Tools and Hardware

Tools and hardware are the nuts and bolts of every home improvement project. Learn about different kinds of tools and hardware and find out how to use hardware correctly.

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Should you use a heat gun to dry paint in the cold weather?

You can use a heat gun to dry paint in cold weather, but ideally you should paint when the temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 degrees Celsius). Learn whether you can use a heat gun to dry pain in cold weather in this article.


How Spray Paint Works

Spray paint has left an indelible mark on world culture. How did it go from home-improvement solution to cultural icon? Find out in How Spray Paint Works.

Machine screws come in a variety of materials. Learn which type of stainless steel is the most common for machine screws in this article.

While drilling through plastic can be done using any power drill, it’s important to have the correct drill bits so you don’t chip or crack the material. Learn about the type of drill bits you need for plastic from this article.

Start with a moderate grit and move to a finer grit of sandpaper when working on walls. Learn about the best type of sandpaper for walls from this article.

If you're drilling through hardened steel, you'll want to use a cobalt drill bit. Find out about the best drill bits for hardened steel in this article.

Hex cap screws are noted for the extra torque they provide. Learn what the dash marks on their heads mean in this article.

Hex head cap screws come in grades two, five, eight and nine. Learn about the different grades of hex cap screws from this article.

Machine screws are used to hold parts of machines together. Learn about the different types of machine screws in this article.

Roofing nails are important for roof installation, and several factors determine the kind you should choose. Learn about the different types of roofing nails from this article.

Drywall screws are classified according to length and pitch. Learn more about the different types of drywall screws from this article.