How To Install A Wireless Alarm System – And Chase The Scumbags Away!

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A while back, we did a post on how to install a hidden wall safe, to help keep at least some of your valuables safe from vermin scumbag thieves. While I still think that’s a great idea, most wall safes have pretty limited capacity; most of us would like to keep some of our BIGGER stuff, too, and would prefer not to have intruders skulking through our homes. After two recent burglaries in the family, I did a little research, and decided to install a wireless alarm system in both homes.  [Read more...]

Lawnmower, Trimmer and Edger All in One – Black & Decker 3-n-1 Cordless Compact Mower Review

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Is it a mower? Is it a trimmer? Is it an Edger? No, it’s Super Mower! Faster than a speeding mullet, far more powerful than a model locomotive and able to mow yards in a single bound, the new Black & Decker 3-n-1 Cordless Compact Mower does three lawn mowing chores in one single unit. To best be in a position to use these amazing landscaping powers in the never-ending battle for truth and justice, this powerful mini-mower has assumed the disguise of a mild-mannered weed trimming machine. [Read more...]

Milwaukee Fuel M18 Grinder Review

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Brushless motor technology and the supporting battery and high-tech circuitry and wizardry that accompany it continue to challenge our beliefs about what jobs a cordless tool might be appropriate for. Grinders are a tool that have a reputation for wreaking havoc on some of the hardest materials you’ll find on a jobsite: steel and concrete. Up until now, that reputation has been reserved for corded models. Those traditional corded grinders better start looking over their shoulders. The new Milwaukee M18 Fuel Grinder is dazzling the grinder market with showers of molten metal and stellar, corded-like performance. [Read more...]

News Nirvana – Milwaukee Snips and Hole Saws, Bosch SDS Max Demo Tools and Truck Giveaway, Arctic Cove Mister, Makita Compact Recip Saw, Klein Tool Expansion and Little Giant Velocity

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Happy Easter and welcome to another egg-citing News Nirvana. In this edition, we decided it wasn’t fair that the kids are the only ones who get a basket full of treats, so we packed this News Nirvana full of the latest and greatest tools, and they won’t even rot your teeth. Milwaukee brings snips and impact-rated hole saws, Bosch improves its SDS max tools and gives away a truck, Arctic Cove offers up a really cool tool, Makita shows us its new compact reciprocating saw, Klein expands its insulated tool line and Little Giant ladder breaks out the lightest extension ladder to date. Put on your Peter cottontail and start hopping down the bunny trail, it’s another tool packed edition of News Nirvana! [Read more...]

Wood Dyes vs. Pigments – Who will win the Battle?

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Ok, so there’s not really a “battle” per se between pigments and dyes, but when you’re coloring wood, these two products are sure to do the trick; and each has their own particular way of doing it. So, which material is best to get the color you’re looking for on your next woodworking project? Decide for yourself when these two wood coloring powerhouses fight to the death in this article. Note: HomeFixated does not condone death matches between any finishing materials, we’re all about woodworking peace and love here. [Read more...]

How To Repaint Shutters That Make You Shudder!

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Is your home’s façade looking like a prime contender for “Pimp My Hovel” lately? Never fear! If you have shutters, we’ll show you how a little paint, and a little work, can make a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal. Whether you just want to repaint shutters to banish a former owner’s questionable fashion choice (lilac and turquoise??), or refresh your shutters to pristine condition, it’s an easy project—and you WON’T have to tithe to the local home center!   [Read more...]

Concrete Batter Board Layout Tips – or How to be a Slab Crab

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Concrete might not be the most interesting of topics, but to me it’s an amazing invention that’s been around forever. Without it, we wouldn’t have all of the cool things in the world like skyscrapers, bridges and tunnels. Mega-complex concrete structures like those might be a little out of my league, but the smaller concrete slab is easy enough to install for even the novice home improvement hero on a weekend warrior mission to complete the honey-do list. Use these concrete forming tips and become a slab crab with ease. [Read more...]

The Clever Clamp Aid You Didn’t Know You Needed – GyroJaw Review

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What is small, orange, made in the USA but sounds like it should be wrapped in pita bread? The GyroJaw. When this little aid sample (sent to Home Fixated for review) first arrived I couldn’t think of what I could use it for. Now that I’ve had it in the shop for a bit I keep finding reasons to pull it out. It seems well suited to help hold all those odd shaped work pieces that keep finding themselves on my bench top. [Read more...]

Makita XSH01 18V X2 Cordless Circular Saw Review – Cutting Loose With 36 Volts!

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One of the first power tools most people buy is a circular saw. It’s the workhorse of the framing carpenter, and if you’re a DIY enthusiast, it won’t be long before you’ll find yourself needing one. Up ‘til now, for anything other than casual to medium-duty use, your only option has been a corded saw. There are cordless models available, but nothing with the cutting power—and battery life—to be considered as a worthy replacement for a corded saw. Recently, we got a big teal blue box in the mail with a product that aims to change all that – the Makita XSH01 Cordless Saw. Join us as we put the Makita’s aspirations to the test. [Read more...]

New Nirvana – DeWalt Gyroscopic Screwdriver, Klein All-Purpose Pliers, Milwaukee M12 Fuel Hackzall, Bosch 18V Drill/Driver and Makita Dust Extraction

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Welcome to the spring break edition of News Nirvana! Whether or not spring has sprung in your neck of the woods, we’re here to bring you a ray of sunshine and a little bit of warmth with these hot new tools. Just like a beach full of spring breakers, this edition of News Nirvana is packed full and ready to party. We’ve brought along new tools from Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch and Klein, so get your bathing suit on, grab a cold beverage and don’t forget the suntan lotion – it’s the Spring Break edition of News Nirvana! [Read more...]