|About the Issue
With the holidays on the horizon we’re turning our attention to home improvement projects that are sure to become New Year’s resolutions. We hope our interview with one serial DIYer and an in-depth look at the Dremel Trio™’s cutting capabilities provides the inspiration needed to take on those household tasks you’ve been putting off!
A Tale of Two DIYers and the Multi–tool They Can’t Live Without
Do you have an old doorway that’s looking drab or a boring step stool in need of a twist? Not a problem! Serial DIYers and Butler, Pa., residents Roeshel and Russ have proved that for every DIY project or conundrum, there’s a Dremel tool that can help.
From simple home improvements and repairs to giving thrifty finds and outdated furniture a charming makeover, the couple has stopped at nothing to turn their “old, fixer-upper farmhouse” into the home of their dreams. Roeshel estimates that they have completed at least 35 DIY projects in 2010 alone, using their Dremel Multi–Max™ for all of their sanding and cutting needs.
To share her journey and give confidence to other DIY enthusiasts along the way, Roeshel started a blog shortly after buying her home in 2007. Through her involvement with the DIY Club and its blogger community, Roeshel, otherwise known as The DIY Show Off, has featured 120 other bloggers’ DIY projects in addition to her own, and attracted more than 3,000 followers. In fact, Roeshel and her husband feature a total of about 200 outside DIY projects per week!
“We hope our projects inspire and encourage others,” Roeshel says. “Our blog has become a great place to share and find new, creative ideas, and to discover, ‘Hey, I can do that, too!’”
Their latest and most notable project to date, featured in the video above, involved replacing and remodeling an out-of-place doorway to match their house’s existing farmhouse character. Although Roeshel says they were initially apprehensive about how well the project would turn out, their Dremel Multi–Max played a large part in the project’s success.
“It made the job so easy and quick!” She says. “I feel like I have control over my project because of the small size of the tool, but the power and quality is just as amazing as the bigger tools that I’m afraid to work with.”
Other DIY projects where Roeshel and her husband used the Dremel Multi–Max for simple home fixes included transforming Roeshel’s closet, giving their old step stool a new look and designing a chalkboard wall in their kitchen. For more projects and DIY ideas, visit their blog at The DIY Show Off.
What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Multi–Flex Accessory
A product of the innovative thinking Dremel is known for, the new Dremel Multi–Flex™ accessory has the widest cutting capability of all Dremel oscillating accessories and is the first accessory of its kind designed for detailed cutting and sanding. The Multi–Flex can help users make fine, detailed cuts in a wide variety of materials including wood, metal and plastic. Viewed as a replacement for the traditional coping saw, the attachment can be used in hobby projects such as building a derby car or for home remodeling projects like making intricate cuts in crown molding and baseboards. The Multi–Flex comes with spiral blades to help users achieve these detailed cuts, saw blades to cut across straight lines and a carbide sanding wire for smoothing surfaces.
Getting to Know Your Tools
Trio Cutting Accessories
The new year is the perfect time to reinvent your home; why not let the Dremel Trio and its versatile cutting bits help? Whether you’re making plunge or 360 degree cuts, it’s important to know which bit to select when cutting through different materials.
The TR560 Trio Guide Point Piloted Bit features a piloted tip or guide point that allows users to blindly trace around specific areas making it the bit of choice when cutting drywall to fit outlets or vents.
For more general, around–the–house applications, you may want to use the TR561 Trio Multi–Purpose Bit (Steel). Made of high–speed steel, it can be used to cut through any surface including drywall, plywood/composite wood, soft wood, plastic and acoustic tile.
Looking to knock out some heavy-duty projects in the new year? The TR563 Trio Harwood/Sheet Metal (Carbide) may be your best bet. Composed of solid carbide, this bit provides five times more life than standard multipurpose bits when used to cut wood. It also can be used to cut through a variety of materials in addition to thick surfaces such as hardwoods like oak, sheet metal (up to 22 gauge) and laminate or engineered flooring.
The TR562 Trio Wall Tile Cutting Bit, can be used in wall tile (not floor tile), plaster, backer board and cement board making it well–suited to tackle bathroom work or remodels.
All of the Trio’s cutting bits are engineered to cut all the way through materials and in doing so, increase the tool’s versatility. Regardless of what surface is being cut, users can simply switch out the bit and continue working with the same tool to finish projects.
Still have questions? Contact the Dremel Experts at (800) 437–3635 Monday through Friday between 7a.m. and 6p.m. CST, or send us an e–mail.
Installing a Humidifier
As dry, winter air settles in, you can keep the air in your home moist by installing a whole–house humidifier. Adding moisture to the air ensures your house will hold heat longer, reducing utility costs. Take a look at our step–by–step instructions to install a humidifier for a more comfortable and enjoyable winter.
Step One: Select a whole–house humidifier size and type that will work well for your home. Before beginning installation, turn off heat and electricity sources to the furnace and determine where the humidifier would be best installed. Be sure to put on thick gloves before drilling as sheet metal is sharp.
Step Two: Tape the template included in the humidifier installation kit to the return air duct. Follow the instructions provided in the whole–house humidifier kit. Using the Dremel Trio and the TR563 Hardwood/Sheet Metal Bit, plunge into the template near the outside edge and use the Trio to cut out the opening for the humidifier.
Step Three: Follow the kit–provided instructions to install the humidifier. Tip: Cut any water supply tubing with the cordless Dremel Multi–Max and MM422 Wood and Metal Saw Blade.
Dremel Trio Giveaway
If you forgot to put the Dremel Trio on your wish list this holiday season, we have you covered. We’re giving away five of them this issue. To enter, send us an e–mail letting us know what home improvement project you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to complete and we’ll pick the winners at random. Along with your one–sentence answer, include your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number in the body of an e-mail, with “DIY Resolution” in the subject line.
Our November giveaway of the Dremel Stylus™ has wrapped! Congratulations to the five lucky winners who knew that the Stylus’ Lithium Ion battery holds a charge for up to 2 years. The winners are: Greg Baker, Royal, AR; Charlotte Hunter, Lacey, WA; David Reimers, Davenport, FL; Lawrence Wallen, Hinesville, GA and Tara Fonvergne, Glendale, AZ.
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