It’s decorating season and it starts for some by putting up amber and orange twinkle lights for Halloween then continues into late December with hanging Christmas lights. Toolmonger shares these holiday light string hooks that are so small and unobtrusive that you can leave them out year round which would […]
One of the cooler products (no pun intended) we’ve reviewed is the Ryobi TEK4 Infrared Thermometer. All TEK4 Tools are cordless and use a rechargeable battery. Built for toughness they are impact and dust resistant so you won’t have to worry about taking it with you to the job site. […]
We’re always inspired by entrepreneurs who see an opportunity that aligns with their passion and dive right in. Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care fits that description and has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a finalist in their Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009 contest. Launched in 2006, Clean Air […]
iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy new app that is more educational than gimmick. This app from Double Dog Studios is a reference guide for […]
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There are a number of different ways to attach wood plans together. Some techniques are easier but less effective while other ways are more time consuming but create a more solid joint. The JessEm Zip Slot Mortise Mill from Woodcraft aims to make creating wood frame joints both easy and […]
The Energizer brand is synonymous with long-lasting batteries, but they also have a product line of flashlights that are worth a look. One of them is the Hard Case Professional headlight that allows you to work hands-free in dark areas by using 1 of 4 included LED lights. This headlight […]
We received a tip from TheKitchenDesigner about the tool that she finds indispensable and her favorite was the Vacuflo Central Vacuum. We grew up in a home that was equipped with a central vac and underestimated it’s convenience.
Our friend Harry Sawyers who was a long-time This Old House editor and Hardware Aisle blogger is now sharing his expertise with the readers of Popular Mechanics. His latest article reviews 4 types of duct tape and test them for sturdiness, stickiness, and water resistance. And the winner is?
Fire safety is never a laughing matter, especially during the winter months when a prevalence of candles, space heaters and other warming devices contribute to an increase in residential fires. Test your fire extinguisher savvy with the help of a guide that provides directions on usage (complete with an easy-to-remember […]
We came across this article from the New York Times that delves into the phenomena of the Roll-n-Glow, a space heater built by the Amish. We’ve know the Amish are known for their craftsmanship and the rise of Amish contractors hasn’t abated, but the Amish as mainstream product manufacturers is […]
Circular saws are no longer just for cutting wood. If you’ve got to apply a power tool to every part of your life then you’ll want to use the Pizza-Pro 3000 during your next pizza party.
Check out the third app shown in this commercial. It’s called MultiLevel and is $1.99. The first great app for DIY enthusiasts!
We’ve been following this house bloggers basement remodel and he’s found a great solution for his subfloor. I’m using a product called Delta-FL, which I picked up at Rona. It’s basically a big roll of dimpled plastic, which sits on top of the basement slab and acts as a vapour […]
Popular Mechanics is taking it to the next level when it comes to testing hand tools. We’ve all seen the predictable results of hammer-on-nail but what does a real world situation such as hammer-on-thumb feel like when comparing a standard steel hammer with a new auto-hammer?
We just returned from a great trip to Seattle whose residents have to qualify near the top of the DIY list. The plethora of historic old homes requires a constant flow of improvements and upgrades that homeowners relish (or revile). There are hardware stores to suit each neighborhood and specialty […]
Toolsnob brings us this miniature version of the circular saw from Craftsman. It’s available from Sears and boasts a 3-inch saw rated at 2800 rpm. It can be used in 3 positions and goes for $100.
Weatherizing is on our mind and we just saw the infomercial for the Twin Draft Guard. Looks like it could be effective but the application seems limited. How many threshold/door spaces could really handle that much material? Unless you’ve got a gaping hole we just aren’t sure. Anyone else have […]
Need a hand hanging those Christmas lights? Sometimes a ladder is a bit treacherous and difficult to maneuver.
It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts and tool bags and tool belts might just be at the top of some lists. I’m sure that NASA astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper wishes Santa would bring her crew a new tool bag but that probably won’t happen. You can check […]
This timber framing clamp from Bessey Tools is driven into lumber sections and held by spikes at each end.
The Can Claw fits under “why didn’t I think of that”. Sometimes I like painting straight from the can and this device allows you to achieve this without the uncomfortable wire handle getting in the way.