Dust Collection: Snap-lock Ducting

Snap-lock ducting offers a great compromise between affordability, durability, and ease of install.  Fittings and adapters are easy to find locally and online. The only tools needed are a HVAC crimping tool and an offset tin shear.  I purchased both for less than $25. I am using Gripple’s Hang-Fast system.  It makes hanging your ductwork … Read more

Dust Collection: Installing the Super Dust Gorilla

Good dust collection is a productivity saver.  Good fine dust collection is a lung saver.  That’s why I invested money into a powerful dust collector with pre-separation. I did a lot of research and decided on the Super Dust Gorilla from Oneida Air.  It has a powerful 3hp motor, cyclone separator, and HEPA filter (filters … Read more

Garage Workshop Build: Installing a Mini-Split Ductless Air-conditioner

No more sweating profusely over expensive cast iron tools.  No more miserable summer days in the shop.  All thanks to my Mitsubishi mini-split ductless air-conditioner and the nice HVAC guys who turned up the system yesterday afternoon. Ductless, split heat-pumps (also known as mini-splits) are the new standard in efficient heating and air.  These consist … Read more

Garage Workshop Build: Paint and Trim

It’s finally starting to look like a real workshop. After reading a few product reviews and tests, I settled on a paint and primer in one from Sherwin Williams.  In the past, I’ve always used the cheapest stuff I could find at the Borg.  Since the original paint had adhesion issues, I used something a … Read more

Shop Update

I spent the last few days getting the walls ready for paint.  It has taken more time than I initially expected.  Doesn’t everything? The paint on the two existing walls was in bad shape.  It was peeling badly at the bottom along the entire length.  I used a scraper to remove most of the easy … Read more