Hand Planer vs Bench Planer: Which is Best for Your Needs?

hand planer vs bench planer

If you need to get wood to the certain uniform thickness, the planer is your friend. There are a couple of different kinds of planers, chiefly the bench planer and the hand planer. The answer to which one is right for the job ultimately comes down to whether you need to do your work in […]

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How To Check Moisture Content of Wood Without a Meter

wet wood

Moisture and wood go together like bacon fat and an artery. Stuff the one with the other and eventually things turn dark. So, before you use wood, it’s a good idea to know how much moisture there is in your wood. There are two basic ways to measure the moisture content of your wood. One […]

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Monkey Wrench vs Pipe Wrench – Which is Best for Your Needs?

monkey wrench vs pipe wrench

Monkey wrenches and pipe wrenches are big and imposing and not used all that often. So, it’s pretty understandable that figuring out the difference between them can be a trying experience for some people. It’s much easier to sort of lump them all into the category of large, heavy wrenches well suited to knocking out […]

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Drum Sander vs Planer – Which is Best for Your Needs?

drum sander vs planer

Planers and drum sanders work in pretty similar ways. Both involve feeding a piece of wood through the tool and when it comes out on the other end it’s a little thinner. Questions about just what is different between these two tools are understandable. For years, a planer was a standard tool for every woodworker’s […]

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What Can You use an Angle Grinder For?

angle grinder

Angle grinders are a versatile home tool that gets its name from the cutting head positioned at an angle to the drive shaft. Depending on the kind of head attachment you use, they can be used to sharpen, polish or even cut. They are available in a variety of sizes, but the most useful sizes […]

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Flare-Nut vs Regular Wrench: Which is Best for Your Needs?

traditional wrench in use

We’re all pretty familiar with a normal wrench. They consist of two straight jaws with a rounded middle. The distance between the two jaws determines the size of the wrench. You slip it around a nut you want to loosen, say a quick prayer and give it a twist. With a little luck and a […]

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4-Cycle vs 2-Cycle Weed Eaters – Which is Better?

4 cycle vs 2 cycle weed eaters

The primary difference between a two-stroke engine and a four-stroke engine is in how the oil and gas are delivered. In a two-stroke engine, the two are premixed and added as fuel. They are added separately in four-stroke engines. Either model of engine is a good option for a weed eater, depending on what you […]

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How to Prepare for a Power Outage (Tips & Tricks)

power outage

Hurricanes.  Ice storms.  Lightning.  Decaying infrastructure.  Software bugs.  Traffic accidents. There are any number of reasons for a power outage, although nine of the ten worst power outages in US history were caused by hurricanes.  But no matter where you live – city or country, coastline or landlocked, forest or desert – you are bound […]

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When to Do-It-Yourself and when to Hire?

DIY home improvement

You watch HGTV.  You took shop class in middle school.  You own a screwdriver AND a hammer.  Seems like you’re qualified to DIY your house, top to bottom!  On TV, renovations start and finish in less than an hour, with commercials – how hard can it possibly be? Americans are on track to spend over […]

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7 Best Home Improvement YouTube Channels – Watch Your Way to a Better Home

taking notes

This Old House is the longest running home renovation show on TV.  You may have watched the original host, Bob Vila, when the show debuted in 1979, and it’s still going strong nearly 40 years later.  Even though the homeownership rate has actually declined in America since we first met Vila, interest in home renovation […]

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