Minnesota Steve

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  1. Well as far as how to respond, I would talk to the HOA. If they yell over the fence, blast music, and especially fire an airhorn... now you have a complaint against them. Don't do anything to make it worse... no childish stunts and what not. But frankly using power tools in the afternoon on a weekend is a perfectly legitimate
  2. Do you have the wheels on your base? They have wheels as an option for like $100, but they just look like regular locking casters.
  3. I got a black friday flyer from Rockler and Woodcraft and it looks like the Supermax 16-32 is back on sale for $999. I think I have just enough room in my shop for one. Not sure I can sneak it past the wife though.
  4. Miter saws aren't really great with any dust collection. When I had the dewalt table saw, honestly the shop vac worked pretty well with it. The dewalt blade is really tightly enclosed so there isn't a lot of volume of air to extract. I wouldn't worry too much for right now. Even when I got a bandsaw the shopvac was ok. It wasn't until you get a planer, jointer or a bigger table saw that you need more. I have the original Dust Right collector from Rockler, and then I bought the Harbor Freight. I pull a hose to each machine as I need it and for that they work ok. The HF one
  5. We put LV tile into our office... it's nice stuff. We used a Coretec Plus product which seems a bit better than what they sell at the box stores. It clicked together just like a laminate, but the whole underside is plastic. I had Pergo laminate in a townhouse years back, and it was fairly durable. They must have changed the way the seams work to declare it waterproof.
  6. Bosch Daredevil. They're very aggressive, the tip is a screw that pulls the bit in. No way I can use a regular drill with them as they pull in hard until they stall and then you break your wrist, but since they have a hex shank they work great in the impact driver.
  7. I had a buddy who had an accident with his ryobi portable saw and nearly lost his thumb. More interesting was that even with insurance he had about $2k in bills from the hospital. So when I went to upgrade my dewalt portable saw, it wasn't hard for me to convince my wife that the extra $1500 or so was worth spending. I need my fingers for work. it's very important.
  8. They work great on construction lumber. And I agree you get a lot more control over driving a screw. I've also used it with big spade bits because it drills the hole with more control and less wrist breaking than the drill. But if you're driving a screw into say maple or oak, you'll learn real fast that you didn't pre-drill the countersink deep enough when the head snaps off. Learned that lesson the hard way.
  9. I bought a rotary hammer when I did a lot of tapcons in my basement, and I'm a big fan. It just cuts through the concrete like butter. No where near as slow and painful as a hammer drill. It also works as a jack hammer for taking up tile.
  10. If it makes you feel any better... I've never posted a review on Amazon, yet last year I hit the review button and it says that I violated their community standards and I've been banned from reviews. And they won't respond to any inquiries about why this might be. As far as Acme goes... all their reviews are probably being handled by a third party. They just integrate in with the review service.
  11. Honestly I think they're all decent choices. I think it really comes down to the individual tools where there are subtle differences. And then there's no clear lineup which has awesome everything. You might like the jigsaw from Makita, but the router from Milwaukee. I just have the M12 tools, and tend to only have cordless where I really need to have a cordless tool. As I otherwise have a router from Bosch, a circular saw from Makita, sanders from Dewalt, etc... all corded.
  12. Well the cabinets in my house are put together with hot glue... At least that's what it looks like. It's all about speed. As long as it looks nice on the front, the customer won't know.
  13. I really don't trust online reviews. You're better off with the youtube video. That's where I go looking for real information on products.
  14. That's really good to hear. I suspect they want the saw back so engineering can analyze it and understand exactly what's wrong. I'm sure this is cheaper for the company to ship a new saw than sit there and try to fix the current one by randomly sending out parts.
  15. Nice. I really like working with cherry. It's not too hard, it's not too soft... has a tendency to burn but as long as you keep things moving that can be avoided. And it just looks gorgeous with a clear oil finish. I'm not so sure about the tail vise. I bought this Veritas inset vise, and I used it occasionally, but I really think I'd be better served with simple holdfasts and keep meaning to order a pair of those Gramercy ones. I wish I had a secret stash of cherry... I've only got a few boards left from my last Youngblood trip and now they're closed.
  16. The startup current shouldn't be that high at the breaker... there is a big current, but that's why there's a startup capacitor. There is a centrifugal switch which adds the capacitor into the loop at startup but then it should cut the capacitor out of the circuit when the motor gets up to speed. I had an issue with my dust collector where the centrifugal switch was disconnecting too soon and this was causing the overload breaker on the motor to trip. Never had the circuit breaker trip. I found this article from grizzly that explained how to adjust it and it's been fine since. https
  17. Man that sucks. That's a lot of different problems, and most of them don't even begin to make sense. I wonder if all the problems you had with the switch had something to do with the motor, or maybe why the motor went out? Some sort of short or something.
  18. Ok, I'm seriously impressed with those rear speaker pillars.
  19. Just get one of these... https://www.bissell.com/little-green-proheat-portable-carpet-cleaner-2513g The info on the Vacmaster is useful. I've seen them before, but never really sure if they were good quality or not.
  20. This is what I have. They're great screwdrivers... I like that I can pound on them, and I even once used a wrench to help drive a #2 screw into my workbench when I was installing my vise. And the tips are hardened steel, not the chowder that my old Craftsman screwdrivers were made of. I also have a set of bit drivers for my cordless impact driver.... it depends on what your doing, I like having both options.
  21. I have a Harbor Freight dust collector, and they're generally pretty popular for those of us just starting out. So the normal price is like $200, and there is always a 20% off coupon around that'll bring the price down to $160. And there are other tools like sanders, drill press and such that are decent for starting out. Well the new coupons are starting to exclude "Central Machinery"... This is on their front page today... But if you click on it to print, the "Central Machinery" exclusion is gone. Kind of suspect they're trying to move away from the coupon thin
  22. I tried to research this... and I gotta be honest it's really unclear. It appears to just be South California, but I searched that southern california air quality district website and all I found was talk of a proposed rule 1143 back in 2008 including denatured alcohol. But the rule 1143 they listed as current as of 2010 only mentions mineral spirits. Supposedly it's because it's a VOC.... that's the only rationale I can see.
  23. The only thing I'm aware of is that it comes in different fineness... coarse through fine. The fine stuff is more like muslin cloth. I'm not sure about quality, I suspect there probably is better makers but I don't know who they are. My wife makes farmers cheese occasionally using buttermilk and uses cheesecloth for that, and I have no idea where she buys it but I suspect it's at the grocery store.
  24. I've used a number of Rockler adapters... the dustright quick connects from Rockler work pretty well. The only thing I don't like is that they tend to stick out the tool a fair bit which can get in the way at times when moving them around. And yes it means you have to semi-permanently attach a fitting on every single tool, which adds up as they're like $10/each. Oh and when all that fails, I've had good luck with Gorilla brand duck tape. The stickem allows you to pull the tape off if needed, unlike regular duck tape.