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The Best Flashlights for Different Uses


Choose the best flashlight for certain uses with this handy guide

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How to Choose the Best Welding Helmet


Learn about the best welding helmets for MIG, TIG and flux core welding

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Choosing the Right Size Generator


Learn how to pick the right size generator for your needs

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How to Use a Rotary Tool


Learn the basics of using a rotary tool and the many projects this versatile tool can tackle

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Grades of Bolts


The right grade of bolt will make sure you have a solid, durable join

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Plumbing Tools List for a Better Toolbox


A toolbox with the right specialized tools will let you make repairs or upgrades to your plumbing

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Types of Nuts and Bolts


With over 20 types of bolts to choose from, know which bolts to use for what

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Buying an Inverter Generator


Find out the facts about inverter generators and where to use them in this guide

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Ladder Accessories Buying Guide


Accessories like trays, hooks and levelers can make some tasks with a ladder a lot easier

Utility Knives Buying Guide
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Best Box Cutters and Utility Blades for Your Project


A utility knife is an indispensable tool that can be used for many different jobs

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Best Radial Arm Saw for Your Project


Consider the flexibility and specifications of this classic circular saw.
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Types of Electrical Boxes


Keep wire connections and fire hazards in check with replacement electrical boxes
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Types of Wood Router Tools


Woodworkers get a lot of mileage using routers to make cutouts, joints and decorative surface cuts
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Best Chainsaws for Your Project


Choose between electric, cordless or gas models to find the best chainsaw for every project
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Best Cordless Drills for Your Projects


Cordless drills with specific uses can lead the way to successful projects
Lathes and Planers
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Best Lathes and Planers for Your Project


Lathes and planers are quite different but both woodworking tools can help create unique, shapely pieces
Picture and Mirror Hangers
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Best Picture and Mirror Hangers for Your Home


It’s important to choose the right type of hanger when hanging a picture or mirror
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How to Use a Nail Gun


Using a nail gun for rough framing or fine finish work saves time and energy on your projects
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Types of File Tools


Understand why these handy tools are must-haves when it comes to smoothing and shaping
Miter Saws
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Best Miter Saws for Your Project


Master everything from miter and bevel cuts to compound cuts and crosscuts using a miter saw
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Types of Screws


There are hundreds of varieties of screws but you can demystify the wide range of these common fasteners
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Types of Pliers


Some pliers offer tremendous versatility, while others are used for highly specialized tasks
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Types of Washers


Washers are small but integral for many fastening jobs
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Types of Ladders


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