Specialty Tools

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.

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 […]