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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

General contractor Tom Silva helps a young woodworker set up her first workshop.

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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!)

The 5 Best Cordless Leaf Blowers (2021 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 products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

The 5 Best Shop Vacs (2022 Review)

Shop vacs have various functions, prices, and sizes. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best shop vacs 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 Pressure Washers (2022 Review)

Designed to wash siding, decks, gutters, cars, sidewalks, and more, electric pressure washers are versatile, lightweight cleaning machines. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best pressure 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.

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 Stud Finders (2022 Review)

The ideal stud finder includes precise detection, quick calibration, and an alert system. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best stud finders 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.

A Quick Guide to Cordless Compact Routers

This Old House editor and host of our Tool Lab video series, Chris Ermides, introduces the latest in routers and provides pointers on how to use them.

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.

Most-Wanted Tools and Accessories | Gift Guide 2018

TOH Facebook fans shared their most-wanted tools and workshop accessories DROP A HINT! See something you want? Use the social media buttons below to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest and drop a not-so-subtle hint

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How to Add a Clamp Rack to a Mobile Workbench

In the final part of this series, House One Editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse shows how to add a clamp rack to the Ultimate Mobile Workbench.

What’s New: Summer Tools for Your Home

A new crop of warm-weather problem-solvers for your home.

The 5 Best Extension Cords (2022 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.

The 5 Best Mini Bolt Cutters (2022 Review)

Mini bolt cutters are simple handheld tools that help DIY homeowners cut through wires, bolts, and other materials. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team outlines the five best mini bolt cutters on Amazon and our experience using each product during our in-depth testing process.

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.

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Celebrating Craftsmanship: The Principles of Sanding Wood

Ask This Old House general contractor, Tom Silva, explains why he loves sanding and what goes into a good sanding job.

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How to Choose and Use Sandpaper

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches the basics of sanding

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How to Choose and Use Pruners

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

How to Drill Through Glass

Learn how to safely drill a hole in glass without chipping, cracking, or shattering it to pieces.