I believe that circular saws are THE tools that every beginner DIY-er should have. Circular saws have wide range of functionalities that are quite useful to most beginner woodworkers. Especially if you are budget constrained and don’t have the money to buy different types of tools for various tasks. Circular saws are also most widely used power tools in the whole world. Probably because of the fact that with enough knowledge, you can do almost anything with it.
Like most tools available today, there are two types of circular saws that you can buy – corded and battery-powered cordless. Personally, i’ve stuck to using corded circular saws over the years, but recent developments in technology have made me reconsider my choice. Unlike it’s earlier counterparts, newer cordless circular saws are just as powerful and sturdy as their corded counterparts. This guide discusses differences between battery powered and corded tools in detail. Batteries have been improving as well, so they last longer and don’t take as much time to fully recharge.
But it’s also worth mentioning that corded circular saws tend to be much cheaper than the ones with battery. So if cost is major consideration for you, and you don’t care or need flexibility that cordless circular saws have to offer, buying corded saws is good way to save some money, sometimes as much as half the price.
In terms of their structure and build, there are two major distinct types of circular saws – worm drive and sidewinder. Sidewinders are usually small and lightweight type, and most small circular saws belong to this category. So if you are concerned about space and portability of your tool, they are a good choice. On the other hand, worm drive saws are more powerful and bigger in size. If raw power of the tool is something you need, worm drive saws should be your first choice. Honestly, it’s better to have both, and switch between them as needed, but if i had to choose one, i’d go with Sidewinder, since they’re more widely used.
I like to order all of my tools from Amazon, because of the lower price. But if you’re a beginner, it might be wiser to visit retail store and pick one in person. If it’s your first time, trying out the tool before buying one is recommended. And make sure that the tool you buy meets all the safety requirements out there. It’s foolish to try to save some money on tools by ignoring safety standards. Our health costs way more than that.
Everyone loves fireplaces, and it is usually part of most people’s dream homes. Cozying up to fireplaces in the cold just feels too romantic and cool to pass up. It’s something we see in the movies a lot, and so we tend to daydream about it a lot. But some of us do get to build one in our homes, and building one is usually a tough challenge. There are a lot of details that go into building and designing a fireplace, and everything has to fall into place in order to get it just the way you want. That’s why you should research before actually committing to building one. Based on my own and my friends’ collective experiences, i have pretty good idea of most challenges that come with building the fireplace, so i thought i’d share some tips and tricks that might make some of your lives easier.
First of all, even if you’re hiring someone to build it for you, which most people are, make an effort to understand how your fireplace will work. Most fireplaces have rather simple design, so it won’t be hard to understand it’s structure in and out. When talking of building fireplaces, we must talk about safety concerns. Having unsafe fireplace will put not only yours, but many other lives in danger. Thousands of housefires are caused by fireplaces that weren’t properly safeguarded, so making sure that your fireplace meets all the safety standards should be number one priority. It’s also good practice to keep anything flamable away from the fireplace.
Even if it’s far enough to not catch fire. Sometimes one spark can be enough to start the process. So my point is, it’s absolutely crucial that you hire someone who knows what they’re doing, and you should double check their work, too.
But building the fireplace is only beginning. Actually using it properly is whole different challenge. You’ll have to source wood, and split them into logs, using either splitting mauls or log splitters. This buying guide could help you choose one. You will also have option of buying firewood, but i think going the DIY route gives it whole new charm. Making a fire is pretty basic instinct for most people, and watching a fire that you made all by yourself – from start to the end – can be very gratifying experience. Starting the fire is whole other topic, and i won’t get into that now, but quick search on google should give you enough information to suffice.
Despite these challenges, i can attest to the fact that having well-built fireplace in your house is definitely worth the hassle. If you truly want it, nevermind the challenges and start building one today. But if you’re not sure in your commitment to it, better stay away and enjoy other people’s fireplaces if you can instead.
When i first decided to split wooden logs 50 years ago, i didn’t have much options in terms of the kind of tools i could use. I had only one choice – using axe. But nowadays, as technology advances, more and more options become available. There are manual log splitters, which, as the name suggests, use manual force to get the job done. There are electric ones, which run on batteries and cords, and you’ll often come across fuel-based electric splitters, too. With all these options available, choosing the right log splitter can get daunting. People who haven’t been into this kind of stuff have it especially hard. There are tons of legitimate questions that they have. Which type of log splitter is the cheapest and most reliable? How do you decide between paying hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for advanced log splitter, and paying under hundred dollars for good axe? Log splitters must be better, since people are buying them, but since both get the job done, what makes one better than the other?
I’ll try to answer those questions one by one. First of all, let’s talk about differences between axe and log splitter. Price difference between these two is staggering, and it is in fact for a good reason. The main difference between these two is that log splitters are designed to split massive amounts of wood as quickly as possible. Therefore, people who have tons of wood to split opt for that option, since splitting them all using handheld axe can be daunting. On the other hand, amateurs find wood splitting mauls to be good match for their needs, too. If you’re reading this article, it’s more likely than not that you don’t have much experience, so axe will most likely be better option for you.
Choosing between diesel-powered and electric log splitters is whole different topic. There are many numbers involved, but as a rule of thumb, you should consider price of both – electricity and diesel in your country. If one is cheaper than the other, your choice should be pretty clear. Some people also complain about it’s reliability, but based on my little experience of using electric log splitters, they work much better and are more robust than most fuel-powered splitters that i’ve used. If you’re too concerned about the price, i think there are also cheaper models being sold now. I haven’t had personal experience with one of those, but i’m hearing good things about them.