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Reviews and information on tools and products that we use. We cover the shopping experience, where to find a good price on a tool along with our feedback after use.

Make a New Top with an Accurate Fence for a Cheap Table Saw

By |August 13th, 2014|How To's, Tools and Reviews|

If you are like me, you might have an inexpensive ("cheap") table saw that you use as a job site or backyard saw.  If you don't, you can pick one up for about $100 from most big box hardware stores.  If you do have one, you will also know that these are not very well [...]

Laminate or Hardwood? Here is the Truth

By |October 3rd, 2012|General Improvment, Tools and Reviews|

One of the most common questions that I am asked when friends are renovating is "Should I use laminate or hardwood?". The answer to this question depends on a few of factors. Location: Primary residence or rental Keep hardwood out of your rental unless you get a screaming deal, don't mind a finish that gets [...]

From Design to Completion… Lay it Out to Get Ahead

By |August 14th, 2012|Tools and Reviews|

If you are a handyman, contractor, or house flipper, you can always get ahead of yourself by designing your projects in a program like Sketchup (formerly Google Sketchup) prior to beginning your work. I'll give you a couple of examples of how I use this technique below. Typically I will use Sketchup prior to owning [...]

A Tiny Sink for a Tiny Bathroom

By |May 7th, 2012|Cottage Project, Interior Projects, Tools and Reviews|

I know that this is an issue that arises for many people when you try to renovate a space, or try to squeeze in an extra bathroom or powder room.  Often, we find ourselves constrained by the space and a typical bathroom vanity is too large for the space.  Some will go with the small [...]