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Field Tested: DeWalt 20V Max Green Rotary Laser

We field tested the DeWalt 20V Max Green Rotary Laser

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We field tested the DeWalt 20V Max Green Rotary Laser

The DeWalt 20V Max Green Rotary Laser (model DW079LG) is a self-levelling laser that has a 250′-range (2,000′ with the included detector) and is accurate to within 1/16 of an inch per 100 feet.

The tool comes in a TSTAK case with a 20-volt battery and charger, and has a three-year warranty that includes one-year service.

It has an IP67 rating for debris and water resistance (meaning it’s dust-proof and can withstand water immersion up to 1 metre depth) and two-metre drop protection.

It was a 2016 Pro Tool Innovation Test & Measurement (PITA) Award for the Rotary Laser Level category and selected as a 2017 winner of the Red Dot Award for Product Design.

First Impressions

All three testers were impressed right out of the box – literally. “I was happy to see that it came with the DeWalt TSTAK case. Once it was open I noticed that the unit came in a nicely moulded case keeping the contents secure,” says Richardson. Janssen agrees: “The laser and accessories are stored in a sturdy, well-organized inside. Everything is in view when you open the top, and the laser and all accessories have a specific place inside the foam insert.”

Speaking of accessories: “The accessories with this tool are great; the wall bracket is nice, the remote is very handy when tool is not in a central location, and we have used the detector with a story pole to great success in levelling floors and ceilings,” says Stubbs, adding, “Love the green lasers, big upgrade on the older red ones.”

Green lit: Our three testers all liked the highly visible green light that the DeWalt 20V rotary laser uses and the orderly, stackable case it comes in.
Green lit: Our three testers all liked the highly visible green light that the DeWalt 20V rotary laser uses and the orderly, stackable case it comes in.

As for the unit itself, “The laser feels very sturdy. It has an oversized frame making it easy to handle and durable. Setting up the laser is easy. It’s self-levelling so get it close and it takes care of the rest! The green laser is very visible and the rotational speed is adjustable; high speed makes the line seem continuous,” says Richardson.

Jobsite Experience

“It’s quick and easy to set up and take grade shots. The guys like the sturdy build of the unit and the fact that we can use our existing batteries,” says Janssen. “The green light seems to be easier to see when the lighting is bright, for locating it on other surfaces.” His only real issue with the kit was that while it came with a 5/8″ tripod adaptor, you have to source a tripod separately.

“The overall accuracy of the laser is good. If the laser is knocked out of level it will beep intermittently until it is reset by powering off and back on,” says Richardson. “The biggest issue I have with the laser is the receiver that it came with. The receiver will indicate with an arrow that the point being levelled should go up or down. But it does not show the measurement; only up, down, or level. The Stabila LAR-250 rotary laser [that I’ve used previously] gives a measurement as to how much the surface is out of level making adjustments much easier. This DeWalt laser is good product with many uses, but it falls short of one basic necessity: incremental measurements on the receiver.”

“I’d thought of this tool as more for new construction, but I have found it to be a great renovation tool as well,” says Stubbs. “We’ve used it for levelling slabs, floors, and ceilings. We have also used it for a few outdoor projects this spring. It gave us a super-accurate level fence line, and we’ve used it for deck framing as well as a siding job. With the older housing stock of Toronto levelling things is a big part of our scope and I’m glad to have another tool to help us with that.”

The Testers

Paul Richardson of PTR Carpentry Inc. in Burlington, Ont., has been a Renovation Contractor advisory board member since our first year of publication. He’s also a seven-time Homestars “Best Of” award winner.

 

We first met Jeremy Stubbs of Craftsman Renovations in Toronto at one of our Renovators’ Roundtable events in Niagara Falls, Ont. He first appeared in the pages of Renovation Contractor in our Feb./March 2019 issue, sharing his thoughts on the Reno Run app.

 

Paul Janssen and his wife Margaret operate JDC Custom Homes in Melancthon, Ont., a rural community northwest of Toronto. The Janssens previously appeared in our recap of Breakthrough Academy’s Winter Summit in Colorado in our Feb./March 2019 issue.

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Product Showcase: New & Noteworthy

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Product Showcase: New & Noteworthy

DeWalt subcompact series

DeWalt introduces the XTREME Subcompact Series tools, a line of five compact and performance-packed brushless 12V MAX tools. The new line offers powerful, ergonomic solutions for a variety of applications, including electrical, drywall, remodelling, automotive, metalworking, woodworking, and masonry applications.

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Express your style

X-Tile is sure to have whatever your clients need to express their unique style. They offer an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic, and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Open seven days a week at three spacious showrooms. Let X-Tile’s knowledgeable and friendly staff help with your renovation or building projects.

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Finally! Beauty, safety, affordability, and independent living combined

Bronte Collection introduces Grabcessories, a complete line of 2-in-1 Grab Bars designed to prevent falls and enhance independent living. Made of non-corrosive stainless steel, Grabcessories 2-in-1 Grab Bars support up to 500 pounds, and feature no-slip rubber grips (shelf excluded). They are available in chrome and brushed nickel. The transitional curved designs seamlessly integrate into any bathroom decor.

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Natural timeless beauty

Soapstone is an excellent choice for countertops and sinks because it is non-porous and, therefore, resistant to stains and bacteria. Soapstone does not require chemical sealants and withstands extreme temperatures. The natural-honed matte finish and silky smooth texture give this stone a timeless elegance and beauty.

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Durable and edgy

Caesarstone quartz surfaces are perfect for bathrooms thanks to their durability and easy maintenance. Pictured here is 4044 Airy Concrete, which is part of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This industrial surface will add an edge to any bathroom thanks to its unpolished look and feel.

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Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead

The Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant showerhead establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.

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Tailor Made Sinks

Introducing Kohlers new Tailor customizable farmhouse sinks. The apron-front sink design can be changed to incorporate any countertop, tile or Kohlers’ curated apron inserts, which allow the owner a freedom of choice to coordinate the sink with the surrounding materials and offers unlimited creativity. The apron inserts can easily be changed out to match a kitchen refresh or updated design.The Tailor kitchen sink provides innovation, design, and function to any kitchen space.

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The WOW Factor: Slice Job

The wow factor – a slice job waiting to happen

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The wow factor – a slice job waiting to happen

Illustration: Brett Lamb

David Adams of Brampton, Ont., sent us a number of prize-worthy pictures from jobsites he’s collected over the years, including this overly complicated run of pipe for a sprinkler system, and a 2×4/drywall bridge used as a jobsite shortcut over a potentially lethal drop onto a metal railing below. But one in particular stood out for its simple stupidity. Some past contractor (or homeowner) was too lazy to clean up their trash and decided to leave a knife blade inside an electrical box for someone else to come along and potentially cut their fingers on down the road. As Adams so concisely puts it, “Not cool.”

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CUT OFF MORE THAN YOU… WANTED TO?

Share your jobsite hazard stories and other things that made you shake your head and you could win a prize like this DeWalt 60V mixer/drill worth $479.

E-MAIL your tips to allan@renocontractor.ca

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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

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The WOW Factor: Like a Brick, House

Illustration: Brett Lamb

Fred Feyen of Feyen Construction in Chatham, Ont., shares this weighty story.

While doing some interior renovations at a client’s home a few years back, I noticed a significant sag in the centre of the garage roof. My curiosity got the best of me so I grabbed a ladder, lifted the attic access lid, and got the shock of my life. Sitting on three trusses in the centre of the attic was a pallet of 300 bricks weighing about 2,000 lbs.

Apparently the previous owner built an addition years’ earlier and decided to save the extra bricks, storing them right in the middle of the garage attic, pulling the trusses down. To top it off, there was a beautiful sports car sitting in the garage right underneath the bricks.

The solution was an easy fix: His two teenage sons were recruited to remove the bricks immediately.

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever stumbled upon? And how did you fix it? Take a load off and share your scary story with us. You could win a great prize, like this DeWalt 20V Atomic Drill/Impact Driver Kit worth $299.

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SNAIL MAIL us at: Wow Factor!, c/o Renovation Contractor, 37 Sandiford Dr., Suite 404, Stouffville ON L4A 3Z2


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The WOW Factor

The WOW Factor

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The WOW Factor

Illustration: Brett Lamb

When we first saw this photo from Joey Biasucci of SalDan Construction Group in Toronto, we almost couldn’t believe it was real. Alas, it was all too real.

It’s insane what goes on in our business. The owners had paid for this more than a year earlier. It was a two-storey home with three kids living in the home. And, yes, the stroller was being stored right there! I remember saying to the owner that if it’s not me that does this job, make sure someone fixes this! And he looked at me like I was crazy, like there was nothing wrong with it. Unreal!

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever stumbled upon? And how did you fix it? Send us some photos and share your story and you could win a great prize, like this DeWalt 20V Atomic Drill and Impact Driver Kit (DCK278C2) worth $299.

E-MAIL your tips to allan@renocontractor.ca

SNAIL MAIL us at: Wow Factor!, c/o Renovation Contractor, 37 Sandiford Dr., Suite 404, Stouffville ON L4A 3Z2


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Brand power, DeWalt’s lineup of cordless tools

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Brand power, DeWalt’s lineup of cordless tools

DeWalt’s lineup of cordless tools makes it possible to cut the cord – and ditch the gas can

As tool manufacturers develop ever-more powerful cordless tools, the sight of hoses and cords snaking across a construction jobsite is quickly becoming a thing of the past. With nearly 200 cordless power products in its lineup DeWalt is living up to its tagline, “The power of corded, the freedom of cordless.”

With old Nicad batteries, users anticipated taking longer to cut, drill, or drive when transitioning over to cordless, but with today’s lithium ion battery packs you’re truly able to operate as well as – or better – than you could with a corded tool.

“But it’s not just cutting the cord, it’s also getting rid of the gas can,” says Stephen Blain, commercialization manager – professional power tools for Stanley Black & Decker Canada, DeWalt’s parent company.

“The 60-volt battery platform gives us the power to go into realms where it was only gas-powered tools before,” says Blain. DeWalt’s 9″ brushless concrete cut-off saw (DSC690) is a great example of that. At 6,500 RPM, the saw can make cuts in concrete up to 3 1/4″-deep then switch to slicing through rebar.

DeWalt takes worker health and safety very seriously. Under the “Perform and Protect” banner, a number of tools have been developed with safety-specific fixtures such as dust control, vibration dampening, and Anti- Rotation E-Clutches and electronic Kickback Brakes.

The concrete cut-off saw, for example, is equipped with an adjustable five-position guard that allows users to safely work at awkward angles in tight spaces, and when used with the dual-sided water feed system it is U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Table 1 compliant.

As dust collection regulations get ever stricter, DeWalt’s R&D team recognized a real-world problem with most dust collection systems. Users empty the collection containers by dumping them in large, open garbage bins, sending much of the collected dust airborne. So they developed the Evacuator, an attachment that enables users to empty silica dust into a collection bag without any particles escaping. “It’s all about protecting the end-user and helping them to be safer on the jobsite,” says Blain.

Of course, on the job it’s how a tool performs that will matter most to users. “We don’t release a new tool until its performance matches or even exceeds the power of a corded tool,” says Blain. He cites one example of an internal test DeWalt did with their circular saws. With its advanced circuitry and brushless motor, the 20-volt Max 71/4″ cordless circ saw (DCS570) actually sliced through 4′-lengths of MDF about a second faster than the corded version. That may not sound like much, but it adds up. “If every cut is more efficient and easier to do, at the end of the day you’re not going to be hurting as much.”

Other companies are capitalizing on DeWalt’s technology by pairing their own tools with DeWalt battery packs. “When you have such a recognizable brand known for quality, other companies want to partner with us,” says Blain. Those products include Graco’s cordless, airless paint sprayers and Klein’s cable cutters and crimpers, all of which operate on the 20-volt Max system, and Rehau’s Everloc+ Pex tool that uses a 12-volt Max battery.

Contractors and homebuilders are partnering with DeWalt for its ever-increasing array of cord- and gas-free tools that help them get the job done quickly and safely.

 

 

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From the Archives: The Doh! Moment

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From the Archives: The Doh! Moment

Submitted by Allan McPherson, R.T. Warwick Construction, Perth, Ont.

Using safety equipment is important. But using it properly is even more important, as Allan McPherson almost found out the very hard way.

 Years ago, during an interior reno on an old two-storey farmhouse, the homeowner asked my boss to check for a leak around a chimney on the roof. I volunteered to climb the steep, slippery roof with a belt-type safety harness and a rope thrown over the peak to a secure anchoring spot. My boss assured me the rope was safe, as he had tied it to the bumper of his truck.

I was halfway to the peak when I heard the truck start. My boss had left the keys in the unlocked truck and the near-sighted homeowner, seeing it parked on his unmarked septic tank, proceeded to move it, not noticing the attached rope.

My fingers scratched open the belt buckle just in time to see the rope and belt disappear over the ridge. Funny now; not quite so funny then.

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Lesson Learned: Pack your own parachute! Whenever setting up to do some extra risky task with ladders, scaffolding, planking, or harness work, check out every aspect of it yourself.

While we don’t run the Doh! Moment contest any more, we do want to hear about your time-saving tips on the jobsite for our current, Work Smart, Not Hard column. Send your ideas to allan@renocontractor.ca and you could win a great prize from DeWalt, like this T-Stak radio and charger worth $299.

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Stay connected on site

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Stay connected on site

Yesterday, we told you about DeWalt’s Tool Connect platform. Tool Connect is the first phase of DeWalt’s plan to bring “the internet of things” to the jobsite.

“Leveraging technology, our goal is to provide solutions for gathering in-depth jobsite data for better decision-making by general contractors and trade contractors, thus enhancing productivity and safety,” says Tony Nicolaidis, vice-president of marketing for connected systems.

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Increasingly, our smartphones and other electronic devices are becoming some of the most important tools on the job. DeWalt’s Jobsite Wifi (launching in July 2018) will be a durable hub that will enable everyone on a jobsite to access and share project plans, 3D models, change orders, and punch lists.

One company testing the system in a pilot project claimed they were able to shave 2 percent off the budget simply by eliminating “walking around time.”

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DeWalt’s Tool Connect and jobsite WiFi systems

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DeWalt’s Tool Connect and jobsite WiFi systems

Hands up if you’ve ever had a tool walk off the jobsite. Okay, everyone can put your hands down now. We’ve all had this aggravating and costly experience. DeWalt’s Tool Connect inventory management system can help avoid this happening again, and can save hours wasted each week trying to track down misplaced equipment via online and mobile platforms.

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DeWalt’s lineup of Tool Connect-enabled tools includes a compact hammer drill, impact driver, and even a laser distance measure.

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But more than simply tracking tools, Tool Connect allows users to run diagnostics and customize tool performance features. The 20V impact driver (DCF888), for example, can be set stall for one second before impacting, protecting the fastener and material surface.

The system even works on tools and materials that aren’t factory-shipped with Tool Connect via the use of the Tool Connect Tag, a dust-proof, water-resistant device that can be discretely attached to anything you want to keep track of on the jobsite.

Alternatively, an adaptor called, appropriately, the Connector can be permanently attached between a 20V Max tool and its battery.

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DeWalt Cordless Concrete Nailer

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DeWalt Cordless Concrete Nailer

DeWalt’s new 20V Max Cordless Concrete Nailer uses a gas-free, flywheel-based mechanism, so it’s quieter, with less recoil than many other cordless nailers. No gas cartridges mean no fumes or cartridge storage issues. The brushless motor provides up to 600 shots per charge, and variable power settings mean you can easily pin everything from hollow block to hard concrete.

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This is an excerpt from Power Tool Time, by Martin Zibauer. Click here to read the full story.

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