal source. At the back is an elastic band to hold an iTunes or other MP3 player. A 3.5mm jack is used to plug in. I wish they had a lid on this cavity to protect my player. I found the audio level had to be cranked on both units to match the radio level. So using a MP3 player will take more battery juice to run. Continue reading “Ryobi Music Player – Rocks!” »

10 Quick Hand and Power Tool Tips

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Here are 10 quick tips to review that you may not have considered lately. A good, well made tool can be a joy to use. Those handyman projects seem less of a task when measurements and cuts are accurate, when time is saved, less sweat and swearing is expelled and you finish with all body parts intact. 

Take care of your tools and they will take care of you

Take care of your tools and they will take care of you

 

1. Use the Right Tool – First thing: nothing makes a job more frustrating, time-wasting and perhaps dangerous than not having the right tool for the right job. I rarely hesitate buying or renting a tool if it will save me time and/or money, make the task safer, improve the quality of the work or finish the task easier.

2.  Sharpen your Tools – Nothing slows you down more than dull drill bits and saw blades. Eventually you have to replace them — just don’t try to  get too much mileage out of them. When your cuts get sloppy and your drill bits bind and smoke, reach for a new one. Sharpen your chisels, and check the tips of your screw drivers and drywall knives for damage. Continue reading “10 Quick Hand and Power Tool Tips” »