How to use hydrochloric acid to remove rust from metal

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
washer with rust removed with HCL


Rust never sleeps but hydrochloric acid sure can put it to bed!


Sometimes it happens because your tools get wet or rust slowly creeps along and then bam!

Rust attack!!

It's suddenly covered all your drill bits, Allen keys, and screwdrivers.

I was tidying the shed one morning and I found two things.

A massive jar of rusting drill bits and screwdriver heads and also some hydrochloric acid which I had stored for 8 years since I moved into our house and never used.

It seemed like the time had arrived.

A sample of what the screws looked like before the HCL

I placed all the bits and items in a plastic container, put on my safety glasses and added some of the hydrochloric acid to it. I then added the same amount of water.

Immediately small bubbles began to rise from the bits, the reaction was obvious.

I then placed the stuff high on a shelf in the shed so the kids couldn't get at it. I went and had a look about 6 hours later and could some pretty shiny items in the container!

screws soaking in acid hcl


Well, I then promptly forgot all about my experiment until I got home from work the next day - so everything had 24 hours to soak in the solution!

I carefully drained the solution and placed the bits and pieces on some an old cloth. 

As I did this, I was wearing long sleeves and protective eyewear. A more seasoned pro may have worn plastic gloves (and not your good chainsawing gloves!). 

I then sprayed a thick coat of CRC on the items to form a protective barrier for the short term and to dilute the acid. I don't know if this was the best move, just something that I did as I'd read acids can strip away protective layers on tools. 

So how did they come out?

Black!

screws and drill bits after hydrochloric acid bath


Many of the drill bits came out coated black, some worse than others. They were originally coated silver!

The acid also ate through this bit extender tool so the lesson is maybe don't buy cheap parts and don't leave the metal in the acid too long!




The rusty screws came out silver, so all good there - so what is this black residue?

I've done some research and there appears to be two chemical reactions at play here. The first is the HCL reacting with the rust, and the second is the HCL with the iron of the bit itself:

Fe (s) + 2 HCl (aq) ---> FeCl2 (aq) + H2 (g)

So the bubbles we see are hydrogen and the black seems to be iron chloride.

So what I should have done is not used such a strong dilution (50:50) and not left it to react for 24 hours.

My also research tells me that while I may have cleaned off all the rust, I have also potentially opened up my items to suffering a complete secondary rust action. This is because there is probably not going to be an oxide covering the metal surface (an oxide layer can prevent rust from occurring).

I suspect some of the higher quality components were a bit more impervious to the acid.

So without doing any real research, I cleaned the bits with a towel and then sprayed them with CRC!

That's definitely a short-term solution.

It sounds like what I should have done is used a different acid instead of HCL, such as phosphoric acid (found in Cocoa Cola!).

Phosphoric acid is readily available from your hardware store (or try Amazon) and is apparently a proven rust remover.

Well. kinda it seems.

It will turn the rust (iron oxide) into iron phosphate which can be a black substance that forms on the items you are removing the rust from. This then needs to be scrubbed off, often with a wire brush.

If you are looking for a more commercial rust remover then there are many products that you can try which is Rust911 is a concentrated rust remover. When mixed with water (necessary) 16 oz makes 2-gallons which you can immerse your rusty item in.

Free All Deep Penetrating Oil by Gasoila Chemicals features a rust eating agent that not only penetrates rust but helps to loosen and dissolve it away meaning it's great for helping unscrew tough nuts and screws.

free all rust remover

As a spray on, this Free All will help to free stuck threaded pipe connections, rusted machine screws, rusted bolts, rusted or frozen nuts, automotive clamps, pillow blocks, universal joints, locks and the like. Check out the price on Amazon.



Evapo-Rust Gel combines the rust removing power of Evapo-Rust with the ability to cling to vertical, rusted surfaces. Simply brush on and allow an hour for the gel to work its magic, then rinse away the rust with water. 

This gel appears to be safer than other gelled rust removers. Evapo-Rust get does not harm copper, brass, or aluminum so has a variety of applications. 

The only complaint about this product is that the gel can be tricky to apply and for that reason, many users tend to prefer Naval Jelly.

Best chainsaw for cutting firewood

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
While chainsaws used to be the sole domain of hardened lumberjacks, farmers and very keen woodsmen, chainsaws are now almost ubiquitous in the family home.

This is often due to the need to feel trees but the main reason why is to cut wood for firewood.

Given the varieties of machinery available, it's important that the user has the right chainsaw to do the job. There's no point in having a power saw that's designed to cut down California Pine all day when you simply need a reasonably powered saw to cut some limbs of a tree.

Here then is our guide to identifying the best chainsaws to use for cutting firewood. 


There are two factors to first consider. 

How proficient and experienced are you at using a chainsaw?


If you are a bit green (nothing wrong with that, we all started at the same place) then you will want a chainsaw that is not too heavy as holding and working with these units can quickly tire your arms - which reduces productivity and increases the risk chance of an accident occurring. 

If you are well practiced and in a fit state, then you can consider using a chainsaw with more power. 

One of the pros of using a small chainsaw is that you can be a bit more nimble and maneuver them more easily. 

What kind of tree and wood will you be cutting? 


If you are felling large trees, then you may want to consider a chainsaw which has a lot of engine strength. If the tree is hardwood, then you will want the power. 

A chainsaw that is not designed to cut large hardwood trees will find its engine is placed under a fair bit of strain - this will lead to unnecessary wear and inefficient cutting time. 

So what am I really looking for?

The way we see it, if you are cutting firewood, you can go two ways.

Buy an all-around saw

They are usually designed and built in the same way as professional saws, but have a lesser performance rating. They are not intended for use as an 'all day tool' but for part-time use, such as cutting firewood!

To that end, the Husqvarna 460 Rancher might be the chainsaw for you:


Purchase a general consumer saw 

Smaller and easy-to-use saws designed for home use by people who will use the saw every so often. If this sounds like you, we suggest an electric chainsaw like the Dewalt DCCS620B:


The real benefit other than it being lightweight is that the electric saw requires less maintenance. It's also less than half the price of your standard gas-powered equivalent. 


best chainsaw cutting firewood


The Husqvarna 460 Rancher is a robust all round saw, ideal for demanding cutting jobs where more power is required for a longer guide bar.

Equipped with a X-Torq engine with high torque over a wide RPM range. The saw's body is ergonomically designed allowing for easy handling of the saw's power.

Further features include Smart Start, Air Injection, LowVib and combined choke/stop control.

The real value though is checking in what real users of the Rancher have to say about its performance. Here's what buyers from Amazon have said in their reviews after putting cutting bar to wood:

"I'm not a professional arborist or somebody who cuts wood all the time. But I do cut down trees from family and friends and cut some for a wood burner I have in my woodshop. Ultimately as I said I would love to be able to mail my own lumber. So for a normal everyday person I just wanted a good strong chainsaw that will hopefully be one of the last ones I buy for a very long time this chainsaws absolutely excellent !! I would even recommend this to experts as well because I believe they would love it too."

"The build quality is outstanding... contrasting it w/ my cheaper Ryobi chain saw, EVERYTHING (from the housing, to the bar chain oil and gas tank lids, to the chain tensioner, the bar itself, etc.) is made and assembled with much higher quality materials and attention. After all the trees I've already dropped and broken down with this Husqvarna saw, I see myself using this saw for years (probably decades) to come"

If that sells you, check out this pricing:

We would be remiss if we didn't remind you that if you are new to using a chainsaw, you may wish to take lessons on how to correctly use a chainsaw (at the least, learn what a kick back is). You'll also do well to have safety equipment such as gloves, chaps, and eyewear.

Choosing the best ph strips for Kombucha

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
ph test strips for kombucha

Kombucha is the health drink of this generation


It seems that everywhere you look, some punter is trying to sell you Kombucha.

Look at the supermarket shelves and they are full of cider, raspberry and lime flavored Kombucha drinks.

Craft brewed or factory made, you can guarantee that each batch was tested to the correct pH level before it was canned and shipped off to the health conscious.

But at three bucks a bottle in my supermarket, many drinkers are choosing to make their own Kombucha and part of getting it to taste right, you need to test the pH level, and for the average brewer, this means using pH test strips on a sample of Kombucha to ensure the level is just right.

You test the kombucha for two reasons, one to past the taste test and the second to ensure the level is sufficient enough to prevent any nasty microbes from taking the brew. A lower pH will also give the kombucha a chance to grow its own cells - which is exactly what you want for a healthy brew.

So, what are the best pH indicator strips for testing your homemade Kombucha?

You want to use any food grade pH strips you can get your hands on. This ensures there's no chance of spoiling your batch (if you are testing directly) but even then, we'd recommend you always isolate a small sample for pH testing.

A popular pH test indicator kit made for Kombucha is the Kombucha Chemistry range:
Featuring 100 pieces, the Kombucha Chemistry strips are ready to use straight out of the box.

✅ No tricky scraps of test paper to cut to length or tear-off
✅ No finger or bench staining to worry about
✅ Just test your batch and place the used strip in the waste

If you want to know a cool trick on how to double the number of strips, simply cut one down the middle with a pair of sharp scissors and you suddenly have two strips!

Great if you intend on making many batches! But frankly, 100 strips is probably enough to last most brewers a couple of years if you are making a batch of kombucha a week!

Check out the price on Amazon:

How to use Ph strips for testing Kombucha


It’s important to test the pH level of your kombucha both at the start and end of the 1st ferment

Testing before ensures that it will be free of harmful microbes. So aim for the starting pH of your kombucha first fermentation to be 4.5 or below.

After fermentation is complete, the target pH level for your kombucha is between 2.5-3.5 - this means your brew ready to bottle or drink.

So take a small sample from your batch and place it in a clean container - such as a washed shot glass. Add you strip and note which color it changes to. Compare this color with the guide that comes with your strips to determine what the level is. The closest matching color is the approximate level.

Best battery powered lawn mower for yard work in 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019
best cordless gas free lawn mower


Choosing a battery powered push lawn mower


Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, there are many ways to cut grass.


And in this modern world, you've got battery powered lawnmowers.

A battery powered lawn mower? Really?

Yep, today's technologies mean there are batteries powerful enough to turn the blades to cut grass.

Here's our top three picks which are Amazon best sellers:

While petrolheads might love maintaining their engines by adding oil and replacing spark plugs, there's many a person out there who simply wants to mow the lawns as quickly and without any stress or maintenance fuss.

An electric mower is ideal for those who are slowing down in life and don't want to have to pull start a mower 15 times before it kicks into life or run over the cable and cutting it!

With an electric lawn mower, you charge the battery, turn the mower on, and you are cutting your grass in no time.

A cordless electric mower is ideal for mowing small and medium-sized yards and lawns. With no petrol or cords to worry about, they are very portable due to their lightness. A self-propelled mower also makes this chore even easier.

How long does cordless lawn mower battery last?


While you might be able to mow your lawns in 30 minutes, a quality battery should last up at least an hour, ideally 90 minutes.

Such a range should give you enough time to do the front and back and maybe your neighbor's lawns too!

What is the best battery powered lawn mower in 2019?

As you might have suspected, the major brands such as Dewalt, Black and Dekker, Ego and Ryobi have done their best to capitalize on the battery innovation and so there is a fairly broad range of product to choose from.

You can cast your purchase decision into price and performance meaning you'll be able to find a mower to suit your budget.

That said, battery performance is the key measure on which you should make your purchase decision. At a bare minimum, you will want to consider a battery that when fully charged will last at least an hour. If you have a larger lawn, you'll probably want 90 minutes (usually a 7.5 Ah battery will reach perform at this level).

You'll also want to consider the kind of battery and to cut to the chase, you'll want to make sure your mower features a lithium-ion battery. They are lighter than traditional lead-based batteries meaning they are easier to push about. They also charge quickly and efficiently and will also have a longer life span. 

While batteries that are quick to charge are ideal, I reason that if you mow your lawn and then charge the battery, you'll be ready to cut next time you need to - and if that's the case, it doesn't matter how long it takes to charge the battery. Unless of course, you forget to charge it... but wait, most mowers will come with two batteries...

So with that in mind, here are some options that you may wish to consider:

greenworks cordless lawnmower best

Greenworks PRO 21-Inch 80V Cordless Lawn Mower featuring a 4.0 AH battery 


A stylish looking mower, this sharp cutter from Greenworks has the following specifications:

  • Up to 60 minutes of run time with a fully charged 4.0AH Battery
  • 4.0AH battery and charger included. 
  • Has a maximum cutting height 1-3/8 inches and a minimum cutting height of 3-1/4 inches
  • Greenworks brushless motor provides your tool with longer run-time, more torque and more power. This has the benefit of less wear and tear, extending the life-time of the mower.
  • Smart Cut Load sensing technology. Versatile 3-in-1 discharge capabilities allow for rear discharge, mulching and side discharge


Greenworks boast that this 21-inch cordless lawn mower features a durable steel deck, large 10-inch rear wheels, and Smart Cut(TM) load sensing technology. Load sensing tech means the lawn mower can tell when it's got to do some hard work (longer grass) and will amp up the power from the battery to the engine. Even though it's a handy feature, all practiced lawn mowers know you just need to simply slow down your pushing rate when tasked with tall or thick overgrown grass to minimize the chance of an engine cut out. 

Lightweight and easy to use (heck, it's a lawn mower), it has a single lever height adjustment and 3-in-1 operation for mulching, bagging, and discharging. It's so light, you can easily store this vertically, meaning more floor space in your shed!

Designed for durability and heavy-duty jobs, it features a brushless motor that delivers the power and performance of a 160cc gas engine. 

A real con perhaps is that this machine is not self-propelled. 

Don't take the manufacturer's word on this, however.

Here are some genuine reviews from buyers on Amazon who have bought and used this mower. This is the real test of judgment, people with skin in the game:

'Mower was light enough to lug it down alone to the basement for Winter and back up for Spring. Absolutely no preparation needed (no gas burn off, stabilizer, spark plugs, filters, etc.), aside from blowing off old grass clippings and covering for dust (cover interchanged with snow blower).'

'No messy, smelly gas or oil needed. No nauseating exhaust! The electric motor is far quieter than a gas engine; my toddlers fell asleep fine during my mowing. There are none of the headaches of maintaining a gasoline engine: buy/store/pour jugs of gasoline, buy and keep engine oil topped off, buy fuel stabilizers, deal with spills, clean/replace spark plugs, burn off excess gasoline for off-season storage, etc.'

'The mower is very easy to push (note it’s not self-powered), so I speed-walked most of the time. It’s easy to turn 180-degrees for parallel mowing. The blades cut very near to the outer edge of the wheels (see attached picture), so there’s minimal need for overlap. There’s a rubber rear skirt to protect you from any rock or debris projectiles, which is a godsend for my yard, full of landscape stones and sweet gum tree spike-balls.'

'The GreenWorks is superior quality in every respect, I don't even know where to begin. The single lever height adjustment is something I didn't consider that important when comparing alternatives, but something you really appreciate once you have it. The variable speed on the mower is really an awesome feature. When going through light grass you save energy, and when going through heavy grass it makes the mower not stall. The gasoline-powered mower would stall almost every lap on the lower part of our property, where the grass seems to grow thicker. The electric mower has not stalled even once, ever. By the same token, starting the mower with a button instead of pulling the cord is a dream too.'

'My experience with the mower and the blower which I purchased together has been just great. They mow and blow just like my old gas powered tools. I'm never going back to gas!!'

'Cuts grass as tall as the motor housing. Be prepared to go slow though. When I did manage to kill it in thick grass nearly as tall as the motor (well above the front wheels), it likes to wait a few seconds before starting again. Starts right up (until the battery is out of juice).'

'To turn on, you push and hold the green button on the upper-right of the handle, then grasp the green lever arm together with the handle bar, then let go of the button. When you release lever, the mower turns off completely; there is no idle. To restart, you’ll need to repeat the hold-button and grasp-lever routine. There is no cord-yanking involved.'

'I purchased the mower with the 4ah 80v battery. This is the best lawn mower I have had. We live in Costa Rica and mow the lawn year round, our property is about 1/4 acre and has a steep hill. The battery lasts as long or as longer as a tank of gas on the mower it replaces, that was a Poulan Pro 6.25 hp with California compliant emissions.'

If those reviews, float your boat, check out the price on Amazon.

snapper briggs stratton lawn mower cordless


Snapper Electric Cordless 19-Inch Lawnmower Kit with two batteries & a rapid Charger

A popular seller on Amazon, the beauty of this mower is it features a Briggs and Stratton lithium ion battery!

The Snapper XD 82V Max* 19” Cordless walk mower is built for durability and ease of use. The 19” and 21” walk models feature a steel 3-in-1 mowing deck, providing mulch, side discharge or bagging options.

You can get the job done efficiently by being able to mow up to 45-minutes** off a single charge of a 2 Ah battery. If you desire long run times, you'll need to swap out with a with separate 4Ah or 5Ah battery).

The Snapper is a very quiet, efficiently operating machine making it a good choice for anyone that just wants to get the lawns done with little fuss. 


  • Powered by a Briggs & Stratton 82V Max Lithium-Ion 2Ah, 4Ah, or 5Ah battery.
  • 3-in-1 steel mowing deck is ready to mulch, bag or side discharge. The included large grass bagger fits about 2.1 cubic feet of grass clippings.
  • Compact vertical storage capability allows you to store your mower out of the way.
  • Features easy push button starting mode and a brush less motor meaning less maintenance for you.
  • Single lever height-of-cut adjustment allowing you to choose from 7 different cutting heights.
  • Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 82-volts. Nominal voltage is 72.


  • snapper cordless lawnmower

    Again, those specs look solid enough and merit consideration for purchase, but what about the road testers, the weekend warriors who have walked many miles behind the Snapper?


    'First off, everything about this mower SCREAMS quality, and durability. Batteries??? OMG. I am wondering if they're not actually ZPMs from Stargate Atlantis! For those of you who cannot appreciate the reference, suffice to say, they are a very good size, and have a real good quality heft to them- along with a little button to show you how much power is left. There are two of them, and they charge in less than 30 mins. Use one up, charge it while you use the other, or weed whack, or take a break. The choice is yours. And btw, the battery does not slowly lose power and then slowly taper off to a barely spinning blade: It goes full strength until it's depleted. I really like that.'

    'This mower cut like a champ. One pass was enough. there was NOTHING left standing. Not a blade of grass, not a weed.'

    'I was using the rear bagger, which functioned superbly. Why the bagger? Because I was certain the mulching mode would be a joke. I mean, an electric mower that mulches? Sure. When pigs fly.
    Well, the pigs have flown the coop. This thing also mulches very well.'

    'Did the whole front yard and part of the backyard on the first battery, and I am particular. I should have taken pictures of my backyard...lotta weeds, thick stalks, and weed bushes. The Snapper absolutely DESTROYED them. Keep in mind that the low setting IS pretty low. You might want to start off at the second or third lowest setting and see what your cut looks like.'

    'The batteries charge extremely fast and last the whole 45 minutes each, when they're dead, they're dead. No power loss toward the end.'

    'It effortlessly cuts my thick grass, is very easy to push and maneuver, and I'm really enjoying how quiet it is compared to my previous gas mower. I couldn't be happier with all aspects of this mower and its performance.'

    So, see for yourself how impressive it is on Amazon.

    DEWALT DCMW290H1 40V MAX 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower


    best dewalt 40v battery lawnmower


    We love Dewalt. It's a tried and true brand. Have you tried their work site fan? Mint. 

    Anyways, the DEWALT DCMW290H1 40V MAX 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower features a powerful 40V MAX brushless motor that can cut up to 1/4 acre. 

    The mower is a 3-in-1 battery powered lawn mower which means you can mulch, bag, and discharge clippings out the back. 

    Its metal deck gives it durability which is great for those wary of the trend to plastic models. 

    This lawn mower also features a single-lever height-adjust system so you can easily change blade height. The handle also folds to allow for compact storage.

    As you would expect from the Dewalt system, the battery is compatible with their line of 40V MAX DEWALT outdoor power equipment.

    Here are the specifications:

    • Powerful Brushless motor for high power output
    • 3-IN-1: mulching, bagging, and rear discharging all-in-one
    • Heavy duty 20 in. Metal deck
    • Single lever Height adjust ranging from 1.5 - 3.4 in
    • Folding handle and lift handles make for easy transport and compact storage

    The battery is very simply able to be taken out for charging:

    easy to change battery dewalt lawn mower

    Here's some reviews from people who have pushed the Dewalt across their yard:

    'I really like this mower. I have generally been skeptical of battery-powered large appliances, having never owned anything rechargeable larger than a cordless hammer drill. A weed whacker and leaf blower converted me enough to risk buying my first electric mower. It worked like a charm right out of the box.'

    'I charged the battery overnight and mowed the front and back of my modest quarter acre block *just* before the battery died. I've since mowed again twice with the same result and it handled it well both times. very easy to stop and start light and with small rubber wheels so it's easy to push and turn, it has several simple but effective safety features, all controls are large, robust and easy to operate even with gloves on. No more hard starts, strenuous cord pulling, cans of gas in the shed or oil dripping on the floor.'

    'Able to mow my back yard on a single charge easily. Lightweight mower folds up for easy storage and transport. Built-in safety features is a nice bonus.'

    'This is an amazing piece of equipment. Couldn’t be happier. Hardly any setup right out of the box. Cuts better than my past gas mowers. Runs smooth and quiet. I’ll never go back to gas. I also have string trimmer, chainsaw, and hand held blower. The whole line is awesome. What's the best lawn mower battery charger?'

    If those honest reviews sound like you could be onto a winner, check out the options on Amazon.

    Battery powered lawn mower maintenance tips

    • Given these items are light, they can be stored vertically on a hook.
    • When not in use, remove the batteries. 
    • When sharpening the blade, remove the battery!
    • Keep it free of dust with a handy water proof cover.






    Choosing the best cordless nail gun

    Monday, March 11, 2019
    Have you ever seen the Netflix show 'Nailed It'?

    It's a cooking show where 'young gun' contestants try their hand at making their best versions of professionally made cakes and candies.

    They usually completely suck it's usually a case of 'failed it' than nailed it.

    And when you're putting up power frames, making fences and nailing wood into place, a quality nail gun will ensure you don't end up looking like a wannabe chef with egg on their face on some Netflix show.

    It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned builder making a fence or a weekend 'DIY' warrior doing woodworking or a pallet project, a good nail gun will serve you well.

    But what kind of nail gun to use?


    There's plenty of brands out there and they all have ranges of quality but the when choosing a cordless nail gun, it comes done to the job you need it to do and how you are going to go about it.

    But if you are in a hurry, here are our three recommendations:

    Dewalt DCN692B 20V Max XR Brushless Dual Speed Nailer


    The Dewalt Brushless 2 Speed Nailer uses the power of a brushless motor to drive in nails anywhere from 2 inches to 3-1/2 inches long. 

    With two operating modes, you can use your tool in sequential mode, for precision in placement, or bump mode, which provides speed for finishing quickly, which can be pretty handy when you have a day's work to get through. 

    The dual speed option on this cordless nailer also allows for the use of different nail lengths which is handy when different projects have different needs. 

    For user safety, there is a trigger lock to disable the trigger when the tool is not in use. 

    The top cap of this Dewalt nailer is impact resistant, for your peace of mind, and removable, for easy machine troubleshooting. The nose cap is similarly easy to access to remove jammed nails safely and simply. 

    This unit weighs 7.7 pounds so is a heavy duty tool that will be fine to use on tough job sites. 
    • Brushless Motor and engine design provides the power to drive 3-1/2" nails
    • Sequential or bump operating modes
    • Dual Speed optimizes the motor for different nail lengths
    • Accepts 30-34 degree paper tape nails, clipped and offset round head
    • Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

    Here are some honest reviews from actual users of the Dewalt nail gun, where they have used it out in the wild.

    "All in all, this is a very solid unit, and more than capable of DIY use, and I suspect it would be good for construction also. I’ve got the 6 AH battery loaded and haven’t recharged it yet, and am about 2 weeks into using it. It is MUCH more convenient than having to lug the compressor upstairs and deal with the hose, and waiting for the compressor to recharge. It is a tad heavy when working over your head though.

    All in all, I find this to be a very solid unit, that is more than capable of delivering on its promises. At the risk of sounding like a DeWalt fanboy...I HIGHLY recommend this nail gun."

    "This nail gun is extremely picky about what nails you use. Paslode, and Bostitch work the best, I sink every nail perfectly with thosenail, grip right nails, on the other hand, don't shot worth a darn.

    This nail gun has a learning curve like most tools, take some time to learn what your gun likes and dislikes. However you have to remember this is a cordless framing nailer not pneumatic, it shoots quick for what it is.

    It has served me very well when I don't feel like dragging out the airlines and fire up the ole air compressor. For the most part, come to think of it I haven't used my pneumatic nail gun since I got this nail gun."


    Paslode 905600 Cordless XP Framing Nailer

    The  Paslode cordless framing nailer system is designed to deliver 15% more power to increase productivity.

    Less standing nails and better drive performance into harder woods means you can put your hammer away and let this cordless nailer do it all.  Designed with an 'all season formula' that lets you keep working in temperatures down to 14⁰ Fahrenheit when compressor hoses are probably freezing.
    paslode nail driver
    Paslode Framing Nailer specifications:

    • Drives nails flush, even in Laminated veneer lumber and hard woods.
    • Ready to work when you are. Works in All-Seasons down to 14° fareinheit.
    • It's a lightweight unit at 7.2lbs which allows for comfort and control while working overhead or in tight spaces.
    • Shoots 2-3 nails per second at a consistent rate
    • Limited downtime. Paslode provides non-stop nailing with fuel that will last a full day.
    Here are reviews from users who have brought this unit from Amazon and put it through its paces.

    "I wanted a nail gun for years but waited because of the price. I'm glad I did. This was not only the best price ANYWHERE I could find on the entire internet but this gun does what it is supposed to do, drive nails without problems and that is what it does.

    Fits ergonomically in my hands with no cramping during usage. The balance on this gun/drive is awesome. Its new design with the depth setter without tools is great. Battery keeps a long charge but is a little difficult to pull out of the gun. I can live with that.

    There are so many pluses with this nail gun. I did months of research and tens of hours on the internet before I purchased this gun and before I purchased it here. Do your self a favor and just buy it here!"

    "Love this thing! Wow, if you, like me, are concerned about this thing having enough power to drive 16's, don't be! This thing drives the living sh_t out of nails. You need to back it off a bit actually! Ex-contractor here so I get it. This thing is nice. Been through about 5,000 nails into mostly douglas fir and some hardwood (with a mix of 8's and 16,s) and NO jams but plenty of misfires.

    Not sure what that's about but it does misfire once in a while. Runs on fuel and battery. Battery for spark and cooling fan I guess. Claims are 1,000 nails per fuel cell. I'm not getting anywhere near that (maybe 500-600) but I'm OK with it because this thing is so dang convenient! I charge the battery every day or two since most of the power comes from the fuel. I saw somewhere that you can get 9,000 nails per battery charge which, if true, would require around 15 fuel canisters."

    Makita TP03Z 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Pin Nailer


    The Makita 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Pin Nailer is a hose-free solution for finish and trim work.

    The TP03Z is compact and powerful and drives up to 1,250 pins on a single charge of a 12V CXT 2.0Ah battery (which is sold separately).

    It will drive six different lengths of 23 gauge pins (5/8", 11/16”, ¾”, 1", 1-3/16", 1-3/8") with a magazine capacity of up to 120 pins.

    The nailer sports an anti-dry fire mechanism engineered to prevent driving blanks, tool-less depth adjustment for precise flush and countersink finish and a contact trigger for improved accuracy and precision.

    With Makita 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion slide-style batteries users get improved balance and ergonomics over pod-style batteries. 

    For added convenience, the batteries include an on-board L.E.D. charge level indicator.


    best makita cordless nail gun


    • Refined firing mechanism reduces recoil; reduces force required on the work surface when driving pins
    • Drives 6 different lengths of 23 gauge pins (5/8", 11/16", 3/4", 1", 1-3/16" and 1-3/8"); Magazine capacity up to 120 pins
    • Anti-dry Fire mechanism engineered to prevent driving blanks and damage to work surface
    • "Tool-less" depth adjustment for precise flush and Countersink finish
    • Cordless for increased convenience; eliminates the need for a compressor and air hose

    Nail Gun user Safety tips:


    Always remember, that like a chainsaw, nail guns and be pretty lethal objects if misused, even with the best of intentions.

    Here are some user tips that will help you prevent getting a nail through a metacarpal or worse:


    1. The full sequential trigger model is the safest trigger mechanism for all jobs because it will only fire a nail when the controls are activated in a certain order.
    2.  Never ever, ever, attempt to bypass or disable your nail gun's safety features. They are there for a damn reason eh?
    3. Get some training before first using the tool. At the least properly read the manufacturer's user instructions. If you don't like to read, watch a  safety lesson video on Youtube.
    4. Check your target lumber for knots, nails, straps, hangers and the like that could cause recoil or ricochet before nailing
    5. Wear safety gear such as eye googles and gloves.
    6. If using a pneumatic, always disconnect the gun before performing maintenance and move to a safe work area.
    7. Do not carry the nail gun hugged close to your body in case of misfire. To that end, we feel we need to state the obvious, don't point your tool at anybody!
    8. Watch out for co-workers or other parties in your workspace.

    Can I use vegetable oil for lubricating my chainsaw?

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    vegetable oils for chainsaws

    How do I use vegetable oil with a chainsaw?


    In a world where manufacturer's make oil designed especially for use on a chainsaw's bar and chain, it could be a considered an odd question.

    But, can you actually use vegetable oil as a substitute for chainsaw oil?

    The short answer is you can but it's not without some pros and cons of which you should properly consider before adding some cooking oil into your chainsaw!

    First up, let's consider why some woodmen and women may want to do this.

    Is it a cost saver?

    Is it better for the environment?

    Does it make the chain cut better?

    Regards the last question, we doubt this very much.

    Let's discuss the environmental side of the equation. 


    Standard chainsaw bar oils are derived from petroleum so each and every time you use your chainsaw, this product is being left in the environment. You know this because it comes off the chain attached to the sawdust. The continuous operation of the saw sees the bar being continuously oiled.

    So the issue then is petroleum based oil products being deposited on to the land and cause an environmental risk.

    The use of veggie oil, which is of course plant-based, poses no such risk to the environment and by using it you, your chainsaw saw is a lean mean, environmental friendly machine!

    If you are storing your chainsaw for a time (say over winter when it's cold in the shed) then you should drain the vegetable oil from your unit's reservoir.

    And what about cost savings?


    Canola oil is, as a general rule of thumb, half the price of bar and chain oil so there are some real cost-saving incentives there.

    Can vegetable oils work in cold conditions when using a chainsaw?


    This is where petroleum-based oils win out over veggie oil every time. The cold-temperature properties and oxidation stability of vegetable oils mean that they will not perform as well as they do at warmer temperatures.

    That said, there are now vegetable based chain oils that have additives to combat the cold.

    I'm sold, BRB, just gonna grab some canola oil from the kitchen


    Not so fast, you environmental hero.

    Before you grab some oil from your kitchen or supermarket, you bear in mind that there are manufactured bar and chain oil products that are environmentally friendly and they will biodegrade when left on the earth.

    These 'green oils' can be found at your local chainsaw store or on Amazon.

    Brands like Stihl make their own such oils and state their products feature no loss of lubrication or adhesion when compared to traditional oils.

    These green oils contain products which help the oil before like traditional oils.

    The benefits of using vegetable oil on a chainsaw

    • Environmentally friendly as they are biodegradable
    • Cost effective and cheaper than standard oil
    • Can be quite 'sticky'
    • Easier to clean from clothes and equipment.
    • Users also experienced less skin irritation.
    • If using a saw to cut meat, then vegetable oil is the obvious choice so the meat tastes good (you can use sunflower, canola, palm oil etc). 
    • You won't breathe in carcinogens that you can get from petrol based oil

    The disavantages of using vegetable oil on your cutter

    • Occasional chainsaw users may find the cooking oil will dry up and hold the chain like glue (if you use a specially formulated 'green oil' then you should not have this problem.
    • Kitchen oils are not necessarily designed for use on a chainsaw in the long term which could cause maintenance issues, so we'd recommend the use of a vege oil designed for your chain.

    The best lawn mower covers that are waterpoof

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    best push lawnmower cover

    Choosing the best cover for your lawnmower


    If you don't have a nice and dry place to store your battery powered lawn mower or you want to store your mower for the long term, a waterpoof cover will help keep the mower free of dust and rust.

    It doesn't matter if you have a push or sit on mower, both kinds of machinery can succumb to the elements if not stored under some form of cover properly so it's really important to get some heavy duty cover care.

    Have you ever had to replace a spark plug in a mower because it rusted out? Chances are poor storage was in part to blame as it was exposed to moisture.

    It also doesn't matter if your grass cutter is a gas or electric powered, both kinds of engines need protection from the elements.

    What to look for in a lawn mower cover?

    • Needs to be waterproof to keep moisture off the engine
    • It should be made of heavy-duty, tear-resistant material
    • Easy to take on and off
    • Is a universal fit
    • It is resistant to mold building up
    • Will block UV light radiation
    • Doesn't need to be a brand name, can be generic

    Our recommended product is the ToughCover Premium Waterproof Lawn Mower Cover - it meets our criteria and is good value for money:
    The ToughCover features a drawstring around the base to help keep everything snug and will help keep it attached should it be subject to windy conditions if stored outside.

    If you are planning to store the lawn mower outside, it clearly needs to be resistant to all kinds of weather conditions - water is the obvious one but it's got to be able to keep the wind out as the wind will place dust and dirt on it. In some parts of the country snow is a problem and so the cover needs to be able to keep that out too - especially when the snow melts!

    The WeatherPRO is a slightly cheaper cover:


    WeatherPRO decree their cover is made with 100% Marine-Grade advanced Polyester material with special co-polymer additives which assures it offers UV protection and water repellency.

    A user left a review on Amazon:

    "Very nice cover. I had been using a much more flimsy style cover from another source. Seemed like that particular cover would never last more than a few months in the elements, so I searched Amazon and gave this one a try for a change. This one has been on my mover for a few weeks now, and it does a great job covering pretty much the entire lawn mower. Much more coverage than my old cover did.

    It also holds up in bad weather much better than any I've had.

    We've had several bad thunderstorms, with the covered lawnmower out in the open, and this cover takes torrential rain and heavy wind like a champ. Lawn mower bone dry under the cover even after the bad storms. Amazed by how nice this cover is for the price. Awesome product"

    If that spins your wheels, check out the price on Amazon:
    Briggs and Stratton and Husqvarna all make covers but remember, you can simply buy generic, one size fits all options at a cheaper price if you want!

    What's the best cover for a ride on lawn mower?


    Ride on lawn mowers naturally benefit from covers, especially if you don't have a shed or shelter and they need to be left outside. Aside from the weather, ride on covers protect against pollen, bird shit and debris such as pine needles.

    All the big brands such as John Deere make them, and so we're featuring Deere's product:

    best ride on lawn mower cover
    • Dual vents let air circulate and help prevent ballooning in winds
    • Elastic shock cord in bottom hem for a quick, custom fit
    • Coated fabric for maximum water protection
    • Handy storage pocket reverses into an attractive storage case
    • Fits all 100 - X300 Series riding mowers.
    This covers should fit most standard size ride on lawn mowers. If you need a bigger size, John Deere has it

    If you are looking for a cover that's more economical, then we're heading back to Tough Cover for their handy product.

    • The Tough Cover is crafted with 600D marine grade fabric and features double-stitched seams for enhanced durability over its long lifetime.
    • The durable fabric cover is designed to suit most common-size lawn tractors with decks up to 54" and to ensure convenient application and maximum protection.
    •  Allows an effective coverage of the entire surface of your riding lawn mower and comes with a practical storage bag for your convenience.
    Check out the price on Amazon:
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