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Posted by on July 31, 2012    |    Leave a reply   

For anyone who hasn’t checked our site in a few months, you may not have noticed that we now stock parts for just about every grill line in existence. Last week we added the capstone: Weber. That’s right, we now have Weber replacement parts.

And we aren’t just stocking accessories such as Weber gill covers, but a full line of parts for classics such as Weber charcoal grills and Weber gas grills as well as other Weber products, including Weber smokers, Weber fireplaces, Weber portable grills, and Weber side burners.

Fact: You have cooked on a Weber kettle grill at some point in your life.


There’s no denying the impact Weber has on the BBQ market. And we’re proud to finally offer our customers a place where they can buy replacement brushes for their Milwaukee drills, a new lawnmower carburetor, and a new Weber grate or cover–all in the same place!

Whether you’re using a Weber kettle grill or a top-of-the-line Weber Genesis grill, rest assured that has you covered when it comes to Weber barbecue parts. 


Posted by on July 30, 2012    |    Leave a reply   

Whether you are starting a new shop or upgrading your existing one, nothing is more important than a well-stocked arsenal of tools. There are countless different tools and tool combinations out there, so choosing the right ones for is not always an easy task.

They key to purchasing the right tools is to save money without losing functionality. This means that you’ll need to find some tools that will have multiple uses. I have compiled a list of the seven tools that will help you do exactly that below.


1. Hammer

In my opinion, the most versitile, simple, and necessary tool you can have in your shop is the hammer. Many hardcore woodworkers swear by the old style hammer that uses a wooden handle to keep it lightweight and comfortable. I tend to lean towards the new rubber style grip for its overall weight and power. There’s nothing quite like sinking in nails with two solid swings.


2. Screwdriver 

This one is kind of a toss up. Personally, I prefer battery powered or corded screwdrivers because they can tackle those tough jobs in less time. For the sake of our audience I think it makes more sense to have a basic set of screwdrivers (phillips-head, flat-head, etc.) or a multibit screwdriver set. Occasionally tight spaces don’t allow for anything but an old-fashioned screwdriver.


3. Socket Set

Sockets are typically used for automotive jobs but can be just as useful loosening stubborn fasteners on tools and appliances. If you do intend to use them for automotive purposes I’d recommend getting a metric and standard set.


4. Adjustable Wrench

Cheap and functional. You won’t find another wrench that tackles both of these criteria like an adjustable (crescent) wrench. It’s like having a drawer-full of wrenches in one. A must have for any toolshop.


5. Duct Tape 

Simply put, this material can do pretty much anything. Hell, you could even substitute this for screws and nails on your projects and it would do the job, temporarily.


6. Circular Saw

Like the adjustable wrench, the circular saw can replace most of the other saws in your shop if you know how to use it properly. Straight cuts, rip cuts, cross cuts–it can do it all. The speed and functionality is what puts this at the top of my list.

More uses than you know...


7. Needle-Nose Pliers

There isn’t a better tool for pulling a screw or nail out of a tight area. This is the type of tool you don’t miss until you don’t have it. Trust me on this one, grab a pair of these and you’ll be using ’em more than you expect.



Don’t agree with my list? Let us know your opinion on the seven tools you can’t live without in the comments below!

Posted by on July 26, 2012    |    2 Comments   

Batteries have allowed us to cut the cord on our power tools and take them anywhere the job demands. Unfortunately, those batteries will eventually wear down and no longer hold a charge. Then you’ll need to replace them.

We stock hundreds of new batteries for your power tools on our website, so chances are we have the replacement you need. Just use our power tool parts finder to find the right battery for your power tools. While our website makes finding the replacement a breeze, there is still the problem of what to do with the old battery.

The following article addresses the whats, hows, and whys of correct battery disposal, and will also help you find a recycling center for any type of battery you may have.


Lithium Ion

Why Recycle?

There are countless reasons to recycle an old battery, including the laws set in place to protect the environment. About 10 billion wet and dry cell batteries are purchased–and in turn, disposed of–by Americans every year. These batteries contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to our environment, including mercury, lead, zinc, alkalines, manganese, cadmium, and silver. Until 1996 there weren’t many formal laws stopping you from just tossin’ the old batteries in the trash. In 1996 the EPA instituted the “Battery Act” law to reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals that went into our landfills. The act required the following:

  • The battery label must have “three chasing arrows” to signify batteries that MUST be recycled;
  • The phasing out of mercury-based batteries;
  • Products include easy-to-remove batteries to help facilitate recycling. 

When you recycle your old battery, the recycling center can process and re-use more than half of the materials–including chemicals–for the production of new batteries.

The bottom line is that you should use whatever motivation you need to dispose of your old batteries. It’s easy to do and well worth the trouble. Keep reading to learn more about what batteries you should recycle, and where to do it. 

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Posted by on July 25, 2012    |    Leave a reply   

A broken starter can frustrate even the most patient people. A lawnmower’s rope can snap, the starter spring in a chainsaw’s starter assembly can break, or the whole assembly can freeze up. Sometimes when your starter fails, you will need new parts to replace it. But before you order a new spring, rope, or assembly, you should break the starter down to see if you can fix the problem without the wait. Here are some videos that will help you identify common starter problems, and in some cases, repair your starter without the need for parts. 


How to Repair Small Engine Starters

This video offers general advice that will help you repair the starter for most of your small engine lawn equipment. 

How to Rewind a Recoil Starter Spring

Rewinding the starter spring can often get your right back to work as sometimes the spring will come loose in the housing. Mark shows you the easiest possible way to recoil the spring in this video. 

Replacing the Starter Assembly on a Chainsaw and Trimmer

These next videos will help give you an idea of how to get to a recoil starter on different types of lawn equipment. 

Posted by on July 24, 2012    |    Leave a reply   

There is an old adage that says: “you can’t teach an old dogs new tricks”.

I’m here to dispute that idea and encourage other woodworkers to do the same.  Each carpenter has their own woodworking methods that have developed over the countless hours spent working in the shop.  Most people tend to stick to the effective methods they know and not venture out to find new tricks.

The good news is that we live in the information age where idea sharing is becoming more and more common.  There are dozens of websites and videos on the internet that share carpenters ‘tricks of the trade’ for anyone to view and apply to their own projects. Popular Woodworking Magazine has put together some user-submitted tricks that might just make your next job that much easier:

There’s more than one way to sharpen the blades on your various tools.  David Charlesworth outlines his tips to sharpening blades in this helpful article.  

As anyone who’s ever tried knows, removing a broken or stripped screw can make sane people go crazy.  Read about the different methods for extracting a broken screw and avoiding broken screws in the future.

Access the entire Popular Woodworking Magazine tips and tricks list here:

Anyone holding on to a woodworking trick that would like to share with other DIY’ers?  Let us know in the comments!