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I’m not a creative person. I’m also not that good at DIY stuff. We have a trifecta when you add in the fact that I’m too cheap to pay for repairs.

So that leaves it to DH to fix things up. To repair things. To be creative when we need something jazzed up a bit.

…which is fine because he’s good at it… if he has the right tools.

A while back, I posted a review of the Dremel Multi-Max and how it was a total snap to take care of a woodworking task we had. Well, Dremel outdid themselves by coming out with a cordless Multi-Max and gave it a one-two punch by adding the Dremel Trio to their arsenal of tools.

Well, we didn’t have a personal project that needed immediate attention but DH has been helping my brother do some maintenance and upgrades to his kit car and we figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out.

The first project was the installation of a new radio in his car. It involved routing out mounting plate made of maple that the new radio would attach to. According to my brother, who works in the woodworking industry, maple is one of the hardest wood to cut through but the Dremel Trio didn’t have any problems. By first using a routing bit to cut the hole then using a sanding bit to clean up the edges, the Trio made quick work of it. I encourage you to watch the video to see how the Dremel Trio worked on the Car Radio Install project.

When my brother saw how well the new Trio worked on the radio install, he said he had a few home projects that we could test it out on. Yeah, that’s a really sneaky way to get help with a DIY project, isn’t it?! Anyway, we headed to the house to find two projects waiting. (Technically, he had more than two projects but two is all we had time for!

The first project involved using the Dremel Trio. It’s an older house and some of the door hardware needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, the holes left behind by the old hardware weren’t big enough for the new knobs. We needed to route out a bigger hole in the door. While my brother originally said it was something that his girlfriend and I could tackle, once we took a closer look we realized it wasn’t something either of us wanted to try. So DH took the lead on this project. We spent a great deal of time improvising because the door was deeper than the bits we had. Took more time than we anticipated but considering the traditional chiseling method of clearing out this type of hole, it didn’t take as long as it would have without the Trio. Check out the video to see how it transpired.

Our final project was a little stickier. Like I said, it’s an older house but it does have a laundry chute. Unfortunately, the door to the chute didn’t shut properly. We originally thought it was because they had painted it so many times and it just needed to be cleaned up a bit. Once we started to tackle the project, we realized that the problem wasn’t the paint at all. It was the placement of the door. A prior owner had moved the entire chute door over because it had been banging into the trim of the door frame it was next to. So the solution was to either move the door back to its original place and let it knock the trim (and not open as far) or cut the opening to make it larger – accommodating the new placement of the door. Yeah, we opted for getting the door to open all the way. So we (and I use that term loosely) pulled out the Cordless Dremel Multi-Max and took to laundry chute frame. By cutting a small piece off, we were able to get enough clearance for the door to now close fine. The video tells the (abbreviated) story.

My brother said they use a Dremel Multi-Max in their shop at work but didn’t realize they came out with a cordless version. He also said he hadn’t tried out the Trio until now but really liked what both tools had to offer. From someone in the industry, that’s great. From the DIY perspective, DH really thought both tools worked well and provided great diversity.

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3 thoughts on “The DIY One-Two Punch

  1. This sounds like a really handy tool to have on your workbench. It seems to have saved the day a few times for you guys!

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