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.

How do you use self-tapping screws?

It’s helpful to use self-tapping screws for products that need to be maintained regularly and where you need to dissemble and reassemble the item along the same threads. Learn more about how you use self-tapping screws from this article.

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  • 10 Multifunction Tools on the Market

    10 Multifunction Tools on the Market

    What if you could pull a contraption right out of your pocket that could open a can of food, break down and reassemble a rifle, or drill a hole? Well, if you own a multifunction tool, those tasks are a snap. See more »

  • 5 Tools You Need for Demolition

    5 Tools You Need for Demolition

    Got your sledgehammer in hand ready to tear down the wall between rooms that never made much sense to you? Well, unless you're willing to spend unwanted money on repairs, put the sledgehammer down. See more »

  • Could you build your own house?

    Could you build your own house?

    As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. But just how does one go about building a home in the first place? Find out some fun facts about this detailed process by taking the quiz. See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Spray Paint

    Fact or Fiction: Spray Paint

    So you think you know a lot about spray paint, huh? OK, smartypants -- let's see if you can tell fact from fiction when it comes to aerosol paint. See more »

  • How can a machine match a paint color perfectly?

    How can a machine match a paint color perfectly?

    Have some paint around your house you just love, but you can't seem to find the right paint chip to match it? Well, you're in luck. More and more home improvement stores have just what you need. See more »

  • How Spray Paint Works

    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. See more »

  • Abrasives


    Sanding, shaving, and smoothing out a surface can transform a shabby-looking object into a professional piece of material. Read about abrasives, and see how they eliminate rough patches and strip away old layers. See more »

  • Bolts


    A bolt is a type of fastener that comes in a variety of types, including carriage bolts, stove bolts, and machine bolts. Learn more about bolts. See more »

  • Electrical Contact Cleaner

    Electrical Contact Cleaner

    Electrical contact cleaner is compressed air with a cleaning agent. It's great for cleaning food and grease off of electrical fixtures. Learn more about this helpful cleaner inside this article. See more »

  • Files


    Files, like those for fingernails, shave down and remove excess wood. Learn about the different files typically used for home repair on this page. See more »

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