Tools

Home Depot Tool Rental Giveaway

Home Depot Tool Rental Giveaway

*ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED If you’re putting off your next DIY project because you don’t have the cash to fork over for the right tool and neither do your friends or family, then we’ve got the solution for you. This week we’re giving away a $200 gift certificate to use […]

Roy Underhill is a Traditional Woodcraft Treasure

Roy Underhill is a Traditional Woodcraft Treasure

We all recognize that Norm Abram is a master carpenter and his work on This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop is both technically solid and beautifully crafted, but there are other master carpenters who deserve to be recognized after many years in the workshop and behind the camera. […]

Tim Allen & Tool Time had it Right from the Beginning

Tim Allen & Tool Time had it Right from the Beginning

According to a recent study by Susan Fiske, professor of psychology at Princeton University, when men view photos of women in bikinis it stimulates the same area of the brain that men use for handling tools and performing actions. Our conclusion is that Tim Allen was right from the beginning […]

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 […]

Highlights from the International Builders Show 2009

Highlights from the International Builders Show 2009

The buzz from the builders show this year is conservation and moderation. We’ve pulled some highlights that will impact you in 2009. LA Times: In the kitchen, it’s time to pull back, focus on function, eat better by cooking in and avoid going overboard. Dwell Blog: Both Rinnai and Noritz […]

Workshop Space Heaters

Workshop Space Heaters

If your workshop is in an unfinished garage or basement and not attached to your central heating system, your best option is to make use of space heaters. Cool Tools brings us two of their favorites that cover a lot of different applications and one of them should work for […]

Tape Measure Madness Giveaway

Tape Measure Madness Giveaway

Now that we all know the secrets of using tape measures, it’s time you add a quality one to your toolbox and the SS Gripper from Komelon courtesy of the DIY Network is one of the best around.

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?

Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

Secrets of Using a Tape Measure

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to using your tape measure. We all can see the measurements of inches and feet but there are markings and peculiarities that all top-grade tape measures have that most of us tend to overlook or don’t know exist. Fortunately Remodeling […]

Handy Hook Helper

Handy Hook Helper

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

Cool Tools Sweepstakes

Cool Tools Sweepstakes

We hope you caught the Cool Tools holiday blitz that aired this weekend but if not you can still enter their sweepstakes where the winner gets $15,000 cash towards the purchase of tools and gadgets. We could definitely fill out our toolbox with that kind of dough.

Vise-Grip Manufacturing Plant Closes after 70 Years

Vise-Grip Manufacturing Plant Closes after 70 Years

photo: Shannon Patrick Toolcrib has the scoop on Vise-Grip which was recently sold to American tool manufacturer Nail Jack Tools. They plan on moving Vise-Grip manufacturing to China which may effectively close the long running plant in Dewitt, Nebraska.

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.

How To Shop at Harbor Freight

How To Shop at Harbor Freight

One of the more popular sources for tools of any type is Harbor Freight. Many of their products are unbelievably inexpensive and some are name brand while others are not. Toolcrib recently wrote up an extensive review of how to shop at Harbor Freight, including “what not to buy” as […]

Lawn Care Tips from John Deere

Lawn Care Tips from John Deere

As much as maintaining the yard and landscape can be a joy, sometimes there’s stress involved…and I’m talking about the lawn. When dealing with summer lawn maintenance there are a few things that must be kept in mind such as mower deck height, watering and fertilizing. Here are some lawn […]

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 […]

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.

Tool Letdowns

Tool Letdowns

Gear Acres shares a couple of their tools that may have looked good on paper but ended up disappointing on the job. Their putty chaser and heat element (look out for those eBay purchases) cost them time and money and left them frustrated with a tool that didn’t live up […]