Power Tool Industry – October 2013

 

Power tools remain very popular and manufacturers are constantly releasing new products that are embraced by DIY enthusiasts in the UK and beyond. Carpenters and builders are always on the lookout for new tools that can be used professionally. Many new tools have been released in 2013 and some are more impressive than others, such as the GSR 18 V-EC TE drywall gun.
Manufactured by Bosch, the GSR 18 V-EC TE drywall gun is unlike other products that have been made by this leading brand. With a brushless EC motor, the GSR 18 V-EC TE drywall gun has a longer lifespan. It also has more power. When a highly effective drywall gun is required, this particular item should be purchased. It also comes with an M455 attachment which can be used for completing overhead applications with ease. Provided with 4.0Ah Li-ion batteries, it can be used for a long time before it has to be charged again.
Other impressive items have also been released in recent months, such as the L-Boxx 4 Kit. Containing many tools such as the GDR 18 Li impact driver and the GSB 18 V-Li combi drill, the L-Boxx 4 Kit is perfect for DIY enthusiasts who don’t have a power tool yet. The L-Boxx 6 Kit has also been released in 2013. Along with the GSB 18 V-Li combi drill and the GKS 18 V-Li 165mm circular saw, the L-Boxx 6 Kit has many other tools such as the GWS 18 V-Li 125mm mini grinder and GST 18 V-Li jigsaw. With a reasonable price, multiple tools can be owned after buying the L-Boxx 6 Kit.
The aforementioned tools are the tip of the iceberg because many other items have been released in 2013 – the GOP multi-cutter is a prime example of such. Also manufactured by Bosch, the GOP multi-cutter now comes in an 18v design. With a slimline appearance, it can be handled comfortably in cramped conditions. As Bosch has included many other accessories with the GOP multi-cutter that can be used for resizing a variety of materials, it is perfect for tradesmen who need a reliable power tool that is designed to last a lifetime.
In the build-up to Christmas 2013, more power tools are bound to be released which will be a welcome addition to any tool box.

Power tools remain very popular and manufacturers are constantly releasing new products that are embraced by DIY enthusiasts in the UK and beyond. Carpenters and builders are always on the lookout for new tools that can be used professionally. Many new tools have been released in 2013 and some are more impressive than others, such as the GSR 18 V-EC TE drywall gun.

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Using Power Tools to Create Halloween Decorations

 

Halloween is just around the corner, and so this is the time to create the most delightful of decorations. Power tools can be used to make a variety of decorations. Saw bits, power drills, and dremels can all be used to make a scary and delightful carved pumpkins and other relevant decorations. It’s a good break from the normal routine and a chance to enjoy some humour and creativity.
Unexpected jack-o-lanterns, golf-ball eyes and succulent witch-hats will spice up your décor and get you in high Halloween spirits.
Here are a few ways through which you can use power tools to make this celebration’s decorations.
Pumpkin decorations
Pumpkins have a soft, fleshy exterior, making it an easy to use surface which can also be used for practice using power tools. Various tools will do different tasks such as the hole saw which may work very nicely especially when you need to drill some holes. A dremel will let you curve the delicate parts for intricate designs.
Moreover you can turn your jack-o-lantern into a rough-to-touch sergeant to give it a military edge. To top it off, you can slice a pumpkin in half and then use this as the helmet. The rough tough look can be enhanced by adding a far-from-thrilled scoff. You can also carve out a scared face on a miniature pumpkin and place it in the mouth of a bigger pumpkin. Decorating your pumpkin with different flowers and veggies will create a fiesta-effect to your pumpkin. Another nice idea is a white pumpkin cat face. Insert marbles in their eyes and use stiff plant stems as whiskers.
Gravestones
These can be made for use both the indoors and outdoors. Use your power tools to cut out a medium sized plywood to a close to actual size tombstone, and make sure the edges are as smooth as possible. You can then paint or use stickers on the piece you made to make it look like an actual tombstone. You can even put finer details like R.I.P and other ‘spooky’ wording. This will certainly be most ideal outside on your lawn or close to the entrance. Smaller tombstones can be made from construction papers, and printed papers for indoor decorations.
Hanging bats, spiders and ghosts
Cartons can be cut decorated into bats and ghost-shapes. Adding googly eyes and painting them white will add finer details to the ghosts’ decorations. A huge spider is also a good idea. Webbing on a large shrub or bush will also enhance its details. To create one, all you need is a milk jug, pipe insulation and black tape. Just make sure the spider is painted black.

Halloween is just around the corner, and so this is the time to create the most delightful of decorations. Power tools can be used to make a variety of decorations. Saw bits, power drills, and dremels can all be used to make a scary and delightful carved pumpkins and other relevant decorations. It’s a good break from the normal routine and a chance to enjoy some humour and creativity.

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Simple DIY Projects Anyone Can Attempt

 

Carrying out repairs and improvements in your home will always go a long way into making your place more comfortable, safe and attractive. Other than that, repairs can also help you enhance functionality. While some projects require the services of a contractor, it’s sometimes practical to handle the small jobs yourself. This will not only help you save, but it will also make you contented knowing that you got the task done exactly as you wanted. Here are ideas on some of the simple projects you can take on in your home:
[strong]Fix a Sticking Door[/strong]
Interior doors are usually affected by seasonal climate changes, particularly if they are made of wood. Whenever it’s cold, the doors may expand and therefore create resistance when closed. To fix such a problem, you will require:
A plane
Hammer
Screwdriver
With these tools in hand, you can then look for the tight spot, remove the hinge pins, and then unhinge and plane the door. This specifically applies where the tight spot is on the bottom or on the hinges of the door.
[strong]Replace a Floor Tile[/strong]
Having a few cracked tiles on your floor doesn’t warrant the services of an expert. You just need to gather a few tools, prepare the surface, remove the broken tiles and old adhesive and then put the new tile in position. The tools you’ll need to complete this task are:
A grout saw
Bricklayers chisel
Cold chisel
Scoring tool
[strong]Replace a Toilet Seat[/strong]
When it comes to toilet repair, replacing the seat is the easiest job. The good thing about it is that there are so many replacements available in stores, hence regardless of your décor, you can get something to fit. To fix the new seat, you first need to take out the nuts used to secure the old one -if they are too tight, you can loosen them by applying oil and letting it soak in for a while. Once you remove the old seat, you can clean the area and then install the new item. This is obviously a very small project and you only need the following few tools to get it done:
A wrench
Bumpers
Bolt and nuts
Doing your own repairs comes with numerous benefits: you don’t have to shell out money to repairmen, you become self reliant and develop confidence to engage in more challenging tasks, and you also inspire your children. Thus, if you haven’t tried out a DIY project, it’s time to put your skills to use and maximize on the value in it.

Carrying out repairs and improvements in your home will always go a long way into making your place more comfortable, safe and attractive. Other than that, repairs can also help you enhance functionality. While some projects require the services of a contractor, it’s sometimes practical to handle the small jobs yourself. This will not only help you save, but it will also make you contented knowing that you got the task done exactly as you wanted. Here are ideas on some of the simple projects you can take on in your home:

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Prevent Your Power Tools from Being Stolen

 

Tools are a big part in the working life of any handyman and may represent a huge investment. This may be quite tempting for thieves and you’ll need to put up some extra measures to avoid theft. Losing your power-tools can be quite damaging, especially if you use them on a daily basis to make a living. Since it is always good to be safe than sorry, it is best to come up with suitable measures to prevent the theft of your tools.
Here are a few tips.
1. Mark all your tools
Marking can be done by engraving your initials or business name. You can also use indelible ink. This not only helps prevent theft, but also helps in getting your tools back, especially if they are recovered by the authorities. Engraving your business-name or initials also limits the chance of the tools being resold. While engraving the initials , it is important to engrave in places that would make it tricky to rub off. You may also include your phone number and address. Larger items may provide more space for messages such as, ”if sold to you, call this number”.
Garnish colour and fluorescent paint can also be used to mark your tools, since they considerably lower the tools’ aesthetic appeal, hence reducing the appeal to steal the item. It may seem over the top, but may be well worth it.
2. Register your tools
When your tools are registered with the National Property Register, you increase the chances of your tools being recovered after the theft. Registration is free. Remember to record and keep the serial numbers of your tools, as this will be critical when trying to recover your tools. Buying tools from registered and established tool-traders also helps stop the cycle of theft.
3. Lock up your tools preferably indoors
Remember to transfer your tools from your car, since thieves will have a harder time laying their hands on the tools if they are safely locked up in your garage, or inside your home. If putting them indoors is impractical for you, use a box to put the small tools and chain it to a column, so that it can’t be easily loaded on a vehicle. This is because most tool-thieves prefer boxed tools, and padlocking and chaining them will go a long way towards securing your tools. Installing an alarm system and security lights will also help to deter thieves. Van-vaults are also great for storing your power-tools.

Tools are a big part in the working life of any handyman and may represent a huge investment. This may be quite tempting for thieves and you’ll need to put up some extra measures to avoid theft. Losing your power-tools can be quite damaging, especially if you use them on a daily basis to make a living. Since it is always good to be safe than sorry, it is best to come up with suitable measures to prevent the theft of your tools.

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Power Tool Industry – September 2013

 

Worldwide demand for power tools is projected to rise some 4.6 percent annually up to 2016 reaching $28.1 billion. There has been a significant improvement in demand with respect to 2006- 2011 market gains, brought about by sustained demand in the world’s developing regions. Many experts believe that recovery in the core US market is set to boost demand, reinforced by the revitalisation in US housing construction. Moreover, sustained industrialisation in the developing world will substantially increase demand.
[strong]DIY chains and supermarkets[/strong]
Many consumers are now choosing to renovate and remodel their homes instead of taking up the idea of acquiring a new home in an ambiguous housing market. Consumers are reportedly hiring professionals to a lesser degree, while choosing the less expensive option of carrying out the tasks themselves. This development has been enabled by the fabrication of ergonomically-designed power tools, which facilitates and provides a more enjoyable experience for consumers engaged in DIY. Television shows which present home restoration activities have also contributed to the popularity of DIY. Consequently, after undergoing a decade of decline, the power tools industry is benefiting from important growth and demand. DIY chains and supermarkets are increasingly promoting and selling power tools of a wide variety.
[strong]China as a key producer[/strong]
This upsurge in the demand for power tools had steered manufacturers to fabricate a broader variety of tools, apt for all capabilities and budgets. Many of these power tools in supermarkets and DIY chains are imported from the Eastern hemisphere, particularly China (PRC). China is increasingly becoming an important player in the power tool sector as a chief supplier and user of power tools. Production in this huge Asian nation doubled between 2001 and 2011, with demand quadrupling during that same period. Chinese made power tools enjoy major export markets like the US and Western Europe, not to mention its regional neighbours. Recently, other developing nations have also grown to be prominent suppliers and users of power tools, though not to the same level of growth as China. India is slated to exceed all countries in expansion to the beat of 10 percent annually through 2016.
These foreign goods are particularly appealing and popular due to their low cost and the fact that those consumers who take on sole, moderate DIY tasks, prefer not to invest in durable power tools, going for value instead. This does not exclude those would decide on purchasing a more established brand name power tool. Accordingly, the more established brands in the professional segment are crossing over into the consumer arena to fulfill demand.

Worldwide demand for power tools is projected to rise some 4.6 percent annually up to 2016 reaching $28.1 billion. There has been a significant improvement in demand with respect to 2006- 2011 market gains, brought about by sustained demand in the world’s developing regions. Many experts believe that recovery in the core US market is set to boost demand, reinforced by the revitalisation in US housing construction. Moreover, sustained industrialisation in the developing world will substantially increase demand.

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