Toolbox Tuesday

Are you interested in hearing about our first-hand experiences with tools, devices or items used throughout our renovation? If so, check out our complete list of product reviews in our Toolbox Tuesday section. 

We aren't compensated for these reviews by the manufacturers. We simply want to share good products when we see them, and hope that learning from our mistakes can help save you time, money and frustration.

One of the tasks we've been faced with throughout our renovation involves the discovery and restoration of period authentic hardware. We're replacing hinges, rim locks, door knobs, and any number of iron or steel items that have removed from the house by previous owners and renters. Typically, our search for...
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I've been doing some significant woodworking in some capacity for the last eight years, and some of the projects I've worked on are what many people would consider intermediate to advanced. One tool I've come to rely on quite extensively is my router gauge to measure my depth of cut....
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Last week's Toolbox Tuesday post covered everything we looked for and our ultimate choice in the Porter Cable router that we purchased. While shopping for a router, I knew I wanted to use it for was to tackle the staircase wainscoting task. I also knew that the work couldn't easily...
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When we started on our home renovation, I knew I would run into projects that would require every type of tool imaginable. We lived by our golden rule of purchasing one major tool per project, building this into each project's budget, and committed ourselves to fully researching any tool purchase...
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Our seemingly endless efforts to strip the paint in our home have led to years of trial and error experiences until we found the tools that really work well for our purposes. Today's Toolbox Tuesday will cover the tools we use that are must haves when stripping layers of old...
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For this week's Toolbox Tuesday we're going to take a slightly different approach. Rather than cover a specific tool in my collection, I'm going to cover a specific product that I would quite honestly be lost without. The product that I'm speaking of and attribute many of my home improvement successes...
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Woodworking, electrical, plumbing, renovation, demolition, gardening, and just about anything else having to do with DIY home projects have one major thing in common: you work with your hands and your hands usually take a beating. This week's Toolbox Tuesday entry aims to help you reduce the wear and tear...
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I decided to write about this week's Toolbox Tuesday item after receiving a friend's text message last Friday. He was installing a doggie door and wanted to know if I had a good recommendation for a jigsaw. Little did he know, I had spent much time researching this very tool after...
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I'm not sure if I was just hungry when deciding what tool I wanted to write about for this week's Toolbox Tuesday post, or if I was actually thinking of one of my most useful tools. Either way, I was inspired to dedicate today's post to my Porter Cable "Pancake" Air...
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Over the weekend Lisa LaPorta of HGTV design fame tweeted "Everyone asks me about when to paint and what color but no one ever asks about the brush." When I saw her tweet, I said to myself "That is completely true!" Nobody seems to understand just how important a good paintbrush or...
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