30 Different Types of Nails (Common Sizes and Uses)

Most every craftsman understands the true value of the nail. However, far fewer realize just how many types of nails actually exist. Of these types of nails, many vary significantly in size, shape, and composition. Likewise, these nails also differ in their intended uses. This places increased importance upon familiarizing yourself with all current market … Read more

6-Point vs 12-Point Sockets (Which is Better?)

6pt vs 12pt sockets

Even the best mechanic is only as capable as their selection of tools allow them to be. A quality selection of basic hand tools, allows a mechanic of any skill level to efficiently tackle an array of tasks. Of these basic tools, few are as valuable as a quality set of sockets. Sockets come in … Read more

Straight vs Angled Finish Nailer (Uses and Key Differences)

straight vs angled finish nailer

As most avid DIY enthusiasts are well aware, it is absolutely essential to have the right tools within arm’s reach, when attempting to complete any task. Doing so allows one to make the most efficient use of their time, without cutting corners or sacrificing quality. This keen attention to detail typically results in a cleaner … Read more

Impact Wrench vs Impact Driver (Uses and Key Differences)

impact wrench vs impact driver

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)

miter saw vs table saw

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)

Allen wrench sizes

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)

making plywood waterproof

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 sizes

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)

types of hose clamps

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 bit 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