7 Best PVC Pipe Cutters (for Professional and Home Use)

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Back in the day, you needed more than one pipe and tubing cutter in your toolbox to handle the wide range of metal and composite materials. Today, the vast majority of pipes use PVC or CPVC, and most tubing is constructed using PEX. As a result, you need far fewer cutting tools and generally upgrade … Read more

35 Different Types of Shovels (and Their Uses)

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When you think of a shovel, you likely picture a square or pointed surface attached to a handle, and give no further thought. However, such a simple concept actually has quite a few variations and is not only one of the most versatile tools out there, but one of the most specialized at the same … Read more

7 Best Speed Squares for Framing and Woodworking

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Often considered to be the single most valuable measuring tool in carpentry and construction, speed squares not only allow for perfect 45 and 90 degree angles, they can also serve as a ruler and even a crosscut fence for your saw or router. Due to their portability and versatility, having the best speed square possible … Read more

How to Use a Pole Saw (Manual and Powered)

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Pole saws can be a little more difficult to use and control than a normal saw due to their handle length. That’s not to say it’s hard to master one of these tools, once you get the hang of it. There are three major uses for a pole saw: Brush Clearing – The process of … Read more

4 Types of Torque Wrenches and Sizes (and How They Work)

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Torque wrenches are most often used in automotive applications, but can also be applied in tasks where a certain amount of torque is required on a bolt or nut. Knowing how these tools work and selecting the best ones for your tool chest can be a very rewarding endeavor. The following guide is designed to … Read more

10 Best Ratcheting Wrench Sets to Save You Time

Just about any task you’ll encounter as a professional or DIY mechanic will involve a wrench. This can end up requiring a lot of turn-lift-set motion when using a standard wrench. Thankfully, ratcheting wrenches eliminate a lot of this extra work. As these will be some of the most-used tools in your kit, choosing the … Read more

7 Best Japanese Pull Saws for Flush Cuts and Dovetails

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The Japanese have long held proper woodworking as an art form. Many temples and other wooden structures have stood firm for hundreds of years, even through earthquakes. A major part of this comes down to working with the wood grain instead of against it. Another major part comes from using dovetails, dowels, or butterfly joints … Read more

How to Mount a Bench Vise in 6 Easy Steps

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Properly mounting a bench vise isn’t difficult, but it can have a lasting effect on the efficiency of your vise. A stationary vise can often be placed in the middle of a table, but those with a swivel base (such as the ones we recommend) are best placed on the corner to get the most … Read more