Hand Tools

Bold Bottle Openers

Bold Bottle Openers

We got our hands on a hardcore bottle opener from Craftsman. It’s made from the same forged steel that all of their hand tools are and you can certainly feel it’s heft. Another unconventional bottle opener that will add a bit of steampunk to your party is this railroad spike […]

Take Charge with the SnoBoss Snow Shovel

Take Charge with the SnoBoss Snow Shovel

As everyone knows the mid-Atlantic has been walloped with more snow than usual and many parts of the rest of the country are also blanketed in the white stuff. We really like products that take a basic tool and improve on it without trying too hard to revolutionize a process. […]

Advantages of Buying Better Tools

Advantages of Buying Better Tools

Sustainability is becoming an ever-present buzz word, applied to everything from wardrobe choices to home construction. PJ of Unclutterer offers his take on buying durable, sustainable tools that make better, more longer lasting choices, resulting in the need for fewer replacements (and a decreased chance that you’ll end up with […]

Giveaway: Tape Measure from DIY Network

Giveaway: Tape Measure from DIY Network

Show pride in your favorite TV programs with this sharp looking tape measure from Komelon that’s branded with a badge from the DIY Network. As a courtesy to our readers the DIY Network has offered this as a giveaway on our website. The 25′ tape is stainless steel with double-sided […]

Great Tools to Start Your Workshop

Great Tools to Start Your Workshop

I’ve assembled a list of 6 tools perfect for home improvement newbies. With these items you will be well on your way toward building a comprehensive workshop that can handle any home improvement task. A few comments on selection criteria: 1. I have used all of these tools myself (or […]

10 Tools from Apartment Therapy

10 Tools from Apartment Therapy

One of our favorite editors at Apartment Therapy has identified their 10 favorite tools for DIY. It’s a great selection but we’d make the following changes. Replace the hex wrenches with a basic hammer. In terms of use a hammer is much more handy for DIY projects of any size […]

Stanley Sweetheart Hand Planes are Back

Stanley Sweetheart Hand Planes are Back

We adore hand planes for their simplicity and grace. Stanley has brought back their classic line of hand planes that again feature the Sweetheart logo that was so beloved by woodworkers worldwide. Stanley’s line of premium hand planes features 5 different planes; No. 4 smoothing bench plane, No. 62 low […]

Mechanix Gloves for Women

Mechanix Gloves for Women

Mechanix Wear gloves are popular leather utility gloves that specialize in many industries such as building, automotive racing, safety and tactical uses. At the 2010 Builders’ Show they’ve introduced a line of women’s utility gloves that are more chic and less geek. They showed various colors at the show but […]

Sneak Peak from Stiletto Tools at 2010 Builders’ Show

Sneak Peak from Stiletto Tools at 2010 Builders’ Show

One of the smallest booths at the 2010 Builders’ Show was that of Stiletto Tools, but it was also the busiest. We stopped by numerous times to try and have a chat with them but there was a constant flow of people wanting to give their titanium hammer the TBII-15 […]

Tape Measure Madness

Tape Measure Madness

Everyone knows how to use a tape measure, or at least we think we do. Tape measures actually offer much more than 90% of us realize. Fortunately Remodeling for Geeks has unmasked the mysteries behind the tape measure and share their secrets in a two-part series here and here. They […]

4 Builders’ Show Booths to Remember

4 Builders’ Show Booths to Remember

Digging a bit deeper and looking beyond the monster displays at the Builders’ Show, we’re looking forward to visiting these 4 booths that might be small on space but deliver big on product. Parasoleil If these architectural panels are as beautiful in person as on their website, we’re sold! RipCart […]

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

How To Lay Down a Mean Caulk Bead

Featured writer Deren S. Monday wants to pass along 4 DIY skills to his kids. The first was building a fence that rots before it falls. The second is laying a caulk bead properly. I never appreciated the wonders of caulk until adulthood. I thought caulking was as simple as […]

Giveaway: 5 Black & Decker ReadyWrenches

Giveaway: 5 Black & Decker ReadyWrenches

We're ecstatic to announce this weeks Giveaway as we know every handyman or handywoman would love to add this tool to their arsenal. The Black & Decker ReadyWrench puts 16 of the most popular standard and metric socket sizes into one tool. With a spin of the tool's two rotating […]

Pick the Right Paint Roller Nap

Pick the Right Paint Roller Nap

Just as paint brush bristle type is dependent on type of paint used, the same applies to roller naps. + Nylon and wool blend naps are to be used with alkyd paints. + Nylon only naps are required for latex paint usage. Nap length (thickness of fuzzy stuff) + Use […]

Paint Brush Bristles Make a Difference

Paint Brush Bristles Make a Difference

The bristles on a paint brush are either natural or synthetic and in some cases both. Bristle choice is determined by type of paint used. + If your paint can be cleaned with paint thinner then use the natural bristles. + If you are painting using latex paint then use […]

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

Don’t Skimp on Paint Brush Quality

A strong indicator of a good paint job will be the quality of brush or roller used. You may have everything else in place (high quality paint, clean surface) but if your brushes are cheap the finished product will not have the desired result. When shopping for brushes do these […]

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

In most situations a sharp nail tip is required but when driving larger nails (8d and higher) into 2×4′s or other wood panels, the force and size of nail can cause the board to split. Quick solution is to turn the nail upside down, place the head on a hard […]

Take This Tool Advice from Norm Abram

Check out this video of Master Carpenter Norm Abram being interviewed at last years AWFS show by Popular Woodworking magazine. Great insights into his favorite tools and techniques. Tools Norm Abram Value’s the Most Table saw – because it touches each project Joiner – straighten rough lumber Surface Planer – […]