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S20 E39, Nathan Gilbert discusses track saws

Tool Lab | How to Select and Use a Track Saw

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains everything we need to know about track saws—including their parts, how they work, and how to use one.

Finish nailers

How to Choose a Finish Nailer | This Old House: Live

With four nail gauge sizes to choose from, one size does not fit all carpentry and woodworking applications. Need to know how to pick the right finish nailer? Watch as This Old House editor Chris Ermides showcases the differences between the types of finish nailers.

Cordless Drills and Drivers Buying Guide

Tool Lab editor Chris Ermides explains how to choose and use cordless drills and drivers.

10 Items to Keep in Your Tool Belt

This Old House editor Chris Ermides shares some finds he’s come to rely on in his tool belt.

S41 Pro2Pro video, Adam Spinks of Sweenor Builders demonstrates exterior window trim technique

How to Assemble Exterior Window Trim

Sweenor Builders developed a process for trimming out windows that yields tight joints sure to withstand harsh climates

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.