Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I love my Dremel

Howdy! Remember when I told you I got a fun new tool, and that tool was the Dremel Multi-Max?

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(Salivating.)

Well, I told you I’d share the ways I’ve found to use it, and I found some GOOD ones. :)

The tool came with three attachments – two cutting blades and a sander. It was super easy to put them on – just loosen the nut, fit the attachment in and tighten:

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I started with this one:

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And I knew just what I wanted to attack with it:

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We have a few windows in the house that are really showing their age – or at least the caulk around them is. You can see from above that some are not in the best shape. Not so great for the heating bill, I tell you.

I have a goal this winter to recaulk all of our windows, and I have heard to do it right, you need to remove the old stuff first. I was thisclose to ignoring that advice and going right over everything with new caulk – until the Multi-Max. :)

This thing was so stinkin’ cool, ACK!! I just turned it on, slid the attachment in, and let it get under the caulk:

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I turned up the power a bit, and it just slid right under that stuff like butta.

It only took seconds to get a huge piece off:

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And then I did the same along the bottom:

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I put tape down on the window sill at first, thinking I might need it to protect the wood:

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But this thing is stealth. No damage whatsoever. LOVE love love – can you believe I’m excited to tackle all the windows now? Who in their right mind enjoys removing caulk? Me, that’s who.

Next, I attached this baby to the Dremel:

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Buwahahaha! Can you feel the power?? :)

It’s been years since I put up the beadboard in our laundry room, and I still haven’t finished it! Only half the room is done -- but I’m determined to finish it up soon. Actually, I have a little redo planned for that room (if I have my way is going to be a HUGE redo, but we will see). At the very least, I need to get the beadboard done.

The hardest part of the whole installation of beadboard (for me) is removing baseboards. I dream of chunky, thick baseboards in our house, and it would have happened a long time ago, but the builders of our home were serious when they installed them.

They are pain in the PATOOT to remove. I’m talking sweating, pulling, cursing, prying, destroying drywall, crying a little, pain.

So I had an idea – I used the Dremel to cut into the baseboards:

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Like butta.

Then I took it along the top, where the drywall and board meet. I haven’t even pulled out the pry bar yet, but I can already budge them, just with my fingers.

Oh HAPPY DAY! The Dremel will save me much sweating. :) I figure if I keep cutting the baseboards every six inches or so, and then along the top as I go -- it’s going to help tremendously.

Finally, I pulled out the sander attachment:

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I have a Craigslist dresser I’ve yet to show you, because I want to paint it. The seller painted the piece, but it wasn’t sanded at all between coats, so it’s really rough to the touch:

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Since I’m repainting it, I needed to sand it down a bit. (I would have anyway – it’s that rough.)

So I used the Dremel to work on the little, skinny parts:

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Do you KNOW how many times I could have used this in the past? Ugh. I love that you can really get around the curvy parts too:

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The shape is perfect – it literally just slid around the detail of the drawers, like…wait for itBUTTA.

My little sanding block can’t compete. :)

My very favorite part is that you turn it on, then you can adjust the power while it’s on:

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I found myself adjusting as I went constantly – it’s so easy to do while you’re using the tool.

So there. you. go. Need a gift idea for the handy guy in your life? The hard to buy for Dad? Grandpa? Or maybe for YOU? (I won’t tell.) This little tool packs a punch – I’m not lyin’ when I say I’m super impressed with it.

Can’t wait to knock some more caulk off the windows! After the holidays, of course. :) No more DIY around here till after January 1st. (I’m writing that down so I will stick to it.)

I’ll be back this week with one more easy Christmas idea, then I’m outtie till after Christmas. :)

Hope your buying, wrapping, cooking, baking and entertaining is all going GREAT! 

31 comments:

  1. Looks pretty awesome to me! I need to remove all my baseboard too, but I'm trying to save them. So I'm hoping it doesn't resort to your "cut every 6 inches" method. ;)

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  2. Ohh That is on my want list! glad to know it works really well!

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  3. I've had a dremel tool for over 10 yrs but haven't used it in 5. Maybe it's time to research attachments or get a new one... =)

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  4. I love my Dremel, too! I got my first one as a gift 12 years ago and I have gone through several since. Love 'em!

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  5. I've really wanted one of these for a while and this makes me want one sooooooo bad!! Awesome!

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  6. Well, it's great to know I spent money well! I just picked one up for my son today!!! Of course I may need to borrow it! Merry Christmas Sarah!

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  7. Ok, I pretty much HAVE to have this now!

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  8. I'm Jealous! I've been eyeing these everytime we step foot into HD of Ace....maybe someday I'll get one too! :-)

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  9. Hubby has the Rigid version of this wonderous tool. He loves it, but I never get to use it cause its in his work van. I keep telling him I want a Dremel for my b-day, and also a Dremel Max, I think I'll get one, but not sure which I would rather have. Slightly jealous that you have one. Sigh, maybe soon....

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  10. You are seriously such a macho tool gal! You make me feel like even I could pick up a tool with my manicured nails and make burly man magic things happen!!

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  11. I need to add a few new handtools and this looks like a good one to add. Sure could use it on my old 1955 windows for sure.

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  12. Good review! I like to read about stuff like this. :) Will make a note for T's bday, which is coming up in March! Hope you have a beautiful Christmas, Sarah! :)

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  13. I used to have a Dremmel and I lost it in a divorce..lol My current husband isn't at all a handy man so if I want one I'm going to have to get one for myself! I used to use it all the time and it's versitality is pretty amazing!

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  14. I've got one too! I love it. All of those little places you think are "undoable" are totally possible with Mr. Dremmel.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  15. I just bought one of these for my husband today! It's a Christmas present for him ;) No, really. I'm just going to store it in my craft room for him. teehee.
    Merry Christmas,
    Sonya

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  16. SO, I am getting ready to replace some tile in our kids bathroom to make way for a new pedestal sink instead of the old vanity. I told my husband (last night) I just needed to get out my Dremel tool and he acted like I was crazy. That's not a mans tool I guess. Boy is he missing out. I had to laugh when I saw this post.

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  17. looks like major fun! I'm gonna need to ask Santa for this.....

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  18. Love it! No more DIY till next year?!? Oh my - I'm hoping to make it through Christmas day. :)

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  19. Love it! No more DIY till next year?!? Oh my - I'm hoping to make it through Christmas day. :)

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  20. Yay for more projects! I love how you get so excited about these things. I'm always too much of a scardy cat to dot at kind of stuff so I'll live vicariously through you now :-) Hope you have an awesome holiday with your family!

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  21. I think I'll use some of the Christmas money from my mom to buy one of these little babies. Here at www.downsizingboomer.blogspot.com,
    we are getting packed to move into our new digs. I have lots of projects planned, and this little guy looks easy enough for even me to use.

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  22. Sarah, you amaze me with all your tools and gadgets! You should start a female version of "Tool Time" :)

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  23. I just found your blog and immediately decided you were a "keeper" when I saw your post on the fab-u-lous Dremmel. I love power tools of all sorts and am especially fond of my Dremmel. Can't wait to explore your older posts. Merry Christmas!

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  24. Awesome! Do you think this would work to remove a window sill without destroying the sheetrock completely? We recently moved and none of the windows have molding around them. It drives me NUTS and I'm determined to add molding, but first the sill that's there has to be removed. I'm sure I could convince the hubby a little easier with a handy tool that would do the trick! :)

    Merry Christmas!!

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  25. Hi! I just came across your most interesting blog...I will add it to my favourites and visit again to catch up on your older posts too! Merry Christmas!!

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  26. Wow!! I really need to get one of these for some of our projects. I can't believe I've lived with out one.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful info.

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  27. You Lucky Girl ... LOVE that, I might have to put the hint in to my husband..
    We can share it..
    Have A Merry Christmas
    Karryann

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  28. OMG! How awesome...I'm a jealous GIRL!! Just recently, I was in Home Depot (making a daily pit stop for something to re-do) and they had an area where you could try out the Dremel...I was in HEAVEN! My husband was with me and he was even a little scared about my love for the this amazing power tool. Maybe for Christmas?? I hope, I hope!!

    Happy Holidays!
    Love your blog!
    Check mine out @ www.sasinteriors.blogspot.com

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

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  29. Asked for this last minute, got it, and have already started finishing up several half done projects!

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  30. I'm doing a google search right now for it, and not seeing it in the handy carrying case. I haven't seen the entire name in your posts, so hope I can find it. I'm gonna love it. I'm gonna love it. I'm gonna love it. Yep, I am.

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  31. Just found your dremel post, you can also use it on your dog's nails, we use them all the time at the Groom shop.

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