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­The Best Tools Seen at the National Hardware Show 2022

The National Hardware Show is where dozens of manufacturers worldwide showcase new tools and products, many carrying the promise of making DIY jobs easier and faster. Weaved in with the goofy gizmos are some new tools and products that sound promising. From hammers to hammocks, there’s a lot to see and test. Here’s a roundup of the most exciting products from this year’s show.

The Best Folding Multitool

Emphasizing one-handed use, this new Leatherman stuffs 21 tools into its 4 1/4 -inch-long, stainless-steel handles.

The 4 Best Tape Measures (2022 Review)

An accurate tape measure is essential for many home projects. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best tape measures on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Tool Bags (2022 Review)

A tool bag is a simple way for DIYers to secure their most needed tools and accessories in a single location. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team outlines the five best tool bags on Amazon and how they perform during our in-depth testing process. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Safety Glasses (2022 Review)

If you work with dangerous tools or materials, investing in quality protective eyewear is essential. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best safety glasses on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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All About Hammers

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor everything someone would need to know about the different types of hammers and how to choose one for the job.

The 5 Best Allen Wrench Sets (2022 Review)

If your kitchen table or bicycle has hexagonal screws, you’ll need hex keys or Allen wrenches for assembly or maintenance. Our guide to the best Allen wrench sets will help you choose the right wrenches to get the job done.

Get Your Home Spring-Ready With These Latest Products

With longer, brighter days at hand, here are some product innovations that can help with your to-do list.

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How to Select Power-Tool Batteries

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor shares a few tips for getting the most out of your cordless tools.

The 5 Best Multitools (2022 Review)

Multitools are the perfect, do-it-all item to have on hand for a variety of projects. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best multitools on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Reel Mower Buying Guide

When you're walking behind the right model, giving the lawn a haircut can be one of life's little pleasures. Here’s what you need to know before you buy a reel mower.

How to Label a Metal Toolbox with Chalkboard Paint

This DIY toolbox label project is for Father’s Day—or any other day you want to help the handy person in your life get organized.

The Best Tools for Your Home Tool Kit (2022 Review)

A well-stocked home tool kit will help you handle everything from day-to-day fixes to major home improvement projects. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best tools for your home tool kit on Amazon to help you find the products that are right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Best Hand Saws of 2022

Hand saws can be used for a variety of tasks, including woodworking and landscaping. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best hand saws on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Electric Tillers

The This Old House Reviews team evaluated the best electric tillers on the market to help you make a smart purchase. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Chainsaws (2022 Guide)

The type of chainsaw you pick can have a large impact on whether you end up with a clean cut or a splintered disaster. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best chainsaws on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

9 Problem-Solving Home Improvement Products to Try

Check out these cool home upgrades and problem-solving product picks.

The 5 Best Drywall Hammers (2022 Review)

Drywall hammers are unique handheld tools designed to drive nails and cut through drywall. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team researched the five best drywall hammers on Amazon to help you select the tool that’s right for your next DIY project.

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Are you drawing a blank on what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year? In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best Father’s Day gifts on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for your loved one. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Extension Cords (2022 Guide)

A power cord helps power devices that have cords that are too short to reach a wall outlet. Keep reading to learn about the best extension cords available on Amazon. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores and online retailers like Amazon.

All About the Lie-Nielsen No. 102 Low-Angle Block Plane

The No. 102 low-angle block plane has a permanent place in Tom Silva’s tool belt. Here’s why.

9 Must-Haves to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

Take advantage of the longer, warmer days to spruce up, indoors and out.

How to Load and Use a Grease Gun

While it may seem like a nuisance to add grease to the fittings of large equipment and deal with the potentially messy job of how to load a grease gun, grease is the cheapest—by far—wear part in whatever equipment you’re using. Read this guide to learn how to load and use a grease gun.

The 5 Best Electric Chainsaws (2022 Review)

Electric chainsaws are user-friendly tools that help DIYers complete a range of outdoor projects. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team looks into five of the best electric chainsaws on Amazon to help you select a model that best suits your wood-cutting needs.

Best Snow Removal Equipment of 2022

Removing snow and ice from your driveway, sidewalk, and surrounding areas is a task that may require an arsenal of tools. The This Old House Reviews team researched the best snow removal equipment to help you keep your home safe throughout the winter season. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Tool Belts (2022 Review)

If you’re searching for a tool belt that can help you carry the tools you need for your next project, read our review of the best tool belts on Amazon.

The 5 Best Tool Organizers (2022 Review)

Read our review on the best tool organizers and learn how factors like mobility, type of tool, and material will affect the type of organizer you buy.

The 5 Best Nail Guns (2022 Review)

If you’re looking for a fastening tool for your next project, read our review of the best nail guns on Amazon to learn about a model that can fit your needs.

 The 5 Best Benchtop Drill Presses (2022)

If you’re looking for a tool to bore through metal or wood, read our review on the best benchtop drill presses on Amazon to find one for your next DIY project.

Choosing and Using Hand Planes

Plane tools are the best tool for smoothing and shaping wood. Here is why you would use one and the types available.

Best Snow Blowers of 2022

Snow blowers ease the burden of clearing your driveway or yard of heavy snow accumulation. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team delves into the best snow blowers on Amazon to help you find one that will help you get through the winter weather.

The Ultimate Tool for Paint: 17-in-1 Painter’s Tool

In this latest version, the classic knife blade tackles more tasks than ever—and the handle gets put to use, too.

The Best Metal Cutting Tools

Read this guide to learn about the best metal cutting tools to have on hand, and the best methods to cut common items, such as sheet metal, studs, and pipes.