First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

created at: 11/17/2011Ok, so I know I’m late to the game getting a reciprocating saw, and if you already own one or know everything about them, mosey along. But Alicia’s been getting after me to get rid of these ugly metal pipe laundry line posts in our back yard, and today I finally decided to do it. 

Now, for any job there are lots of tools that will work, and usually one or two that are perfect for the task. Continue Reading

Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I’ve realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are “from the ground up” projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want. Continue Reading

Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

A couple of weeks ago, the people at Wagner (they’re based in nearby Plymouth, MN) sent me one of their new EZ Tilt Spray Painters (if you’re looking for one, you can buy it here on Amaazon) to try out. We had been planning on re-painting our porch floor, so we decided to put it to the test and get a minor project out of the way at the same time. Read on to see how it went. Continue Reading

How To: Scherenschnitte with X-ACTO

created at: 10/04/2011

A few weeks back the folks at X-ACTO offered to send over a few of their items for me to review. My first thought was, “What could I possibly have to say about X-ACTO that my fellow Curbliers don’t already know?” My next thought was, “Since I’ve never actually owned an X-ACTO, I can’t really answer that question.” I know, I know! How has a chronic DIYer never bought an X-ACTO?! Because such purchases occur to me when I’m at the checkout. Continue Reading

Test Lab: Bondera TileMatSet

created at: 04/06/2011

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to play with a new tiling product called Bondera TileMatSet. Simply put, Bondera is pressure sensitive sticky back on a roll that eliminates the need for mastic and thin set when tiling walls, countertops or splash-backs. It’s billed as VOC free, mess free, and it allows immediate grouting after tile installation. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too. I mean, it’s sticky back tape for goodness sake! Continue Reading

Wow…This is Really Nice Garbage Can

I never thought I could get excited by a trashcan. It is, by definition, full of garbage.

But, believe me, friends, the Fingerprint Proof Rectangular Recycler from SimpleHuman is a brilliant example of great design.

created at: 03/23/2011

Even the box on this guy looks great…and is huge! It should up on my doorstep in the biggest box I’ve seen since my  table saw. I could fit inside. (and did!)

created at: 03/23/2011

The product page describes the rectangular recycler as a “fingerprint-proof rectangular recycler [with] two color-coded inner buckets (a blue 16L and a black 30L) to separate trash and recyclables. Continue Reading