Have a Roof? Enter to Win a $2,500 Home Depot Gift Card!

by Bruno Bornsztein
Have a Roof? Enter to Win a $2,500 Home Depot Gift Card!

If ever have a chance to watch a house or addition being framed, I strongly encourage you to do it. It's amazing to watch how quickly a pile of lumber becomes a structure with walls, floors, and ceilings. And it also reminds you there's no magic standing between you and the elements; it's just wood, carefully measured and cut, and, if you're lucky, a good solid roof. Read on to see how you can enter to win a $2,500 Home Depot gift card, courtesy of GAF, and be eligible for weekly giveaway prizes.

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs
Here's a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we're teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Read on to find out how to win!

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First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

by Bruno Bornsztein

First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw
Ok, so I know I'm late to the game getting a reciprocating saw, and if you already own one or know everything about them, mosey along. But Alicia's been getting after me to get rid of these ugly metal pipe laundry line posts in our back yard, and today I finally decided to do it. 

Now, for any job there are lots of tools that will work, and usually one or two that are perfect for the task. In this case, I decided on getting a reciprocating saw...

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Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

by Chris Gardner

Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I've realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are "from the ground up" projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want.

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And that, friends, requires sharp tools. Any time you use a blade, you break down the edge, twisting the metal out, dulling it and making it less useful. Even cutting regular paper with scissors. 
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But here's the thing - not only are sharp blades more effective, they're actually safer. So, having sharp tools, like scissors, kitchen knives, carving tools, saw blades, chisels, and paper cutters allows you to work faster, and cut yourself less. 

Enter the Work Sharp 3000.

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Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

A couple of weeks ago, the people at Wagner (they're based in nearby Plymouth, MN) sent me one of their new EZ Tilt Spray Painters (if you're looking for one, you can buy it here on Amaazon) to try out. We had been planning on re-painting our porch floor, so we decided to put it to the test and get a minor project out of the way at the same time. Read on to see how it went.

The Wagner EZ Tilt paint sprayer
   

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How To: Scherenschnitte with X-ACTO

by DIY Maven

How To: Scherenschnitte with X-ACTO

A few weeks back the folks at X-ACTO offered to send over a few of their items for me to review. My first thought was, "What could I possibly have to say about X-ACTO that my fellow Curbliers don't already know?" My next thought was, "Since I've never actually owned an X-ACTO, I can't really answer that question." I know, I know! How has a chronic DIYer never bought an X-ACTO?! Because such purchases occur to me when I'm at the checkout. You know, where they sell the knock offs for a buck or two. And, honestly, I figured one craft

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Test Lab: Bondera TileMatSet

by DIY Maven

Test Lab: Bondera TileMatSet

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Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to play with a new tiling product called Bondera TileMatSet. Simply put, Bondera is pressure sensitive sticky back on a roll that eliminates the need for mastic and thin set when tiling walls, countertops or splash-backs. It's billed as VOC free, mess free, and it allows immediate grouting after tile installation. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too. I mean, it's sticky back tape for goodness sake! How's that going to hold heavy tile??

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