Tools

Inside a Chicago Woodshop – Untouched for 65 Years

Inside a Chicago Woodshop – Untouched for 65 Years

Last year we visited the Butler Street Foundry, a metal shop located on the Southside of Chicago in the shadow of Comiskey Park. We met the owner, John Lamonica, at a Craftsman event and besides being an artisan metalworker he also works closely with kids and inspires them to learn […]

Tough Weld Giveaway: Metabo Angle Grinder + 10% Off Coupon Code

Tough Weld Giveaway: Metabo Angle Grinder + 10% Off Coupon Code

You know you’re an avid do-it-youselfer when you’re ready to step up to an angle grinder. Most angle grinders are found in workshops, service garages and auto body repair shops but we’re certain you’ll find a use for this tool if you win it. Nothing matches an angle grinder when […]

Love Liberty Tool Co. of Maine

How can you not love everything that Liberty Tool Co. of Maine represents. Thanks Etsy! There’s No Place Like Here: Liberty Tool from Etsy on Vimeo.

The 2,000 Uses For WD-40

The 2,000 Uses For WD-40

WD-40 – it really is a magical substance, isn’t it? Sure, you probably reach for the familiar blue and yellow can when you need to quiet a squeaky hinge or add a little extra grease to a sticky situation. But here’s a little secret, friends — there are oh-so-many more […]

A Day of Chainsaws, Trimmers and Mowers with Husqvarna

A Day of Chainsaws, Trimmers and Mowers with Husqvarna

Husqvarna has been on my radar since grade school. Not the outdoor power equipment, but the motorcross bikes. Growing up in the Southwest, we all rode bikes or three-wheelers in the desert and the bike of choice was typically a Honda or Suzuki, but I always gravitated to the brand […]

Craftsman DIY Blogger Build-Off Gets Crazy!

Craftsman DIY Blogger Build-Off Gets Crazy!

We’ve visited the Craftsman Experience last year to check out their Winter Wonderland and help build the Ultimate Sleigh so we were excited to make a return trip this summer and participate in their first ever DIY Blogger Summit. It was an amazing event and at one point I feared […]

Winning Workshops: The Brighton Woodshop

Winning Workshops: The Brighton Woodshop

We guarantee this Winning Workshop would make Norm Abram jealous! From John Lewis’ old-time woodshop in Brighton, CO, he teaches hand-made chair making and builds furniture in the primitive style from reclaimed materials. The shop is located in a partially renovated 1800′s barn. Renovations consisted mainly of the addition of […]

Scavengers, Behold Treasure Wheels

Scavengers, Behold Treasure Wheels

Imagine the scenario: you’re out running errands up the street, or taking a family walk, or driving through the neighborhood on trash day and suddenly you see an amazing piece of furniture discarded. It has great lines or bones, just needs some TLC … but alas! It’s too big for […]

National Hardware Show 2011

National Hardware Show 2011

One our favorite events on the home design and remodeling tradeshow circuit is the National Hardware Show. Next week it kicks off in Vegas and organizers say this should be one of the biggest shows to date. They describe it as being one of the deepest and most diverse shows […]

Winning Workshops: Stuart Deutsch the ToolGuyd

Winning Workshops: Stuart Deutsch the ToolGuyd

We’re launching a new series profiling the workshops of our friends, families, readers and other home improvement and tool bloggers. We’re hoping these profiles of Winning Workshops inspire some ideas for you to apply to your own workspace as well as show some innovative ways to store and use tools […]

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Ways To Use A Pressure Washer

Have you guys seen that commercial (for a headache medicine, maybe?) where the husband pressure washes the deck and obliterates all of the outdoor furniture? Too funny! All joking aside, however, pressure washers (also known as power washers) can be great tools, especially if you have exterior maintenance tasks. If […]

Toughweld Giveaway: Metabo Hammer Drill

Toughweld Giveaway: Metabo Hammer Drill

As the saying goes “you need the right tool for the job” and that not only includes the actual tools you use, but also applies to your clothing. This week we’re teaming up with Toughweld Workwear who are offering a Metabo SBE560 1/2″ Hammer Drill (retail value $183) to the […]

Elmer’s Glue for the DIYer in You

Elmer’s Glue for the DIYer in You

Long known for their almost iconic wood/carpenters glue, Elmer’s Glue has re-worked their product lineup as well as their glue bottles and are targeting the DIY crowd. The new lineup consists of four glues all made based on a particular use or project. Here’s what Elmer’s has to say about […]

Craftsman Lawn Tractor Does Cut Corners

Craftsman Lawn Tractor Does Cut Corners

At the Builders Show Craftsman introduced a technology breakthrough in lawn tractors. While this doesn’t sound that exciting, keep reading. One of the most difficult tasks when mowing a lawn on a sit-down tractor is cutting into tight spaces. If you can’t make the turn you have to go wide […]

Indulge in the Craftsman Experience

Indulge in the Craftsman Experience

The Craftsman Experience showroom is perfectly located almost under the “L” train in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. The urban industrial setting is the ideal backdrop to prepare you for the Craftsman Experience. We had an opportunity to visit the showroom last week while they were holding a couple […]

The Dyson City Is Oh So Pretty

The Dyson City Is Oh So Pretty

New from Dyson this year is the DC26 Multi floor or better known as the “Dyson City”. As with all Dyson vacuums the Dyson City uses Root Cyclone technology which means Dyson vacuums don’t lose suction power as you clean and cleanup is super easy as you only dump the […]

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 […]

Rhett Butler Knows His Hardware

Rhett Butler Knows His Hardware

Everyone has a passion. For New Yorker Edward Rhett Butler, who opts to go by his middle name, his love of hardware has fueled not only a long-running personal hobby, but also a successful 20-year company. In a New York Times profile, Butler discusses his fascination with hardware: keys from […]

Giveaway: Craftsman 19.2V C3 Mechanics Combo

Giveaway: Craftsman 19.2V C3 Mechanics Combo

Our Giveaway this week is courtesy of Craftsman and it’s a hot one! You must be on Twitter to be eligible and believe us, this giveaway is worth the two seconds it takes to sign-up. We will also notify and announce the winner on Twitter. One winner chosen at random […]

Transport Your Building Materials in Any Weather

Transport Your Building Materials in Any Weather

If you’re hauling plywood or drywall in the back of your pickup or open trailer, it’s best if the materials stay dry and out of the elements. This can be a problem living in the Pacific Northwest or somewhere that rains and snows often and you don’t have a covered […]

Hardwood Floor Installation Tutorial

Hardwood Floor Installation Tutorial

Whether you opt for light or dark, new or reclaimed, installing hardwood floors in all or a portion of your home is a surefire way to introduce a completely new aesthetic–and test your DIY prowess. It may seem daunting, but installing hardwood floors is certainly feasible as a DIY project. […]