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  • Hang Holiday String Lights sans Headaches

    It’s decorating season and it starts for some by putting up amber and orange twinkle lights for Halloween then continues into late December with hanging Christmas lights. Toolmonger shares these holiday…

  • Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

    We’re always inspired by entrepreneurs who see an opportunity that aligns with their passion and dive right in. Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care fits that description and has been…

  • An iPhone App You Wood Want

    iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy…

  • Cool Tuesday Tools

    + Klenk Ratcheting Screwdriver + Milwaukee Battery Tool Charger: AC home and DC auto + DAP Pro Caulker + Router Bit Storage Options + Win a Bosch PS20…

  • Joining Wood Planks has Never Been Easier

    There are a number of different ways to attach wood plans together. Some techniques are easier but less effective while other ways are more time consuming but create a more solid…

  • A Hard Case for the Ultimate Headlight

    The Energizer brand is synonymous with long-lasting batteries, but they also have a product line of flashlights that are worth a look. One of them is the Hard Case Professional headlight…

  • Central Vacuum = Quiet and Convenient

    We received a tip from TheKitchenDesigner about the tool that she finds indispensable and her favorite was the Vacuflo Central Vacuum. We grew up in a home that was equipped with…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • Timber Framing Clamp

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