Home Improvement Tools

Any home improvement endeavor will be simpler with good home improvement tools and materials. Become familiar with home improvement tools and materials.

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Tools -- and power tools in particular -- can cause serious injuries. If you don't know what you're doing (and even if you do), you need to take some major precautions to keep your limbs intact.

By Jessica Brown

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.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Some of us don't think crooked kitchen cabinets are delightfully quirky or that uneven tiles give the bathroom floor personality. Some of us want things to be straight. Is a laser the answer?

By Marie Willsey

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You and your workshop are always looking to add a few new tools to the mix. This image gallery will give you ideas.

New products pop up on store shelves every day, but did you ever wonder what went into getting the latest and greatest invention slotted into place? Chances are there was a lengthy product evolution, most likely beginning with a prototype.

By Jessika Toothman

The pressure of constantly cooking up daring new designs that stand out on store shelves can be a little daunting, especially when you have an existing mold that's working pretty well. This is where technology libraries can be handy.

By Jessika Toothman

Unlike the hammers and chisels collecting cobwebs in garages everywhere, these high-tech tools have worked on everything from revolving water slides to boxing robots.

By Jessika Toothman

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Shopping at the hardware store for new tools can reveal some pretty steep price tags, but that's usually just the beginning. You may balk when you see the price of a plasma cutter, but this tool can be worth it -- depending on what kind of work needs to be done.

By Jessika Toothman

Blowtorches aren't just for welders and plumbers. These fire-breathing machines can cut metal and brown creme brulee.

By Jane McGrath

Because sandpaper comes in various grades of coarseness, it's important to know which type to select for your home repair job. Find tips on this page.

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There are many grades of steel wool on the market today. Check out this helpful article for details on the various uses for steel wool.

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Lumber can be tricky to understand because the sizes are a bit misleading. Learn about the nominal versus actual dimensions of lumber here.

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Plywood is often better than lumber for some jobs. Learn about the various grades of plywood -- both interior and exterior.

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A wrench is a hand tool used to turn a bolt head or nut. Learn about wrenches, and choose the right one based on the size and shape of the fastener.

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A voltage tester is an essential tool to have when handling electrical wires. Learn about this simple tool and how it can help you with your next electrical project.

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A continuity tester is an easy-to-use electrical tool that will help you pinpoint problems in wires or components. Learn about continuity testers.

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A volt-ohm-milliammeter, or VOM, is typically used for more serious electrical troubleshooting and repairs. Find out why to add a VOM to your toolkit.

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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.

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Nails come in a variety of sizes to suit a variety of jobs around the house. Learn more about this handy fastener only at HowStuffWorks.

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Screws have a few benefits over other fasteners -- they provide lots of strength and can be easily removed. Find out about different types of screws.

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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.

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Multipurpose glues encompass everything from school glue to epoxy. Find out which glue to use for which home repair in this helpful article.

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Glass and ceramic glues offer the best bond possible for any delicate glass repairs you may need to make. Learn all about these adhesives.

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Metal glues and fillers are recommended for such home repair jobs as sealing pipes, patching gutters, and more. Learn about metal adhesives here.

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Plastic adhesives may be essential to your project. Other types of glues can actually dissolve plastic. Learn more about these types of adhesives and choose the right glue for your next project.

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