Specialty Tools

Twin Draft Guard: Use It or Lose It?

Twin Draft Guard: Use It or Lose It?

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 […]

Handy Hook Helper

Handy Hook Helper

Need a hand hanging those Christmas lights? Sometimes a ladder is a bit treacherous and difficult to maneuver.

Earthbound Tool Bags and Tool Belts

Earthbound Tool Bags and Tool Belts

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 […]

Timber Framing Clamp

Timber Framing Clamp

This timber framing clamp from Bessey Tools is driven into lumber sections and held by spikes at each end.

Off-beat Interior Painting Techniques and Tools

Off-beat Interior Painting Techniques and Tools

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.

Herman Miller Embody Office Chair

Herman Miller Embody Office Chair

Office chairs have come a long way and if we are to believe Gizmodo, Herman Miller has created a masterpiece. On face value it’s one of the ugliest chairs around but apparently it’s 95% recyclable and as comfortable as their best selling Aeron.

Choosing a Garbage Disposal

Choosing a Garbage Disposal

TheHome has compiled a great guide with tons of reviews for helping you select a garbage disposal. Consider your kitchen use and frequency before buying just any disposal.

See-Through Sanding Disk

See-Through Sanding Disk

Toolmonger has uncovered a handy sanding disk that allows you to “see-through” it so you can easily monitor how much material you have sanded off. It attaches to any drill and will sand wood, metal, or plastic.

GPS Required for LA

GPS Required for LA

It’s official. Charles & Hudson will be moving from NYC to LA next month. We’ve had a great run in the world’s most amazing city but it’s time to check out the left coast. Because we have writers from all over the country our perspective is not specifically NewYorkcentric but […]

Touch Free Finishing Tools

Touch Free Finishing Tools

Although only updated once a week the Rockler Woodworking blog is definitely worth a look. We found their post about specialty finishing tools that allow you to spray or paint finish on your wood project without touching it.

Cool Tools From MoMA

Cool Tools From MoMA

There’s no rule that says your tools can’t be functional and stylish. Granted, MoMA doesn’t have a full line of tools for your shed–but if you’re looking on a smaller scale, MoMA is a good starting point.

Clean Your Concrete

Clean Your Concrete

The concrete that makes up your driveway, sidewalk, garage floor, and pathways needs periodical cleaning to remove any excess oils, dirt, debris, and moss that can build up quickly over a short period of time.

Solar-Powered Lawn Mower

Solar-Powered Lawn Mower

It’s lawn week here and we’ve got a weekend project from Lifehacker that will help you transform your lawn mower from a gas guzzling, loud, and eco-impacting machine to one that is powered by the sun.

Top 5 Tools of Mass Destruction

Top 5 Tools of Mass Destruction

We all love the demolition part of a project. The primitive satisfaction gained from tearing into a wall with abandon is unmatched. Not only is it gratifying to remove old, rotted, and unsightly structures it’s also better on the wallet and typically easier to find friends to help out. Besides […]

Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

Removing Peeling Paint from a Retaining Wall

The gals at housemade took a pressure washer to their front retaining wall which besides peeling paint is a necessary element for their plant beds. We’ve seen how well pressure washers clear walkways of slippery moss and other debris but they are also effective at removing peeling paint from masonry, […]

Garber Hardware Giveaway

Garber Hardware Giveaway

We’re pleased to announce a promotion with our favorite hardware store in New York city, Garber Hardware. Sign-up for our monthly newsletter of remodeling techniques, tips, and tools and you’ll receive a coupon to be used for 10% off in-store purchases at Garber Hardware as well as be entered into […]

WD-40 Smart Straw Stays in Place

WD-40 Smart Straw Stays in Place

WD-40 is a staple of most toolkits but trying to keep the little red straw connected to the can via the scotch tape method is always a losing proposition and fidgeting with the straw and nozzle each time is also a bore.

Color Helper for Picking Paint

Color Helper for Picking Paint

We found this Color Helper on Shelterrific last week and are interested to hear if anyone has tried it. It claims to match color palettes from all of the leading paint manufacturers (over 13,000 colors).

Pretty Tools Target Women Builders

Pretty Tools Target Women Builders

Wild and Wolf’s graphically vivid floral tools are causing quite the discussion at Apartment Therapy’s Chicago blog. Although seemingly innovative, Wild and Wolf isn’t the first company to produce tools targeted to women – Barbara K and Tomboy Tools, among others, have also created female-friendly models.

Compact Tools for Any Situation

Compact Tools for Any Situation

Snowboarders need tools that are easily accessible to make quick tweaks to their setups while on the mountain but carrying a set of screwdrivers and wrenches isn’t practical. Snowboard manufacturers have devised some small tools that are great for riders but can also work well in your glove box or […]

Storage for Unfinished Spaces

Storage for Unfinished Spaces

This storage solution is perfect for unfinished rooms or areas of your home. The Flip Clip attaches directly to exposed studs and offers easy storage for tools, bikes, cables, cords, and anything else that you need to get off the floor and out of the way but within easy reach.