Category Archives: Hand Tools

  • Smooth Out Rough Surfaces

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Power Tools, Workshop.

    The key to accomplishing your backyard carpentry projects is using the right kinds of tools. Belt sanders are handy companions when it comes to smoothing out all those rough surfaces on any type of wood. Go for electric powered sanders that are very effective with finishing touches. These types of power tools are so easy to use. […]

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  • Laminate Rollers

    Posted on August 4, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Laminate.

    The Standard “J” Roller features a 1-1/2″ dia. x 3″ wide non-marring rubber roller with a 10″ long handle and vinyl grip. It is specially designed for use on plastic laminate. The Heavy Pressure Laminate Roller has the same non-marring roller and features a slight bend in the steel handle to provide extra leverage and […]

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  • Impact Wrench Safety Tips

    Posted on July 16, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Power Tools, Safety.

    Pre-Use Activities:                                                                 Review and understand information provided in the owner’s manual, specifically the safety procedures. Inspect the air-impact wrench for damage, disrepair, or missing parts, including assessing the condition of the air hose and associated fittings. Assure the air hose and fittings are secured tightly. Operating Precautions: Wear safety glasses with side protectors. Never wear a tie, […]

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  • Digital Multimeters

    Posted on June 1, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Power Tools, Workshop.

    Recently I was working on a house that someone else had rewired. I was trying to install 2 lights above the bathroom sink using the preexisting wiring. To make sure that I knew which wire was for what I went out to my truck and retrieved my digital multimeter. A multimeter is used to make various […]

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  • Laminate Shears

    Posted on May 25, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Laminate.

    The choice of tools that you will need to cut laminate with will depend upon the project, however, I would highly recommend a pair of Laminate Shears. They are capable of making straight cuts in all types of decorative plastic laminate, and have a patented, ‘double action’, hardened steel cutting blade. Laminate Shears cut without binding, […]

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  • Your Tool Box: Pliers

    Posted on May 11, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Workshop.

    When you start building up your tool box there are a few hand tools that are necessary. Pliers come in many shapes and sizes. One choice is a pair of, tongue and groove pliers, also referred to as channellocks. Channellock is a name brand but almost everyone refers to their tongue and groove pliers as channellocks. […]

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  • Claw Hammers

    Posted on April 18, 2015 by DIY Guide in Demolition, Hand Tools, Workshop.

    Every homeowner should have at least one claw hammer in their tool box. Claw hammers are so named because the flat head of the hammer is asymmetric to the claw end of the hammerhead. Claw hammers are most efficient and usually used while working with wooden surfaces. A 16-ounce model is usually considered the most versatile. It […]

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  • Beam Type Torque Wrench

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by DIY Guide in DIY Automotive, Hand Tools.

    There are two common types of torque wrenches for home use; the “beam” type and the “clicker” type. Today we will talk about the beam type. The beam type torque wrench is the least expensive torque wrench. The beam wrench works by the beam bending in response to the torque applied. This type is very simple, reliable, […]

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  • Multitool Maintenance Tips

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by DIY Guide in Hand Tools, Repairs and Maintenance, Workshop.

    Thankfully the vast majority of today’s top quality multitools (as in Leatherman, Gerber, SOG etc.) are made from excellent grades of stainless steel. To that end they need only basic care and maintenance and I hope that my Multitool Maintenance Tips help you get the best from your multitool. Be aware that stainless steel – […]

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  • Carpentry The Old Fashioned Way

    Posted on April 12, 2015 by DIY Guide in DIY Cabinets, Hand Tools, Workshop.

    When it comes to carpentry, the process of crafting wood is often just as enjoyable as the end product.  In a time when there is an electric equivalent to most of the standard hand tools, some people lose sight of the importance of appreciating the crafting process.  While crafting with electric tools can be enjoyable […]

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