My New Favorite Front Door Paint (& Tips For Painting A Door)

You know we painted our front door a new color back when we painted our brick house white in October, and I even mentioned back in that post that I used a new-ish specialty paint that’s made for front doors. It’s called Grand Entrance by Benjamin Moore and the paint color is Tranquility also by Benjamin Moore, and it can either be made in a satin base or a super hyper glossy mirror finish base.

Based on all of those excited adjectives I used to describe the latter option, it should be of no surprise to you that I jumped at the chance to buy and try “high gloss” for the first time.

Glossy front door with christmas decorations tranquility benjamin moore

Photos don’t do it justice. I mean the picture above is nice, but you don’t get the shiny and luxe effect at all (which is especially awesome in contrast to the super matte paint that we used on our bricks).

This paint is so shiny, you can see your reflection in it. Basically Cardi B would scream MONEY if she saw it. It’s amazing and EVEN THE FED-EX GUY NOTICED AND SAID IT’S SUPER COOL AND RAN HIS HANDS ACROSS IT LIKE A DOOR PAINT AD! (Have I mentioned that I paid for this and it’s not sponsored or anything? I’m just really into this stuff).

In the picture below you can kind of see how glossy and mirror-like the finish is. See how my fingers are reflected in the paint? They would’t do that with semi gloss paint, which is what’s typically used for interior and exterior doors.

Close up of hand reflected in glossy finish of front door paint

Not only did I take this paint for a test drive on both sides of our front door, I’ve slowly been working my way around the rest of the house, repainting all of the exterior doors. And after so much door painting (I’ve done four doors and counting in this same color with this same product) I have a bunch of tips & tricks to share, as well as a video of the process. Videos always seem to help me when I’m looking for a tutorial online – and best of all, it captures the shine on the door in a way that these photos don’t.

Tranquility Benjamin Moore Glossy Paint On Front Door In Foyer

You can kind of see the light gleaming off the right side of the door panel above the handle in the photo above, but again, the glossiness is kinda lost in these pics, so make sure you watch the video. That’s where these doors really shine. Har har.

There’s actually a super premium brand of paint called Fine Paints of Europe that costs $110 to $150 FOR A QUART OF PAINT, which sounds insane (is it made of GOLD?! Will it FOLD YOUR LAUNDRY?!) but it does look amazing. Super shiny. I just wasn’t ready to make it rain that hard with my painting budget, so I thought I’d try Grand Entrance, which it’s basically Benjamin Moore’s take on that same look, and it runs $44 a quart.

That’s still a TON OF MONEY FOR A QUART, but I still have about 1/4 of the quart left and I’ve painted four doors (one on both sides, and the other three on one side since the other side of the door is staying white) so around $11 a door feels completely fine to me.

Ok, so that’s why I love it. Now let’s get into the HOW of applying it. I just need to stress something I have already said, but feel like I need to say again, with emphasis. It’s really great looking…. but you can mess it up, so you have to do it right. Or you’re not going to be shout-it-from-the-rooftops-happy with the results like I am right now. You might actually hate it and have to redo your door. So this is one of those prep-and-diligence-actually-matters projects!

To further explain what I’m getting at, let’s go back to that Fine Paints Of Europe brand for a second. My friend shelled out over $120 for a quart to paint her front door a glossy red color up in DC. And even hired a handyman to paint it for her so she’d get the best result… and it was bad. Like so bad he had to sand it off and repaint it with regular paint.

The paint itself wasn’t bad, but applying super high gloss paint is not for the faint of heart. It can magnify every last flaw on a door, so with improper prep, it can look battered and bruised and MUCH MORE dinged up than it did with regular old semi-gloss paint on it. You have to sand every last bump down before you paint, so that is lesson numero uno. Fill any crack. Sand any raised part. Scrub it down so it’s not covered with dirt or cobwebs. This paint shows no mercy if you skip that step.

After my friend had that experience, I got super wary of high gloss paint (literally every expert says it’s the hardest to use since it magnifies flaws) but something compelled me to give it a try when we painted the house white. I walked into the paint store and I just felt like I needed to try it because I knew it would look amazing next to the extra matte brick paint we chose. And I’m SO GLAD I went for it.

Here I am painting the kitchen door that leads out to the garage, which had been a lighter and more chalky blue, but with the foyer door repainted, I wanted the kitchen one to match and have that same high gloss texture (which also looks great next to the tumbled marble tile). P.S. I paint with my clothes inside out, hence the tags you see below.

As for WHAT to use to paint with this stuff, I used a brush on every single part of every single door that I painted. I know that sounds weird. You’ll be tempted to ask me if you should spray it or use a small foam roller for a better result. The answer is no, use a high quality 2″ angled brush (this is our favorite kind), which will leave some subtle brush strokes, which you can sort of see here…

… but you’re bound to end up with SOME sort of stippled texture from your roller or sprayer with high gloss paint that shows this much of everything, so the long smooth brush strokes are actually much more pleasing to the eye when it comes to a project like this. We love how ours turned out.

In fact, the pro painter who did our house’s brick exterior told me he only uses brushes for doors with high gloss paint. So there you go. Your girl $herdog & Lance The Pro Painter are Hashtag Team Brush for this project.

As for the process, when I’m painting any door with panels on it, I follow this order:

  1. Paint the recessed areas first (in the direction of the arrows below)
  2. Then I paint the raised panels (in the direction of the arrows below)
  3. Then I tackle the large cross sections last (filling in the horizontal rails and vertical stiles in the direction of the arrows below)

If you want to see the process in action (and see the super shiny result much better than in a still photo), John shot a quick video of me putting the first coat of the very last door on my list:

NOTE: If you’re viewing this post in a reader, you may need to click through to see the video. You can also watch it here on YouTube.

Oh but one thing to note, if you’re using this on doors with glass windows, I’m a fan of the paint-on-the-window-and-razor-it-off-later method, but this paint dries as hard as a diamond. Like for real. It’s Housewives tagline would be: “Diamonds might be shiny and hard, and darling, so am I” (*spin to camera to reveal super glossy shine*). So my big tip is that scraping it after waiting too long is super difficult. It was dulling my new blades in about a minute. So if you get paint on the glass, don’t wait a week to scrape it off like I did – attack it within a day or two if you can.

You can see in the picture below that the door that leads to our garage used to be white when the house got painted. I’ll take a wider shot in the spring once the back yard doesn’t look all bleak and wintery, but it’s really nice to have a hit of shiny blue paint on that door, as well as on the french door that leads into the living room on the other side of the house.

House Painted brick from the back showing two exterior doors white before paint

Here’s that other back door up close, which is under our covered porch and leads to the living room.

So there ya go. I hope hearing about this paint is helpful, and the video demystifies how I tackle a project like this. Most of all, if you’re my friend or neighbor who is reading this, you are totally invited to come pet my front door like the Fed-Ex guy. It really is my happy place to sing this paint’s praises to anyone who will listen.

Oh and to revisit our post about painting the house’s exterior brick (what we used, how long it took, how much it cost) you can click here. And who remembers when we converted the back room off of the living room from a stinky sunroom into a covered porch and lofted the ceiling? Here’s a post about removing the sliding doors (and one about planking the ceiling and one about tiling the formerly carpeted floor).

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#130: Can Science Help Us Make Our Homes Happier?

Can the colors, furnishings, and accessories that we choose for our home actually make us feel quantifiably happier? Today we dive into the science of joy and learn how some tried-and-true design tricks might actually be affecting our daily moods (and how to make tasks that we don’t love a little more enjoyable). We also pin down a few ways that we’ve unknowingly added joy to our house, and a few others that could still use some work. Plus, the lesson we learned from waiting too long to give up on a piece of furniture, and a big dollhouse fail.

You can download this episode from Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.

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What’s New

Living Room With Built In Bookcases and Wood Coffee Table
chairs | marble side table | end tables | sofa | similar poufs | rug & table: secondhand
  • That’s the Instagram photo above where many of you noticed that we had a new coffee table.
  • Here’s a better shot from the other side of the room, where you can see the X-base a little better (with those nice little nooks on each end to slide two white poufs from upstairs).
  • And here’s a closer photo where you can also see that the finish isn’t totally perfect, but it’s functioning just fine for our family (much better than our ottoman in those final days). And we’ll share all the details if we tile the top or refinish it in some other way.
  • I tried to dig up some photos of its deterioration (and the “dandruff” it left all over the house) but we apparently avoided capturing it – or at least vacuumed it up before taking photos. But here’s a random iPhone shot we took last year where you can kind of see the bare spots forming along the top where the faux leather had started to peel. And those white dots on the floor are all ottoman confetti.
  • Sherry also mentioned that headboard in our guest room, which is actually the BACK of a wicker headboard that we got on craigslist. Here’s a shot of it below, and you can read more about it in our second book, Lovable Livable Home 😉

That’s Embarrassing

  • Here’s a photo of the Sweet Shop in progress, and the dozens and dozens of little pieces we were tasked with turning into some semblance of a dollhouse-sized candy store. (Note the paper fan blades in the foreground that were meant to become a ceiling fan. Spoiler – that did not happen).
  • Like I said in the episode, I think Sherry did it a great job getting something together just in time for Christmas, and our daughter LOVES IT. As Sherry pointed out, it doesn’t look much like the picture on the box, though.

“Joyful” Decor Discussion

  • And here are a couple of the spaces we referenced in the discussion, like the “surprise” DIY fabric covered wall in our daughter’s closet…
girls bedroom closet pink door wallpaper
Removable Wallpaper Mural With Oranges In Room With Two Twin Beds
  • You can also scroll up to see all of the “circles” and round objects we didn’t realize we have in our living room. When you start to look around, they’re EVERYWHERE.
  • And if you want to add some “celebration” to your house in the form of string lights, these are the patio lights we have in our backyard (and the outdoor smart plug we use to control them).
  • And here are the salt lamp nightlights that Sherry turns on every single day to add some glow around the house (we have three in the kitchen and one in each bedroom upstairs).

We’re Digging

  • You can see Sherry’s big gleaming “brasshopper” (brass grasshopper figurine) in the photo below (and you can kinda see the little one that lives on our mantel at home in the second photo of this post).
  • Below is the Paymaster painting we bought from listener Vita who painted it while listening. And check out all of the round objects in our office too!
  • Sherry did a little hunting for some other unexpected or whimsical things that might make you smile: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13
  • And if you’re curious, this is the portable basketball hoop my parents got the kids during Christmas sales. It too felt like it had a thousand pieces, but I managed to put it together all by myself!

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.

And lastly, a big thank you to Annie Selke for sponsoring this episode. Their big Presidents’ Day sale kicks off this week on Thursday (Feb 14th, aka Valentine’s Day) and you can get 20% off basically the whole site! Check it out at annieselke.com/YHL.

Thanks for listening, guys!

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How To Install Cabinet Hardware (With A Video!)

The duplex kitchens are looking more and more like real kitchens, and they took an especially big leap forward this past weekend after we got all of the cabinet hardware installed. But drilling holes into new cabinets can be scary and there’s not a whole lot of room for error or do-overs. So unless you’re a fan of buying a whole new door or drawer front, it’s important that you get everything centered and level on the first try. No pressure, right?

Thankfully, after installing three kitchens-worth of pulls and knobs in the last year and a half, we’ve perfected our system. So here’s how you can keep things straight, centered, consistent throughout the entire kitchen, and bring down the fear-factor when drilling into your brand new (or freshly refinished/repainted) cabinets.

Finished Ikea Cabinets With Brushed Nickel Hardware Installed

We even included a short video that’ll take you through each step (and show you a sneak peek at the wood kitchen side of the duplex), so let’s get started.

Installation Tools & Supplies

Supplies Needed to Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Here are the tools and supplies you’ll want to have on hand to help your installation go smoothly:

Video: Installing Your Cabinet Pulls

We made a start-to-finish video while installing one set of drawers so you can see the process in real time. We’ve also shown each step in photos below if you’d prefer to see the steps that way, but the video will give you a really complete view of what’s involved (and show you a sneak peek of the wood kitchen side of the duplex). Plus you can play Where’s Waldo and try to spot Sherry’s slippers somewhere in this video.

NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a feed reader you may need to click through to the original blog post see the video. You can also watch it here on YouTube.

Step 1: Mark Your Hardware Templates

The hardware templates are the real heroes of this project, so if you’re hesitating to spend the $10 on them – THEY ARE COMPLETELY WORTH IT. They’ll save you so much time and stress. They have holes for all of the standard handle spreads (ours were 4″) and lots of options for how far down from the cabinet top you may want them placed (we did a 2″ drop). If you’re doing knobs, you’ll just use the holes down the center at whatever drop you choose, which is also nice and handy to keep things consistent.

Once we’ve determined which holes will give us our desired handle placement, we use tape and a pen to mark them right on the template with a circle and a big arrow. There are a lot of holes in close proximity on these templates, and you don’t want to accidentally drill through the wrong one at any point, so whatever you have to do to idiot-proof the process is worth the few seconds it takes. This is what ours looks like after we’ve marked our chosen holes at the right spread (again, your pulls determine this – ours were 4″ pulls) and drop (remember we chose a 2″ drop for all of ours throughout the kitchen).

Cabinet Hardware Template Lined Up With Holes On Pull

Step 2: Tape Off Your Cabinet Fronts

Before drilling, place painter’s tape roughly where you’re going to hang your hardware. This not only gives you a surface you can mark up without actually marking on your cabinets, it will also help prevent your cabinet finish from cracking or splitting as your drill into it. For efficiency, we like to tape off all of the drawers in one cabinet at the same time and work our way around the kitchen that way – just taking it one area at a time.

Protective Blue Tape Attached To Kitchen Drawer Fronts

Step 3: Mark A Center Line On Each Front

This step is important, especially on stacks of drawers like this because you’ll really notice if one handle is even slightly off-center or not level with the others. So we like to take our time and really triple check ourselves.

First, measure the full width of your door. Even though ours is a 24″ base cabinet, the drawer fronts themselves are slightly smaller (23 7/8″).

Measured Length Of Cabinet Drawer Front Using Tape Measure

Then do whatever math you need to do to figure out half of your drawer front measurement (ours is 11 15/16″ – or just one tiny tick mark inside the 12″ line). Once you’re certain of your center measurement, mark it on your blue tape – then double-check yourself by measuring again from the OTHER side of the drawer to make sure it’s the same on both sides.

Center Line Marked On Drawer Fronts Using Tape Measure

I know that last step may seem like overkill, but we caught our own mistakes a couple of times during this installation (once you’re on your 20th drawer, 12 15/16″ starts to look a lot like 11 15/16″). So double-checking from the other side saved us more than once from some badly placed holes.

Once you’ve marked the center on each drawer (you may even want to do a quick visual confirmation that they seem to line up with one another) draw your marks a little bigger so they’ll be easier to see in the next step, and step back to make sure they all look lined up.

Center Lines Marked On Protective Tape On Kitchen Drawer Fronts

Step 4: Line Up Your Hardware Template

On your first drawer, rest the hardware template’s lip on the top of your drawer and then center it over the lines you just marked. This was a little easier with our old template (which was clear) but with enough squinting through those center holes on the template, we could see our premarked line on the blue tape behind it.

Aligning Hardware Template On Center Of Kitchen Drawer Front

Once you’re sure you’ve got the template centered on your marked line AND evenly resting on the top of the drawer, we like to clamp ours in place so it doesn’t move during the next step.

Clamping Hardware Template To The Front Of Drawer Front

Step 5: Drill Pilot Holes Through Your Hardware Template

Some people prefer to just mark their handle holes through their template with a pen (remember these are the holes in the template that you taped off with the arrow pointing at them), but we find that we’re able to get a much more precise hole if we drill directly through the hole in the template. You’ll need a pretty small drill bit to do this (ours was 5/64″) but you’d want to drill a small pilot hole to start each hole anyway (before moving onto the larger bit) so it’s nice to just do it through the template.

Drillign Pilot Hole Through Hardware Template Clamped To Drawer Front

Assuming your cabinet hardware is like ours that screws on through the back of the drawer, you’ll want to make sure your pilot hole goes all the way through the drawer and pokes out the back. I show in the video how we tend to drill slowly as we go through the back to minimize any potential cracking on the backside of the drawer. You can also put more painter’s tape on the back of the drawer where your drill bit will poke through if you’re especially concerned about splintering on the back, but in most cases it will be covered by the screw head anyway.

Overhead View Of Pilot Hole Being Made Through Cabinet Drawer

Once the first drawer is done, we like to repeat Steps 4 and 5 (center your template, drill pilot holes) on the rest of the drawers in whatever cabinet we’re working on so that we don’t have to switch our our drill bit back and forth for each drawer. Bulking stuff this way makes you faster and gets you into a nice rhythm.

Small Pilot Holes Made In Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Front For Hardware

Step 6: Drill Your Final Holes

Once you’ve made all of your pilot holes, remove your hardware template (but not your tape!) and switch out your drill bit for a 3/16″ bit. The hardware template actually comes with one because it’s the standard size for most hardware screws. But it doesn’t hurt to make sure it creates a large enough hole for your screws. Then, carefully drill through your pilot holes with the larger bit – again being sure to go through the back of the door, but without too much force.

Drilling Larger Hole Through Drawer Front For Cabinet Hardware

Once all of the larger holes are drilled, you can finally remove your tape.

Peeling Protective Blue Tape Off Of Cabinet Drawer Front

Step 7: Attach Your Cabinet Hardware

Now you can screw your hardware onto each door or drawer front. Your screws will go through from the inside of the drawer, and I like to connect both ends before tightening each screw with my hands first.

Tightening Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Screw By Hand

Once all of my pulls are loosely attached, I go back with a regular screwdriver and tighten everything so it’s held firmly to the door. I suggest NOT using your power drill here because screwing too tightly could cause damage to the door or drawer.

Tightening Hardware Screw With Philips Head Screwdriver

Step 8: Clean Up & You’re Done!

The last thing you’ll want to do is break out your vacuum hose to suck up all of the drill shavings in the drawers, cabinets, and on the floor. But other than that, you’re all done. Well, or you move on and repeat these steps for the rest of your cabinets.

Finished Ikea Cabinets With Brushed Nickel Hardware Installed

And I should note that the process works pretty much the same if you’re installing knobs or pulls on a door like the cabinet fronts under the sink. You just use the OTHER template included in the set. It’s designed to rest along the corner of your cabinet door like the one you see below:

Using Template To Make Pilot Holes In Cabinet Door

So I hope that helps take some of the fear and guesswork out of installing your own cabinet hardware. We’ll never not wince a little when making holes in cabinet doors, but following these steps helped us knock out both duplex kitchens in less than two hours – without a single crooked or off-center handle!

And for everyone who wants to see the entire kitchen and hear a bunch of tips for installing Ikea cabinets, stay tuned for a post coming up where we talk more about the process as a whole. Since we’ve gotten lots of practice installing Ikea kitchens, we have some tricks we wanna pass along. In the meantime, here’s a previous post on installing Ikea cabinets that will give you some info.

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#130: Can Science Help Us Make Our Homes Happier?

Can the colors, furnishings, and accessories that we choose for our home actually make us feel quantifiably happier? Today we dive into the science of joy and learn how some tried-and-true design tricks might actually be affecting our daily moods (and how to make tasks that we don’t love a little more enjoyable). We also pin down a few ways that we’ve unknowingly added joy to our house, and a few others that could still use some work. Plus, the lesson we learned from waiting too long to give up on a piece of furniture, and a big dollhouse fail.

You can download this episode from Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! Note: If you’re reading in a feed reader, you may have to click through to the post to see the player.

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What’s New

Living Room With Built In Bookcases and Wood Coffee Table
chairs | marble side table | end tables | sofa | similar poufs | rug & table: secondhand
  • That’s the Instagram photo above where many of you noticed that we had a new coffee table.
  • Here’s a better shot from the other side of the room, where you can see the X-base a little better (with those nice little nooks on each end to slide two white poufs from upstairs).
  • And here’s a closer photo where you can also see that the finish isn’t totally perfect, but it’s functioning just fine for our family (much better than our ottoman in those final days). And we’ll share all the details if we tile the top or refinish it in some other way.
  • I tried to dig up some photos of its deterioration (and the “dandruff” it left all over the house) but we apparently avoided capturing it – or at least vacuumed it up before taking photos. But here’s a random iPhone shot we took last year where you can kind of see the bare spots forming along the top where the faux leather had started to peel. And those white dots on the floor are all ottoman confetti.
  • Sherry also mentioned that headboard in our guest room, which is actually the BACK of a wicker headboard that we got on craigslist. Here’s a shot of it below, and you can read more about it in our second book, Lovable Livable Home 😉

That’s Embarrassing

  • Here’s a photo of the Sweet Shop in progress, and the dozens and dozens of little pieces we were tasked with turning into some semblance of a dollhouse-sized candy store. (Note the paper fan blades in the foreground that were meant to become a ceiling fan. Spoiler – that did not happen).
  • Like I said in the episode, I think Sherry did it a great job getting something together just in time for Christmas, and our daughter LOVES IT. As Sherry pointed out, it doesn’t look much like the picture on the box, though.

“Joyful” Decor Discussion

  • And here are a couple of the spaces we referenced in the discussion, like the “surprise” DIY fabric covered wall in our daughter’s closet…
girls bedroom closet pink door wallpaper
Removable Wallpaper Mural With Oranges In Room With Two Twin Beds
  • You can also scroll up to see all of the “circles” and round objects we didn’t realize we have in our living room. When you start to look around, they’re EVERYWHERE.
  • And if you want to add some “celebration” to your house in the form of string lights, these are the patio lights we have in our backyard (and the outdoor smart plug we use to control them).
  • And here are the salt lamp nightlights that Sherry turns on every single day to add some glow around the house (we have three in the kitchen and one in each bedroom upstairs).

We’re Digging

  • You can see Sherry’s big gleaming “brasshopper” (brass grasshopper figurine) in the photo below (and you can kinda see the little one that lives on our mantel at home in the second photo of this post).
  • Below is the Paymaster painting we bought from listener Vita who painted it while listening. And check out all of the round objects in our office too!
  • Sherry did a little hunting for some other unexpected or whimsical things that might make you smile: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13
  • And if you’re curious, this is the portable basketball hoop my parents got the kids during Christmas sales. It too felt like it had a thousand pieces, but I managed to put it together all by myself!

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.

And lastly, a big thank you to Annie Selke for sponsoring this episode. Their big Presidents’ Day sale kicks off this week on Thursday (Feb 14th, aka Valentine’s Day) and you can get 20% off basically the whole site! Check it out at annieselke.com/YHL.

Thanks for listening, guys!

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Simplify your style with the right tools!

I recently shared my thoughts on what I consider to be the most important of these three steps of the building process but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to say about cutting and building. 

To be honest with you, I have more means of cutting material than I can shake a stick at….and I use everyone of them. : ) Some of the most recent additions to the battery of cutting gear include this fresh new combo kit from DeWalt. The kit includes a basic reciprocating saw and not so basic circular saw, all packaged in their patented tough case. The recip saw works perfectly as general use, bang around saw for the DIYer or your favorite demolition hand. 

The circular saw on the other hand is very nice piece of gear and is almost identical to the cordless saw I used to build out my entire shop. Cutting strand board for roof decking was a total breeze with this little guy. I used the Diablo Demon blade for the decking and then switched out Diablos finish blade what it came to more precise framing. Granted, the demo blade will provide clean cuts on framing material, but there is a noticeable difference after switching out to the finish blade on nicer material.

I can tell you without question that this saw can really take a beating on a job site. More than anything I appreciate how light and nimble the saw is to move around making cuts on a ladder or roof top a real breeze compared to a larger corded model. There is some debate on whether a left or right sided saw is best for most users. Even though I’m right handed, I generally prefer a left sided saw as this model is configured. 

In addition to having access to a variety of different cutting techniques, I’m also a firm believer in having WAY more drill bits than you think you will ever need. Believe me, you will use all them in time and its a type of collection that should always be kept alive…..especially if you have multiple people working in your shop. Milwaukee recently me a 142 bit case that really helped push the drill bit collection to a point where I think I may be stocked appropriately for the next year or so as long and I can keep my guys from walking off with some of them lol. This would also be a perfect collection starting package for anyone just getting into building and aiming to ramp up their bit collection. Between all four boxes you have just about every bit you might need around the shop including torx, phillips, squares, and even a couple 1/4” drive hole drilling bits. 

My neighbor recently enlisted my help to build a shave horse which was a totally fun build. Since I was building over at her place, I just took a tool bag to her place of the most essential tools we would need. As it turns out, we wound up having a bolt that was a bit too short and didn’t expose enough threads to catch a nut on. The quick solution was to turn the bolt hole into a counter-bored hole so the head of the carriage bolt could seat deeper into the material. To do this I just un rolled this hand new paddle bit set from Bosch. These paddle bits feature a threaded tip which keeps the head pulling through the material as you turn the drill motor. However, you can also precisely stop the bit a certain depth to keep yourself from going all the way through your material. Admittedly, a nice forstner bit would have created a better square profile on the counter-bore but for a quick solution to an easy problem, this pouch of paddle bits did the trick. 

Although I can easily carry on about the three pillars of creating that are best described as “measure, cut, build”, safety is without a doubt the most important element in the entire evolution of creating. The more I build, and the older I get, the more I appreciate all the little moving parts of my body and in want to steer clear of any injuries during all of my creative builds. Aside from good eye safety, hand safety is no joke. Consequently, I keep gloves just about everywhere in my shop so I’m never too far away from being to protect my hands if the work calls for it. The new Firm Grip gloves from The Home Depot have been the latest go-to pair on the metal side of the shop. The doubled-up grain material over the knuckles and the palms offer solid protection from all the metal work I’ve been finding myself in lately. Although they are slightly on the big side for my small hands, the leather is very supple right out of the box. If you’re hard on your hands like I am, feel free to check them out. : )

Thanks for stopping in to learn a bit more about these new building tools available through your local Home Depot. . This article is actually sponsored by them through their ProSpective campaign which involves paid content creators, like me and several others, who provide feedback, exposure, and reviews of current projects available to the market. Some of the links above are affiliate links and provide a small kickback for any sales associated with them. In a way, it helps to keep the entire machine running. Thanks so much for your support and stay safe out there!

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Fast is fine but accuracy is everything. Check it out!

The common thread with all the projects I create these days can basically be called out as a continuous cycle of measure, cut, build. With that in mind, you can easily see how the quality of a project is going to rely heavily on the quality of tools you’er working with. Here lately I’ve been working with The Home Depot which has exposed me to a tremendous amount of quality tools that all generally support the cycle of “measure, cut, build.” 

In my opinion, it’s hard to place a mark on which of these three steps carries the most weight when you’re creating something from nothing, but if I had to choose, I would place the pin on “measuring”. Whether you’re building tolerance is +/- 1” or +/- .0005”, knowing that you have a reliable means of measuring distances will make or break your project. 

When I’m moving around the shop and pulling a tape on different material for small projects, I lean on the Milwaukee 16’ tape measure. It’s small, compact, and can take a beating. On larger material however, I’ve been using the Milwaukee STUD tape measure. The name makes me chuckle a little bit but it really is fitting as this thing is quite the stud of a tape measure. Haha. Really though, check out the numbers: 27mm wide tape material, it can stand out of the body by a full 10’ before breaking over, and the body is reinforced so much that it can withstand an 80’ drop and still keep truckin. Out of all the cool stats, I really appreciate the 10’ stand out the most. There’s been too many occasions where I’m in a precarious spot and need the tape to reach just a tiny bit more in order to reach the target but it unfortunately breaks early requiring me to move a ladder, re-position, or just find a tougher tape (like this here STUD lol)

Moving beyond the basic tape measure will quickly land you in the world of laser measurement devices. These things have really come a long way in recent years. The handiest laser measure tool I’ve used lately is this new model from Bosch. It’s easy enough to use for the average home owner/DIYer but capable enough for the seasoned carpenter to leverage all of the awesome features it has. Aside from being accurate to within 1/16th at 400 feet it also has a full color display which will snap images of the project your working on. That image can then be marked up, associated to building notes the unit saves on board, and it doubles as an adjustable zoom screen so you can easily find your laser pointer in bright, outdoor conditions. It’s also worth mentioning that the unit will easily connect to your smartphone device via bluetooth connectivity so the user can download images directly using the MeasureOn app. For the average user, this unit may be a bit overkill. However, if you’re in the business of always crunching numbers for material quantities, this unit can be a real life saver. 

Of course laser measurement goes well beyond simple point and shoot applications and has extended into the realm of cross line laser coordinate systems. These devices will divide up your project into a X,Y, and Z coordinate system allowing you to rely on a steady, known reference point, for accurate dimensioning of material. For a basic up/down-left/right reference you really don’t need anything than more than a simple cross line laser. This new GLL30 fills this place in the market perfectly with a more than reasonable price of 45 bucks from The Home Depot. It comes with a handy adjustable mount for accurate positioning and will cast a brilliant bright red line up to 30’ indoors. With one simple button you can have an automatically level or plumb line from one side of your space to the other making a wide variety of jobs much easier. Everything from cabinets to overhead lighting can be greatly simplified by having a known reference. The simple fact is, not all construction winds up plumb/level/square when the contractor has packed up and left. Consequently, cross line laser levels from BOSCH have a uniquely perfect fitment in any homeowners lifestyle.

But let’s say you demand even more out of your cross line laser equipment than what you find in the GLL30. In that case you really need not look much farther than the BOSCH GLL3-3000. This space age laser level outputs 3 laser lines on the X,Y, and Z planes for an incredibly fast solution to squaring up a room. Unlike the unit mentioned above, this unit projects 360 degrees of laser line output giving you 100% coverage of a straight line on in all directions. The smaller, inexpensive models only project forward of the body and do not offer this 360 degree coverage. The GLL3-3000 features a self leveling mechanism and up to 200 feet of coverage in all directions with a tolerance of +/- 3/32” at 30’. Obviously this is really well suited for interior construction in all directions simplifying the installation of flooring, wall decking, exposed conduit or plumbing, and nearly anything else that needs to be plumb, level, square. BOSCH offers a commercial grade tripod similar to what you find under any surveying transit for around 70 bucks. I lucked out and purchased mine at a garage sale for a cool 20 bucks. Total win! Aside from linking up to a tripod this unit also talks directly to a smaller base fixture. The BM1 positioning device clips to multiple surfaces, stands on the floor with retractable feet, and mounts to drywall or wood with screws for quick and easy setup.

This space age laser level outputs 3 laser lines on the X,Y, and Z planes for an incredibly fast solution to squaring up a room. Unlike the unit mentioned above, this unit projects 360 degrees of laser line output giving you 100% coverage of a straight line on in all directions. The smaller, inexpensive models only project forward of the body and do not offer this 360 degree coverage. The GLL3-3000 features a self leveling mechanism and up to 200 feet of coverage in all directions with a tolerance of +/- 3/32” at 30’. Obviously this is really well suited for interior construction in all directions simplifying the installation of flooring, wall decking, exposed conduit or plumbing, and nearly anything else that needs to be plumb, level, square. BOSCH offers a commercial grade tripod similar to what you find under any surveying transit for around 70 bucks. I lucked out and purchased mine at a garage sale for a cool 20 bucks. Total win! Aside from linking up to a tripod this unit also talks directly to a smaller base fixture. The BM1 positioning device clips to multiple surfaces, stands on the floor with retractable feet, and mounts to drywall or wood with screws for quick and easy setup.

In all honesty, I’ve used all kinds of different things in my immediate surroundings as measurement devices. For instance, the belt around your waist can quickly be used as a measurement tool to see if that sofa is too wide to fit through the door. I’ve learned that the most important thing to remember as it relates to tolerances is understand the intent of what is happening. Sometimes a quick reference on you belt will answer the question at hand, and other times you may need a laser line to keep you within 3/32″ at 200′.

Thanks for stopping in to learn a bit more about these new measurement tools. All of these items are available through The Home Depot. This article is actually sponsored by them through their ProSpective campaign which involves paid content creators, like me and several others, who provide feedback, exposure, and reviews of current projects available to the market. Some of the links above are affiliate links and provide a small kickback for any sales associated with them. In a way, it helps to keep the entire machine running. Thanks so much for your support and stay safe out there!

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