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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

A stud finder is a valuable tool that makes the job of finding studs behind a wall very simple. Learn how this battery-operated electromagnet works.

A crosscut saw is the best saw for cutting wood across the grain. This handsaw must be handled with care, so check out the tips here first.

A ripsaw is a useful tool for cutting lumber, making furniture, and other wood-cutting tasks. It is used to manually cut wood in the same direction as the grain. Learn how to safely use a ripping saw in this article.

A backsaw is typically used to cut tenons, also called joints or grooves, in wood. Find out how to safely use this handy tool in this article.

A keyhole saw is most often used to cut holes in soft woods or drywall. Find out more about safely using a keyhole saw here.

A coping saw features a U-shaped frame with a swiveling spigot, or clip, that eases the job of making turning cuts. Learn more.