Specialty Tools

Hands On with Kyoto Tools at the Monozukuri Museum

Hands On with Kyoto Tools at the Monozukuri Museum

Beyond the magnificent temples and shrines of Kyoto, Japan, you’ll find the headquarters of Kyoto Tools (KTC). They are the premier tool company in Japan and their quality is world renown. KTC was founded in 1950 by three craftsman who were focused on creating high quality tools made of the […]

Splurge On A Hand-Powered Table Saw

Splurge On A Hand-Powered Table Saw

Yep, you read that right — for just over $1,200, a hand-powered table saw can be yours! The Jointmaker Pro v2, created by Bridge City Toolworks, “is a hybrid device, a hand saw that employs custom Japanese saw blades offered in crosscut and rip grinds,” according to the company. Because […]

Ryobi TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope Review

Ryobi TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope Review

The RYOBI TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope is the latest entry in a “getting crowded” inspection scope/camera category. Inspection cameras and scopes were once the domain of trade professionals and the cost vs. use was prohibitive to most homeowners. Not anymore. Keep reading for our complete review of the RYOBI TEK4 […]

Donate Tools To Those In Need

Donate Tools To Those In Need

We often think about donating non-perishable food, gently used clothing and other household items to help those in need. But what about tools? Thanks to an organization called Tools For Self-Reliance, you can donate your gently used tools. Each item will be carefully refurbished before being sent to Africa to […]

Knowledge At Your Fingertips With iScrew App

Knowledge At Your Fingertips With iScrew App

OK, we know — the iPhone as an actual home improvement tool? It’s a bit of a stretch. But with so many DIY-focused apps on the market, handy devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad can increasingly service a purpose as an invaluable reference tool during various stages of […]

Tool Spotlight: Wet Tile Saw

Tool Spotlight: Wet Tile Saw

It’s an obscure tool that really deserves some time in the limelight. A wet tile saw has a unique purpose that is incredibly valuable when working with ceramic tiles. Whether it’s a back splash, flooring, wall tiles or counter tops, that wet tile saw is indispensable and a must have. […]

Combat Electrical Overload With New Line of Amprobe Tools

Combat Electrical Overload With New Line of Amprobe Tools

Like it or not, the holidays will be here before we know it! If you prefer to channel your inner Clark Griswold with an over-the-top holiday lighting display (or simply want to troubleshoot your existing electrical devices), the new line of Amprobe tools may make the top of your wish […]

The Gutster Demolition Tool

The Gutster Demolition Tool

One of the great things about the International Builders Show and the Remodeling Show are the small guys who have an opportunity to share their inventions with the world and hopefully get picked up for distribution. Marvin Windows shared one of their favorites this year called the Gutster. James and […]

Top 5 Must Have Tools For DIY Plumbing

Top 5 Must Have Tools For DIY Plumbing

Not all of us are brave enough to do it, but many people are tackling DIY plumbing jobs in their home. Somewhat complicated and sometimes involving high-pressure situations (like get that leak fixed NOW), plumbing projects are a challenge. With the right plumbing tools on hand you can tackle any […]

Crown Molding On Cathedral Ceilings? Easier Than You Think!

Crown Molding On Cathedral Ceilings? Easier Than You Think!

Crown molding is totally impressive. The look of a room can be completely transformed with just this one addition. But is crown molding a possibility on rooms boasting a cathedral ceiling? And if so, is it even worth the work? It’s All In the Cutting The angle on cathedral ceilings […]

Refinish Your Wood Floors on a DIY Budget

Refinish Your Wood Floors on a DIY Budget

Whenever I am visiting my family at home, my mother has the same complaint about her house: the wood floors. She’d love to refinish them but with an elderly dog, other projects to tackle and a limited budget, it’s not in the cards in the near future. I inquired about […]

DeWALT 12V MAX Inspection Camera

DeWALT 12V MAX Inspection Camera

Among the new tools introduced at the DeWALT 12V MAX launch we attended last week, the inspection camera was the most fun from a tech/gadget perspective. It’s used to inspect behind walls into pipes and really anywhere that is not typically possible to see without breaking into. The screen resolution […]

Two-Day DeWALT ToughCase Giveaway

Two-Day DeWALT ToughCase Giveaway

Head over to our Facebook page where we are giving away a DeWALT ToughCase. You’ve got two-days to enter and we pick our winner at Noon Pacific Time on Wednesday June 9th. The DeWALT ToughCase is the perfect companion for your DIY projects as it easily holds drill bits, nails, […]

iPhone 4G now iOS4: Expect More Amazing DIY Apps

iPhone 4G now iOS4: Expect More Amazing DIY Apps

We’re currently following the Apple World Wide Developers Conference live on gdgt as Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone 4G which they’ve called the iOS4. It’s new technology in both software and hardware. The

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

E-Z Brace: Fix Sagging Wooden Gates

No matter how strong your wooden gate is, its inevitable that gravity will win out and it will start to sag and drag along the ground. We met the inventor of the E-Z Brace, Mark Dwaileebe, at the National Hardware Show and he shared with us how he decided to […]

Lift Safely With The Shoulder Dolly

Lift Safely With The Shoulder Dolly

Moving sucks. Moving big appliances sucks even more. Beyond the pure physical exertion, moving heavy awkward objects can be dangerous if not done correctly. You can damage yourself as well as the object being moved if you don’t do it carefully. We were given a demonstration of the Shoulder Dolly […]

You’ll Never Lose a Boomerang Tool

You’ll Never Lose a Boomerang Tool

If you’ve got a problem setting down tools and misplacing them in the middle of a project, consider tools from the Boomerang Tool company. On display at the National Hardware Show were the retractable multi-use pliers. The kevlar cable extends to 36″ and the pliers are ultralight and anti-corrosive, best […]

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Handheld Snow Plow for Deep Snow

Shoveling snow is not only extremely difficult, it can also be hazardous to your deck, patio or walkway surface. Shovels can easily gouge wood and chip stone. The Manplow as seen at the National Hardware Show is a hand held snow plow that works to push snow away in manageable […]