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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 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 4 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 four 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

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 (2022 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 (2022 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 2022 (Guide)

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 2022

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.