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Your Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Your double bevel sliding compound miter saw is really a useful device for just about any really serious carpenter or household craftsman. A DeWalt DW718XPS double bevel sliding compound miter saw handles the actual level and angle on the saw edge relative to the actual wood. This lets you make notches, grooves and angle slices. Each one of these are useful separately, and when blended can easily produce several really advanced home projects. Here are a few brief samples of things I've done recently.

The simplest way to make use of notches is to interlock pieces of solid wood. Careful use of notches on two by fours for instance, can turn them directly into self supporting racks. Simply cut down 4 parts of 2x4 to 30 inches long for example, after that make use of your double bevel sliding compound miter saw to make a notch of an inch through each side to allow a bit of plywood to slip in. Place 1 bit of 2x4 in every corner, and you have a really quick and easy to make shelf to store things within the workshop or garage. If you want to make higher shelving or multiple levels, just cut lengthier sections of 2x4, and notch at each height interval. For additional support, you are able to use wood epoxy before putting together the shelving. And natural wood is simple to sand, stain and paint to create a more refined and completed appearance if you want. This is a fantastic way to make kids furniture that is actually functional and won't take a lot of time or money.

Grooves are also beneficial. The actual advantage of a double bevel sliding compound miter saw here is, we can make a groove that is lengthier compared to length of the saw blade, by sliding it along as we cut. This is perfect if we wished to create something like an easy entertainment center, by having an open style front and a moving clear glass door. Rather than worrying about hinges and the like, just cut a channel groove along the top edge of the top and base parts, to permit the doorway to slip along in the track. A couple of swift cuts and some sanding allows the doorway to maneuver effortlessly, and provide an extremely enhanced look for our project.

Angle cuts are utilized in a variety of circumstances. Nearly every corner joint is improved upon through chopping the two parts at a forty-five degree angle to join them, be it on a trim piece around a doorway frame or joining the joints of a birdhouse. Angle cuts also help out a lot when building fencing and wooden patios, or redoing stairs.

I have done a number of jobs throughout the house since I bought my own DeWalt DW718XPS double bevel sliding compound miter saw, and i'm very satisfied with it. Two thumbs up without a doubt, it's much easier to make use of and more steady than the usual hand held saw.


Hot vs. Cold Water Pressure Washers

Pressure washers are used in many homes and a large variety of businesses for many reasons. If you have decided that you need a pressure washer, for whatever reason, you have made your first decision. Your next decision will be what type of washer is best for you. There are many different kinds of pressure washers, they can have different power sources (electric, gasoline, diesel or natural gas); different powers, often designated as residential or professional, ranging anywhere from 1000 to 6000+ psi; different sizes, from portable to on wheels that you pull, to large ones that are mounted on a trailer or in the back of a truck, or you can even get pressure washers that are mounted on a wall; finally, you can get one based on the type of water that they use, hot or cold.

Though there is a lot that can be said about any of these different types of machines, today let's just take a look at cold and hot pressure washers, their pros and cons, to help you decide which type will work best. From there you can go on to look at different power sources and sizes when you take the next step in your decision process.

First let's look at cold water pressure washers. Cold washers can either have a tank to carry water or can be hooked up to a regular hose. This means that they can be smaller than hot water washers, and also that they start at a lower price point. These are great for around the home use, things like cleaning vehicles, siding, decks etc. They easily remove dirt and grime, much better than using a standard hose with just a nozzle.

As you can guess, hot water pressure washers are heavier and larger than cold water ones. This is because the machine has to have a tank and a burner to heat the water before it is used. Many hot water machines come on a cart, but there are also large, industrial sized ones as well. The primary reason you would want a hot water pressure washer is because it cleans better, especially any type of grease. You don't wash greasy pans in cold water. No matter how much soap you use, the grease stays. Hot water helps to break down the grease and wash it away. So if you are going to have to clean any grease or oil based products, then you need a hot water unit. Another nice thing about hot water units is that you usually have the option of running cold water instead, which can save on the extra gas needed to heat the water.

Basically, the pros of cold pressure washers are that they can be portable and lighter since they do not have to have water tanks, and they are great for removing every day grime and dirt. And in general they are less expensive. The primary con of the cold, is that they do not clean oil based stains or spills. Therefore, the obvious pro of hot pressure washers is that they have a wider range of cleaning capabilities. The cons are that they are often larger, heavier and more expensive.

So it really comes down to what you need to clean, if you are cleaning a garage floor where you do mechanical work, then you need a hot unit. If you are doing basic grime removal around the house, a cold unit will work. If you are a business, do the same type of evaluation. Once you know whether hot or cold water pressure washers will work best for you, then you can delve into your other options.


More than One Type of Air Compressor

If you are in the market for an air compressor, after doing a bit of research, you will discover that there is more than one type of air compressor available. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the best air compressor for you, but knowing what types of compressors are available is a good first step. Here are the basic types that are available, ranging from light weight to heavy duty.

Hand Carry Portable Air Compressor - though features will obviously vary, these machines are generally lightweight and compact since they are designed to be hand carried. These are generally single stage compressors with an oil lubricated pump. A good cast iron cylinder will extend the pump life. A heavy duty steel tank and frame is also desirable, and anti-vibration feet. A pressure relief safety valve is a must and you want to be able to manually drain the air from the tank when you are done. These small units are perfect around the home, whether you get an electric or a gas one. Though, if you are using it for a lot of indoor work, electric would be preferable.

Wheeled Portable Air Compressor - these compressors are also portable, but being bigger, are usually too heavy to carry around, so they are on a base with wheels. A wheeled compressor will normally have a larger tank and operate at a higher psi output than a hand carried compressor. Typically there are two wheels on the back and base legs on the front with a handle. You just lift up the front and pull the air compressor along behind you. You can get these heavy duty machines with either single or two stage pumps, though the two stage is more common in this style since it is good for higher pressures than a single stage compressor. These machines are really good for using around a construction site, or for the rental industry where a lot of continual demand of different sorts is placed upon the compressor.

Stationary Mounted Air Compressor - these can either be mounted on a preexisting tank, or can be purchased already mounted on a steel tank. These come in a whole range of sizes, both the pump and tank size can vary, and are obviously designed to be used where they do not need to be portable. Securing them to the floor or other surface is often a good idea. These are really good in a shop, you just need a long hose and a selection of tools, and you are good to go.

Service Vehicle Air Compressor - these are compressors that are mounted in the back of a vehicle, they are heavy duty for larger jobs, designed for industrial use. Usually available with single or two stage pumps, they should have be belt driven with a larger fly wheel, this helps it to cool quicker and to start up easier. A constant run control is also really nice to have on one of these units. One of these is only needed if you are in an industry that travels and requires an air compressor, such as carpet cleaning.

These are the basic types of air compressors available, though there are also specialty compressors, such as climate control and fire sprinkler compressors. But for home use, a hand carry or wheeled air compressor usually works best. If you need a compressor for regular use in a business, then a stationary or service vehicle air compressor may be what you need. This is just a fist step in deciding what air compressor will work best for you, there are other considerations to take into account before making a final decision.


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