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Tools & Materials
Hands-on guides to some of your favorite tools and materials
Cordless Brad Nailers Buying Guide
We wondered if cordless nailers had finally improved enough to replace our trusty pneumatic tools....
Plywood or OSB- Which Is Better?
Plywood vs OSB: There is a difference. Find out which one to use on your next project.
What Kind Of Drywall Should You Choose?
When it comes to drywall, you've got options. Find out which kind you should use...
Connect PEX to copper without solder
Maximize Hybrid Piping Systems With New PEX Expansion And Copper Press Transitions.
Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
Should your next water heater be tankless. Ryan Holden says yes. Find out why.
How To Use A Multimeter
Multimeters are a super-handy tool, and they are easier to use than you think. We'll show you how.
Making Sense of Lumber Dimensions
The difference between “nominal” and “actual” dimensions for items like 2x4 dimensions
Do you know the difference between tungsten and carbide? Read this and you will.
15 Things Harbor Freight Employees Won’t Tell You
Everyone seems to have an opinion on deep-discount retailer Harbor Freight. Some DIY enthusiasts love...
Ever wonder what the difference is between enamel and regular paint? Wonder no more.
Clever Tool Hacks
Tools are usually designed and built with one job in mind, but with a little...
Helical pier footings are becoming more popular than ever. Find out why you may want...
A Well Lit Workspace: Garage Lighting and Workshop Lights
Find your way in the dark with these cool products that help light the darkest...
Best Caulk For Kitchens, Baths, Gutters, And More
When it comes to choosing the right caulk for a job there are a lot...
Pressure Washer Tips
Pressure washing a house is one of the most important steps before painting an exterior...
How To Rebuild A Framing Nailer
New life for an old tool
Cut Tile With A Grinder
Cut clean, accurate circles and squares in stone and ceramic tile with an angle grinder.
Choosing A Small Air Compressor
We sorted through the specs, tried them out and found all of the factors you...
Which way should you install the drywall on your next project, horizontally or vertically? We...
How To Use A Torque Wrench
Did you know that more problems are caused by over-tightening than under-tightening.
5 Essential Tools for Working With Tile
Great gear for an easier job and better results
Ultimate Tape Measure Guide
Here's our one-stop guide to all things concerning tape measures, from product feature recommendations to...
What Is a Blower Door Test?
What is a blower door test? In this story we take a look at blower...
Ultimate Hammer Guide (VIDEO)
In this video Mark Petersen, senior editor at CPT, discusses all the hammer options to...
Protect and Organize Your Tools
Here is an excellent collection of tips to help you organize your tools and protect...
Carpenter Tips and Tools for Measuring and Marking
If you do any amount of carpentry or woodworking in your professional life, you're practically...
Circular Saw Cutting Guide
The circular saw is an indispensable tool, and these pro tips and tricks will help...
Drills Accessories for the Pros
Get these drill accessories to up your drilling game on the job. With these specialized...
Cutting Tools: Cut Metal, Wood and More, Faster
Cool tools and blades make quick work of cutting and sawing.
Air Compressor and Hose Tips for the Pros
You're probably going to be using compressors and hoses frequently while on the job. Read...
Master Your Hole Saw
A good hole saw kit is a staple in every pro's arsenal. Check out these...
What You Need To Know About Treated Lumber
What is treated lumber? Is all treated lumber the same? Which type should be used...