Impact Wrench vs Impact Driver (Uses and Key Differences)

impact driver vs impact wrench

From time to time, every DIY aficionado encounters a fastener or two that presents difficulty. These nuts, bolts, and screws simply refuse to budge, despite putting forth our best efforts. In cases such as these, impact tools become our go-to option.  Impact tools come in a variety of forms, often leading to a wealth of … Read more

Miter Saw vs Table Saw (Common Uses and Key Differences)

There are plenty of tools out there that can do multiple tasks but tend to excel in specific areas. Those with smaller budgets can generally buy a few of these tools and have a functional workshop. Table saws and miter saws are two great examples. Both are amazing tools that can do the same things, … Read more

Hex Key (Allen Wrench) Sizes (w/ Conversion Chart)

sizes of Allen wrenches

It’s pretty much a given that when you buy anything from Ikea, it always comes with a bent, hex-shaped piece of metal that’s needed to make the screws fit. These tools are hex keys, although you may know them better as Allen wrenches and they can be found pretty much everywhere these days. Unlike traditional … Read more

How to Waterproof Plywood (4 Effective Methods)

waterproof plywood

The true value of plywood is far from a mystery. Due to its composite cross-grained design, plywood tends to be quite strong at any given thickness, and far more impervious to shrinking/expansion than standard boards. Plywood also resists cracking and splitting when being nailed or screwed in place around its perimeter edges. However, not all … Read more

PEX Tubing Sizes (w/ Chart)

PEX pipe size chart

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt know what PVC is. In fact, you probably know about it even if you are living under a rock, as it’s used in underground lines. But one thing you might not be aware of is that PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and its offshoot CPVC have a … Read more

Types of Hose Clamps (w/ Sizes Chart)

different hose clamp types

Back in the day, home mechanics would fix broken exhaust pipes using a tin can and a couple clamps. In more recent years, it’s become illegal to jerry rig a car in this fashion, but hose clamps remain an essential tool in numerous fields. Whether you’re working on your car, doing some plumbing, or even … Read more

Torx Bit Sizes (w/ Charts)

torx sizes

One of the biggest problems with straight and Phillips heads are their ability to slip when there’s more torque than grip. This can lead to stripped heads and a greater risk of personal injury. Several types of screwdriver have been created to combat this flaw, including both the Allen wrench and Torx driver. There’s a … Read more

Parts of a Ladder (with Diagrams)

parts of a ladder

When attempting to reach overhead objects, few tools are of as much value as a ladder. Ladders allow us to reach the unreachable and make the best possible use out of space in our garages and homes. While ladder use is relatively straightforward, most individuals never stop to consider the true value of each ladder-related … Read more

Understanding Sandpaper Grit and Type (w/ Chart)

sandpaper grit chart

There are several items that every well-stocked garage should feature in abundance. Of these items, few are as important as sandpaper. Sandpaper, in its many varieties, carries a list of uses that is as lengthy as the day is long. From finishing elegantly crafted woodworking projects, to salvaging rusted and pitted metallic surfaces, sandpaper’s value … Read more