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Tool Lab: Cable Stapler, Chris Ermides using the tool

DeWalt Cordless Cable Stapler Review

This Old House electrician Heath Eastman and Tool Lab editor Chris Ermides take a close look at the pros and cons of a unique, one-of-a-kind tool aimed at making electrician’s work easier.

Summer 2021 Tool Lab, Paint Sprayers, Chris Ermides

An Easy Guide to Airless Paint Sprayers

This Old House editor Chris Ermides, host of our Tool Lab video series, looks at a new generation of painting tools.


All About the Milwaukee Second-Generation Cordless Brad Nailer

The Milwaukee second-generation cordless brad nailer shows impressive improvements over its predecessor, making it one of the best cordless finish nailers on the market. 

Tool Lab: Sliding Compound-Miter Saws, Spring 2021, Chris Ermides testing a miter saw

How to Tune-Up and Use a Miter Saw

A miter saw is a smart tool to have in your workshop. It is often used to cut moldings, baseboards, and trim with accuracy. Read on for tips and tricks for how to safely and accurately cut with a compound-miter saw.

The Metabo HPT 7-¼” sliding compound miter saw can be run cordless or corded and has a cut capacity of 2-9/32” x 12-13/64”, making it capable of cross-cutting 2x12s with ease.

Metabo HPT: A Powerful, Versatile Compact Miter Saw

The Metabo HPT 7-¼" Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw boasts impressive features and runtime, but it didn’t get all high marks in our testing. Read our in-depth review on the Metabo HPT Miter Saw to see how its features, specs, and pricing stack up.

Introducing tool lab

Introducing Tool Lab: Get Detailed Reviews of the Latest Tools

Eager to learn about the latest tools? Tool Lab is a video series that features unbiased reviews and objective tests of new and noteworthy tools.

Repairing a baseboard with a patch

How to Fix Baseboards with a Repair Patch

It’s easier to patch imperfections and holes in baseboard than to replace the entire piece. In this video, This Old House’s Tom Silva patches a baseboard using a Dutchman—a wood repair patch that is glued into a custom-cut hole.

What to Know About Sliding Compound-Miter Saws

This Old House editor Chris Ermides delivers the lowdown on choosing and using these versatile power players.

Installing roof flashing

How to Install Drip Edge and Step Flashing

In this video, General Contractor Tom Silva teaches three apprentices from our GenNEXT program his method for roofing a section of the house that will receive significant snow loads.


How To Install a Window Sash Replacement Kit

Tom Silva teaches three apprentices from our Generation NEXT program how to install a window sash replacement kit.