A metal bender from Harbor Freight - First and last time I'll shop at that
After getting the bender home, after assembling, it broke the first time I
pulled on it. Returned it, second one snaped in the same place. Returned
it, third one, same snap. Tossed it.
Best tools - Lie-Nielsen planes/chisels - Snap-on hand tools.
Was the particular paint actually rated for spray application and if
so, were airless sprayers recommended? Quite a few latex paints,
particularly are not intended for spray application and some, even if
are approved, have pretty specific requirements for suitable sprayers.
That said, there are reasons why inexpensive tools are so...
The paint can said it may be thinned to a certain ratio for spray
application, which I did. I followed Wagner's (very feeble) directions
to the tee.
Sometimes I'll buy a cheap tool if I'm not sure how much I'm actually
going to use it. If I find that I use the tool a lot and it's worth
upgrading, I'll buy a better version. This has worked out well for me
in most instances. I bought the Wagner (cheap) because I knew we are at
the very end of a major remodel. Most of the painting is done, except
for the damned extensive deck railing. This will have been my only use
for the tool and I would have been happy to shell out the money if the
tool worked at all. It did not. Lesson learned.
Someone gave me great advice today: Rent a professional sprayer from my
local rental center. Sounds like a great idea and that's my next move.
You know - I had that same problem when I bought a Wagner 25 years
ago. The only way it worked without jamming was if the paint was so
thin you could see through it.
And I always thought it was me. 25 years later and they still don't work?
Shouldn't there be a "Wagnersucks.com" web site after all these years?
Sending unsolicited commercial e-mail to this account incurs a fee of
$500 per message, and acknowledges the legality of this contract.
Well, it was a thought and something I had run into previously. ...
For one-time if the rates aren't exorbitant or the required time is
short enough, not a bad idea for sure. It seems like quite often what
looks like a good reason for renting ends up costing me most of what I
could have bought the thing for--and I don't have one, either... :(
But, you can probably rent a really good unit for the cost of one of
the lower-end Grayco and if you reallly don't have any further need no
real loss and it's one less thing to store until you do.
With the deck and railing just be sure you've protected against the
overspray problem adequately...
Lee Valley corner-rounding gadgets (only things that cut worse than a
Lee Valley scraper plane insert for a #4 (just not rigid enough)
Japanese "saw rasp" from Axminster. Works beautifully on builder's
insulation foam. So if all you ever work is foam, go get one. Even
better, have mine.
Japanese flush-cutting dowel saw.
Any sander with less than a horsepower behind it.
Eclipse honing guide. Narrow single roller wears a groove in your
I should point out that the LV tools weren't particularly bad, they
were just particularly noticeable - becauseeverything else works so
I bought a re-manufactured Wagner 9150 four years ago. Other than having to
replace the seals this year, it has run great. Don't know if it's
considered a homeowner's paint sprayer, but it is electric and spits out
paint at about 3000 PSI.
Next time look on-line for re-manufactured. The price was more than one of
the cheap-o units, but if you own a painted house with painted buildings
and a stained deck, you'll really appreciate it.
Michael White "To protect people from the effects of folly is to
fill the world with fools." -Herbert Spencer
Porter Cable "Bammer" What an absolute POS. Couldn't keep a gas
cartridge in it because it would leak down. More often than not you'd
get a weak denotation and a partially (often only slightly) driven nail.
Wish I had that $300 back.
100% Correct when it comes to Latex, and really anyone who says otherwise
would have to prove it with a video...it sucks bigtime. Great for stain on
shingles and decks. I had a rather good experience painting latex with a
older Craftsman in the young 80's, but lent it out and just forgot about it.
So I decided to get the Wagner.....the tiny piston just got to hot to quick.
I still use the wagner for outside.......just NEVER AGAIN with Latex!
There's a mention in someone else's posting about a detail sander.
And my own experience with the B&D detail sander.
Those two along with your Ryobi experience suggests that *all* detail
sanders are crap.
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