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Hack Your Christmas Tree Stand to Use a Power Tool

So this year I finally decided to hack our Christmas tree stand so I could use a power tool to secure it. I have no idea why I didn’t do it sooner. In any case, I finally had my fill of painstakingly twisting the L-style bolts into the base of the stand. I was dead-set […]

Tool Repair Seven Deadly Sins

How to Ruin Your Power Tools and Make the Repair Man Happy

As one of the largest tool repair destinations in Central Ohio, Ohio Power Tool sees hundreds of tools in for repair each month. Unfortunately, much of the damage we repaired could have been avoided with just a few basic steps towards good tool maintenance. Sometimes, it seems, people ruin tools through lack of care and […]

Who Makes the Best Tools

Brand Loyalty in the Power Tool Industry

iPhone vs. Android, Apple vs. Microsoft, Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs. Pepsi, Milwaukee vs DeWalt. These are common industry battles fought to win the minds, dollars, and loyalties of consumers. The power tool and outdoor power equipment industries uniquely differentiate their products to gain consumers’ attention. Still, brand loyalty in the power tool industry is […]

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OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction [UPDATED]

Think you know everything about the OSHA silica dust standards and rules? Dust collection and mitigation have been a big topic overseas and domestically for years. The OSHA Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard protects workers from exposure to crystalline silica. The rule deals with construction environments as well as general industry and maritime. This lets employers address the issues and provide solutions […]

How to Care for Power Tools Properly

How to Care for Power Tools Properly

If you’re a professional tradesman, the power tools of the trade are how you make your living. They also represent one of your largest expenses! Of course, this also holds true in the garage or workshop for the DIYer or hobbyist. Knowing how to care for power tools properly helps you improve both the safety and […]

When should you rent tools vs buying

When Should You Rent Tools vs Buying Them?

Everyone loves opening up that box with a shiny new tool inside. Buying and using the latest cool, new tools has to be one of the reasons we got into the construction trades in the first place, right? But when should you rent tools vs buying them? Renting may seem obvious for SkidSteers and loaders. […]

What tools are Made in the USA

What Tools Are Made in the USA?

With all the focus on what tools are Made in the USA, we wanted to take stock of what’s actually manufactured and assembled here in the United States and celebrate the companies putting American workers to work. You quickly run into two problems with that, of course. One, we can’t possibly include everybody, and two, […]

How to Install an Offset Toilet Flange

How to Install an Offset Toilet Flange

I ran into a situation where a home had a toilet installed with a 15-inch offset from the rear wall. The typical offset is 12-inches for most residential toilets. As a result, the toilet had 4-inches behind the tank. It looked like it was trying to participate in the activities of the bathroom rather than […]

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Skilled Tradesmen Shortage? Skip College and Learn a Trade

There continues to be an overall skilled tradesmen shortage in America. Some call this a “skills gap”. While getting your 4-year college degree seems to be “all the rage”, the latest findings from the Bureau of Labor & Statistics show that skilled trades such as welders and electricians once again top the latest list of […]

Don't Buy These Tools You Should Avoid

Don’t Buy These Tools You Should Avoid

We often hear how lucky we are—getting to play with tools every day. Manufacturers are constantly innovating, constantly upgrading, and consistently amazing us with their new products. However, occasionally, we spot a misfire. This happens when a tool comes out either half-baked or maybe just too specialized (or generalized) for its own good. Regardless, these […]