Workshop Tools & Accessories

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4 Tools That Can See Through Walls

Get X-ray vision with these innovative gadgets.

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Storing and Organizing Your Tools Like a Pro

Cut down on project time by making things easy to find.

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DIY Tools Everyone Should Have

A few classic implements will come in handy again and again.

an interior wall in mid-construction
Finding Studs Without a Stud Finder

For mounting heavy objects on a wall, studs are a must.

A measuring tape and pencil on a piece of lumber.
Time-Saving Tools for Carpentry

Do you have these tools?

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How to Properly Read a Measuring Tape

It's every carpenter's best friend.

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How to Kill Bed Bugs with a Heat Gun

They're tricky, and you have to get rid of them completely.

Woodwork Joints With A Biscuit Jointer
Which Type of Wood Biscuit Should You Use with Your Biscuit Joiner?

These aren't the biscuits served with breakfast.

electric hoist on garage ceiling
How to Hang an Electric Hoist in Your Garage

Installing one is an advanced project.

paint spray guns
Maintaining Your Airless Sprayer

Support your investment with good care.

A young girl touches her dad's nose with a paintbrush.
13 Tool Gifts for the DIY Dad

Give your dad what he really wants for Father's Day.

Cordless Tool Set
How to Buy Power Tools

They have their own world of complicated jargon.

Using a slotted screwdriver to loosen or tighten a screw.
A Simple Guide to Flathead Screwdriver Sizes

Screwdrivers are a necessity for your toolbox, and they come in a variety of sizes. Do you have what you need?

Pliers and a wrench in a sink
How to Sharpen Your Lineman's Pliers Wire Cutting Blades

It's an occasional chore that can save you some dough.

A series of electrical sockets and a phone line terminal.
How to Test a Phone Line With an Analog Voltmeter

If you're having problems with a landline, a simple voltmeter is all you need for a test.

A red, hydraulic floor jack isolated on a white background.
How to Repair a Hydraulic Floor Jack

Car repairs and maintenance can be hard to accomplish without a working jack, so learn what you can do.

Applying wood filler with a putty knife.
How to Apply a Stain Over Wood Filler

Get a polished, professional looking finish even after using wood filler by following these steps.

short flathead screwdriver with insulated handle
How to Jump a Car With a Flathead Screwdriver

Did you know that you can use a flathead screwdriver to jump-start a car?

A crosshead or Phillips head screwdriver and screws.
An Easy Guide to Phillips Head Screwdriver Sizes

Every toolbox needs two types of screwdrivers: flathead and crosshead. But do you know about the sizes of Phillips head drivers?

a man checking the voltage on an outlet with a multimeter
How to Test a Socket with an Electronic Multimeter

It's cheap and relatively easy.

extended tape measure on raw wood plank
How to Fix Your Tape-Measure Retraction System

Get a measure of success with this easy repair.

Cross-tip screws are screwed into wood using a Phillips head screwdriver.
6 Household Substitutes for a Phillips Head Screwdriver

What happens if you can’t find your Phillips head screwdriver when you need it? Try one of these alternatives.

analog multimeter
How to Use an Analog Multimeter

They're more delicate than their digital cousins.

Sheet metal.
How to Cut Sheet Metal with an Angle Grinder

An angle grinder can be used on different materials.

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Pneumatic Tools

Pneumatic tools are fast becoming recognized as both affordable and indispensable to the home do-it-yourselfer.

Rolls of chicken wire
How to Install Chicken Wire Windows on Your Workshop Cabinet Doors

Chicken wire can be used as a window for a workshop cabinet.

hammering a nail into a stud
How does a Non-Electric Stud Finder Work?

Sometimes nifty gadgets are basic in nature.

A set of 10 hex wrenches on a ring.
4 Ways to Improvise an Allen Wrench

Substitutes for tools can be very useful in a pinch.

How to Add Water to a Pressure Washer

Pressure washers come in a multitude of designs.

A crowded workbench in a small shop.
Maximizing Space in a Small Shop

Make three tables with materials you can fit in your car.

A staple gun being used to secure fabric to a wooden backing.
3 Common Staple Gun Problems

Learn about the most common staple gun malfunctions and how you can fix them.

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Setting Up a Lathe Tool Rest

A lathe tool rest is a woodworking implement that is used to support the cutting tool to cut furniture pieces. The lathe spins at very high speed which helps in the precise cutting process of furniture parts. If the lathe tool rest is not set up properly, the cutting tool will kick back when it came

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How to Make an Ice Luge for Your Party

Ice luge is one of the quickest ways to get your favorite shots chilled and also the coolest ways to serve drinks at pool parties, birthdays, BBQs or weekend festivities. An ice luge stand holds firmly onto a significantly sized block of ice which has 2 channels carved on it. A typically measured amount

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How to Build an Ice Luge Stand

An ice luge is a sufficiently huge block of ice with channels built for pouring spirits (typically liquor) down. A pre-determined amount of liquid is dispensed at the top and in a matter of a couple of seconds a chilled drink is doled out at the bottom, usually into an open mouth. It is considered almost

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What materials do I need to build a military obstacle course?

For the construction of a military obstacle course you will need to make a trip to the junk yard. There you can find some of the necessary materials to complete your project. Tires are a necessity, of course, and used tires can be found easily at almost any junk yard. You may be able to locate large

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What should I put in a dog obstacle course?

A dog obstacle course requires items to jump over, run through, and run around. For the course you can use tires or hoops for the dogs to jump through. Ramps leading to raised platforms with a second ramp leading down work well. Attach a non-skid indoor outdoor carpet for safety. Weave poles can be fashioned

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What are must-haves for an outdoor obstacle course for kids?

When building an obstacle course for kids, there are many different obstacles that can be used. A wooden ladder can be placed directly on the ground for children to run through. Hoola-hoops can be hung with rope for climbing through. Old tires may be laid out military style. Nets and ropes can be used

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When to Use a Nail Set or a Nail Gun

A nail set and a nail gun, although they serve a similar purpose in construction, are two different tools that are used in building projects. A nail set is a small tool that looks similar to an ice pick and is used to drive a finish nail into the surface of the wood, whereas a nail gun is a device that

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How to Use a Sheet Metal Nibbler

Cutting metal without using a linear cut is done with a sheet metal nibbler. This small, but powerful, tool is perfect for cutting holes in metal. Most sheet metal nibblers are pneumatic or air driven. The shear moves up and down like a piston against the cutting edge. Cutting away 1,000 small half moon

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How to Use a Sheet Metal Bead Roller

There are many different ways to use a sheet metal bead roller. This piece of machinery can cut or bend metal while following a specific design. Although powerful enough to cut through metals of high gauge, the sheet metal bead roller can be easy to use. Practicing on the machine will improve your skills

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How to Build a Heavy Duty Sawhorse Part 2

This article is intended to be an expansion of the article How To Build A Heavy Duty Sawhorse Part 1. This article assumes that a standard sawhorse has been built in part one and the additional supports, braces, and structural attachments are being fitted in this article. Materials 2 – 2x6's

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Abrasives Overview

Abrasives are a type of material used to polish, smooth out, clean or even shape surfaces and other materials. They are widely used in industrial wood- and metalworking, but they can also be found in homes as cleaning products. How Abrasives WorkTo make an abrasive work, a user simply needs to rub the

A man solders metal.
How to Solder Aluminum Sheet Metal

It's a great skill to add to your DIY toolbox.

floor lift jack
How to Rebuild a Floor Jack

A floor jack is a vital piece of garage equipment.