EP134: Jewelry Box Makeover, Service Professor History, All About Screws, and Hammertime!


Segment 1: Jewelry Box Makeover

Paint is so remarkably transformative! With the right inspiration, your next project is just around the corner! We found the beautiful piece of furniture pictured below at an antique store. It was amazing, but WAY too expensive. Later we found a simple little jewelry box for $2. Much more in line with my pocket book! We snatched it up and with a little prep work, some taping, and some paint, we turned it into a miniature version of the furniture piece we loved so much. Whether or not the color and the piece is for you, the concept holds true for everyone: paint is incredibly transformative!


Segments 2: Service Professor History

Being a small business, we love to promote other small businesses! Service Professor has been featured on our show multiple times, but this time we sit down with President Brad Krause to talk about some history!

Segments 3 & 4: Screws and Hammertime

We dipped back into the archives for a couple of our favorite tool segments. Who’d have thought there’d be so much to learn about screws and hammers?

EP125: Direct to Metal Paints and the Saw Stop Table Saw


Segments 2 & 3: Direct-to-Metal Paint

DTM paints, as the name suggests, are meant for application directly to metal surfaces. And yet, there are a vast number of rust inhibitive primers on the market. When is a DTM the right choice for a project and when is there a better option?

We sit down with Dan Altena, the President of RepcoLite Paints to discuss!

Segment 4: The Saw Stop Table Saw

Anyone who’s worked with a table saw has had, at one point or another, visions of tragedy and potential lost digits. It’s a real concern in wood working, because, as we all know: accidents happen so fast!

That’s what makes the Saw Stop system so intriguing! It’s a table saw that is designed to detect flesh and stop the blade in less than 5 milliseconds. Fast enough to change a life-altering injury into a small cut! Check out the links and the video below!

EP89: Death of the Aluminum Christmas Tree, Painted Tin Ceiling, and Escape Room Debriefing!

So, if you are a child of the late 50’s or early 60’s, it’s likely you’ll remember the aluminum Christmas tree. But, if you were born after 1965, it’s entirely likely you’ve only seen pictures of them (or maybe in an antique store, if you’re lucky). The reason for this is the 1965 debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Yes, that’s right, Charlie Brown single-handedly brought down the aluminum Christmas tree industry. We’ve got the story of that and the reason for their comeback in the first segment.

We’re also taking a call from a listener, Ruth, who has an old farmhouse tin ceiling. The ceiling was painted quite a while ago and the paint is starting to peel in some areas. We’ll tell her why that is and what she needs to do next.

And finally, Jeff Rietveld from Out of the Box Games is dropping by to give us the results of our recent Escape Room challenge. He’s also going to do a short debriefing to tell us what we did well and what we need to work on for next time. And no matter how we did, these Escape Rooms are something we can’t recommend enough!

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EP76: Caulk 101, Fire Safety with the Fire Marshal, Job Site Lessons

Today’s show is all about safety! Well, except the parts that are about caulk and spalling brick.  Technically, those parts are not about safety. But that doesn’t make them any less interesting or valuable!

For example, if you’ve ever wondered why we use caulk on a paint project, or what the 30-year, 40-year, and 50-year references on each tube mean, then this segment is for you!

And if you’ve got a brick chimney or any brick on your house at all, you do not want to miss the segment about spalling brick. The info here could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

And then . . . there’s the actual safety segment I referred to in the beginning! Holland’s Fire Marshal, Bret Groendyke sits down with us to talk about some great tips to help us stay safe should we ever experience a fire in our homes. It’s great info and perfect for everyone in the family!

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EP75: Furnace Filters, Store Paint Dilemmas, and Damp Basement Fixes

Last week we talked about the Home Repair Services Home Maintenance class. We actually attended the class and learned a TON of things. They talked briefly about furnace filters and changing them…and that got us thinking. What happens if we DON’T change the filter? Is it like not taking the lint from the lint trap in our dryer and it could start a fire?

In the first segment, Brad Krause, President of Service Professor, stops by to answer all of our burning questions when it comes to our furnace.

We are excited for segments 2 and 3 because our very own Plainfield Bob drops in for a chat. Bob is the manager at our Plainfield store. He is very funny and has lots of knowledge when it comes to paint. And he’s going to help us give you all kinds of things to think about when you head to the paint store. After listening to this, all of your paint dilemmas will be solved!

And last, but not least, we are talking about damp basements. It’s fall and rain will come. And we know that many of us struggle with water seeping in. We’re here to help you get started in making your basement a dry, usable space. And it all starts outside.

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