Good home improvement tools and materials make repairs and upgrades easy. Learn about lumber sizes, types of wrenches, and more in our tool guide.
Nail gun on a wooden background
9Types of Nail Guns and How to Choose
Rolls of tape used for home improvement
How to Choose the Right Tape
wood oil
Tung Oil vs. Linseed Oil Comparison Guide
A person using a power drill to drill a nail into wood
10 Types of Drills and How to Choose
An overhead shot of a selection of screws
13 Types of Screws and How to Choose
diy wooden cold frame
How to Build a Cold Frame
Torque wrench on a white background
How to Use a Torque Wrench
wine rack
How to Make Your Own Wine Rack
Flathead screwdriver
How to Use a Flat Head Screwdriver
metal washers and nuts
How to Use a Lock Washer
pile of sockets
How to Build a Socket Organizer
Types of saws and how to choose
15 Types of Saws and How to Choose
Types of screwdrivers hanging from a peg board
10 Types of Screwdrivers and How to Choose
A circular saw
How to Buy a Circular Saw
A hammer on top of a deck
6 Types of Hammers and How to Choose
A person using a belt sander on wood
How to Use a Belt Sander
A pressure washer on a desk
How to Use a Pressure Washer
A dog on a set of stairs
How to Build DIY Dog Stairs
Wooden Peg Board
How to Build a DIY Pegboard
minimal laundry machine
How to Build a DIY Laundry Pedestal
Close-Up Of Towels And Napkins On Rack In Bathroom
How to Remove a Towel Bar (Even If There Are No Visible Screws)
Concrete Sleeve Anchors
How to Install Concrete Anchors
Closeup of a person sealing wood with varnish
What Is Varnish?
Grout or Mortar in Bucket
The Differences Between Grout and Mortar
Framing nailer being used
How to Use a Framing Nailer
Drilling Brick
How to Drill Into Brick
Construction worker makes measurements with a laser level tool
How to Use a Laser Level
Pouring Paint Into Tray
What Is Satin Paint?
Yellow and black nail gun above wood with nails on the side
How to Use a Nail Gun
Miter Saw
How to Use a Miter Saw
Fan Coil Unit close-up of fins on air conditioner
How to Use a Fin Comb
Gas Fireplace
How to Turn on a Gas Fireplace With a Wall Key
Setting Water Filter/Softener Control Timer
6 Types of Water Softeners and How to Choose One
White subway tile, green accent tile with tile spacers without grout
How to Use Tile Spacers
Orange stud finder placed flat against wall
How to Use a Stud Finder
Reciprocating saw in use cutting wood
How to Use a Reciprocating Saw
What a Hacksaw Is—and How to Use It Properly
tool box and peg wall
The Must-Have Tools for Homeowners and Renters
Painter using paint thinner
What Paint Thinner Is—and How to Use It Properly
Paint and Lacquer Thinner Cans
The Difference Between Lacquer Thinner and Paint Thinner
Toggle Bolts
How to Install Toggle Bolts
Pouring concrete in building
The Best Temperature to Pour Concrete for High-Quality Results
Jigsaw set up on wooden board with saw blade going through
How to Properly Use a Jigsaw
Tamper tool with other tools
How to Use a Tamper Tool
Multitester tool on electronic scheme diagram.
How to Use a Multimeter
Lawn mower in garden
How to Troubleshoot Issues With Your Lawnmower for a Better Mowing Season
Man using gas snowblower.
How (and Why) to Drain Gas From Your Snowblower
a shop vacuum sitting on the garage floor
How to Use a Shop Vac for Water
Trisodium Phosphate
What Is Trisodium Phosphate?
Mineral Spirits
Mineral Spirits vs. Paint Thinner: What's the Difference?
Blue PEX tubing bent with a 90-degree elbow, bend support and clamps
How to Bend PEX Tubing
Screw extractor
How to Use a Screw Extractor
tape measure
How to Read a Tape Measure
Illustration of tools for electrical projects
17 Basic Tools for Electrical Projects
PVC glue being removed with sandpaper from PCV pipe end
How to Remove PVC Glue
Copper pipes being bent with hands and with a pipe bending tool
How to Bend Copper Pipe 3 Ways
Basin wrench
A Specialty Basin Wrench Makes It Easy to Replace a Faucet
Dimensional Lumber Sizes For Building and Remodeling
Paint sprayer spraying white paint on unfinished wall
Paint Sprayer Basics to Know Before You Buy
Plumbing tools laid on wooden floor
10 Must-Have Items for Plumbing Projects Around the House