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This recall is my most recent favorite. The Wagner Spray Tech heat guns are being recalled to due to — wait for it — fire and burn hazards. Wagner says you should stop using the recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Basically a component failure can cause the guns to continue to produce heat after the power switch is turned off, which melts the heat gun’s plastic exterior and causes burns if the heat gun is touched. It will also ignite nearby combustibles, posing fire and burn hazards. The good news (and the reason I’m joking around about it) is there have been no injuries or property damage, so this is totally preventative.

The affected models include the Milwaukee Heat Gun MHT3300, ACE HT3500 Heat Gun, and the Wagner Heat Gun HT3500. The heat gun’s name and model number are located on a black label on the bottom of the heat gun’s barrel.

If you have one of these guns, just contact Wagner for a free replacement product.

Wagner Spray Tech Recalls Heat Guns Due to Fire and Burn Hazards [CPSC]


Wallpaper removal can go really smoothly if you dissolve the glue with moisture before you peel it off — the best way is to score the top layer of the paper and then apply steam to the scored paper.  Wagner’s 905 Power Steamer, their most powerful steamer, will deliver pressurized steam to your work area with a pull of the trigger, and Wagner claims it’ll remove wallpaper up to 20% faster.

The 905 can clean floors, grills, greasy stovetops, bathroom fixtures, and many other things, without any chemicals.  It sells for about $75, or you can rent one.

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Think of Wagner’s “PaintEater” as a rotary sander designed specially to handle large abrasive discs for removing paint.  Wagner claims that it’s “hard on paint / easy on siding,” but one thing’s certain: it looks a whole lot faster than rubbing and scraping.

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It was a pretty straightforward sounding project: paint two rooms in my parent’s house.   A fairly simple and unassuming goal, right?  My father (who is a Toolmonger like me) recently purchased a Wagner Paint Crew to accomplish said task.

The features sounded great: 3/8 HP. .2 gallons per minute.  A two-gallon capacity hopper to increase spray time and convenience.  A 25 foot spray hose attached to a professional-grade metal spray gun with a full-size in-line filter.  It sounded like a quick and fast thing; We’d be done by halftime, yeah?

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