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

Tools Buying Guide: Types, Tips, and FAQs (2023 Guide)

Every home needs a dedicated set of tools to fix issues or help build new items. Here is everything you need to know when buying tools.

S20 E34, Nathan Gilbert discusses finish nailers
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Tool Lab | Guide to Cordless Finish Nailers

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert has the lowdown on choosing and using the right cordless finish nailer to best suit your needs.

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 Speed Setting

Pro tips on maintaining speed and control when cutting

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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