Tools How To & DIY
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Doing it yourself should also mean doing it safely. But for folks without a lot of construction experience, knowing how to keep safe while still making progress on a home renovation or repair can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Keep these simple precautions in mind while tackling your own projects to increase the odds of staying safe and finishing the project.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor discuss how to choose and use a circular saw.
Learn how to safely drill a hole in glass without chipping, cracking, or shattering it to pieces.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains basic chiseling techniques
Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor works with House One maker Jenn Largesse to demonstrate an interesting technique on a trim router.
Festool trainer Brian Sedgeley and world-renowned sailor and photographer Onne van der Wal create a navigation panel for a vintage sailboat
Safe and efficient cutting techniques with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and chainsaw expert Tim Ard.
Keeping outdoor power equipment running smoothly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.
This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shares a few tips for getting the most out of your cordless tools.
Cutting quickly and efficiently with an axe requires a sharp edge. Learn several methods to sharpen your axe with this step-by-step guide.
Scott Caron, master electrician for Ask This Old House, explains how two tools are all it takes to do many electrical projects
Here are some methods to help you remove a worn, rusty bolt (even if it’s broken!)
It can be very difficult to create a perfectly circular cut with a jigsaw. Luckily, there’s another easy way to cut a circle using a router and a simple DIY circle jig. Watch this video to learn how.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses options and features of non-gasoline-powered mowers.
Pneumatic Nailers used to require a compressor and hose, and came with a hefty price tag. Now, cordless options make them much more DIY-friendly.
Like many builders and woodworkers, Jeff Sweenor often uses a large band saw to make curved cuts. But in this episode of Tool School, Brian Sedgeley from Festool shows Jeff how to achieve the same level of precision with a portable Carvex jigsaw
Once installed, these light-gauge metal fasteners are meant to be permanent, but they can be drilled out when necessary. Read this guide to learn how to remove rivets.
Plane tools are the best tool for smoothing and shaping wood. Here is why you would use one and the types available.
Watch House One editor Jenn Largesse demonstrate three easy ways to make multiple cuts using a miter saw.
How do you use an orbital sander? What’s the difference between an orbital sander vs palm sander? Learn about the tool that takes the hassle out of sanding wood.
Treat and prevent rust from your tools by following a few simple steps.
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates how to sharpen a knife
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gives a general overview of a table saw and the best techniques to use it safely and effectively
Miter saws are an essential tool for most builders and craftsmen. In this episode of Tool School, Norm Abram and Brian Sedgeley demonstrate several useful features of the Kapex KS 120, including the mobile base, extensions, and micro adjustments for the miter, bevel, and depth.
Woodworkers have used loose-tenon joinery for hundreds of years to make strong, accurate miters and other connections. But instead of cutting mortises by hand, the Domino System uses a unique rotating and oscillating bit. In this episode of Tool School, Festool’s Brian Sedgely and Norm Abram use the Domino DF 500 to align and cut mortises of different widths for fast and precise assembly
Builders need to make quick, accurate cross-cuts for framing and many other carpentry projects. In some ways, the Festool HK 55 Carpentry Saw is like a circular saw with a built-in speed square. In this episode of Tool School, expert Brian Sedgeley and builder Jeff Sweenor use the saw to cut the rafters for an 8-pitch roof
Track saws are more popular than ever on jobsites and in workshops. In this episode of Tool School, Festool trainer Brian Sedgeley and Tom Silva demonstrate how to use several features of the TS 55 track saw to get accurate, splinter-free cuts
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the best uses for a jigsaw and how to choose the right one for the job
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the basic parts, uses, and cuts, of cicular saws
Pro tips on cutting curved scribe lines at an angle