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Do you have a chalk box or chalk reel? You know, that thing that looks like a teardrop and is coated in blue or red dust? I'll bet you never thought the design could be improved, right? Well, the caffeine-stoked engineers at Milwaukee Tools must have made a pot or two or three too much […]

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As you might imagine, I've used nail guns for most of my career. The first one I used was air powered and you simply can't believe how much work this tool could do in an hour. After using the gun just ten seconds I knew I'd use them forever because they save so much time. […]

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You may not know this, but among other things I'm a master plumber. Yeah, the Ask the Builder founder is a plumber too! I've been one for over 35 years and during that time I've loved installing waste, vent and water supply lines. As you might expect, I've used beefy corded right-angle drills for decades to drill […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m about to buy a digital multimeter to troubleshoot all sorts of electrical issues around my home. I’ll be blunt. Do you own one, and if so, which one? What do you like about the one you have? There seems to be a huge difference in these handy devices and I’m very confused […]

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How many drills do you think I've owned? How many do you think I've tested? More than you can ever imagine to both questions. Is there a perfect drill? No. Different jobs require different drills. You have to consider exactly how you're going to use a tool nowadays because years ago you had just a […]

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Here's my story about my Arlo HD Security Camera install, and I'm sticking to it. You need to know that I'm an official NETGEAR Ambassador and that they provided the Arlo HD Security Camera kit to me at no cost in exchange for just one thing. My HONEST and IMPARTIAL opinion. Believe me, I've TRASHED products […]

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Are you old enough to remember the corded automotive trouble lights? You know, they had an aluminum housing, you put an incandescent bulb in it behind the protective wire cage and then you hooked it onto something so you could have light while you work? In the past few years, LED lights of all types, […]

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I can't think of anyone who can survive without a set of sockets and a ratchet. Well, maybe if you live in a cave with no nuts and bolts around. I was able to test the Kobalt Extreme Access sockets and ratchet and they're not bad. It's a great gift idea, even if that person […]

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How many jigsaws do you think I've used over the years? Three, five, seven or more? I've lost count. One thing I can attest to is the radical change in the design of these tools. Oh, and the features too! Let's go back in time. My first jigsaw had an on and off switch. You […]

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