Die Grinder vs Angle Grinder – Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
an angled grinder use on metal

Most DIY work at a small level is tied to finesse, being able to get the right tool to the right place and deliver the right results. That might sound really obvious, but when the job is smaller it just simply requires more precise work around less material. A foul-up working on something big is […]

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Cut-Off Tool vs Angle Grinder: Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 28, 2018
cut-off tool vs angle grinder

The choice between using a cut-off tool versus an angle grinder comes down to a pretty simple question of size. How big is the metal that you need to cut? How big is the operating space? Cut-off tools A cut-off tool is a small, one-handed cutting blade mounted perpendicularly to the drive shaft. They can […]

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Belt Sander vs Orbital Sander – Which is Best for Your Needs?

  • November 27, 2018
belt sanders vs orbital sander

Even though they are both sanders, the belt sander and the orbital sander are pretty different tools. They are both power tools that use sandpaper to smooth and shape wood, it’s true, but they go about their business in very different ways. As a consequence, they have very different specialty and application. Belt sanders: Built […]

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16 Gauge vs 18 Gauge Nailer: Which is Best For Your Needs?

  • November 27, 2018
a man using a nailer at the ceiling

Getting the right nailer for finish projects probably sounds simple. Go to the store, find the highest-rated nailer for the right price and take it home. It’s never as simple as it sounds, however, and buying the wrong nailer can end with split tongues or baseboards that come away from the wall. It starts by […]

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

  • November 27, 2018
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)

  • November 22, 2018
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?

  • November 18, 2018
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

  • November 17, 2018
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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12 Must-Have Tools for the Aspiring Handyman

  • November 6, 2018
tools

Every handyman knows there is no limit to the number of the tools you might “need.”  But if we could travel back in time and talk to a younger versions of ourselves, one just starting out, here are the tools we would put on the “must-have” list.  They are in alphabetical order because putting them […]

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How Much Do Handymen Actually Make?

  • November 3, 2018
Earnings

How much Do Handymen Actually Make? The most commonly cited dollar figure for what the average handyman makes is $37,000 per year. That’s not a lot. You could make more driving a subway car, ranching, installing elevators, or being a detective, none of which require a degree beyond high school graduate. But maybe you don’t […]

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