“They don’t build them like they used to.” At This Old House, the reply to that curmudgeonly complaint is “That’s right. We build them better!” And that’s due in no small part to the inquisitive, adaptable contractors at the heart of this venerable TV show. When they find a product or material that performs better, lasts longer, and still looks good, or when they find a tool that enables them to work faster with less effort and without compromising quality, they’re quick to make it their new standard going forward.
Shown: Tom Silva’s favorite drill/driver, a Festool CXS, is powered by a 10.8-volt lithium-ion battery, has a variable-speed motor, and weighs just a bit less than 2 pounds.
“The nice thing about battery-powered tools: no cords to get tangled, hung up, cut, or unplugged.”