Though he's better known as a power-tool guy, TOH master carpenter Norm Abram often grabs something out of his toolbox for quick repairs, such as replacing a piece of decking or attaching cabinet hardware. In such cases, a handsaw or a screwdriver are both quicker than a circular saw or a drill/driver, when you consider the effort it takes to haul out the tool and find a plug or a charged battery.
Norm also cautions against thinking you can do any job if you just have the right power tools. "The tools don't do the work," he says. "They only make the job easier if you know how to use them." Whatever kind of tools you have, you still need skills, and you need to know the the right way to do your project.