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How to determine thickness of flooring?

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Hello. So I'm about to tackle a tiling job I've been putting off for a while.

I'll be needing to remove some old red oak flooring, but I do not want to cut into the sub floor. How can I determine the thickness of the oak planks I currently have without doing that?

I have no vents or registers to look at. I don't mind actually cutting into a corner or something, possibly hitting the sub floor if I need to do that to find the thickness of the planks.


Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/a0jlxl/how_to_determine_thickness_of_flooring/

12 Times You Shouldn’t Use Multi-Purpose Cleaner

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Stone surfaces

There’s a bit of a double-edged misconception about stone surfaces, says Johnson. Pure stone is porous (and most multi-cleaners shouldn’t be used on porous surfaces), but most surfaces like marble and granite countertops have been treated to keep moisture out. That’s not the end of the story though. “Over time, the seal wears off, allowing moisture to seep in,” says Johnson. Multi-purpose cleaners fall under that “moisture” category, so they could leave a stain, or leave etching or pitting in stone, she says. Make sure you’re using a cleaner designed for stone to keep those surfaces looking good as new.

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No matter what material your counter is made of, Burkey says you’ll need to make sure you aren’t relying on a multi-purpose cleaner that doesn’t have disinfectant. “There’s a lot of cooking, and especially if you’re cooking with raw meats, you want to make sure there’s a disinfectant down,” she says. She recommends either Clorox wipes—which are nonabrasive but might damage certain surfaces—or doing a wipe-down with a solution of warm water and dish soap.

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Little kids can’t resist popping items in their mouths and leaving drool on their toys—all the more reason to clean them often, but also a good reason to avoid chemical cleaning products, says Kara. There’s some debate among activists as to whether chemical cleaners would be unsafe in such small amounts but skipping them on objects that could end up in your kid’s mouth is always a safe bet. Fisher-Price recommends sticking plastic toys in the silverware holder of your dishwasher—where the chemical cleaners are designed for items that go in your mouth—then allowing them to dry before handing them back to your little one.

Source: https://www.familyhandyman.com/cleaning/when-you-shouldnt-use-multi-purpose-cleaner/

Skilsaw Circular Saw History: 5 Minutes in Tool History

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The term “circular saw” technically refers to any saw with a circular blade. However, we generally mean a handheld circular saw when we use it, but how much do you know about the saw in your hand? Here are 5 minutes of circular saw history.

10-Second Summary

  • Invented by Edmond Michel in 1923
  • Joseph W. Sullivan joins Michel to make improvements on the electric handsaw and start “The Michel Electric Handsaw Company” in 1924
  • Originally called the “Skilsaw”
  • 1926 – Michel leaves the company which is renamed “SKILSAW Incorporated”
  • 1928 – Art Emmons invents the first sidewinder circular saw for Porter-Cable
  • 1937 – Model 77 circular saw is born
  • 1985 – Patent granted to Panasonic Electric Works for a battery-powered circular saw
  • 2009 – US Patent Office grants Milwaukee Electric Tool Company a patent for lithium-based battery packs


Edmond Michel developed the first electric handsaw in 1923. Teaming up with farmland developer, Joseph W. Sullivan, they made improvements and started The Michel Electric Handsaw Company.

It’s here that the handheld circular saw as we know it was first dubbed the “Skilsaw”. The name is so synonymous with handheld circular saws that many people still refer to any brand’s model as a Skilsaw.

Looking to pursue other inventions, Michel left his company in 1926 which was renamed SKILSAW incorporated.

The patents on this original design were for a worm drive style circular saw. In 1928, Art Emmons invented the first sidewinder style circular saw on behalf of Porter-Cable to get around those patents. East coast and West coast construction would never agree on a circular saw style again.

Also in 1928, Skilsaw produces their Model E as diecast aluminum begins to make its way into power tools to make them lighter and stronger.


By 1937, the first Skilsaw Model 77 was born – a classic design that built the foundation of today’s Skilsaw Model 77 circular saw.

In 1985, Panasonic Electric Works is granted a patent for a battery-powered circular saw thanks to the efforts of Hiroyuki Ando, Toshio Tanabe, and Shinji Ihara.

Ushering in the modern age of cordless circular saws, the US Patent Office grants Milwaukee Electric Tool Company a patent for lithium-based battery packs that will change the course of cordless tool history.

Now, nearly every major tool brand has both corded and cordless “Skilsaws” and lithium-ion battery technology is allowing cordless models to outperform corded.

That’s your 5-minute circular saw history, thanks for reading!

Source: https://www.protoolreviews.com/news/circular-saw-history/43330/

Buyer's Guide: Drywall Anchors

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The Best Drywall Anchors for Safely Hanging Items Up

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Drywall—comprised of compressed gypsum (a soft sulfite mineral)—creates wonderfully smooth walls. Yet insert a nail or screw into it and it’s likely to crumble, often resulting in the fastener working loose and the hung item falling to the floor. The solution is to use drywall anchors, which are designed to spread within or behind the drywall panel, creating pressure that locks the anchor in place.

Before you pick up any old anchor, shop smarter by considering the support you need for the wall-mounting project at hand and selecting the type of drywall anchor—sold on their own or in sets with screws—to match it. There are four different types of drywall anchors, largely distinguished by the weight of items to be hung. Keep reading to understand what’s available and check out our picks for the best drywall anchors in each category.

Know the Holding Power You Need

Drywall anchors come in various designs, sizes, and holding power (maximum weight of an object you can safely hang). While manufacturers are not required to list their anchors’ holding power, many do, either on the package or in the included literature. Additionally, basic drywall anchor types are associated with a range of holding power (see individual anchor descriptions below). Always use an anchor with a holding power that meets or exceeds the weight of the item you want to hang.

The Best Drywall Anchors for Safely Hanging Items Up

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Selecting the Right Size for Screws and Drill Bits

Drywall anchors can be purchased separately from the screws they hold in place, but it’s wise to buy anchors that come packaged with the correct size screws if you don’t have a wide variety of screws handy. If you prefer to purchase the anchors and screws separately, you’ll find the required screw size on the package. If the type of anchor you select requires a pre-drilled pilot hole, you will also find the corresponding drill bit size on the package.

Understanding the Types of Drywall Anchors


The Best Drywall Anchors for Safely Hanging Items Up

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True to their name, expansion anchors spread to create a tight bond with the wall and are designed to hold lightweight items. The anchor’s shank (tapered end) is split in half. To install, a pilot hole is drilled in the wall, the anchor is fitted into the hole, and then a hammer is used to lightly tap the anchor head flush with the wall. When a screw is inserted into the anchor, the split ends of the shank spread, expanding and putting pressure on the inside of the drywall to hold it securely.

Expansion anchors are:

  • Often made of plastic but may also be made of nylon or zinc-coated metal.
  • Affordable, averaging $.03 to $.20 per anchor, depending on size.
  • Easy to install and DIY friendly.
  • Able to hold between five and 25 pounds, depending on brand and size (larger anchors hold more weight).
  • Not suitable for use on ceiling drywall as downward pressure could cause the anchor to slip out.


Also called “self-drilling” or “self-tapping” anchors, threaded drywall anchors are made from hard nylon or metal and are able to hold heavier items. They feature sharp, pointed shanks that can be screwed into the wall without a pre-drilled hole by using a screwdriver or a screw gun. Once the anchor is in the wall, the screw is inserted, which forces the sides of the anchor to flare and wedge the anchor tightly against the drywall.

They have the following attributes:

  • Holding power of 25 to 75 pounds, depending on size.
  • Self-drilling; no pilot hole necessary.
  • Cost $.25 to $.40 per anchor, depending on brand and size.
  • Easy to install with screwdriver or screw gun.
  • Not suitable for use on ceilings.


Known as “molly bolts” or simply “mollies,” these metal sleeve-type hollow wall anchors provide medium-weight holding power, but offer a unique feature—the ability to remove the screw and reinsert it if necessary in the future.

Here’s how it works: A pilot hole is drilled into the drywall and then the anchor is inserted into the hole. The underside of the anchor’s head features sharp metal tips that pierce the drywall surface. When the screw is inserted in the anchor, each twist of the screw forces the shank of the anchor to compress (lengthwise) while it expands sideways. When correctly inserted, the screw can be removed from the anchor, which remains securely in the wall and then reinserted. This makes it handy if you’re replacing items in the same spot—such as toilet paper holders.

These anchors:

  • Have a holding power of 25 to 55 pounds., depending on size.
  • Require a pre-drilled hole.
  • Have a permanently attached shank, but the screw can be removed.
  • May be used in ceiling drywall for lightweight items, such as smoke alarms.
  • Cost $.25 to $.40 per anchor, depending on brand and size.


When you need serious holding power, opt for toggle anchors, which come in a variety of sizes, designs, and materials, including metal and plastic.

The Best Drywall Anchors for Safely Hanging Items Up

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Traditional metal toggle bolts are the strongest of the bunch, but they’re not the simplest to install because they require drilling a hole that’s approximately three times wider than the diameter of the bolt (necessary to insert the anchor). With these, the anchor features one or two bars (or wings) that fold flat against the bolt during insertion. Once inserted, a quick twist of the bolt loosens the wings, causing them to flare outward. As the bolt is tightened with a screwdriver, the wings draw inward to form a strong perpendicular brace along the backside of the drywall. The installation challenge comes in keeping the bolt centered in the hole while tightening it. It takes some practice and patience to get it right, but once you do you’ll be impressed by the strong holding power. It’s more likely that the wall itself will fail before the toggle bolt does.

Winged plastic anchors (the new kids on the block) feature plastic “wings” that fold tightly together so the anchor can be inserted into a pre-drilled hole. Once the anchor is in place, a wand (included with the anchor) is pushed through the hole to expand the wings on the backside. A screw is then inserted, which draws the wings snugly against the back of the drywall.

Toggle bolts at a glance:

  • Maximum holding power for metal toggles is 100 pounds, depending on size; plastic wing toggles have a holding power up to 20 pounds, depending on size.
  • Both metal and plastic toggles can be used on ceilings at 1/3 the holding power listed for walls, up to a maximum of 15 pounds. Drywall may pull away from ceiling joists at heavier weights.
  • Metal toggles can be difficult to keep level in the wall during installation.

Our Top Picks

Our top four drywall anchor picks consistently excel in home use and are favorites among DIY customers. Unless noted differently, holding powers listed are for standard, 1/2” thick drywall.

The Best Drywall Anchors for Hanging Medium to Heavy Items on a Wall

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BEST EXPANSION ANCHOR: Qualihome Ribbed Plastic Drywall Anchor Kit ($10.99)

For reliable support in light-duty situations (up to 15 pounds), rely on the Qualihome Ribbed Plastic Drywall Anchor Kit. It comes with 201 pieces (100 pairs of anchors and screws), so you’ll have plenty of anchors on hand. The anchor shanks are split, allowing them to expand (with screw insertion) for snug attachment. Amazon buyers give this kit 4.5 out of five stars for ease of installation and for the included drill bit (no need to hunt for a bit in your toolbox). Available from Amazon.

The Best Drywall Anchors for Hanging Medium to Heavy Items on a Wall

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BEST THREADED ANCHOR: TOGGLER SnapSkru Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors with Screws ($17.08)

Manufactured from glass-filled nylon, TOGGLER SnapSkru Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors are rigid enough and sharp enough to screw into drywall without a pre-drilled hole. Amazon buyers give these anchors 4.3 out of five stars, citing ease of use and hefty holding power, securely hanging items up to 45 pounds. The pack of threaded anchors contains 50 anchors and 50 screws. Available on Amazon.

The Best Drywall Anchors for Hanging Medium to Heavy Items on a Wall

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BEST SLEEVE-TYPE ANCHOR/MOLLY BOLT: Glarks Heavy Duty Zinc Plated Steel Molly Bolts ($14.87)

For versatility in the molly bolt category, go with the Glarks Heavy Duty Zinc Plated Steel Molly Bolt Assortment Kit. It comes with 42 anchors in six sizes, and is intended for use on 1/2”, 5/8”, and 3/4” drywall (two anchor sizes for each drywall thickness). Made of zinc-plated carbon steel, the largest of these sleeve-type wall anchors will safely hold items up to 50 pounds when installed in 3/4” drywall. The smallest anchors hold up to 18 pounds in 1/2” drywall, and the medium-size anchors hold up to 25 pounds in 5/8” drywall. You’ll find these mollies suitable for hanging coat racks, mirrors, and other medium-weight items—no wonder reviewers gave them 3.8 out of five stars! Available on Amazon.

The Best Drywall Anchors for Hanging Medium to Heavy Items on a Wall

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BEST TOGGLE ANCHOR: Hillman Group Toggle Bolt (pack of 50) ($12.47)

With a holding power of up to 55 pounds, it’s tough to beat Hillman Group Toggle Bolts for installing shelving and other medium-weight items. You can also use these toggles to hang items that weigh up to 13 pounds from the ceiling. Amazon buyers give Hillman Toggle Bolts 4.5 out of five stars for their exceptional strength, noting that they’re the “best anchors if you can’t find a stud.” Available from Amazon.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/best-drywall-anchors/

Pumpkin Maple Pancakes Recipe

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4 Ways You’re Leaving Money on the Table

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Plumbing contractors leave money on the table every day. They fail to make homeowners aware of their offering and they fail to make it easier to spend more. Here are four ways you might be limiting your sales, lowering your average ticket, and hurting your profitability.

Source: https://www.contractormag.com/marketing/4-ways-you-re-leaving-money-table

Milwaukee Heated Gloves Review – Foil Frostbit Fingers Fast

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My first job out of high school was as a trainee carpenter with a framing crew in Buffalo, NY. I started in the summer, and really loved working outdoors. However, summer in Buffalo is closely followed by winter in Buffalo. Winter seems to last a whole lot longer, and it’s not nearly as enjoyable to work outdoors in. I don’t regularly work outdoors anymore, but to exist in the frigid Northeast, I still have to deal with the snow and cold. That made me very interested in doing a hands-in evaluation of the new Milwaukee Heated Gloves.

milwaukee heated glovesA typical fall scene – unless you’re in San Diego

Originally, our intrepid leader Marc was slated to review the Milwaukee heated gloves. But he lives in San Diego, where the only way you can get frostbite is to leave your hand in the cooler too long while grabbing a fresh brew. So he “palmed” them off to me to try out in our little slice of frosty heaven in the Persistent Snowband just south of Lake Erie. Get a steaming mug of hot cocoa, and read on!

A Hands-On Look At Milwaukee Heated Gloves

The Milwaukee heated gloves are actually a nice-looking pair of gloves. So much so that you may find yourself reluctant to put them to work on a jobsite where you know they’ll get dirty, scuffed, and possibly ripped. As you’d expect for a glove designed for the job site, though, the Milwaukee heated gloves look and feel very robustly made. The quality of all the stitching is excellent.

milwaukee heated glovesAll the stitchery on the Milwaukee heated gloves is excellent.

There’s a band of elastic around the wrist area to help keep the wintry nastiness on the outside. The cuff area extends well up the arm (total length of the XL gloves is about 14”), and there’s a hook-and-loop closure to snug it up.

milwaukee heated glovesA band of elastic keeps stray snowflakes out…milwaukee heated glovesAnd extra-long cuffs with closures finish the job.

If you’re a tech addict, you’ll be happy to know Milwaukee gave you the finger. Two fingers, actually. Milwaukee heated gloves have built in SMARTSWIPE index fingers, that let you use touch screen devices like smartphones and tablets, without having to tug off the gloves. I tried it out on my iPhone, and it worked pretty well, although trying to text with it produced messages that were somewhat less than coherent. Pretty much like ALL my texts, come to think of it…

milwaukee heated glovesWith the Smartswipe finger, you never have to put your phone away!

The palm and gripping area of the fingers is 100% leather, and the rest of the outer shell is a tough Gridiron ripstop nylon that Milwaukee says is three times more durable and 25% lighter than 12 oz. cotton duck.

milwaukee heated glovesContact surfaces are all leather…

There’s a soft terry sweat wipe on the back of both thumbs. I got a bit of a kick out of that; I’m not sure how much of a workout a sweat wipe will get when it’s so cold you need heated gloves. I guess when you’re used to designing work gloves it gets to be a standard feature. And it would save dragging out the handkerchief when those winter sniffles strike!

milwaukee heated glovesSoft terry on the thumb for sweat, snot, or whatever…

Here’s the full feature list, followed by a hand-warming video from Milwaukee:

• GRIDIRON ripstop polyester is 3X more durable and 25% lighter than 12 oz. cotton duck to survive the jobsite without the bulk of traditional work wear
• Leather palms and fingers provide durability and dexterity
• SMARTSWIPE index fingers permit the use of touch screen devices without removing gloves
• Built-in terry cloth sweat wipe
• Extended cuff protects from the elements
• Includes -(1) REDLITHIUM USB gloves (pair), (2) REDLITHIUM USB battery controller/charger, (2) REDLITHIUM USB batteries (48-11-2130), (1) split USB charging cable and wall plug
• Quick-heat function reaches selected temperature 3X FASTER
• One-touch LED controller with (3) heat settings
• Up to (6) hours of run-time with REDLITHIUM™ USB Battery Pack
• Heating Zones: Back of Hands and Fingers

‘Tis The Season – Getting A Grip On The Milwaukee Heated Gloves

When my little package of Milwaukee heated gloves arrived, it was mid-summer. Putting on a pair of heated gloves when it was 85 degrees wasn’t very appealing, and didn’t seem like it would be any more useful than sending them to San Diego. Although I guess it WOULD have been a good opportunity to try out the sweat wipe…Anyhow, I tucked them away, and dragged them back out around the end of October, when the temps were in the 20s and 30s. A pair of heated gloves suddenly seemed to have much more appeal.

milwaukee heated glovesOkay, NOW it’s glove weather!

Each glove uses a 4-volt Redlithium rechargeable USB battery. The batteries are about 3” long, and fit into a protective case, with ports for recharging and connecting to the heating elements in the gloves. To get those batteries charged up, the gloves come with a split USB charging cable, so both batteries can be charged simultaneously. Once they’re totally drained, it takes about two hours to get them fully re-juiced.

milwaukee heated glovesThe USB batteries and their snug-fitting charging cases…milwaukee heated glovesThe included cable charges both batteries at once.

When it’s time to get to work, the batteries tuck into a zippered compartment on each glove. A cable in each compartment has a small plug, which connects the batteries to the heating coils. Everything fits together very well, and when the batteries are installed they’re barely noticeable.

milwaukee heated glovesA cable in the Milwaukee heated gloves connects to the battery…milwaukee heated glovesTuck ’em in, zip ’em up, get to work!

The Milwaukee heated gloves have three levels of heat. Firing ‘em up and changing the heat levels is accomplished through a logo button on the gloves, exactly like the one on their heated sweatshirts and heated jackets. Hold the button in for about two seconds, and it glows – you guessed it – Red. Another quick press turns the button white, and the heat to medium. Pressing again gets you an icy blue glow, and low heat. Press and hold again for about two seconds to call off the heat.

milwaukee heated glovesPress and hold the button for about two seconds…milwaukee heated glovesAnd get ready to feel the burn!

The Milwaukee Heated Gloves Go Out To Play

I used the Milwaukee heated gloves for about a week and a half, doing various chores around our farm. Outdoor temps were in the 20s and 30s. Yep, summer is over…

milwaukee heated glovesOnly the beginning…

Although I got the largest size available, the XL Milwaukee heated gloves were pretty snug on me (more on that shortly). A sturdy loop on the wrist of each glove made it a LOT easier to tug them on, especially getting them up and over my jacket sleeves. Snugness aside, the inside of the gloves felt very comfortable.

milwaukee heated glovesA sturdy loop helps when it’s time to tug them on…

I fired up both gloves, leaving them on High to get started. The Milwaukee heated gloves got warm very quickly; I could feel the warmth in less than a minute. I got to work, relocating some lumber from our garage to the shop, raking leaves, moving some greenhouse materials around, etc. After about 20 minutes, my hands were too warm, and I dialed the gloves back to Medium. A few minutes later, I bumped them down to Low, and left them there.

milwaukee heated glovesFlame on! This Milwaukee pic shows the location of the heating coils…

The Milwaukee heated gloves worked very well for most tasks. I was able to pick up dimensional lumber, push a wheelbarrow, pick up sheets of metal siding, operate tractor controls, get some cleanup done in my frigid unheated shop, and so forth. I also had no trouble using a hammer and a circular saw. Due to the thickness of the gloves, it was tough or impossible to pick up very small items like nails and screws, as it would be with pretty much any heavy winter gloves.

milwaukee heated glovesThe Milwaukee heated gloves kept my fingers toasty in my frigid shop…milwaukee heated glovesAnd in the even more frigid – and windy – outdoors.

Here’s the summation of my wisdom after using the Milwaukee heated gloves several times: Start out on High, and soon after they can be dialed down to Low. As long as I kept busy, my hands stayed nice and toasty. During times of less strenuous activity, like when I was taking a walk and wasn’t clenching and unclenching my hands or using them to lift or move things, they were usually okay on Low. Periodically, though, they needed a quick jolt of Medium or High to get the chill off.

I’m guessing that during times of total inactivity, like when standing around waiting for the Oakland Raiders to score, a higher setting might be needed. But having sat through many a frigid, windy afternoon in the Buffalo Bills’ Rich Stadium, I’m guessing a pair of Milwaukee heated gloves would be a welcome addition to game-day gear for anyone in the Northeast…

milwaukee heated glovesThis is what our yard will look like for much of the next few months…

So how long will the Milwaukee heated gloves keep those hands from freezing up? Milwaukee claims up to six hours of run time on a charge. Naturally, actual run time will vary based on how high you’ve cranked the heat; six hours would be for the Low setting, and I actually clocked them at just over 6 hours and 20 minutes.

For those cold-blooded individuals in the crowd, or when you’re working in the most bitter cold, you’ll probably keep it in Cheech & Chong mode – steady High. This cuts your run time down considerably; using the Milwaukee heated gloves on High in sub-30 degree temps killed the batteries in just under two hours. If you plan to go full bore all the time, and your workload will keep you in the cold longer than that, you may want to invest in an extra set of batteries.

Treat Your Frostbitten Follicles To A Milwaukee Cuffed Beanie, Baby

Now that you’ve got your frosty finger problem well in hand, let’s take a quick side trip to one of your body’s biggest sources of heat loss – your noggin. Along with the Milwaukee heated gloves, we received a Milwaukee cuffed beanie to try out. Available in Ninja Black, Hi-vis Yellow, and (naturally) Milwaukee Red, the hats are made of extra-heavy yarn to block wind and provide more insulation for your dome.

milwaukee heated glovesThe Milwaukee cuffed beanie caps off your winter ensemble…

Here’s the spec and feature list from Milwaukee:

• Blocks wind and provides extra warmth on and off the jobsite
• 1-size fits all
• Polyester material wicks sweat
• Abrasion and snag resistant
• 98% polyester, 2% spandex
• Width 9.05″
• Length 11″
• Weight 0.4 lb.
• Washer and Dryer Safe
• Weather Resistant, Wind/Water Resistant
• Warranty 1 Year

I’ve been wearing this hat for the past couple of weeks (as you may have noticed in the above pictures), and I like it. A LOT. The Milwaukee cuffed beanie is not a loose-knit, lightweight hat. It’s thick and heavy, and you can feel the quality as soon as you pick it up. The hat is made from a durable 98% polyester / 2% spandex mix that resists snagging, and manages moisture to help prevent sweating and overheating. And oh yeah – it’s warm.

milwaukee heated glovesHighway workers and hunting-season hikers may prefer the Hi-Vis model…

The Milwaukee cuffed beanie is “One size fits all.” I have a large, but not huge, head, probably about a 7-3/4 hat size. The beanie fits me very nicely, and feels like it could stretch to accommodate someone with a much larger brain with no trouble. The spandex should also allow someone with a smaller skull to be comfy. It covers my entire head, and the cuffed area pulls down completely over my ears.

Along with getting our fair share of frozen precipitation, we also have a fairly constant breeze here. And by breeze I mean steady winds of 10-15 mph, with gusts high enough to trash an above-ground pool. Ask me how I know. After experiencing the wind-blocking capability of the Milwaukee cuffed beanie for the past couple of weeks, it quickly became my official favorite winter hat.

milwaukee heated glovesMilwaukee heated gloves, cuffed beanie, and snow – the winter trifecta.

Give Milwaukee Heated Gloves A Big Hand – But Not TOO Big A Hand

Getting back to the gloves, those of you with overly large or small hands, listen up. For the rollout, Milwaukee heated gloves are available in Medium, Large and Extra-large. Since I have jumbo mitts, I got the size XL to check out. Although I can get them on, they’re pretty snug; my fingers are too long to go totally into the glove’s fingers, and it’s hard to make a fist to gesture at my coworkers. I reached out to our contact at Milwaukee to see if a version in size XXL was in the works, and got this response:

“Great question. As a person who suffers with the absence of a size “S” heated glove, this topic is near and dear to my heart. M, L, and XL represent close to 90% of the total glove market volume. Because this was our first heated ‘accessory’ and first departure from M12, we had to place our bets wisely. With proven success, I’m sure we will look at expanding the offering.” Those of us with oversized – and dainty – hands will be waiting with bated breath – and frostbitten fingers!

milwaukee heated glovesThe black lines indicate M, L and XL. PLEASE make an XXL. Oh, and an S.

Meanwhile, the gloves did loosen up somewhat after using them for several days. The fingers still weren’t deep enough, and the gloves were still snug, but I could make a fairly tight fist. On really cold days, I’ll use them, but I’ll be dreaming all the while of a size XXL…

Who Needs Milwaukee Heated Gloves, Anyway?

The folks in Red designed Milwaukee heated gloves for heavy-duty jobsite use. They’re well designed and ruggedly built, and should hold up well given moderate abuse. I’m guessing the gloves will appeal to pretty much anyone who deals with cold winter weather, though; everyone who has seen mine wants them.

I know one place these Milwaukee heated gloves will be getting put to use: During our driveway and sidewalk snow removal. Being located in the snow belt south of Lake Erie, we get our fair share of the white stuff. I have plenty of cold-weather gear, but it’s always been tough to keep my fingers from freezing up during snow-relocation sessions. Cranking the gloves up to High for the duration, with my red beanie over my ears, should make snow removal almost tolerable.

milwaukee heated glovesMaybe I should get some extra batteries…

Other contenders? Football and outdoor hockey fans, skiers, snowshoe trekkers, snowmobilers, winter hikers and bikers…pretty much anyone who ventures outdoors from October through March. Having toasty digits is a beautiful thing.

Having said that, comfort comes at a price. The Milwaukee heated gloves come in a kit with two batteries, the Redlithium controllers they fit into, and the split USB charging cables and wall plug. Street price is currently around $179, and the gloves are backed by a one-year warranty. The gloves are also returnable for 90 days, to give you a risk-free opportunity to see what it’s like to NOT have frostbitten fingers.

Buy Milwaukee Heated Gloves from Ohio Power Tool:

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Buy an extra USB battery and charger from Ohio Power Tool:

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Buy the Milwaukee Beanie from the home Depot:

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Source: https://homefixated.com/milwaukee-heated-gloves-review/

AAW Partners with Rockler Stores to Host “Turning and Learning” Sessions on February 9th

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If you love sawdust and wood shavings, we’ve got something for you that will be a MUCH better use of your time than watching last week’s “Super” Bowl was. The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a Minnesota-based nonprofit education organization, has partnered with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware to offer in-store “turning and learning” demonstrations in Rockler stores on Saturday, February 9th.

aaw partners with rocklerRockler and the AAW will host free wood turning demonstrations on Feb. 9th

In case you’re not familiar with them, the AAW is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The AAW is dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by offering opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community to those interested in turning wood. AAW currently has more than 16,000 members and a network of over 360 local chapters globally representing professionals, amateurs, artists, hobbyists, gallery owners, collectors, and others.

aaw partners with rockler

Experienced turners from local AAW chapters will be conducting the demonstrations to introduce woodturning to the community in Rockler stores. Attendees will observe how to turn handles for kitchen utensils using a lathe, as well as how to attach a handle to the appropriate hardware.

“AAW is thrilled to collaborate with Rockler to introduce new audiences to the enjoyment of woodturning,” said Phil McDonald, executive director of the AAW. “These demonstrations are an outstanding opportunity to learn more about woodturning and to meet others who are interested in the craft. As a nonprofit whose mission is education, the AAW welcomes new turners to learn and grow with us and become a part of the special community that is woodturning.”

The following Rockler stores will offer the AAW turning demonstrations twice on February 9th, with sessions from 11am – 1 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.:

• 4626 E Thunderbird Rd – Ste 110, Phoenix, AZ 85032
• 4420 Treat Blvd., Concord, CA 94521
• 4320 Mills Cir – Ste G, Ontario, CA 91764
• 1955 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865
• 83 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
• 6648 Lonetree Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95765
• 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
• 20028 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
• 2553 S Colorado Blvd – Unit 108, Denver, CO 80222
• 515 E Altamonte Drive – Suite 1018, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
• 425 Ernest W Barrett Parkway NW – Suite 1120, Kennesaw, GA 30144
• 6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
• 139 South Weber Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
• 15758 South Lagrange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462
• 253 W Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60195
• 8452 Castleton Corner Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46250
• 2154 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
• 200 Gorham Rd – Ste 1100a, South Portland, ME 04106
• 26160 Ingersol Drive, Novi, MI 48375
• 2020 W Cty Rd 42, Burnsville, MN 55337
• 1872 Beam Ave, Maplewood, MN 55109
• 12995 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
• 11977 Saint Charles Rock Rd – Ste 110a, Bridgeton, MO 63044
• 373 S Broadway # 28, Salem, NH 03079
• 5085 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221
• 333 E Kemper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246
• 11773 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005
• 7402 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
• 3810 S Cooper St – Suite 124, Arlington, TX 76015
• 2930 Preston Road – Suite 850, Frisco, TX 75034
• 584 W I-30 – Suite 403, Garland, TX 75043
• 3265 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
• 800 North Coit #2500, Richardson, TX 75080
• 21352 Kuykendahl Dr, Spring, TX 77389
• 832 Ne Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98103
• 345 Tukwila Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188
• 1725 S 108th St, Milwaukee, WI 53214

As part of the new partnership, Rockler will offer a special price on a starter woodturning package, which includes a mini lathe, turning tool set, and a new six-month digital/online AAW Woodturning Fundamentals membership. First-time annual AAW memberships will also be available for purchase at Rockler stores or at the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) website.

After you attend the “Turning and learning” session, you’ll undoubtedly be chafing at the (wood-cutting) bit for more info and opportunities. Here’s one that definitely makes the cut: The AAW hosts an annual symposium. Held in a different city every year, it’s a huge event that brings together suppliers, professionals and amateur woodturners, with demonstrations, exhibitions, auctions, educational opportunities, and a huge trade show.

aaw partners with rocklerNesting Instinct bowls from the 2015 AAW Symposium…aaw partners with rocklerThe annual symposium is very popular, and well worth the trip!

I spent a day at the show when it was held in Pittsburgh three years ago, and all I can say is WOW – there are a lot of talented woodworkers out there. This year’s symposium is in Raleigh, NC, from July 11-14th. Go get inspired, and get turning!

aaw partners with rockler

Source: https://homefixated.com/aaw-partners-with-rockler-stores/

British Isles Cruise | Week 1 Travel Diary

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Hello from the Highlands of Scotland!! I can’t even believe the places we’ve seen, people we’ve met, and food we’ve devoured on this cruise of the British Isles! Both Mr. SP and I have strong family roots in Ireland and Scotland, so this trip has felt extra-special.

We still have several days left, but I’ve been getting so many questions about the ports and what I’ve been wearing, so today is an informal Travel Diary of sorts from our first week at sea.

Day 1 / Travel Day

We flew non-stop from DFW to London Heathrow, and of course I chose the comfiest outfit possible! These joggers are basically like pajamas, but passing as pants thanks to some cute back pockets. See what’s in my carry-on bag here. Also, these are just my carry-on bags…we each checked a larger suitcase!

Fit Tip: The joggers are true to size, I’m wearing an XS

travel style for overnight flight
Jean Jacket | V-Neck Tank | Jogger Pant | Similar Sneaks | Gold Carry-On Suitcase | Leather Tote | Monogrammed Crossbody Bag

Day 2 / Arrive London

We arrived mid-morning and shuttled to our hotel, Grange Tower Hotel. Princess Cruises arranges all the travel associated with your cruise, so it’s easy, one-stop travel planning!

We took a 1-hour power nap, showered, and headed out for the afternoon. Fortunately, our hotel was just a few blocks from Tower Bridge, so we were able to soak up some London-vibes right away. From there, we grabbed an Uber to nearby Shoreditch neighborhood to explore, and stuff our faces with an amazing early dinner at Dishoom.

Sugarplum Travel Tip: When staying in a city for several days, we always take the time to learn the public transit system. But when we need to maximize time, we rely on Uber. It’s also saves time because it’s tied to your credit card, and not necessary to exchange currency for every city.

Jumpsuit | Leopard Flats | Jean Jacket | Monogrammed Crossbody Bag

This cotton poplin jumpsuit is a great weight with a cute and comfy fit…perfect for a day of exploring!

Fit Tip: Size down one, I’m in a 00.

Jumpsuit | Leopard Flats | Jean Jacket | Monogrammed Crossbody Bag | Feather Earrings

Day 3 / Transfer to the Royal Princess

Again, Princess Cruises arranges the transfer, and we bussed from London to Southampton (about 2.5 hours) to embark on the Royal Princess! It’s similar to airport check-in and security, except your bags are delivered to your cabin, so you don’t have the hassle of getting them on the ship.

We spent the afternoon getting settled (I fully unpack on cruises since you only have to do it once!), and had lunch on the open top deck while waiting for the remaining passengers to arrive.

At 6pm, we sailed out of port and met up with our blogger friends for cocktails and dinner at one of the specialty restaurants on the ship, Sabotinis.

‘Love Conquers All’ Tee (50% off!) | White Jeans | Jean Jacket | Similar Sneaks

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0

Flutter Dress | Heels | Clutch | Feather Earrings | Cuff

Day 4 / Guernsey

Guernsey is part of the Channel Islands, and this quaint, sleepy village was the perfect start to our trip. We didn’t have an official Princess excursion booked, but rather just wandered the streets and enjoyed the town on foot. This is where our scone obsession started, and we’ve had them daily since!

We were back on the ship late afternoon, where we rested-up for our first Formal Night of the trip. Our group ate in the main Dining Room, and followed it up with dancing at the club.

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Leopard Sweater (40% off!) | Jeans | Booties | Bag | Hat

friends in guernsey london
Eden of Sugar & Charm | Ashley of Sugar & Cloth | Christina of New Darlings

Fit Tip: I sized up in the leopard sweater and am wearing a small.

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Leopard Sweater (40% off!) | Jeans | Booties | Hat | Military Jacket | Bag | Travel Camera | Camera Strap

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Fit Tip: I’m wearing a regular 0 jumpsuit (but had it hemmed). I’d recommend sizing up if in-between sizes though.

formal night on the cruise ship
Jumpsuit | Heels | Leopard Clutch | Earrings

Day 5 / Cobh & Kinsale, Ireland

It was a gray, drizzly day when we arrived in Ireland, but that didn’t keep us from venturing out to explore the small, port-side town of Cobh. I loved the colorful houses and views to the sea.

After lunch, we boarded a bus for the 45-minute drive to Kinsale…a small waterfront village where every little shop and pub was a bright, cheerful color, and we had our first fish and chips of the trip.

Once back on board the Royal Princess, we met our group for a casual dinner at the Crab Shack. (I forgot to take a pic, but I wore this pullover with jeans and sneakers.)

Sidenote: Princess Cruises is giving away a $5000 Gift Card for the trip of your choice! Just look for this pic on my Instagram for details on how to enter!!

guernsey deck of cards
Striped Raincoat | Jeans | Packable Rainboots | Pink Sweater | Chambray Shirt

Striped Raincoat | Jeans | Packable Rainboots | Pink Sweater | Chambray Shirt

Fit Tip: This rain jacket is amazing for staying dry, and surprisingly warm! I size up and am wearing a 2. The boots are lighter weight than traditional rainbows and packable. Size down for half sizes.

Striped Raincoat | Jeans | Packable Rainboots | Pink Sweater | Chambray Shirt | Travel Camera | Camera Strap

Day 6 / Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is definitely a personal highlight of the trip so far. It’s a fairly big city, but easily navigated and the city center is walkable in a few hours. We found surprises around every corner, as well as pubs! They are literally everywhere!

After exploring several hours, we headed back to the ship to enjoy the warm, sunny day on the top deck. Then it was epic dinner night…Chef’s Table!! It starts with a tour of the main galley kitchen and passed appetizers, followed by a gorgeous 5-course dinner in their special room. It really is a treat and always a highlight of our cruise.

Fit Tip: This trench comes in classic colors, but of course I opted for the coral pink. I’m wearing an XS

Trench Coat

Y’all….these loafers are seriously the comfiest shoes I brought! They are like walking on clouds of pillowed air. Plus, they’re super cute!

Sweater | Jeans | Loafers | Trench | Crossbody Bag | Hoop Earrings

‘Love First’ Tee (on sale!) | Sandals | Sunglasses

This is our fourth trip with these guys (plus a few more not pictured). They are all like family, and it is a joy to travel and experience the world with them! (They’re all tagged in my Instagram!)

This shirtdress was perfect for Chef’s Table…lots of room for eating!! Plus, it packs like a dream, so I never travel without it.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

evening cruise style
Shirtdress | Booties | Earrings | Clutch | Cuff

Day 7 / Belfast & Northern Ireland Coastline

We decided to get out of the city and explore the coast of Northern Ireland, so we headed to the Titanic Hotel where they helped us book a driver for the day. Since there were six of us, it was only $50/person…well worth the opportunity to explore on our own and stop anywhere along the way.

Plus, our driver Garry as the kindest man and showed us so much more than we’d planned! This was a late night in port, so we ended our day with pizza and game night on the top deck of the ship.

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titanic hotel belfast

northern ireland colorful cottage
Striped Rainjacket | Jeans | Slip-On Quilted Sneakers

northern ireland coastline

northern ireland countryside