This article was published in The Old House Magazine’s Spring 2021 issue. Subscribe to This Old House Magazine by clicking here
- 1 1. Water-smart and lightweight
- 2 2. Seal the wood with a smooth finish
- 3 3. Dutch gardeners’ treat
- 4 4. Consolidate your painting supplies
- 5 5. They adapt themselves
- 6 6. No mess tile
- 7 7. Coating that is easy to clean
- 8 8. Two sides have high adhesion
- 9 9. Detailing tool
1. Water-smart and lightweight
1600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
The compact, 29-pound washer requires only 1.3 gallons per minute to clean grime off hard surfaces. The spray gun includes a 25-foot length hose, a 35 foot power cord, four quick-connectnozzles, and an in-built soap tank to hold cleaning products. The spray gun’s parts can be stored neatly in its rolling cart.
2. Seal the wood with a smooth finish
DAP Premium Wood Filler
It can be used to seal holes and fill in wood grain. Water-based formula won’t shrink or crack and can accept stain so that you can match it with the surrounding wood. It dries hard in about 2 to 4 hours and then sands smoothly. If painted, can be used outdoors.
3. Dutch gardeners’ treat
Lifetime Perennial Planter
This tool was made in Holland by DeWit. The single-piece drop-forged boron steel that is used to make the socket and blade are both heart-shaped. This tool is ideal for transplanting and dividing: The 20-inch-long T-grip Ash handle allows you to maneuver the planter through tight spaces. Meanwhile, the blade’s sharpened edges cut cleanly through roots.
4. Consolidate your painting supplies
Purdy Painter’s Backpack
This sturdy backpack has multiple pockets to hold all your tools, including brushes, rollers and putty knives. This backpack also includes a pouch that can be used to carry wet brushes.
5. They adapt themselves
Serena Smart Wood Blinds
These louvers can be programmed to automatically tilt during daylight hours, to allow or minimize sunlight depending on the orientation of your windows. At night, they close completely. The remote can be used to override the automatic operation.
6. No mess tile
Laying tile is as simple as installing floating laminate floors with this product. The porcelain top layer is bonded with a waterproof base and clicks in place at the edges of adjacent tiles. You can grout in the same day with no thinset. You can choose from wood-look planks and 12-by-24-inch tiles, which mimic marble, stone, and concrete.
7. Coating that is easy to clean
UltraLast Interior Paint
The acrylic paint is coated with a polyurethane-based automotive coating that protects it from stains. You can wipe any stains off with a cloth or sponge. It is suitable for use in bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways.
8. Two sides have high adhesion
Double-sided Super Glue Tape
This double-sided adhesive is extra-sticky and strong enough to reattach wood veneers, attach undercabinet lights or clamp together workpieces as you wait for the glue to set. Tape measuring 3/4 inches in width adheres to wood, concrete and ceramic.
9. Detailing tool
It can be thought of as a one-handed dental pick for your garden. This tool is useful for cleaning small gaps in walkways, patios, and rock walls. You can also use it to create furrows in small beds for seeds planting. Then, you can go back to cover them. The prong, which measures 1/2-inch wide by 3 1/2-inch long, is made from forged stainless steel. The handle is made of lacquered beech.