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3M 7500 Series Respirator Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-30-2011 4:17 pm

Every woodworker needs to wear a personalrespirator at some point during the woodworking process. I use mineprimarily when I am sanding or using my router. My dust collectionsystem does a good job of catching most of the dust, but it's notperfect. I use one of the best personal respirator in the markettoday, a

Installing an Attic fan
by Lorenz Prem on 08-30-2011 2:23 pm

Poor attic ventilation can be the cause of manyproblems in your home. In my house poor ventilation caused theattic to get very hot in the summer. In the evening the heattrapped in the attic kept the rest of the house warm well into thenight. During the dog days of summer it was difficult to sleep. Tomake matters worse, the moisture trapped in the air caused mold togrow on the underside of the roof sheeting.

The proper fix for this problem would be to install proper ridgeventing (passive venting). Active venting (a motorized fan) i

Water proofing the Under Sink Cabinet in your Kitchen
by Lorenz Prem on 08-29-2011 2:52 pm

The cabinet under the sink in your kitchen isthe one place in your home where a water leak is likely to happen.It's just a matter of time. This cabinet hosts more water pipes,valves, and joints than any other room in your house. Add a wastedisposal and the occasional clogged drain, and you have a very wetplace. A little care to prepare for the inevitable can prevent morepungent and expensive issues like wood rot and mold. Let's take alook at what it takes to water proof the cabinet under yoursink.

Managing leaks in an residential

Stihl Forestry Helmet Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-29-2011 2:05 pm

I recently decided to upgrade my chainsawprotective equipment. As it turns out, safety glasses don't reallyprotect from kickback. Who would have figured? For my own safety Idecided to upgrade to a

The Good

  • 3 in 1 protection (head, face, ears)
  • ANSI rated for every type of protection it offers
Dust Deputy Dust Collector Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-25-2011 3:55 pm

First and foremost, the Oneida

The Dust Deputy requires the use of bags in the collectionbucket. If a bag is not used, the only way to empty the bucket isto turn the entire shop vac along with the Dust Deputy upside down.This is more on observation rather than a limitation of the DustDeputy.

Is the Deputy right for you

For me the choice of whether or not the Dusty Deputy has a placein your shop comes down to two criteria: size and expectedusage.

The Dust Deputy is bolted to an existi

How to pick a Respirator for Woodworking
by Lorenz Prem on 08-21-2011 10:00 pm

Saw dust is one of the hidden dangers ofwoodworking. Prolonged exposure can cause a number of illnesses.The dust created by cutting some exotic species can even causeimmediate harm. Today it is widely accepted that commercialwoodworkers should wear a respirator around dust producingmachines.

In a residential environment where dust collection systems areoften not present or inefficient, this rule is of criticalimportance. In this environment it is unrealistic to assume thedust is going to be trapped at the source. A shop vac, forinsta

Choosing a Waste Disposal - Waste King L-8000 Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-06-2011 4:30 pm

The waste disposal unit in your kitchen is oneof those things you do not think about until it does not workanymore. The waste disposal grinds foods. That's about it.

Last week mine decided to quit on me. That day I suddenly had tolearn all about waste disposal units. Turns out my builder gradeunit had a limited lifespan the second it was installed. Thereplacement, the


If you bother to install a garbage disposal, you might as wellmake it a unit you don't have to think about for a lifetime.The

How to stack Firewood
by Lorenz Prem on 08-01-2011 9:29 pm

There are a few things to get right whenstacking wood. It's easy to do, if you keep the followingguidelines in mind. Thinking things through ahead of time will notonly lead to faster drying times, but also increase safety andeliminate nasty surprises.


The most important consideration when stacking wood is thestability of the stack. Safety must come first. Don't build yourstack on your balcony or any other place from which the logs canfall. A single log dropped from that height can cause a lot ofdamage. The

Fiskars 7884 Splitting Axe Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-31-2011 8:49 pm

A proper splitting axe makes splitting wood amuch easier and safer task. A splitting axe differs from a choppingaxe in the design of its head.

The head head of a splitting axe widens right after the cuttingedge; the whole head is shaped like a wedge. This design pushes thefibers of the log apart during the blow resulting in bettersplitting performance.

The thinner head of a chopping axe is design to maximize thepenetration power of the cutting edge. This makes a chopping axeideal for cross-fiber work, such as

Reelcraft 5650-OLP Hose Reel Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-27-2011 9:31 pm

One of the problem areas in my shop is the airhose. I never seem to find the time to coil it and tuck it away.The hose gets in the way when I swipe the floor, and I step on itall the time.

Recently I got fed up with the problem and decided to by a hosereel. I did not want to buy just any hose reel. I wanted one thatwould do the job well and last a decade. Having purchased a cheapreel for my garden hose that barely lasted a month, I decided toshop for quality. Enter the

You might need a different type of reel in your

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