January's Tool Tuesday
Happy New Year, babes! 2020!
In addition to continuing our sign business, we have been taking an inventory of our most FAQ's. My plan for this year is to blog at least once a week to answer some of these questions in greater detail, and dive into specific topics you guys have asked for! Curious about something specific? E-mail us! firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, every first Tuesday of the month, I'll be sharing our favorite tools we use for our business and all of or DIY's. We tuck these specific tools in at night, nick name them, the whole 9 yards, guys. They are part of the fam.
If you're looking into tackling some DIY projects this year - this post is for you!
Tools are obviously essential to our business, and when I first started painting and framing signs (in 2011), I really didn't know much about the heavy tools. I know all about wrenches, screwdrivers, and hammers but beyond that, I turned to YouTube or my Uncle, who is a wood fanatic, and from there, I learned all the things.
January's Tool Tuesday spotlight goes to our Ryobi 18 Volt Cordless AirStrike Brad Nailer.
This particular one (linked above) comes with a battery and charger (which I highly recommend!). You can purchase just the nailer by itself, if you have other Ryobi battery operated tools. This is why I love Ryobi's brand! Their batteries work with several of their tools. (My hubby is more of a Dewalt guy, but I don't discriminate when it comes to tools ;) ) I'll admit that it took some getting used to, in terms of weight. We used to work with one that needed to be powered by an air compressor that was much more light, however, I'll take a bit of weight over the noise any day. This has been so handy and extremely easy to use!
Why we love it
Battery operated, eliminating the need for noisy compressors
Contact actuated mode for production speed up to 60 nails per minute
Lightweight design for reduced user fatigue
3-year manufacturer's warranty
What we use it for:
Framing all of our signs!
DIY Faux Mantle (you can find a step-by-step tutorial on our instagram stories here under our highlight reel "DIY MANTLE" and stay tuned for a more detailed written tutorial coming soon!)
Shiplap! I'll be sharing much more on our powder room reno that we had to end up doing last summer do to a busted pipe that flooded our entire master bedroom, bathroom, closet and front powder room. (yikes). You can find a short time-lapse video below of me DIY'ing some of the shiplap myself!
DIY board and batten
Baseboards + window trim
This is an 18-gauge brad nailer, so you can only use 18-gauge nails. You can purchase different lengths of nail, but the thickness is 18-gauge. Here are the ones we purchase! In addition, you can also purchase the nailer + nails at your local department store like Home Depot or Lowe's.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
I'm happy to help! Xo, Ashley
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