|About the Issue
Whether you’re home or away this month, Dremel is sharing a great project idea for touching up a worn deck with a Dremel Multi-Max and is also giving you an opportunity to win one of the five tools we’re giving away to help you get started. Also, don’t miss our behind-the-scenes look at how a TV crewman for “Family Renovation” uses Dremel tools on the set.
On the Set with Dremel
Dremel: How long have you been involved in using Dremel tools to accomplish projects?
Dan Postmaa: I first used a Dremel rotary tool in high school shop class, and I saw my first one on a job site about a year ago. You simply can’t deny the versatility of the tools, especially the cordless Dremel Multi-Max. When you need to just nip at something, making a quick and accurate cut without emptying out your entire truck, it’s a perfect solution.
What sparked your interest in home improvement/DIY work?
My father is a builder so I’ve always been exposed to the construction industry and working with my hands. Even as a small boy, I used to load my tools in the old Radio Flyer and set out for a hard day of tree house building. I was the only kid on the block who had a tree house with a v-grooved pine roof!
What do you like most about working in the renovation industry and what does it entail?
I’ve always enjoyed that no one day resembles the next. You could be digging out a basement one day and putting the fine touches on a new deck the next. I love the process of using unique materials to enhance existing structures, ultimately creating something entirely new and unique. Regardless of the task at hand, the three basic steps for every renovation project remain the same – planning, execution and clean up.
What are some projects you use Dremel tools for on set?
We use the tools a lot for patching work or areas where fine cuts are needed in order to remove materials that need to be replaced or modified. They’re great because their small size allow them to fit in tight spaces. Not to mention, there’s enough mess on construction sites; the Dremel tools make such clean cuts they’re perfect to use when trying to avoid a mess.
What Dremel tools do you find yourself using the most and why?
I’m a firm believer of using the right tool for the job. When we’re on set we use the Dremel Multi-Max a great deal with the MM450 3-inch Wood and Drywall Saw Blade attached. The cordless version is great because of the mobility it allows. When dealing with camera angles during filming, this feature comes in handy. I keep the Dremel 8200 handy most days as well.
For more information on the DIY Network series, Family Renovation, please head to http://www.diynetwork.com/family-renovation/show/index.html.
What’s New at Dremel
MM452 Wood/Drywall and Metal Saw Blade
The bi-metal segmented saw blade is designed for wood and metal applications. It can cut through 6d and 8d finishing nails and non-ferrous metals like copper tubing, making it ideal for projects such as removing baseboard by cutting through the finishing nails holding the baseboard to the wall. Additionally, the blade features an offset design for flush cutting, which comes in especially handy when cutting a door jamb or baseboard to install new flooring. Featuring a larger diameter than the current MM450 Wood and Drywall Saw Blade (3.5 inches vs. 3 inches), the new blade offers increased cutting depth and a longer blade life. It also provides the fastest speed of cut for all segmented saw blades.
The MM452 Wood/Drywall and Metal Saw Blade can be found at hardware and home improvement centers nationwide, as well as on Amazon.com, for a suggested retail price of $21.99.
Getting to Know Your Tools
Trouble-Shooting Common Rotary Tool Complaints
Issue: The tool runs intermittently.
If your tool is a corded rotary tool, check the brushes first. After 50 to 60 hours of use the carbon motor brushes will likely need to be replaced. Unplug the tool, open the brush caps and remove the carbon brushes from the holders. If there is less than 1/8-inch of carbon left on either brush, they both should be replaced. Brushes need to be replaced in pairs even if one brush is worn more than the other. Please refer to your owner’s manual for more information on motor brushes and replacement instructions.
If you have a cordless rotary tool, be sure the battery is inserted all the way into the tool body and locked into place.
Issue: The tool does not run at all.
Double check your electrical outlet by plugging a known working item, such as a light or radio, into the outlet to test for electrical service.
Issue: The tool seems “sluggish” or labors to achieve the desired speed.
Fine particles and sawdust can enter the tool causing a loss of performance. Unplug the tool and “blow out” the tool using dry compressed air to clean out ventilation openings and switch levers of foreign matter. Note: Do not attempt to clean by inserting pointed objects through openings in the tool.
Issue: Tool will not hold accessory securely in tool.
Determine that the collet matches the shank size of the accessory you are trying to use. Dremel has four different size collets to accommodate different shank sizes. Dremel also offers the Dremel Chuck that allows you to quickly change accessories with different size shanks without the use of any collet.
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 email.
Smooth Out Worn Deck Boards
Step 1: Start with 120-Grit Paper and finish with 240-Grit Paper for smoothest finish.
Step 2: Begin by attaching the MM11 Sanding Pad on the tool.
Step 3: Tighten the screw with the hex wrench to secure the sanding pad.
Step 4: Affix the 120-Grit Sanding Paper to the pad.
Step 5: Power the tool on and set to medium speed.
Step 6: With sanding pad flat to the wood, begin sanding.
Step 7: Always move the pad in the direction of the wood grain.
Step 8: The triangular shape and beveled edge of the cordless Multi-Max and sanding pad allows for complete and easy access to the entire surface you’re sanding, particularly when you get to awkward edges and corners. The cordless aspect allows you to sand any area of your deck, no matter how remote or far from an outlet.
Step 9: Repeat sanding motion over entire areas with 120 Grit Paper and sand a second pass with the 240-Grit Paper.
Step 10: Select a stain, finish or paint for your deck to give it a new look.
Want to get additional project advice from Wade? Visit the Dremel Facebook page and leave a comment on our wall – Chip will be stopping by to weigh in.
Cordless Dremel Multi-Max Giveaway
Congratulations to our five lucky winners who won June’s Dremel 4000 giveaway by telling us what summer activity topped their to-do list. The winners, drawn at random, were: Jessica Keister, Bloomington, IN; Lisa Bubar, Durham, NH; Carmen Manno, Lawrenceville, GA; Cassandra Darensbourg, San Bernardino, CA; and James Krenz, Milwaukee, WI. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry!
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