Specialty Tools

Build It Yourself: Cyclone Dust Collector

Build It Yourself: Cyclone Dust Collector

Over at Lumberjocks you can peruse a ton of user submitted projects. Most of them are woodworking. Some masterpieces and some questionable but all home grown. This homemade cyclone dust collector caught our eye as it’s a unique problem solving tool that many builders would love to have in their […]

Ryobi Noise Suppression Headphones Giveaway

Ryobi Noise Suppression Headphones Giveaway

Our sense of hearing takes a lot of abuse and over time will deteriorate. It’s not only the obvious times to protect your hearing such as at a rock concert, listening to your iPod or playing the drums, but also at home while mowing the lawn or using power tools. […]

Hang Holiday String Lights sans Headaches

Hang Holiday String Lights sans Headaches

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 […]

Review & Giveaway: Ryobi TEK4 Infrared Thermometer

Review & Giveaway: Ryobi TEK4 Infrared Thermometer

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. […]

Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

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 […]

An iPhone App You Wood Want

An iPhone App You Wood Want

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 […]

Cool Tuesday Tools

Cool Tuesday Tools

+ Klenk Ratcheting Screwdriver + Milwaukee Battery Tool Charger: AC home and DC auto + DAP Pro Caulker + Router Bit Storage Options + Win a Bosch PS20

The Homewrecker Demolition Hammer

The Homewrecker Demolition Hammer

The Homewrecker is another demolition tool that promises to help you tear down much faster. What’s unique is the cat’s paw claw end that will have you pulling nails at a much faster rate. If the Homewrecker is too light duty to do the trick then check out our previous […]

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

Furniture Felt Guides Will Save Your Floors

You’ve just spent time and energy refinishing your floors or installing new hardwood and the last thing you want to do is carefully drag that heavy armoire or cabinet back in place for danger of scratching your beautiful new floors. Most people resort to stick-on felt guides which might work […]

Joining Wood Planks has Never Been Easier

Joining Wood Planks has Never Been Easier

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 […]

A Hard Case for the Ultimate Headlight

A Hard Case for the Ultimate Headlight

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 […]

Central Vacuum = Quiet and Convenient

Central Vacuum = Quiet and Convenient

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.

Duct Tape Challenge: 4 Tapes, 1 Winner

Duct Tape Challenge: 4 Tapes, 1 Winner

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?

Can You Really Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Can You Really Use a Fire Extinguisher?

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 […]

The Amish Know Space Heaters

The Amish Know Space Heaters

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 […]

Power Tool for Pizzas

Power Tool for Pizzas

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.

MultiLevel App for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Check out the third app shown in this commercial. It’s called MultiLevel and is $1.99. The first great app for DIY enthusiasts!

Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

Keep Your Basement Floor Dry and Warm

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 […]

Hammer Testing on a Thumb Nail

Hammer Testing on a Thumb Nail

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?

Utilikilts: Functionality meets Scottish Fashion

Utilikilts: Functionality meets Scottish Fashion

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 […]

Craftsman Mini Circular Saw

Craftsman Mini Circular Saw

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.