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BUYING GUIDE

The Best Flashlights for Different Uses


Choose the best flashlight for certain uses with this handy guide

A person welding a piece of metal
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Flux Core Weld


Difficulty Advanced
Time Over 1 day

Weld dirty metal or work outside when you learn about flux core welding

A person using a speed square.
BUYING GUIDE

Tools to Measure Angles


Save time and money but measuring and cutting angles right the first time

A green ratchet strap secures a lawn tractor to the flatbed of a truck.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Ratchet Strap


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Properly fasten a ratchet strap to ensure cargo is secure

A person holding a digital caliper.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Read Calipers


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Calipers are precision measuring tools that will help you with your home improvement projects

A cordless impact driver resting on a board.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use an Impact Driver


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

The additional torque in an impact driver lets you drive long screws into hard material with ease

A wrench tightens a nut and bolt with a lock washer in place.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Lock Washer


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Learn when to choose specialized washers designed to lock in place and ensure a secure connection

A person measuring a piece of lumber with a tape measure.
BUYING GUIDE

Best Tape Measures


Get the most accurate measurements with the right tool for the job

A person using a scroll saw to cut the shape of a deer.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Scroll Saw


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

A thin-bladed scroll saw lets you cut intricate and delicate curves into your woodworking projects

A length of copper tubing with a flared end (left) stands next to a length with a swaged end.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use Swaging and Flaring Tools for Copper Pipe and Tubing


Difficulty Intermediate
Time Under 2 hours

Use these tools to adjust the shape of pipe and tubing

Assorted plumbing tools and accessories hang from a wall.
BUYING GUIDE

Plumbing Tools List for a Better Toolbox


A toolbox with the right specialized tools will let you make repairs or upgrades to your plumbing
A person cuts tile with a wet saw.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Cut Granite Tile


Difficulty Intermediate
Time 2-4 hours

Learn the steps for cutting granite tile for kitchens, bathrooms and other applications
Rope - Rope
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Rope


Consider the size and material it's made from when selecting rope for your project
A person cutting wood with a table saw.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use a Table Saw


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Understand how to use a table saw safely with this guide.
Measuring, Marking, Squaring and Plumbing
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Use Levels and Carpenter Squares


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Learn the correct way to measure, mark, square and plumb in home projects
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BUYING GUIDE

Best Chainsaws for Your Project


Choose between electric, cordless or gas models to find the best chainsaw for every project
a portable air compressor
BUYING GUIDE

Best Air Compressors for Your Project


Add the power of air using pneumatic tools to ensure quick work of any job
A video outlining the different types of wrenches.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Wrenches


Explore different types of wrenches and learn which are most useful for various types of work
A video highlighting features of weatherproof and waterproof workwear.
BUYING GUIDE

Water-resistant vs Water-repellent vs Waterproof


Understand the difference between water-resistant and waterproof to choose the right workwear
Cabinets and drawers with brushed nickel knobs and handles.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Install Cabinet Handles


Difficulty Beginner
Time Over 1 day

Give your kitchen cabinets a new look by replacing the cabinet handles
Various types of nails are scattered on a table.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Nails


Learn about different uses and features to choose the right nails for your project
Miter Saws
BUYING GUIDE

Best Miter Saws for Your Project


Master everything from miter and bevel cuts to compound cuts and crosscuts using a miter saw
A person using a chainsaw to cut a log.
PROJECT GUIDE

How to Start a Chainsaw


Difficulty Beginner
Time Under 2 hours

Safely start your gas or electric chainsaw in a few simple steps and begin cutting
Man using a ladder to complete a home improvement project.
BUYING GUIDE

Types of Ladders


Find the right ladder that is suited for DIY projects in and around you home
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