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October 17, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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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 […]

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Buying the Right Paint Brush for the Job

Anyone who has found themself not buying the right paint brush and, instead, bought the cheapest possible one shares something in common. We all (now) know that quality matters. The right tool can make or break a job. Think about using a consumer grade Wagner power painter sprayer vs a Titan Impact 640 Electric Airless Sprayer. I […]

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Power Tool Manufacturers and Who Really Owns Them

Ever wonder who owns Craftsman tools? How about Milwaukee, Mac Tools, or Skilsaw? It may surprise you to know that only a handful of power tool companies own your favorite tools. That’s right, most tool brands fall under a parent company that also controls additional power tool manufacturers and brands. We break it down for […]

Caring for and Cleaning Paint Brushes

Caring for and Cleaning Paint Brushes

You can’t always use an airless paint sprayer for all of your paint jobs, so if you don’t want to have to buy a paintbrush every time you paint, then it’s important to learn about caring for and cleaning paint brushes you purchase. Doing so will ensure long life and repeated use for years to come. One thing most people […]

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Should You Take Labor-Only Jobs?

I had an interesting question from a homeowner recently. The client was in the planning stages of a home remodeling project—in this case, the installation of some floor tile and backsplash tile in her kitchen. She was considering hiring a contractor to provide only the labor for the project. She planned on buying all the […]