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5 Best Utility Knives (2023 Guide)

You can use a utility knife for various household tasks, from opening boxes to installing carpets. Here are the top utility knives on the market.
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Our 5 Best Drywall Anchor Picks (2024)

You can use drywall anchors to hang items from your wall when you can’t find a stud. Here are the best drywall anchors available.
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Tool Lab | Shop Vacuums

This Old House master carpenter Nathan Gilbert shares his favorite tips for choosing and using shop vacuums.
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Our 5 Best DeWalt Cordless Tool Picks (2024)

Check out our roundup of the best DeWalt tools that offer power, performance, and a good value for the price.
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Our 5 Best Drill Bits for Metal Picks (2024 Guide)

Metal requires specific drill bits you might not already have in your tool collection. Here are our top picks for the best drill bits for metal.
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5 Best Cordless Impact Wrenches (2024 Guide)

Cordless impact wrenches are maneuverable tools used for automotive repairs, construction work, and more. Here are the top cordless impact wrenches available.
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5 Best Battery Chainsaws (2023 Guide)

Battery chainsaws are quieter and lighter than gas-powered models, making them good for small projects. Here are our top battery chainsaw picks.
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5 Best Table Saws (2023 Guide)

Table saws are ideal for cutting large pieces of wood and other materials, such as aluminum, quickly and precisely. Here are our picks for the best table saws.
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Best Electric Screwdrivers (2024 Guide)

Electric screwdrivers efficiently insert or remove screws from almost any item. Here are the best electric screwdrivers on the market today.
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5 Best Reciprocating Saws (2024 Guide)

See our guide to the best reciprocating saw for cutting through cut through wood, metal, drywall, or a combination of materials.
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­Our Favorite Products Seen at the National Hardware Show 2023

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.
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New Home Products to Help You Tackle Your To-do List

Check out the latest tools and home-improvement products to help you tackle your to-do list.
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30 Best Tools (2024 Guide)

It’s good to keep various tools in your home in case you need to make repairs. Here are the best tools to have on hand.
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How Do Laser Levels Work?

This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert shares how laser levels work.
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The 6 Best Pro-Grade Tools at Home Depot

When it comes to tools, contractors look for power, reliability, and helpful details that finish the job faster. Here are a few products that are worth a spot in your truck or workshop.
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5 Best Socket Organizers (2024 Guide)

Instead of throwing your sockets into drawers, use an organizer to keep them in one convenient location. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best socket organizers on Amazon.
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6 Best Socket Sets (2024 Guide)

A socket set gives you a wide variety of tools to choose from when you’re working on home improvement projects. If you’re a DIYer who fastens a lot of nuts and bolts for home improvement projects, read our guide to the best socket sets.
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6 Best Stud Finders (2024 Guide)

The ideal stud finder includes precise detection, quick calibration, and an alert system. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best stud finders on the market to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.
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Our 7 Best Multimeter Picks (2024)

Multimeters measure the voltage, resistance, and current of a wiring circuit. In this review, we look at the best multimeters on the market to help you find the one that’s right for you.
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5 Best Miter Saws (2024 Guide)

A miter saw is a woodworking tool that makes precise, angled cuts. In this review, our team looks at the latest and best miter saws to help you find the perfect fit for your workshop.
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5 Best Angle Finders (2024 Review)

Angle finders allow users to make accurate angled cuts. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best angle finders on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you.
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5 Best Woodworking Tools (2024 Guide)

No matter how experienced or inexperienced a woodworker you are, high-quality tools are a must. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best woodworking tools on Amazon.
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5 Best Drywall Saws (2024 Guide)

Drywall is heavy and thick, making cutting it a challenge for even the most seasoned DIYers. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best drywall saws on Amazon.
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The 5 Best Duct Tapes (2024 Guide)

Duct tape is an essential item to have around for quick fixes. In this guide, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best duct tapes on Amazon.
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5 Best Heat Guns (2024 Review)

It’s worth looking into a heat gun to make your home improvement projects easier. Learn more about our top recommendations by visiting here.
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New Products to Help Tackle Your Home To-Do List

Take care of the tasks around your home with these handy products.
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The 5 Best Inverter Generators (2024 Review)

With enhanced fuel efficiency, an inverter generator allows you to power devices and appliances without wasting energy. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best inverter generators on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.
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The 5 Best Splitting Wedges (2024 Review)

A splitting wedge is a simple and affordable tool that makes splitting logs of wood easier and more precise. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best splitting wedges on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you.
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The 5 Best Air Compressors (2024 Review)

Air compressors can perform a variety of useful tasks around your home. When shopping for an air compressor, consider the features you prefer it to have, the maintenance it requires, and the tools you want it to power.
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Tools Buying Guide: Types, Tips, and FAQs (2024 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.
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The 6 Best Staple Guns (2024 Review)

A staple gun can help with a variety of home improvement projects, including fastening upholstery, carpet, and screening. Here are our top picks.
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9 Must-Have Tools and Home Products for Fall

Here are 9 great tools and home-improvement products to help you tackle your to-do list for the fall.
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The 4 Best Power Washers (2024 Review)

Power washers effectively and quickly remove grime and other debris from driveways, fences, and other surfaces. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best power washers 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.