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The 5 Best Stud Finders (2021 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 (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.

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.

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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.

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.

The 5 Best Mini Bolt Cutters (2021 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.

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Bosch Compact Cordless Router Review

The Bosch GKF12V-25N 12V router packs a lot of punch in a small, well-balanced footprint. See our Tool Lab review to learn more about its features, specs, and performance.

9 Must-Haves to Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

Take advantage of the longer, warmer days to spruce up, indoors and out.

Tool Lab: Sliding Compound-Miter Saws, Spring 2021, Chris Ermides testing a miter saw
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How to Tune-Up and Use a Miter Saw

A miter saw is a smart tool to have in your workshop. It is often used to cut moldings, baseboards, and trim with accuracy. Read on for tips and tricks for how to safely and accurately cut with a compound-miter saw.

The 5 Best Gas Chainsaws (2021 Review)

Gas chainsaws can help you trim large branches and cut down trees. In this review, the This Old House Reviews team researched the five best gas chainsaws to help you select a model that’s right for your next project. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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 Metabo HPT 7-¼” sliding compound miter saw can be run cordless or corded and has a cut capacity of 2-9/32” x 12-13/64”, making it capable of cross-cutting 2x12s with ease.
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Metabo HPT: A Powerful, Versatile Compact Miter Saw

The Metabo HPT 7-¼" Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw boasts impressive features and runtime, but it didn’t get all high marks in our testing. Read our in-depth review on the Metabo HPT Miter Saw to see how its features, specs, and pricing stack up.

The 5 Best Electric Drills (2021 Review)

A corded drill provides enough power for heavy-duty projects like drilling through oak, teak, and other hardwoods. Read our review below on the best electric drills to see what models are available to you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Best Snow Shovels of 2021

A snow shovel helps you clear high-traffic areas of your yard, driveway, and sidewalk after a snowstorm. To find a snow shovel that’s right for you, read our review on the best snow shovels available. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

Best Circular Saws of 2021

Circular saws are handheld power tools that help DIY homeowners complete simple woodworking, framing, and masonry tasks. Keep reading for our recommendations on the best circular saws. 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.

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.

The 5 Best Jigsaws of 2021

If you want to make precise cuts into wood and other materials, read our review of the best jigsaws on Amazon to find the right tool for your next project.

How to Remove a Stubborn Stripped bolt

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

Best Tools for Kids (2021)

Teach your children about tools while also giving them something to play with by purchasing one of the best tool sets for kids currently on the market.

Best Tool Sets of 2021

Whether you’re hanging a picture frame in your new home, planting flowers for the spring season, or working on your car, these tool kits will help make your life easier. Keep reading to learn about the best tool sets available on Amazon and your local home center.

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How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Lawn Mower

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook discusses options and features of non-gasoline-powered mowers.

How and When to Use Torches, Heat Guns, and Soldering Irons

You only need a little heat to burn right through some repairs.