Nov 29, 2009
I reviewed the 4231 Wooster Alpha back in February. I felt the Wooster Alpha 4234 deserves its own little review because its characteristics and capacity is far superior to the 4231. Basically the 4234 has all the advantages of the 4231 on a bigger scale. If you are serious like I am about maximizing every aspect of your skill then take time to read the 4231 Alpha review.
The 4234 has a HUGE footprint that I try to show in this photo. It stays sharp and effectively provides a wet edge for long distances as seen in the video clip below.
Hey! Look what came my way along with a bunch of other cool products from HANDy I hope to get posted soon but this one got immediate attention. Just what I’ve been looking for.
The NEW HANDy Paint Tray is made of durable plastic and accommodates drop-in and snap-in tray liners but it features much more than that. It even has a magnetic brush holder.
Effective Ramp Design
Easy Pour Design
Heavier Duty Liners
Super Easy Cleanup
|Nice wide stance and sexy curves.|
I don’t really care for the Easy Grip Handles but not bothered by it too much.
Yes, these handles are nice BUT I feel a flat paddle-like design would be better suited for carrying from room to room to provide better stability of carrying something with paint in it.
|One of the other CONS turned out to be a PROS in a way. As is, the bottom of the pan has these square areas that prevent the pan from gliding easy when you pull the pan with the end of your roller.|
| I found some skid pads for furniture to fit in these 2 areas. Now its smooth to pull and glide. |
|More to come on this pan. I do a side-by-side comparison of how much ramp space you have with 3/4 gallon poured in the HANDy Pan vs. a Metal Deep Well Pan.|
|And the best reason to use plastic trays… no scratching, no rusting in customers home.|
Take for example this $39.99 drill found on a Thanksgiving Day Specials ad for 50% off regular price.
Is it a bargain or bust?
Its no deal at all. Lets say you have a guy pulling hinges off 20 doors, that's 180 screws and it takes him 1 hour with this drill. Lets assume that same guy pulls screws off with a drill twice as fast. That would mean he can remove hardware in 30 mins.
Take for example a $10 per hour guy pulling hardware off 10 homes each month with this drill. That would take 10 hours right? Now give the same guy a drill twice as fast and instantly he can do the same job in half the time. 5 hours saved @ $10 is $50 and fifty bucks is more than this drill costs on sale. Now that 30 minutes saved can be used to roll 3 bedrooms or paint a front door or tape off a house in 30 mins etc.
For example, this 2.5lb Milwaukee M12 has a No Load Speed of
I wouldn't hesitate to spend $110 more for this cordless drill. The money saved in labor will pay for this drill very quickly.
The savings example I mentioned above is for taking the door hardware off. Don't forget, that hardware goes back on too.
Nov 14, 2009
The Graco 311 RAC 5 is an excellent tip for shooting wide trim and especially doors. The  of 311 determines the fan pattern width. You take the  x 2 = 6 and this tip will produce a 6" fan pattern.
The  of 311 determines the orifice size. In this case .011. It's small enough to provide good control of your mill thickness at a moderate pace. Consider a Graco FFT310 too for more control but less speed.
RAC 5 is used with the Orange Guard.
Also see: Graco RAC X FFT210 for spraying standard size trim.
Nov 12, 2009
Demo Video 1 is a 14’ tape run. Demo 2 is the end of that run.
One thing worth mentioning in the second video is that you can see how the original taping by hand left white trim paint on the wall. After remasking with the Pro Masker 2000, the line is cleaned up, straight and sharp. You can see the white paint on the wall just before the video ends. I press the tape and it reveals white paint on the wall.
Read the details on the Pro Masker 2000
There is a moment during the run where the masker slips off the edge. As you can see in the second video the top edge of the baseboard is very skinny. Perhaps moving a bit slower might prevent that. Its important to get used to equal pressure against the wall and down on the base at the same time. Takes a couple rolls to get the hang of it but its worth it.
I recently reviewed the DRIPLESS SI200 caulk gun sold exclusively at Sherwin Williams and I highly recommend it.
Both the SI200 and SI300 are heavy guns in comparison to composite guns but I like the extra weight because I feel it provides more control and balance while running a bead on a door jamb when the gun is moved in many different positions. I also like the extra weight as the gun sits on the top edge of baseboard, it doesn't feel like a toy, its solid and built tough.
The DRIPLESS ETS2000,3000 and 5000 are much lighter guns in comparison with composite skeleton barrels which make the EST2000 lightweight.
The rotating skeleton barrel is the same on both SI200 and SI300 in addition to the pusher rod and plate, blue silicone disc, seal punch. The drive dawg is pretty much the same with a very slight difference in design. The trigger is also slightly different.
The SI200 features a 14:1 compression ratio vs an 18:1 on the SI300. This allows you to make longer continuous runs per compression. After using the 14:1 for years, the 18:1 is definitely a nice improvement and feels right. The tip cutter is also shown in the pic on the left.
Nov 11, 2009
Now before you go and think you’re too professional to use one, consider this…
You can lay tape down clean, sharp and accurately as fast as you can push this masker across the baseboards BUT it needs to be used in a different way than intended. Actually, I found that the adhesive on the tape somewhat keeps me from going as fast as I want due to drag from pulling it off the roll. Obviously low-tac tape releases from the roll faster than high-adhesion tape.
Simply start by pressing a roll of masking tape on the hub and press it onto a hard surface so the tape core is flush with the outer rim of the hub.
Here is how to start. Pull a small piece and tack it with your finger then pivot the unit down so the brush rests on the baseboard as seen below and RUN!
Click the photo. You cant get sharp lines like that doing freehand. That line is super sharp and even.
Here is how to cut off in a corner. Run the masker into a corner then simply place a finger on the tape where you stop while pressing down and lift the masker upward off the baseboard to allow your 5-in-1 to guide the tape sharp into the corner and tear outward. Watch the video.
|Here are two HD videos of the Pro Masker 2000 in use.|
Nov 7, 2009
The  of 210 determines the orifice size. In this case .010. It's tiny allowing full control of your mill thickness at a slower pace. Consider a FFT310 too.
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First Water-Base Primer to Truly Block Water Stains. Sticks to all surfaces, Dries in 1 hour. Use with any topcoat. Mold & Mildew Resistant Film. Rust inhibitor.
Also See: Zinsser Smart Prime Advanced Water-Base
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Nov 4, 2009
A Sherwin Williams Exclusive and one of my Top 10 Prep Products I Cant Live Without that I mentioned in the 2009 January/February issue of PWC.
A dripless caulk gun is a must for those of us who gun cases of caulk weekly. The caulk stops flowing when you release the trigger. No buttons to press, no thumb release, no special way to click the handle to make it stop.
The SI200 is balanced and feels solid.
| Features: |
| All Dripless Brand guns come with a 1 year warranty. |
Unfortunately once the spring goes in the handle there is no simple way to replace it.
I am working to post a MOD on how to convert the SI200 to have one of the benefits of the SI300 and that is the simple changing of a spent spring. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE on the right side of the blog to be notified of new posts.
Coming soon: A full Review of the SI300 DRIPLESS with an 18:1 ratio. Mo power! Mo Features!
|Here’s a TIP |
Use masking tape, a rubber band or a Velcro strap around the top of the tube and barrel as seen in the photo.
What this does is it will keep the caulk tube in place in the barrel so your cut tip is always where you want it, simply rotate the barrel.
Now you wont have the tube rotating in the barrel which also rotates. Might seem trivial but makes a huge difference.
|When caulking door casings and baseboard, the tip is cut no bigger than the seal punch and its cut on an angle.|
The 50/50 roller cover leaves a unique fine finish on smooth drywall and looks great with product like ICI Dulux Velvet Sheen, Sherwin Williams Cashmere Low-Lustre, Glidden, 6011 Low-Lustre. The 50/50 is also available in 9” and 6” open end for the Jumbo Koters.
Not recommended for Sherwin Williams Duration of any sheen.
Here is a side-by-side of the Sherwin Williams SherFab (top) 1/2” cover next to a Wooster 50/50 (bottom).
The 50/50 loads nice and releases paint solid, smooth and fast.