Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated

Renovation 4th Edition Completely Revised and Updated Tools of the Tradies 1Review in progress!

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INCRA TINYT03 Precision Tiny T-Rule 3-Inch

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Carpentry, Decorating, Layout, Manufacturing, Recycling 

For this review, I removed the ruler from the base, then installed the ruler back into the base. I marked a perpendicular line, then slid the blade to the other side. The line was perfectly perpendicular to the other side of the blade. I did this several more times, and the lines that I marked did not deviate. The design of the base and the thumbscrews returned this tool back–every time.

If you’re looking for a t-square/square that is square, and who isn’t, then look no further. This Tiny T can accurately and easily mark perpendicular and parallel lines, be used to calibrate blades and fences/guides, and can fit in your shirt pocket.

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To buy: INCRA TINYT03 Precision Tiny T-Rule 3-Inch(amazon)

Leica Geosystems DISTO E7400x Laser Distance Meter

January 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Leica Disto E7400x

Just got this tonight, so we’re looking forward to taking it for a whirl, especially the Height Tracking feature. It’s nice to read distances, but it’s another to find the height of an object in the distance. We’ll report back in a bit with all of the details. Thanks!

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To buy: Leica Disto E7400x (amazon)

Preview: Crescent Connect Modular Clamp System

November 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Carpentry, Demo, Layout, Manufacturing, Plumbing 
  • Modularity – Slot that enables clamp to attach to other clamp and rotate for 360 degree clamp angle
  • Force – 500 lbs. holding clamp force
  • Access – Pipe teeth grip round stock keeping it from twisting while cutting
  • Speed & versatility – Quick change end slides up to convert clamp to a spreader
  • Comfort – Rubber textured grips for comfort and traction when clamping

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Preview: V-Line Clamp

November 3, 2013 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Carpentry, Layout 

V-Line Clamp Tape Measure And Chalk Line Holder

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To purchase: V-Line Clamp (amazon)

GLM 100 C Laser Measure

October 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Bosch Launches GLM 100 C Laser Measure with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

New measuring tool syncs to instantly transfer measurements to smart phones and tablets with free mobile application

Mt. Prospect, Ill., October 30, 2013 – Bosch Measuring Tools combines the precision of laser measures with the convenience of Bluetooth® wireless technology with the launch of the GLM 100 C Laser Measure. Featuring an extended measuring distance, best-in-class memory storage and angle measurement in two axis, this innovative product allows users to make accurate measurements that are instantly transferred to smart devices via the free Bosch Measurement mobile app.

With the help of the mobile app, professionals can easily store and manage measurements without relying on pen and paper, making it fast and easy to calculate material needs and estimate labor costs on-site. Measurements also can be superimposed on jobsite photos, allowing users to quickly create and share detailed quotes containing pictures and comments. Boasting first-in-its-class remote control functionality, professionals can control the GLM 100 C from smart phones or tablets to make steady measurements along long range, short range targetless measurements or in hard-to-reach spots.

Featuring an extended measuring distance of 330 feet, increased memory storage of up to 50 measurements and angle measurements in two axis, the GLM 100 C offers multiple features for increased versatility. The integrated 360-degree tilt sensor provides improved angle functionality, while the large, automatically illuminated flipdisplay makes measurements easy to read and interpret. As with all Bosch measuring tools, precision is important, and the GLM 100 C is accurate up to 1/16 inch.

The versatile and easy-to-use Bosch GLM measure and document mobile app allows users to sketch or overlay measurements on jobsite photos, calculate measurements or assume control of the tool’s measuring functions from their smart devices. For further processing, measurements and photos also can be transferred from smart devices to personal computers (PC) via USB. When connected to a PC, the GLM 100 C’s integrated Li-Ion battery conveniently re-charges.

The GLM 100 C will be available at authorized dealers on November 1, 2013 and will come complete with a Li-Ion battery charger, USB cable for data transfer, hand strap and belt pouch. The Bosch GLM measure and document mobile app is available for download and works with Bluetooth® Smart Ready devices on Android and iOS operating systems. To find out more or to find a local dealer, visit or call 877-BOSCH-99.

Checkpoint G3 Torpedo Level

  • 4-vial system reads 90°, 45°, 30° plus oversized 0°
  • Oversized view ports for easy reading from all sides
  • 8-1/2″ billet 6061 T6 aluminum alloy body
  • Exclusive V-Groove System allows Ultra Mag G3 to straddle any pipe up to 10″

    This is going to be a very simple review.

    Basically, you order a torpedo level, and you get a work of art with some insane magnets.

    At the end, I was a bit disappointed, not with the level, but with myself, for only having two hammers. I think it could have held a couple more hammers.

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    Preview: Lufkin CS8525 Control Series Power Tape, 1-3/16-Inch by 25-Feet, Orange/Black

    • Accuracy – Wide end hook increases tape catch for precision marking
    • Reach – 10 ft. standout enables one person to stretch tape to target
    • Durability – Rugged co-molded grip protects tape from drops or abuse
    • Retraction – Control the tape with a single finger under the case for better grip and safer retraction on tape line
    • Drag Strip finger access for measuring and retraction control

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    Preview: Stanley STHT83166 2-Inch by 4-Inch Clamp

    –Eliminates the need to carry around bar clamps or pipe clamps
    –Clamps can be inserted and repositioned anywhere along a 2″x4″
    –400 pounds of clamping force and up to 850 pounds when bolted to a 2″x4″
    –Non-mar pads to protect work surfaces

    Stanley STHT83166 2-Inch by 4-Inch Clamp 9 (amazon)

    Stanley 10-481 FatMax Snap-Off Knife, 18mm

    Stanley 10-481 FatMax Snap-Off Knife, 18mm (amazon)

    When I opened the UPS box and looked at this knife, the first thing I said to myself was, “Wow!, this thing is huge!” However, after using it for a few hours, it’s the perfect size and shape for cutting large boxes down to recycle, or just about any other task. It is now my favorite utility knife!

    I’ll shoot a demo and how-to for this knife, then post it as soon as I can.

    Have a good weekend, folks!


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