My wife and I recently purchased a rural property that’s a fair distance from anywhere. One of the most enticing features was a bonus cabin well back on the property at the edge of the woods. Sort of a place to get away from the place you were in to get away from it all. Being a half mile off the road, it lacks electricity. Even more distressing, being located in upstate New York, was the fact that there was no heat. The sensible solution was a wood stove, and the cordless tools available these days were more than adequate to tackle the job of installing the chimney. All the drilling and cutting raised a fair bit of chips and sawdust that pretty much got everywhere in the small space. We swept a most of it up, but there was still plenty remaining that defied our best efforts. What we really needed was small vacuum. Being the thoroughly modern man that I am, I had one of my kids show me how to do a search on my phone for a small cordless vac and up popped the DEWALT DCV517B 20V MAX Cordless 1/2 gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vac. Join me for the review! Read More
Stephen hails from a family of DIY’ers, the delusion that no job is too big or complex to tackle on your own originally instilled by his father and further reinforced by his brothers, who are equally afflicted. His first real project was the complete restoration of an old farmhouse in Upstate NY, which was followed by another, setting the pattern. After 40 years in the wine and spirits business (sounds far more glamorous than the reality) he recently retired to an 80 acre “hobby” farm, where he will continue to “farm” until his retirement savings are exhausted. As a co-owner of 30 something bicycles (a devotee of the N+ 1 theory of bicycle requirements, where N=
the current number owned), he is typically found tinkering on his latest build or out testing said results. Stephen spends his spare time (face it, all of his time) drinking good coffee, currying homegrown produce or fixing whatever is currently non-operational. He also spends whatever time he can with an ever growing extended family. When his wife retires they plan to do as much cycle touring as their legs will allow.