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Tools Buying Guide: Types, Tips, and FAQs (2022 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.

The 5 Best Staple Guns (2022 Review)

A staple gun is a fastening tool that can help with a wide variety of home improvement projects, including fastening upholstery, carpet, and screening. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best staple guns on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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.

The 4 Best Power Washers (2022 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.

S20 E39, Nathan Gilbert discusses track saws
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Tool Lab | How to Select and Use a Track Saw

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert explains everything we need to know about track saws—including their parts, how they work, and how to use one.

The 5 Best Random Orbital Sanders (2022 Review)

Random orbital sanders are a must-have item for any woodworker, as they allow for wood to be sanded without worrying about the direction of the grain. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best random orbital sanders 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.

S20 E39, Jenn Nawada presents a What Is It?
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Celebrating 20 Years of What Is It?

This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada stumps the guys with a contraption they’ve never seen before—even after celebrating 20 years of "What Is It?"

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How to Build a Homemade Track Saw

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva demonstrates an easy way to make a track for any circular saw

5 Best Cordless Leaf Blowers (2022 Review)

When the fall season rolls around and your lawn is covered with leaves, a powerful leaf blower is a must-have tool. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best cordless leaf blowers on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home.

The 5 Best Carabiners (2022 Review)

From a reliable keychain to a trustworthy rock climbing device, carabiners are versatile accessories. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best carabiners on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Double-Sided Tapes (2022 Review)

Double-sided tape is a convenient adhesive alternative to glue. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best double-sided tapes on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Magnetic Screwdriver Sets (2022 Review)

Magnetic screwdrivers hold metal screws on their tips, preventing them from falling to the ground. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best magnetic screwdriver sets on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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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 Backpacks (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.