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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

Dust Collection and Your Health

With more and more attention being given to the cancer causing effects of many of the tropical hardwoods as well as some domestic woods proper dust collection is getting more important as we learn more about wood dust and their effect on us.

With a canister style dust collector that can filter the airborne dust that many are breathing can help reduce you change of the many health problems associated with breathing excessive amounts of dust.
Problems can range from asthma and allergies from breathing Westen Red Cedar to pulmonary (breathing and lung problems) to cancer from some woods.
Problems can also arise from something as simple as a splinter from woods such as wenge. Splinters can become septic which is a severe infection require medical attention.
While not everyone can afford the best dust collectors around at the very least invest in a good dust mask to protect your lungs and sinuses and use them on a regular basis.
Stay safe and have fun in the shop.
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Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

The Easiest Way to Remove a Ceramic Soap Dish

A few weeks ago one of my sons called and said hey Dad can you help me remove a ceramic soap dish in the shower that broke itself.

While there are many ways to remove a ceramic soap dish the easiest by far is a oscillating tool if you have one. Any of the Fein or Bosch perform great and who doesn’t need an excuse to buy a new tool that you have been wanting for a long time now.
Not knowing if this was a flush mount or recessed soap dish I took my trusty oscillating tool, the longest bi metal blade I had and headed out.

After putting a few towels on the shower floor to catch the pieces when it decided to turn loose and come bounding my way, donned the safety glasses just in case and grabbed the shop vac and got down to business.

Not knowing if it was a flush mount or recessed and never having tackled the task, I started at a slower speed and went all the way around the dish and removed the grout about 1/2″ from the edge. Next we turned the speed all the way up and started cutting is a back and forth motion along the top, next moving to the sides and then to the bottom. Didn’t make it very far on the bottom before the entire dish jumped off the wall. Good thing for the towels.

Thats when we discovered is was infact a recessed mount but that was easy enough to deal with. We just cut thru the grout inside the adjoining tiles, removing the recessed portion and then remove the grout from the tiles that surround the recessed portion.

A side note if you have a blade that is straight on the edge you can use the edge of the blade to chip off the last bit of grout, just start at a slow speed, until you get a feel for this operation.

Start to finish   45 minutes.

When we were done my son said he thought we were going to have to use chisels and a hammer, while you could do it that way you would also magnify the chances of damaging the surrounding tiles. I hate making extra work for myself….


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Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in New Tool Info | 0 comments

New Cordless Tools and Brushless Motors

Everyone loves cordless tools but if you have not really looked at the new cordless everyone is coming out with, the rage in cordless are the brushless motors pushing cordless to a new level.  A motor that does not have brushes make for a motor that runs cooler, last longer and develops much more power. Most everyone is using a brushless 4 pole motor instead of a 2 pole brush type motor. Still not the power and run time of plug in tools but it sure is getting close.
Brushless means a lighter tool
Since there are no brushes the result is a lighter tool

Brushless means a smaller motor.
Since brushes have been eliminated the motors are about 1-1/2” shorter.

Brushless Means longer motor life.
With no brushes creating heat at the center of the tool everything is cooler resulting in longer life of everything in the tool. This results in longer motor life as a result of reduced friction, less heat buildup, and higher efficiency. Reduced heat results in longer life from switches, bearings and of course the transmission. Brushless technology and a  4 pole
motor gets you anywhere from twice to 4 times the power over conventional cordless.

Advanced Battery Technology
Add the new Lithium battery technology with extended run time with up to 4 amp hour batteries and beyond which in some cases are almost 3 times the run time of batteries  that some kits were coming with just a few years ago.

Brushless Motor Technology—less  weight, smaller tools for getting into tight spots and more power. Of course these new tools cost a little more but everything has a price. As these tools get more popular the cost is sure to come down.

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Tool Repair Problems | 0 comments

Bandsaw 101

So you have a Bandsaw, now the trick is to learn all it can do. Wait, one of the most important things is set-up and tune up. Today we are going to review the initial blade set up.
Step 1 — Adjust the Tracking
Start by backing off the upper and lower blade guides. Raise the upper blade guide to the height you are going to use it most of the time. With the upper door open slowly rotate the wheel watching where the blade is tracking on the upper wheel. If the blade is not centered on the wheel, slowly adjust the wheel tilt on the upper wheel while turning the upper wheel and watch the tracking until you get it in the center of the upper wheel.
Step 2– Adjust the blade tension.
This is assuming you are using a standard carbon or bi-metal band saw blade.
This is the part that brings more discussion than anything else. Start with using the blade tension guide and adjust your blade to this mark and next tighten it a little more while plucking the blade like a guitar string. A lower sound like a bass sound indicates a blade that is too loose. What you want is a high pitched sound for a properly tensioned blade. Regardless if you are resawing or cutting a 1/4″ thick piece a blade that is improperly tensioned will create tracking problems or a Resaw cut that is not straight. For those using a 14″ Bandsaw, Carter makes a tension spring known as the Cobra Coil that is made from a stronger steel that makes it easier to get the proper tension for resawing.
Many of the 14″ bandsaws use a tensioning spring with a weaker tensile strength.
Step 3– Adjust your blade guides.
Start with bringing the guides forward so that when cutting pressure is placed on the blade the gullet (the gullet is the valley portion of the blade between the tips of the teeth) Is even with the front edge of the blade guide. The gullet should never be behind the leading edge of the guides on the side of the blade. Now bring the side blade guides in so that it is within the thickness of a piece of paper to the side of the blade without moving or deflecting the blade. Don’t forget the lower blade guide.
Step 4– Adjust your table to 90 degrees to the blade. Set it, wait and double check the table angle.
Step 5– Select the correct band saw blade.
Don’t try to Resaw with a 6 tooth blade and Don’t try to use a 3 tooth blade for cutting 1/2″ material.

Now you are ready to cut and make some sawdust.
Don’t forget a push stick to keep your fingers out of the danger zone. If a blade breaks or comes off you never know where it will go.

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Tool Repair Problems | 4 comments

Nail Gun Maintenance

Over 50% of the nail gun problems we see come in for repair are caused by improper lubrication.

Many guns made by Senco as well as some of the new Porter-Cable guns and some others have special orings and are designed not to be oiled. But if you do oil them it damages the o rings.
But not oiling a gun that takes oil is just as bad. Always use a name brand oil if your gun requires oil. We use the Senco PC0101 oil in all the guns we repair that take oil.

Never use WD-40 or motor oil in your guns. These will make the orings swell so that the gun does not work correctly.

For the track lubrication we use a pure silicone lubricant to keep the feed spring and safety working smoothly.
When you use WD-40 on the track the oil in the WD-40 just attracts dirt and sawdust. Not a good thing.

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