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Best Hand Saws of 2021

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 Best Folding Multitool

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

The 5 Best Chainsaws (2021 Review)

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.

The 5 Best Tool Bags (2021 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.

9 Problem-Solving Home Improvement Products to Try

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

The 5 Best Drywall Hammers (2021 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.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

Looking for a last-minute gift for Dad? Read this round-up of the best new tools, gadgets, and gifts for Father’s Day.

The 5 Best Extension Cords (2021 Review)

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 (2021 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 2021

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 (2021 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 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 Tool Organizers (2021 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 (2021 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 (2021)

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 2021

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.

Choosing & Using Random Orbit Sanders

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.

How to Find Studs in Wall

If you don't have an electronic stud finder, you can locate studs behind drywall with nothing more than a table lamp.

How to Choose a Masonry Trowel

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the purposes and uses for different types of trowels.

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Testing New Stud Finders

Ask This Old House home technology expert Ross Trethewey tests out a new smart stud finder

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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.

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How to Choose the Right Glue for Your Project

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains which glues and adhesives work best on various materials, such as wood, foam and cement, for indoor and outdoor projects.

Label a Metal Toolbox With Chalkboard Spray Paint

Try this creative Father's Day project with the kids

10 Types of Levels for Home Improvement Projects

A well-made level can help most tasks become easier and the results more accurate.

Making the Cut

Choosing and using handsaws

Choosing and Using a Random-Orbit Sander

The tool that takes the hassle out of sanding wood

Making Wide Miter Saw Crosscuts

Get a bigger bite with this tip