Light Bulb Base Sizes (w/ Charts)

light bulb base sizes

Have you ever had a light burn out and found you didn’t know what kind of bulb it took? Or perhaps you were digging through a drawer and found a bulb and weren’t sure what it went to. Fear not, because pairing bulbs and bases isn’t as complicated as it first seems. Bulbs tend to … Read more

19 Different Types of Hand Planes (and Their Uses)

types of hand planes

In an age where powered tools are taking over, it might come as a surprise to find the humble hand plane still in high demand. However, one look at the sheer power of traditional Japanese carpentry and the precision of a well-maintained kanna (Japanese plane) is all it takes to prove why this simple tool … Read more

13 Reasons Your Garage Door Won’t Close (or Won’t Open)

garage door won't work

Back in the day, garage doors were simple panels of wood that lifted up and slid into the ceiling. By comparison, a modern garage door types is a complicated device, relying on several subsystems to properly function. Some of these sub-assembly systems control the door’s movement, while others are safety features that ensure the door … Read more

How to Use a Pole Saw (Manual and Powered)

how to use a pole pruner

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

12 Angle Grinder Uses (for DIY and Commercial Applications)

common uses for angle grinder

There are a lot of underappreciated tools out there, from Japanese hand saws to random orbit sanders. However, one of the most versatile tools out there you’ve likely overlooked is the angle grinder. There are probably over 100 different angle grinder uses but below we list the 12 most common tasks that are in this … Read more

How to Use a Shop Vacuum to Its Fullest Potential

shop vacuum uses

You’ve probably owned a shop vacuum at some point, own one now, or heard plenty of recommendations to buy one, but few people know how to use a shop vacuum to its fullest potential. A shop vacuum (or wet/dry vacuum) is commonly referred to as a “Shop Vac” which is actually one brand of shop … Read more

How to Unfreeze Underground Pipes

thaw frozen underground water line

Winter can be rough on your pipes, and one good frost can be all it takes to freeze the lines heading into or away from your house. This can lead to reduced flow or even a costly burst pipe. Thankfully, once you know how to thaw frozen pipes underground, this worst-case winter scenario becomes much … Read more

How to Mount a Bench Vise in 6 Easy Steps

how to mount bench vise

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