Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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 […]

Snow Shovel Lifehack

4 Ways to Use a Snow Shovel – Who Needs Snow!

We’ve grabbed a square-nosed shovel to remove asphalt shingles, run a bolt through a brush to scrub and polish with a drill, and used a utility knife to mark wood accurately. Today, we want to share 4 ways to use a snow shovel. And only one of those ways even involves snow! Why Use a […]

How to Use a Roofing Nailer Like a Pro

How to Use a Roofing Nailer Like a Pro

With the rare exceptions of Spanish tile or metal, asphalt shingles top off the majority of residential buildings. These shingles are held in place with short, wire-collated, flat-headed roofing nails driven by a roofing nailer. Nailers come in two varieties  – coil and stick – that can be used in different applications. There’s no shortage […]

How to Clean a Circular Saw Blade

How to Clean a Circular Saw Blade

What if there was a way to improve your table or circular saw’s performance, extend the life of the blade, and save some bucks by delaying replacement or re-sharpening costs? That sounds like an infomercial. Well, it’s not, but you still should “act now!” as they say. To accomplish those things, make routine blade cleaning part of […]

Drill Down: Black Oxide, Titanium, and Cobalt Drill Bits

Types of Drill Bits | Black Oxide, Titanium, and Cobalt

With remarkable advancements in tool technology, it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind the latest improvement. What’s more—differentiation inside common tool categories creates confusion. In generations past, when a craftsman needed a hammer, he went to the local hardware store and bought a hammer. Today that same craftsman might stand in front of the […]