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Episode 1223

The top 5 power tools everyone should own

Who makes what brand of tools? Is Porter Cable the same company as Craftsman? How about DeWalt? We answer all those questions and so much more plus the five tools that every homeowner should have. Pick any brand and there are at least 100 power tools from each manufacturer. So we help you with your first five! You might be surprised about a few of them.

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[00:00:14] Caroline Blazovsky: I love power tools,

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[00:00:26] Eric Goranson: No matter how many tools you have. There's always just that one more that you need. Now, if I only had that one, it's funny how it

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[00:00:38] Eric Goranson: I'm a tool guy. No question. First I wanted to talk about today that, that, you know, everybody gets so brand oriented on tools. It's like, and I mean this like guys and even girls in trucks.

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[00:01:02] Caroline Blazovsky: Or my JAG, my JAG, is better than your bins.

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[00:01:14] Caroline Blazovsky: knows.

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[00:01:21] Eric Goranson: Really really well.

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[00:01:29] Eric Goranson: I know it you've got that thing's brand new. It's got hundreds of miles on it and, uh, the Jaguar electrical issues, the gremlins are already being released.

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[00:01:50] Eric Goranson: Yep.

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[00:02:01] Eric Goranson: Give it some tea. That way could have a proper morning tea and then it'll be fine.

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[00:02:10] Eric Goranson: Exactly. It's like, oh, I got to start working again. This isn't going to go well. So that's how it goes. Well, let's talk about tools, you know, when it comes down to tools though, there's tool brands and everybody is, you know, we're saying tool brands, everybody gets hung up on tool brands, but I wanted to just talk about kind of in this segment first, before we get into kind of our five top favorite tools that everybody should have, and I've got some runners up in there as well, that I think are important, but there's only less than a dozen major tool manufacturers out there.

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[00:03:02] Caroline Blazovsky: devils

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[00:03:09] Caroline Blazovsky: craftsman. I never knew.

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[00:03:25] Caroline Blazovsky: Hmm.

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[00:03:28] Caroline Blazovsky: Wow.

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[00:03:42] Caroline Blazovsky: The truth is out.

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[00:04:11] Eric Goranson: The mid range is here. I mean, there could be some quality

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[00:04:14] Eric Goranson: but

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[00:04:17] Eric Goranson: it's the same tool. It's the same tool. Um, and that was interesting, you know, and, and it comes over to, for instance, um, TTI, which everybody goes who's TTI. Well, TTI is while the tools that are behind me, Milwaukee Ryobi or Rio B is how they say it.

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[00:04:41] Caroline Blazovsky: Hm.

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[00:04:49] Caroline Blazovsky: I'm hearing a lot of sponsors for our show, Eric like sponsor, Right.

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[00:04:57] Eric Goranson: We just named off a bunch of them. Didn't we? So.

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[00:05:01] Eric Goranson: And so what are the other ones that's big. Yeah. Contact us for that one. Another one that has really big that I was like, oh wow. I didn't even know all these were under, this brand was Bosch. So they have of course Bosch power tools. They've got Diablo, which is blades for American, which is blades, uh, Freud, which is the, another blades.

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[00:05:44] Eric Goranson: And then the other one I thought was super interesting too, was Husqvarna group. They have Husqvarna Paulin, a lot of outdoor stuff. Gardena weed-eater. And so I'm McCulloch. So those guys [00:06:00] have a lot of competing names. I mean, if you look at that there's three or four brands of chain size that are made by the same parent company,

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[00:06:08] Eric Goranson: all under the same

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[00:06:19] Caroline Blazovsky: they don't even realize that the company is owned by somebody else or that they make

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[00:06:46] Eric Goranson: Using Milwaukee tools, but that doesn't fit every homeowner. You know, homeowner doesn't want to go spend 400 bucks for a tool. That's why Rio B has a great brand name [00:07:00] because they are much more homeowner friendly. And for most people that are just doing some small stuff around this, great for that, you know, that's a.

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[00:07:31] Eric Goranson: you're not buying too cheap as a tool. I mean, I can go down to Harbor freight for instance, and, you know, they have the cheapest tools known to mankind, you know, and that's okay. There's nothing wrong with that. But like my brother, he needed to Polish out his, his Airstream trailer and he went, I'm just gonna run down and get one.

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[00:08:15] Eric Goranson: It just

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[00:08:33] Caroline Blazovsky: It's like your maintenance, what you need, your, your quantity is very low. So you can use a real, basic, simple thing. But when you get into like the Northeast or where you live, You've got to have a commercial grade dehumidifier. We're moving water because we just have so much of it. Right. So it's sort of that same principle.

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[00:08:53] Eric Goranson: Yeah, you've got to just put it together and use it the correct way. Hey, when we come back, let's talk a little bit more about that because that's really important, [00:09:00] especially when it comes to saws and some of that other stuff we'll dive into that just as soon as around the house returns.

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[00:00:22] Eric Goranson: We don't have one this week. We've got some coming up here shortly. Uh, just like we gave away that set of boots. We've got some great ones coming.

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[00:00:33] Eric Goranson: Yeah. We can say first name winter. Let me get that here

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[00:00:40] Eric Goranson: I love it. That it, you know, it's, this is the great thing about these contests and, and let's just say it was a David from Connecticut

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[00:00:54] Eric Goranson: you for listening to David and you get a free. Of boots, which I love. [00:01:00] So we've got a great thanks iron age for that great giveaway, teamed up with our friends over, at what tools inside,

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[00:01:07] Eric Goranson: know, that's the great thing with this.

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[00:01:15] Eric Goranson: them out on social media as well. And of course they're over on Amazon doing live every week too, because I think the app might still be down. I've got to take a look at it because I think the app was being. Rebuilt into a new app. And I think they were only on, I'm not sure if it's up yet. We'll have to go back and take a look at that.

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[00:01:37] Caroline Blazovsky: Go to the, website.

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[00:01:52] Eric Goranson: You'd see out there. The first. Tip that I have. If you know, let's say you are going to, you just bought a house and you're going to [00:02:00] start like tool up. Cause you're going to start going. You want to update your tools. the first question I have for you is what are you going to be doing with these tools?

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[00:02:18] Caroline Blazovsky: cutting some shelves down, putting some shelves up.

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[00:02:35] Eric Goranson: But if you're going to be like, okay, I'm tearing this house down to the studs and we're cutting the whole inside and we're going to do a major remodel, and then I'm going to go be helping some buddies too, which you gotta count that into this. If you're going to be over helping your buddies, do stuff with your tools.

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[00:03:04] Caroline Blazovsky: Commercial grade con I call it contractor greed or

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[00:03:17] Caroline Blazovsky: Hmm.

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[00:03:24] Caroline Blazovsky: I'm going to throw a caveat in. I'm gonna throw a caveat, like say you want to invest in a tool cause right. Tools. And you want to invest in a tool maybe to pass this tool down to your son or your grandson. I mean, are there tools that you can just sort of purchase one and say, Hey, you know, this is a really good tool.

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[00:03:47] Eric Goranson: tools. Absolutely. Uh, battery tools, um, the batteries really going to last that long. And as far as, let me back up 10 years ago, we had a real big problem in the power [00:04:00] tool industry, where everybody was upped. Your battery technology was jumping so fast that you never caught, caught up as soon as you're like, oh wow, I'm starting to get stuck.

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[00:04:37] Eric Goranson: So I don't know how that's going to work moving forward. 10 years from now, I'm sure we're going to have such better power tools. The battery packs are going to be so much different that I think things are gonna look so much different than you won't have a tool that you're going to have

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[00:04:54] Caroline Blazovsky: right? Like how people pass down tools, it's going to be vastly different.

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[00:05:16] Caroline Blazovsky: the flood,

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[00:05:17] Eric Goranson: There's sentimental to it, but I don't know if that's going to be your go-to each day with way things are

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[00:05:38] Eric Goranson: Nice. I love that. See, that's cool stuff right there. That's cool stuff. And that's true. Really what I'm looking for when I get into this kind of stuff is I really want to make sure that you're buying a tool that's going to last, but I also want to make sure that it's going to be a tool that's going to actually work and do what you want it to do now.

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[00:06:19] Caroline Blazovsky: That's really cool. All right. so, this is my question to you. Five top tools that you are a must have for every homeowner. Like if you're going to you get, you get five, that's it, you've got to pick five most important tools. I love splitting

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[00:07:05] Eric Goranson: It's meant to put a screw into a piece of wood, into a fence or anything like that. You can also. Drill bits that'll fit into that little snap into that same kind of hex bet. So it will work the same as a drill for most homeowners. So I really think that impact driver is your, your first tool that you should have.

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[00:07:35] Caroline Blazovsky: So explain to people because we have all kinds of listeners on the. The difference between a drill and an impact driver. So if someone's going down and they, and they don't know much about home improvement, but they're going to start doing things. Why do they want this and how do they use it?

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[00:08:13] Eric Goranson: And that's how that works. And so those to me are just some of the best, all around tools for, you know, if you're going to get that first tool. First one that I would get just so you can Fasten things together. Now, Carolyn, we come back. What I want to talk about is the other four, because these are big ones and I've got some honorable mentions that we should

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[00:08:40] Eric Goranson: I think we need to have some, but these aren't powered tools, these are going to be hand tools. And I think we should have the go with these, the compliment them, if.

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[00:08:51] Eric Goranson: All right, we'll be back just after these important messages. I'm Eric G

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[00:08:57] Eric Goranson: and you're listening to around the

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[00:00:22] Eric Goranson: You can get us over on our website, which is around the house online, but no matter where you're listening, subscribe. You know, jump in and follow that depending on which platform you use, you can follow, you can subscribe. It's free no matter what, but the cool thing is it will tell you when the new episodes come out and as we have some new stuff, we might sneak a few midweek episodes in coming up as we get new stuff coming in.

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[00:00:48] Caroline Blazovsky: Um,

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[00:00:50] Caroline Blazovsky: and we love fan mail, like mail. We want to know what's going on, what you guys are thinking ideas for shows things you'd like us to talk about, you know, we're talker. [00:01:00] So we'll get the information to you. Just let us know what you.

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[00:01:18] Caroline Blazovsky: But only good reviews cause you don't want to make me cry.

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[00:01:44] Eric Goranson: Of course is that impact driver. And that's really good for putting in screws. You know, you can actually use it for drilling too. What I like it for is if you're putting together like two big pieces of wood and you have to put one of those big like leg bolts or one of those really long, 2, 3, [00:02:00] 4, 5, 6 inch bolts, they can handle that where a drill won't most of the time, you're just going to take that drill and make it really, really upset and overheat it.

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[00:02:12] Caroline Blazovsky: Nice.

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[00:02:37] Eric Goranson: And to be honest, all of these tools, and I'm gonna put this little Asterik, all of these tools should be. There's no need to buy a quarter to one anymore.

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[00:02:46] Eric Goranson: why when you go to the store. Yeah. There's no reason to go quarters anymore. Yep. No more cords, no need, no need go battery power with any of these.

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[00:03:23] Caroline Blazovsky: what size battery? What size battery are you.

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[00:03:46] Eric Goranson: It's 18 point something. They rounded up because the United States, they call it 20 volts and Europe because of truth and packaging laws, they [00:04:00] can't call it 20 volts. It has to be 18 point something. So.

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[00:04:12] Eric Goranson: how it works. That's how it works. That's when you look at this and go, oops, it's not real. I mean, they're cut around in the numbers a little bit. So that's one of those things, but I, you know, for instance, with the Milwaukee, which I'm very familiar with, they have the different size battery packs, which really just means how many of those little round.

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[00:04:52] Eric Goranson: So you always want to have the bigger engine without making the tool to. So you want that amp [00:05:00] hour battery to be heavy, higher number for that circular sock, because you will need it right there.

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[00:05:14] Eric Goranson: exactly. Exactly. Yeah. And that's the cool thing with batteries. These days is a lot of the better manufacturers. They have computers inside these tools that actually. Well, tell it to throw more torque at something when it needs it. So they're getting smarter and smarter as they go, which is great. my third tool, my third tool, I want to get to this one before we go out to break in a few minutes, because again, we're going to run out of time.

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[00:05:51] Caroline Blazovsky: I love the on that's my favorite.

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[00:05:54] Caroline Blazovsky: It is the

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[00:06:03] Caroline Blazovsky: It was my best friend during two floods.

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[00:06:16] Caroline Blazovsky: like.

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[00:06:22] Eric Goranson: So, you know, if you're like Carolyn's office there where you had to be cutting up stuff, to get it out of the street and stuff from your little jump with the hurricane there, you know, it'll cut through tree stuff really well, but if you're tearing stuff apart, you can get one of those wrecking blades.

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[00:06:45] Caroline Blazovsky: No smoke. Like you don't have to worry about it smoking. I mean, it's a clean cut. Like it's like.

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[00:07:19] Eric Goranson: It's your fault for not using it correctly. So use that thing at quarter to half speed, slow it way down. It will last and cut a lot better for you. So dial it off 11 people. If you slow down when you're drilling or doing.

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[00:07:38] Eric Goranson: Yeah,

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[00:07:40] Eric Goranson: it on down, slow it on down and it'll be all. Okay. So that's the key right there. I mean, that's one of those things that, uh, that I think that is really smart. Now the next tool that I think is really important. I think we can squeeze this in before we go out to break here. [00:08:00] And I'm torn on this, but it's my favorite.

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[00:08:24] Caroline Blazovsky: I don't think I've ever seen that. Can you describe it to me? Cause I that's not something I don't think I have, or maybe I do want to.

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[00:08:32] Caroline Blazovsky: He's going to

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[00:08:51] Eric Goranson: So if you have something that you need to cut flush, you can do it without chewing everything up.

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[00:08:58] Eric Goranson: You got it. We'll do [00:09:00] that here. So, all right. When we come back, we'll play with some power tools. We'll do that just as soon as around the house returns.

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[00:00:13] Caroline Blazovsky: It is not, we have actual tools. Eric is going to demo this tool for you right now. And I love it.

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[00:00:41] Eric Goranson: You can go in with the multi-tool and cut that off. So it's flush with the piece of wood beneath it, or if you've got a piece of molding that you need to cut off flush, it's great. What I like it for is if you're installing an electrical outlet someplace, you can cut square corners with it without having to get in there and do [00:01:00] stuff.

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[00:01:12] Caroline Blazovsky: Yeah. Um, he's, he's showing me, so I want to see him. He's going to cut. We're going to cut something and

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[00:01:18] Caroline Blazovsky: it works. Okay.

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[00:01:24] Caroline Blazovsky: It's going right across the wood. Nice, beautiful.

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[00:01:35] Caroline Blazovsky: Yep. Stir stick, clean off.

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[00:01:51] Caroline Blazovsky: It's flexible. It's got like a flexible front

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[00:02:03] Caroline Blazovsky: Nice.

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[00:02:13] Caroline Blazovsky: Um,

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[00:02:18] Eric Goranson: I've got a great battery powered one. I love it. And it's funny. Cause I used to have all these air tools and these air tools take over my shop. Not anymore. I got a battery powered one. And so now I don't have a cord or a

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[00:02:32] Eric Goranson: Which makes for a safer workplace anyway.

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[00:02:39] Eric Goranson: it works out really good. So that Sanders, the other one that I think is, is really, really important now outside of power tools, I think there's some things that, but I think every homeowner should have am. These are really important things that you need for taking on projects. One of them is going to be [00:03:00] a few different sizes of levels.

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[00:03:03] Eric Goranson: Like I want to see just like a little tiny, small, like Mason's level. And then I want to see you have like a three foot or four foot that I wouldn't mind you having a big six foot if you're doing a big project.

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[00:03:31] Eric Goranson: Yeah. The other thing that you can do too is, which is really handy, is, uh, there's now lasers out there too, that you can do. I've got a, a digital level there's laser ones. There's a lot of different things out there. So have some fun technology. If you're gonna afford it, go for it, get some lasers, get some cool stuff.

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[00:03:52] Eric Goranson: yeah, that's good for projects. Now. There's a lot of different things that I think, you know, that I think that are really [00:04:00] smart when you start getting into this is I think you should have some tools stored someplace. You know, whether it's a small toolbox or things like that, or a bigger one, so you can keep these things put away.

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[00:04:28] Caroline Blazovsky: It's like your phone

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[00:04:30] Caroline Blazovsky: and it's also like your phone. You don't want to keep it over. They always tell you, you know, charge it and then take it off the charger.

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[00:04:57] Eric Goranson: So make sure that you've got that taken care of because [00:05:00] nobody wants a fire in their house for that. I mean, that's the, that's the damage there is. Make sure you're not going to catch something.

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[00:05:18] Eric Goranson: Yeah, I would rather see them in a war. You know, here's the thing, batteries don't work as well when you're talking, you know, when you're talking about them in the cold, for instance, if you are in the, the deep, dark cold of winter where it's minus five degrees outside, Battery's not going to work as well is if it was at room temperature.

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[00:05:58] Caroline Blazovsky: So probably in an attached [00:06:00] garage versus an outside shed to store button, this battery. Yeah. And then also that's where they're plugged in. Right? So in mine, we've got them plugged in, in the.

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[00:06:15] Eric Goranson: Yeah, it's the smart way to go. Um, I mean, that's one of those things that I just want to make sure that everybody kind of treats them, right. The same point. You don't want them in your 115 degree car or 120 degree car when it's, uh, summertime and you're, you're in a, you know, Palm Springs, you know, it's, those are things that you really just gotta be careful with.

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[00:06:41] Caroline Blazovsky: For your fault, top five, Eric, any maintenance that you have to do to those, to just Keep them maintained or anything you recommend,

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[00:06:51] Caroline Blazovsky: what do you clean them with? I mean, do you have a

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[00:07:06] Eric Goranson: So I'm going to want you to be wearing, you know, good safety glasses, you know, and that kind of stuff. If you're doing lots of cutting a face shield, even better protect that pretty mug, you want to make sure that everybody's

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[00:07:19] Eric Goranson: And there we

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[00:07:43] Eric Goranson: Yeah. To my, to my favorite safety glasses are. Milwaukee and 3m, and they've got a little seal that goes up around them. So they're a pad there

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[00:07:53] Eric Goranson: a lot of those things from getting around that. And so those are good when I'm out cutting wood outside, I've got a full like lager [00:08:00] helmet, face shield things.

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[00:08:07] Caroline Blazovsky: Eric looks hot when he's cutting wood.

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[00:08:15] Eric Goranson: now let's do this. So it's really, it's, it's safety is key with any of this stuff, you know, and then of course, making sure that your blades in your drill beds and all those things, uh, are sharp. You want to have it's like, it's, like they say with a pocket knife, the most dangerous one is the. So make sure that you've got everything is sharp as you can got it.

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[00:08:48] Caroline Blazovsky: How do you know Eric, like for people who are buying these tools, maybe they don't have experience. I mean, how do you know when it's getting dull or when you need to have.

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[00:09:12] Eric Goranson: So that's unfortunate, but sometimes a new one is cheaper than paying for somebody to go in and get it dialed in.

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[00:09:26] Eric Goranson: Yeah. And man, I tell you what, I've got everything from. I can see I've got a concrete saw white sheets over my head back here

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[00:09:34] Eric Goranson: There it is from chainsaws to air nailers, which are now, you know, battery powered nailers. We have all those different things I have. I can go out with a battery powered that runs off one of my drill batteries.

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[00:09:50] Caroline Blazovsky: That's huge. The compress, you know what? I got to get one, uh, a battery pack to compressor.

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[00:09:56] Caroline Blazovsky: need to give me a name. I need a name, what brand

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[00:10:07] Caroline Blazovsky: because I'm sick of using my cord. I, for anybody who knows me with tires, I have a, not a good track record. And also when you drive certain. When the temperature changes, you'll get a low pressure reading. So I constantly have to use this compressor and I'm constantly going out and getting a plug. So I'm done M 12 Milwaukee.

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[00:10:30] Caroline Blazovsky: Um, that's Christmas presents coming.

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[00:10:38] Caroline Blazovsky: It goes so fast.

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[00:10:46] Eric Goranson: Actually I'll put up a blog post, I'll put up a blog post over there and show you my favorite tools that, uh, you can take a look at over there and around the house, online.com this weekend. So take a look over there and we'll put it up as a post and I'll have some pictures. So you know exactly what [00:11:00] we're talking about.

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[00:11:01] Caroline Blazovsky: and I'm Caroline B

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[00:11:05] Caroline Blazovsky: the house.

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