Show Notes: Curb Appeal and Table Saws – On the House

Show Notes: Curb Appeal and Table Saws

By on August 16, 2014
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Thank you for joining The Carey Brothers today. The “Bros” were at their best with information you can use. Are you going to be purchasing a table saw in the not to distant future?  Morris, lover of any and all tools, shared his review of a “workhorse” Craftsman table saw. Do you have “Curb Appeal”? We have some statics you will want to know before you spruce up your home’s exterior.

Very Cool Table Saw Review

Consider us a couple of sponges when it comes to learning anything new about home improvement and construction tools. So, when we had the chance to review a pickup load of saws and sanders from Sears Craftsman we couldn’t wait to begin putting each one through its’ paces. By the way, all of the Craftsman tools we are reviewing will be donated to a local school for underprivileged young men and women who are studying construction.

We began by reviewing‘s Craftsman “10-inch Portable Jobsite Saw.” Model 14258. It only took moments after it arrived for us to uncrate and assembled it. Truth be told the task of assembly was as easy as pie. A half dozen pieces bolted together and the saw was ready to use.

The saw’s most unique feature, besides the fact the it is dirt cheap at $299.99, is that it comes with its’ very own one touch folding stand. Thus, making the saw affordable, ultra easy to store and unbelievably easy to transport. One push on a foot pedal and the saw is transformed from a fully operational work horse to a compact power tool on wheels.

The table itself measures an ample 24″ by 21″ and can be expanded to 30″ by 21″. This allowed us to make rips of just over 24″. The control handles for blade elevation and angle are located at the front of the saw. An extra blade, the blade wrench, the rip fence, the miter gauge and the push stick can all be mounted onboard.

The rip fence on this saw is not as beefy as other saws we’ve used, but proved to be more than sufficient for our woodworking tests. We ended up with square, smooth cuts and you just can’t ask for more than that from a table saw.


Do You Have Curb Appeal?

 National Curb Appeal Month is dedicated to helping homeowners focus on ways to add value and design appeal to their home’s   exterior.

Why: Curb appeal adds value to the home. It enables homeowners to either “fit in” with the neighborhood or boldly “stand out” to make an immediate impact.

 Return On Investment:
- Realtors say potential home buyers make a ‘street decision’ in less than 12 seconds on whether or not to view a home that’s for sale based on curb appeal.

According to the 2014 Cost Versus Value Study conducted by Remodeling magazine, many products added to the home have a high return-on-investment at the time of a home sale.

 Best: Adding energy-efficient vinyl windows – cost recoup of 78.7%

  • Adding vinyl siding – cost recoup of 78.2%
  • Adding fiberglass entry door – 70.8%
  • Adding new roof – 67.6%

 What Effects Curb Appeal?:

  • Condition of exterior home products, Is it clean? Painted? In good condition? Well-maintained?
  • Color – Colorful plants, door, trim, shutters, accessories
  • Landscaping – trimmed shrubs below window level, cut lawn, no weeds, colorful plants, lighting
  • Accessories – decorative or U.S. flags, not much yard clutter, lighting

Adding Color From The Top Down:

  • 59% of homeowners place a lot of emphasis on the role color plays when they think about replacing major exterior home features.
  • 67% of homeowners prefer earthy, calm colors such as beige, tan, white, gray or brown as the dominant color on their home’s exteriors.

 Start at roof, then work down to siding, door, window frames, trim and landscaping

  • Have a “flow” of color. Get free tips in “FRESH Home Exterior Colors” and “FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior” ebooks at


Do You Have This Smoke Alarm? It’s Been Recalled…..

 ESL, Interlogix Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms Recalled Due to Failure to Alert Consumers of a Fire

Recall Summary

Name of Product: ESL and Interlogic brand 400/500 series smoke detectors

Hazard: Radio frequency interference can cause the smoke detectors to fail to alert consumers of a fire.

Remedy: Replace and click on Contact Us.

Interlogix toll-free at (855) 286-8889

Recall Details

Units: About 141,000 in U.S. and 13,000 in Canada

Description: This recall involves thirty-three models of the 400 and 500 series Edwards (ESL)-branded and Interlogix smoke detectors hard-wired into a security system. Edwards and Interlogix smoke detectors are identical. The 2-wire or 4-wire detectors are round, white and measure 6 inches across by 2 inches high. The smoke detectors were made for professional installation and used primarily in commercial buildings, schools, hotels/motels, apartments, dormitories and homes as part of the fire alarm system.


Fix It Or Not? What To Ask When Prepping Your Home For Sale

 Here are five questions that will help you assess whether or not to make a specific repair or change before selling your home.

1. Does the faulty item give the impression the property has not been well cared for? Leaky faucets, cracked tiles, an overgrown lawn, broken appliances or anything else that doesn’t work as it should can immediately turn off buyers. At an open house, people often zip through quite quickly, and if they notice one or two things that send up red flags, they may not give your home another chance.

2. Can you find a less expensive fix? Let’s say you scoped out the comparable homes on the market in your neighborhood, and they all have updated kitchens, but yours hasn’t been touched since the ’80s. Rather than spend big on a full kitchen remodel, why not give your kitchen a less costly refresh? For instance, you could paint the cabinets, swap out cabinet hardware, change the light fixtures and upgrade the appliances to something current and functional but not top-of-the-line. You will put some money into it but not nearly as much as with a full remodel — well worth it if it gets your home in the running in a competitive market.

3. How much will you realistically need to lower the price if you don’t fix it? If you have a lot of costly repairs to tackle to get your home ready to sell, you may be considering selling it as is. But keep in mind that buyers looking for a fixer-upper will also be looking to discount the selling price for the repairs plus the hassle. In other words, you won’t be able to simply estimate how much the repairs will cost and deduct that from the selling price; you’ll need to deduct even more to make it worth the buyer’s time and effort. Discuss this with your Realtor and look into other fixer-uppers for sale in your area to come up with an appropriate selling price.flames shooting from under your hood.

4. Is it one of the first things potential buyers will see? First impressions are key, and that is never more true than in the real estate business! If you have a repair you are unsure about tackling, use this as a litmus test: Is it something the buyer will see as he or she approaches your house and walks through the front door? If so, fix it..

5. Could it be a deal breaker? Some home repairs, like a new roof, are just so major that they will scare off all but the most determined buyers. If the market in your area is hot (see No. 1) and you have ample time (see No. 2), there’s no harm in trying to sell without making the big repair, as long as you are willing to price it accordingly (see No. 6). If it’s a buyer’s market but you don’t have time to make the repair before listing, you could offer to pay for it as part of the sales agreement — otherwise it’s probably best to make the change first and then put your home on the market.

Thank you to our friends at


 Fun Find for Your Home: Dress Up Your Door Hinges

 HingeHeads are affordable home decor accessories that magnetically attach to any standard door hinge. They are designed to add a finishing touch to your room’s interior design.

HingeHead decor accessories are a new trend in home decoration and interior design. They are affordable and unique gift ideas for your home. Get a unique “one-of-a-kind” decor accessories for yourself or your friends.

Each design comes in three finishes: Antique Pewter, Antique Brass and Antique Bronze. Each collection is a limited edition unless stated otherwise. Once a design runs out it becomes a collectible.

All of our decor accessories are handcrafted in Los Angeles.


Why Is It Important To Wear Safety Glasses?

 According to the Prevent Blindness America organization, more than 800,000 work-related eye injuries occur every year. Of these, as many as 10 to 20 percent of these injuries cause temporary or permanent vision loss. That does not include eye injuries that occur at home or while engaging in sports activities. Experts believe that up to 90 percent of eye injuries can be prevented by wearing safety glasses.


Eye protection is needed for any job task that may expose you to flying objects (dust, splinters or chips) or hazardous material splashes. There are many potential eye hazards for you at home. Power tools and lawn trimming may create hazardous flying debris. Pouring or mixing household chemicals may result in chemical splashes. Sports activities such as target shooting and racquetball also present eye hazards.

Read more: Why Is it Important to Wear Safety Glasses?


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