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July 28, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


News & Opinion

Whether it’s cold hard facts or editorials by our professional staff, Pro Tool Reviews tells it like it is. We deliver a steady stream of power tool news for the construction and housing industry. Hopefully, this will keep you abreast of what’s happening in the construction industry. Our industry insights, articles, and editorials cover construction industry topics affecting professional tradesmen and business owners. Power Tool News & Opinion That Matters If you’re in the construction business—no matter if you work on the jobsite or in the office—you need to know what trends and tools are shaping the work you do. Our team delivers both news & opinion to keep you up to speed and ahead of the curve. Because of this, you can be in the know with respect to OSHA regulations, modern construction methods, and therefore any other developments taking place that could affect your work. While our power tool reviews and hand tool reviews let you know what’s hot from the manufacturers. For everything else, you’ll want to stay tuned to our news and opinion editorial coverage.

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How to Use a Drill: Tips from the Pros

Knowing how to use a drill is like Power Tools 101 – just pull the trigger, right? That’s how a lot of people use this tool, and they do just fine. You can, however, get more out of your tools with a little knowledge. Our Pro readers can skip this article, but for those of […]

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Should I Buy a Drill or an Impact Driver?

Several of our readers have posed this common question to our staff: “Should I buy a drill or an impact driver?” That’s a great question and one that comes up pretty early in the apprenticeship training process. Here’s the short answer: If you can only afford one tool, buy a drill. However, get a 2-tool […]

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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 […]

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What is a GFCI Outlet and Where Do They Go?

Part of what Pros run into involves answering questions for homeowners. Here’s a question that comes up quite a bit: What is a GFCI outlet and where do they go? (or why do we need them?) We grabbed a couple of our resident Pros to help answer this question. We also dive into why you need […]

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How to Use a Tap and Die to Create or Repair Threads

When using a tap and die set, it’s important to understand the terms. “Tapping” occurs when you cut, or recut threads into a hole or nut. Most auto mechanics and metalworkers have likely dealt with this issue. It may have occurred in the form of a stripped socket or cut-off bolt which needed re-threading. Learning how to use a tap […]

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What is a WAGS Valve? Water and Gas Safety

The WAGS Valve is a brand-name product designed to eliminate the risk of and damage caused by flooding when a hot water heater fails to drain properly. WAGS stands for Water And Gas Safety. Some statistics suggest that a majority of water heaters fail within 7-10 years. While that number seems high in our personal […]

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Why Men Love Tools – Not What You Think

This love of tools most men have is an unusual thing. Or is it. To be honest I haven’t met many guys who aren’t absolutely thrilled to come over and check out the latest power tool I’m testing or lend an opinion to how something might be made better through the addition of more power, better blades, greater torque… you get the idea. Now, this phenomenon varies in level, but it’s fairly universal. Unless, of course, you fancy yourself a more “metro” kind of guy. In which case you’ll be trading recipes and gardening techniques with your circle of friends… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Speed vs Torque in Drills and Impact Drivers

Pros and apprentices just starting out can misunderstand how the speed vs torque differs between drills and impact drivers. It’s more than just a difference in how to set the mode. Speed and torque change very differently from one mode to the next on these two tools. The good thing is that it’s easy to […]

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Top 10 Builders in the USA – Who’s Crushing it in 2021?

Builder Magazine has released its list of the top 10 builders in the USA for 2021, based on 2020’s final numbers. There are plenty of familiar names on the list and once again, D.R. Horton is at the top. In fact, 9 out of the top 10 builders remain unchanged from the previous year. Trends […]

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How to Do a Plumbing Rough-In

For those of you considering entering the trades as a career, first of all, congratulations! You’re looking at the potential of high income, the ability to one day run your business, and enjoy the tangible results of a hard day’s work. As a plumber, I’m hoping you’ll follow my path. To help you understand what […]