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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Electrical components in your home sometimes stop working because the flow of electricity has been interrupted. The electrical tools in this article will help you measure the current, locate interrupted connections, and clean blocked contacts.

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Once you've made your measurement and chosen your material, you're ready to begin cutting. Learn what types of projects different saws are designed for and see the proper way to use them.

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A power saw can be intimidating, but is actually easy and efficient to use. Learn about power saws and their uses, and determine when a power saw might be the right tool for you.

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Fasteners attach two materials or objects together, which makes them a necessary part of home repairs. Explore the world of fasteners. See how each type works and choose the right ones for your next project.

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To stick two materials together without putting a piece of metal through them, consider glues. Read about different types of adhesives, including multipurpose glues and those specially-designed for given surfaces.

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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.

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Every home repair project calls for an accurate measurement and a clear marking. Learn how measuring and marking tools will help you get the precise calculations you need to complete your project.

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For cutting wood, metal, plastics, or just about any material you might encounter, a saw will do the trick. Learn all about saws, and which one is right for your home repair project.

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Before you begin any home improvement project, be sure you have the appropriate tools for the job. Read about the different types of home repair tools available to you, and the purpose each serves.

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You can't select tools or plan out a repair until you know your materials. Read about the different kinds of materials you will encounter, and how to approach them in your home repair project.

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An electric sander removes material from a surface with much greater speed than sanding by hand. Learn more about sanders.

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A circular saw makes cuts in wood, metal, or plastic with a round, flat blade. Check out this article for tips on how to use this power saw.

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The saber saw uses a reciprocating motor that moves a small saw blade up and down. Learn more about how this versatile power saw works.

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A reciprocal saw is basically a larger horizontal version of a saber saw. Learn more about this home repair tool.

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A power drill features an electric motor that rotates a drill bit to make a hole. Learn all about this powerful all-purpose tool here.

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A hand drill is often overshadowed by the more popular power drill, but is still useful for applications such as woodworking. Learn more.

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Hammers come in a different varieties and head sizes. Learn about the most common -- claw hammers – and many others on this page.

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A screwdriver has two common tip designs -- standard and Phillips. Every toolbox should have at least one of each. Learn about screwdrivers here.

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Pliers are a great tool to have around to help you grip an object and turn, bend, or otherwise manipulate it as needed. Learn all about pliers here.

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A clamp provides a useful grip to hold or glue wood, paper, plastic, and other materials. Learn about C clamps, spring clamps, and others on this page.

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A plane is a handy wood shaving tool that should be used carefully. Learn tips on using and maintaining planes only at HowStuffWorks.

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A tape measure is a portable measurement device that is a must-have for any tool box. Find out how to safely use this measuring tool at HowStuffWorks.

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A square is primarily used to keep things perpendicular, but it's also a handy measuring tool. Learn all about squares on this page.

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A level is used to make something horizontal with the earth's surface. This handy tool can also measure vertical plumb. Learn about levels here.

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A chalk line makes it easy for anyone to draw a long, straight line. Learn how to use this marking device at HowStuffWorks.

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