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Old 02-18-2009, 11:57 AM   #16
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I bought wire strippers that you squeeze the handle and it strips the wire instantly. They were cheap and work great. Now I've just got to find them.

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Old 02-18-2009, 12:18 PM   #17
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One thing that surprised me in a bad way was my Zircon stud finder. I paid like $25 for it, and this thing sucks more then Kui****g's shop vac! It NEVER finds studs accurately. My father has one, its zircon as well, but older and differnt style. It works flawlessly. The one I have is a yellow one with a skinny bottom. It's aweful! It not only reads nothing where I know there is a stud, but it invents phantom studs that don't even exist.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that has trouble with these things. It will show you there is a stud one time, the next time it's 8 inches down the wall. I guess I should nail the studs better to keep them from moving so much. I bought it to replace the stanley cheapie I lost, man I have to find that stanley.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:51 PM   #18
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I just recently bought a few things at Harbor Freight that would be handy to have but I will rarely use. The one that sticks out in my mind was the bench grinder. I put a wire wheel on it and even if I lightly use the wire wheel it will stop the grinder. Guess I learned my lesson about buying cheap tools.
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I bought an Arcus tile blade at the remodelers show after watching a demo. I was concerned that it was a gimmick until I got it in my saw. Now I cut curves in marble and granite tiles without hesitation. This was a good buy since it saves a lot of time making curves without breaking the tile.
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I have a Skil 5150 7-1/4" circular saw that I've had for at least twenty years. If it ever dies, I'm going to replace it with a Milwaukee.
Notice I said "IF"! I just can't kill that thing!
Like the Energizer Bunny, it just keeps going and going and going and.........
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I Think this thread is good so I am going to keep it going with my favorite tool, well its not really a tool.

A Rare Earth Magnet, I got the idea from a fine homebuilding magazine. I use a wooden handle framing hammer, anyways I drilled/epoxied two 3/4" flat RE magnets into the handle. Great for cleaning up nails, finding your end of the chalkline that broke and fell into the basement below, I think its one of the best ideas out there... to bad I didnt think of it, but I love it so much and use it everyday on the jobsite, that I thought I would spread it.

A fix for all those crappy stud finders:
When I am finishing I keep two flat RE magnets in my apron, for finding studs, you always know there is a screw at the horizontal joint in dry wall so there has to be nails or screws at the 48" or 54" mark. makes the job go so quick when I am laying out for closet shelves and finding the first stud for baseboard.

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