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August 3, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


12V vs 18V tools

12-Volt vs 18-Volt Tools: Do I Need Both?

Each year, manufacturers dazzle us with new tool innovations and battery technology. We want more run-time, more power, and more overall tool longevity. By and large, major tool manufacturers are delivering those things. Today, the best cordless drills far exceed the capabilities of corded tools. Professionals are beginning to regard their 18V tools as their […]

Best Cordless Reciprocating Saw Head-to-Head Review - Makita Medium Metal Cutting

How to Use a Reciprocating Saw Like a Pro

There’s probably no more useful saw for remodelers, plumbers, electricians, and homeowners than the reciprocating saw. It’s hard to imagine a jobsite without one. But that was the reality before the introduction of the Milwaukee SawZall—the trademarked name that became synonymous with reciprocating saws—in 1951. You might have already read our best corded reciprocating saw article. Regardless of […]

Top 10 Tools Every Electrician Needs: Training the Apprentice

Top 10 Electricians Tools You Need as an Apprentice

Every trade has its preferred tools. While many trades use mostly “general” tools like saws and drills, professional electricians have some favorites. These tools come uniquely tailored for the job. That’s because they have to measure what can’t be seen, in units difficult for the non-Pro to understand, in quantities that can be downright deadly. […]

Pry Bar

Use a Pry Bar to Lift a Door and Hold It in Place

We’ve been looking at some non-traditional uses for our core tools. Some are legit Pro-level while others just make the weekend a little easier or more fun. Today, we’re taking a creative look at the tougher-than-nails flat bar or pry bar. It’s a demolition tool used for pulling and prying things apart. It literally takes […]

removing a painted popcorn ceiling

Removing a Painted Popcorn Ceiling

Everyone has looked through old pictures and been struck by their own lack of clothing judgment. How did we ever think bell bottoms were cool (or “all flannel, all the time” if you’re a child of the bell-bottomers)? This brings us to popcorn ceilings. They are like the bell-bottoms of ceiling finishes. We may still […]

left blade vs right blade circular saws

Left Side vs Right Side Circular Saw Blade

Circular saws have traditionally fallen into the two distinct yet similarly serpentine-sounding categories of sidewinder and worm drive. The categories generally differ in motor orientation and design, weight, torque, and RPMs. Perhaps most significantly, a worm drive saw was traditionally left-side blade and a sidewinder positioned itself with a right-side blade. Today, manufacturers produce saws that blur the blade orientation distinction. Of […]

Utility Knife Pro Lifehack - Do More Than Cut Boxes

Utility Knife Marking Tool Lifehack for Pros

Ditch the pencil and grab your best utility knife. If you’re a tradesman or just particularly handy, then you naturally value resourcefulness. Sometimes we don’t have a tool at hand and need to improvise because the situation demands it. That happens when you use a square nose shovel to remove shingles…or you Today, we’re taking […]

DeWalt 2X Demo Circular Saw Blade Review

How to Make Circular Saw Blades Last Longer

Unless you’re whittling a piece that you chopped from a tree, all the wood in carpentry projects came into contact with a circular saw blade at some point. Even the best circular saw blades can suffer from neglect. We know when the blade gets dull but how are you caring for circular saw blades between the […]

How To Cut Soil Pipe

How to Cut Soil Pipe – Pro Plumbing Tips

Cutting in-place soil pipes might be an unpleasant job but it doesn’t have to be difficult. All of these methods work, other things being equal, but soil pipe access might eliminate some of them. The age and condition of the pipe might affect the method you use for cutting it as well (it gets even more […]

Use the Right Wood Drilling Bit

Types of Wood Drilling Bits – Use the Right One

Most of us are guilty of using the wrong tool for the job—either out of necessity or laziness. Still, there’s something satisfying about using the right tool for the job. Often, using the right tool helps bring about the best possible result. When drilling, accessories matter—possibly even more than the tool you choose. Knowing the […]