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How to Choose a Finish Nailer | This Old House: Live

With four nail gauge sizes to choose from, one size does not fit all carpentry and woodworking applications. Need to know how to pick the right finish nailer? Watch as This Old House editor Chris Ermides showcases the differences between the types of finish nailers.

Maintaining Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools
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How to Maintain Small Engine Gas-Powered Yard Tools

Keeping outdoor power equipment running smoothly with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

­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.

Buying Guide for Secondhand Tools

Buying secondhand tools can save you money if you know what you’re looking for. Here are some tips on buying used tools that make it worth the hunt.

Cordless Drills and Drivers Buying Guide

Tool Lab editor Chris Ermides explains how to choose and use cordless drills and drivers.

S20 E28, Tom Silva gives Kevin O’Connor a lesson in hammers
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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 Drills (2022 Review)

Drills help you tackle a variety of home improvement projects, such as building a bookshelf or hanging a picture frame. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best drills on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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 Backpack (2022 Review)

You can save yourself time and effort by carrying your tools between locations in a backpack instead of by hand. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best tool backpacks on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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.

The 5 Best Laser Levels (2022 Review)

Laser levels help you level multiple pieces on your wall at once. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best laser levels 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 4 Best Screwdriver Sets (2022 Review)

Comprehensive screwdriver sets are equipped with the heads you need to complete electronic, appliance, and automotive repairs. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best screwdriver sets 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 4 Best Impact Drivers (2022 Review)

Impact drivers provide you with an easy way to continually drive screws. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best impact drivers 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.

S12 E3, Kevin O’Connor talks about cordless tool batteries
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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.

S17 E21, Jenn Nawada shows how to prune
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How to Choose and Use Pruners

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shares some tips about pruners.

S20 E17, Nathan Gilbert talks about miter saw blades
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Tool Lab | Miter Saw Blades

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert discuses the main features of miter saw blades.

The 4 Best Angle Grinders (2022 Review)

Considered an essential power tool by professional handymen and aspiring DIYers, an angle grinder can be used for cutting, grinding, finishing, and polishing. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best angle grinders 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 Socket Sets (2022 Review)

A socket set gives you a wide variety of tools to choose from when you’re working on home improvement projects. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best socket sets 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 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.

The 4 Best Torque Wrenches (2022 Review)

Choosing a quality torque wrench will ensure that your fasteners are properly tightened every time. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the four best torque wrenches 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.

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How to Change a Circular Saw Blade

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows the correct, safe way to install a new blade on your portable circular saw

S20 E10, Tom Silva sets up a kids’ workshop
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How to Set Up a First-Time Workshop

In this DIY Smarts, general contractor Tom Silva helps a young woodworker set up her first workshop.

Mobile workbench tool organizer
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Mobile Workbench with Tool Organizer

In part two of this mobile workbench series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse shows how to add tool storage to the base.

How to Sharpen an Axe

Cutting quickly and efficiently with an axe requires a sharp edge. Learn several methods to sharpen your axe with this step-by-step guide.

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How to Choose and Use a Hammer

Understanding the differences among choices for the carpenter's favorite with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

S14 E21, Tom Silva discusses drill/drivers with Kevin O’Connor
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How to Select and Use a Drill/Driver

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the proper use of a drill/driver

The 5 Best Flashlights (2022 Review)

Whether you’re dealing with a power outage or going on a camping trip, a flashlight is a valuable tool to have on hand. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best flashlights 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.

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 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.

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.

How to Remove a Stubborn Stripped Bolt

Here are some methods to help you remove a worn, rusty bolt (even if it’s broken!)