A few months ago, on a whim, I bought a Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool. I already had a Dremel Rotary tool, but I wasn’t using it to the full potential. Honestly, I was never quite sure when to use it and couldn’t grasp what it would be good for. The Multi-Max was a bit more clear to me. If you’re familiar with rotary tools, the oscillating Multi-Max is similar in concept, except instead of spinning the attachment, it rotates it back and forth quickly over a small area. To the eye, it just looks like vibration. This allows the tool to cut and sand in small spaces without pulling out the bigger power tools. It has been incredibly helpful over the past few months.
The first project I tackled was replacing a piece of hardwood floor. About six years ago, we had our furnace replaced in our old house. When they ran the exhaust vent, they didn’t realize that our living room addition was sunken compared to the rest of the house. They vented right into the room, damaging the hardwood floor, baseboard, and wallboard in a very small area. No one wanted to fix it because it was at once a small and annoying project. Of course, when we sold the house, we didn’t want to leave the new owners with a hole in their wall (leading into the basement), so we had to fix it up. Patching a hardwood floor sucks, so I took a creative approach. I picked up some flooring samples (free), found the one that most closely matched, and cut it down to fit the area I needed. I used the Dremel Multi-Max to cut it, but also to cut out a flat, rectangular area in the flooring for the patch to sit. The area I was working in was less than two inches wide, and the Multi-Max was perfect for cutting into such a small space.
The next project came about in the new house. My parents gave us a generous housewarming gift that allowed us to replace the (very) old Jenn-Air range in the kitchen. I measured everything when I bought the new stove and was so excited for installation. We had to have the outlet moved because the Jenn-Air allowed for an outlet right under the stove and the electricians weren’t quite done when the oven arrived. They offered to move it into place and… it didn’t fit. The cabinets weren’t square, so although the space was wide enough at top and bottom, the sides weren’t perfectly perpendicular to the floor. I pulled out my Dremel Multi-Max and cut down the cabinets enough to fit.
I’ve also used it to cut a hole for a large plug to fit through, leveled some plywood subfloor, notched out space for the strike plate for our new Yale Real Living Deadbolt, sanded down patched walls, and cut up the carpet I pulled from my office. I have no idea what I would have done without it! It has also inspired me to use my Dremel Rotary tool more often for smaller projects.
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