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  1. Caulking: Pro Tips

    Whether you're caulking a siding, a bathtub or exterior doors, it's important to fill gaps completely and lay a neat caulk line. A pro shares his tips for getting great results.

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  1. Choosing the Best Hammer

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    Can't decide on the best hammer for you? We compared balance, strength and features of classic and modern hammers. See which ones our Editors preferred.

  2. How to Sharpen a Chisel

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    You can't do a good job with blunt chisels. Learn how to quickly sharpen even damaged chisels so they cut like new.

  3. Reciprocating Saw Uses

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    Reciprocating saws make demolition easier and more fun. You can struggle and rip it out with a variety of crowbars and hacksaws or you can use a reciprocating saw and just cut it free. It's the ultimate demolition tool. Windows, walls, plumbing, doors and more—just cut and toss. Here's how to get the most out of your reciprocating saw.

  4. 5 Must-Have Drill Attachments

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    Make your drill do more than drill holes. These five drill attachments are problem solvers and timesavers. Plus, they will work with cordless or corded drills.

  5. How to Use a Speed Square

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    Speed squares aren’t just for marking 90- and 45-degree angles when you’re cutting 2x4s. You can use a speed square to find roof pitches, guide your circular saw and more—including marking any angle from 0 to 90 degrees.

  6. Router Table Plans

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    Once you mount your router in a router table, you might never remove it. Use these plans to build this router table and change your woodworking world.

  7. Chain Saw Safety

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    A chain saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn how to use this powerful tool safely.

  8. How to Build a Wall Cabinet

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    Need more space for tools? Build this pegboard wall cabinet, and you can turn 16 sq. ft. of wall space into almost 48 sq. ft. of hanging storage for tools and supplies.

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