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Spraying Latex with a Conversion Gun
by Lorenz Prem on 11-28-2011 5:54 pm

I wanted to get into spray painting for a longtime. The technique produces flat surfaces; the kind that areimpossible to create with a paintbrush. The complexity of having toset up a gun and mixing the paint kept me from taking theplunge.

After months of research I finally pulled the trigger andpurchased a system. Looking back it, I made an elephant out of amouse. Spraying latex paint is easier than it looks. I hope thefollowing guide will help you get started much faster than I did.Perfect surfaces are within the reach of even a fir

Ampro A1440 Pressure Regulator Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-23-2011 11:57 am

A few months ago I found myself angrily shoppingfor an inline air regulator. The one that came with my spray gunlasted all but 2 hours. The glass of pressure gauge split in half.Apparently it was too cold in my shop (not really). Browsing theweb I found that it is littered with cheap sub-par pressureregulators. I had no confidence that any one of them would last anylonger than the one that just broke. Where are the good ones? Aftersome research I settled on the Ampro A1440 pressure regulator, amodel, which I believed, was better built than the com

Honeywell RPLS540A/RPLS740B Solar Time Table Switch Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-19-2011 9:28 pm

Here in Seattle the nights are long. It's darkby the time I get home from work. The outdoor lights on my home areoff, unless I leave them on all day.

A friend turned me on to the Honeywell RPLS740B timer. Whatmakes this one so different is its capability to turn the lights onand off at sunset and sunrise; every day, reliably, for years.

Switch by location

The Honeywell RPL740B does not sense the presence of light likeother switches do. During setup the user enters the longitude andlatitude of

Stanley 77-188 S2 Laser Level Square
by Lorenz Prem on 11-18-2011 9:38 pm

Measuring flooring layouts is not an easy task.It's very easy to lose accuracy because of the distances involved.If you are not careful, it's possible to be 0.5-1" off on the otherend of that 25ft hallway. Naturally I tried to find a better way.Enter the Stanley 77-118 S2 Laser Level and Square. While a tapemeasure can bend, a laser cannot.

Strong points

Like all laser tools, the S2 projects a laser beam. In the caseof the S2 there are two beams oriented at a right angle to eachother. The beams are visible indoors

Bosch DLR130K Laser Distance Measurer Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-11-2011 5:03 pm

The digital revolution is upon us woodworkers.Our tried and true tools are becoming smart. Everything seems tohave a chip inside these days. After having great success with theWixey digital table saw fence, I decided to try out Bosch's newdigital tape measure, the Bosch DLR130K. Let's take a look at howit performs.


The Bosch DLR130K uses a laser to measure the distance betweenthe unit and an object. Think of it as a laser pointer that tellsyou how far away the thing you are point at is. It's that simpl

Built-in Closet Face-Frame Construction
by Lorenz Prem on 11-08-2011 3:34 pm

Built-in closets are large and heavy things.Building face frames for closets is significantly harder than it isto build a frame for a cabinet. There are lots of places errors canhappen. Let's take a look at what our options are.

The Anatomy of a Face-Frame

The face frame is a built from individual pieces of stock joinedwith pocket screws and glue. It is imperative that all pieces arestraight, have a uniform width, and square ends. Imperfections willresult in an uneven reveal around the closet's opening, out ofsquare c

Installing Crown Molding
by Lorenz Prem on 11-07-2011 4:11 pm

Crown molding is one of the cheapest and fastestways to improve the look and feel of a room. Installation is withinthe reach of the homeowner. Things can, however, get tricky. Aftercompleting a large project myself I can offer some insight thatwill make your project go faster.

Build a cutting jig

Unless you plan on flat-cutting crown molding, the molding mustbe cut at an angle and upside down. I have found that it isimpossible the accurately position the molding on the miter sawwithout the help of a jig. Aligning the

Built-in Closet Installation
by Lorenz Prem on 10-27-2011 3:38 pm

Assembling the closet takes three separateoperations: installing the base frame, assembling the individualunits, and installing the units.

Installing the Base

The platform frame the closet units rest on is built fromdimensional lumber. The joints are reinforced with glue and screws.Since there is little dynamic load on the frame, simple joints areall that's needed.

The separate frame is an essential part during assembly. Floorsin residential homes are never truly flat and level. A separateframe i

Installing a Ceiling Fan
by Lorenz Prem on 10-14-2011 2:30 pm

Ceiling fans are an excellent addition to anyhome. In the summer the wind chill the fans produce can often timeseliminate the need for air conditioning. During the heating seasonthe fan helps push warm air that collects at the ceiling down intothe living space. I installed a Westinghouse 7861400 ceiling fan inmy living room. I love its industrial look. Let's take a look atwhat's required to install one in your home.

Ceiling height considerations

There is a minimum room height requirement for ceiling fans.First and

Electrical Troubleshooting Tools for the Beginner
by Lorenz Prem on 10-13-2011 3:38 pm

So you have watched a few episodes of the 'NewYankee Workshop' and want to get into woodworking. You moved thecar out of the garage and are ready to to buy tools. At this pointthe Hingmy machine database looks both daunting and exciting. Sowhat machine should you buy first?

The answer depends on what you want to build. I am going toassert that most beginners want to build medium to large sizepieces of furniture: tables, bookcases, cabinets, and maybe a bed.Built from hardwood and plywood. Most structural pieces are arestraight. Detail

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