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Improve the value of your home by discovering our tools step-by-step tips & ideas.

How to Properly Use a Drill Driver

A drill driver is one of the most widely used tools in DIY, so learning to use it properly is essential. Watch this video for a quick introduction and tips for using a drill by This Old House DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse.

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How to Use a Mobile CNC Router

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates a mobile CNC routing machine.

How to Use a Band Saw

Learn the basics of how to properly use a band saw.

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How to Use a Hole Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the basics of using a hole saw.

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Jigsaw 101: How to Use the Orbital-Action Setting

Pro tips on setting the blade to cut through different materials

Impact Driver 101: How to Use the Power Selection Switch

Pro tips on matching the power level to the fastener

How to Choose and Use a Level

From the basic bubble model to high-tech laser gadgets, here’s what you need to know about how to choose and use the right level for your project.

Choosing and Using a Random-Orbit Sander

The tool that takes the hassle out of sanding wood