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Tools & Materials
Hands-on guides to some of your favorite tools and materials
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...
How to Install a Handrail
Handrails can prevent nasty tumbles down the stairs, so it's important that they be sturdy....
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...
How To Install a Window (VIDEO)
A step-by-step video guide to installing a Marvin Window
Make Your Own Barnwood in Nine Steps
Barn wood is as popular as ever, but it’s expensive, can contain unwelcome bugs...
What You Need To Get Started In Welding
Get into welding with this guide
Learn How to Weld
You’ll be amazed at how easy welding is once you know the basics. The...
Revive a Tired Deck
Rescue my deck I have a 20 year old deck at a rental property. The treated...
Flattening Rough-Sawn Wood
Woodworkers all have their own system for flattening wood, some of which are pretty complex....
How to Work With Manufactured Stone
Manufactured stone is almost indistinguishable from the real thing these days. Check out these great...
Why Wood Moves & Why You Need To Know
Wood is going to expand and contract. You can't stop it. But you can learn...
Cutting Edge Table Saw Hacks
Straight from top pro woodworkers—ultra-clever tips for getting the most from your table saw.
How To Use Wood Clamps
Pro woodworkers share their best clamping tips, tricks and recommendations for perfect glued joints every...
How to Cope
A coped joint looks better than a mitered joint. Here are some brilliant pointers on...
Hot Glue Gun: A Workshop Essential
Too many people think that hot glue guns are just for arts and crafts. Here...
How to Build a Sawhorse in Six Steps
These sturdy, stackable ponies can be built in 6 easy steps. They make a perfect cutting...
Master Your Bench Grinder
A bench grinder may not be a tool you’ll use every day. However, if...
Stay Safe On the Job
Here are a few safety tips to make sure that you make it home every...
Rough-Sawn Lumber Buying Guide
An expert's guide to selecting and purchasing the rough-sawn lumber for your next project.
Your Pro Tool Sharpening Guide
Pros know that dull tools waste time and money. Check out these clever tips for...