Get tips and techniques to help you use and take care of your tools for all your DIY projects.
How to Oil an Electric Motor
When oiling an electric motor be sure to use special oil for lubricating electric motors. Other oils could cause excess wear and premature failure.
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In the market for a chain saw? Our staff expert shows you the most useful features on chain saws and then tests the performance of 7 popular models. He includes such features as starting ease, chain choice, chain tensioners, fuel and oil systems and more. Be sure to read the results of his chain ...
Lithium Ion Battery Care
Make those expensive lithium ion batteries last longer by following these simple battery care tips.
2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Our editors and Field Editors choose their favorite tools, the ones they’d most like to give and receive, for our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. They’re guaranteed to make your DIY work easier and more fun.
How to Fix an Air Compressor
A faulty air compressor unloader valve can cause the compressor to stall out, but replacement valves are readily available and the fix is easy and inexpensive.
The router does more than cut fancy edges. It'll also cut flawless dadoes and rabbets and perfect patterns. Our basics here show you how to set up and execute these cuts with outstanding results.
How to Sharpen Tools
There's no technical mystery to sharpening garden tools like your lawn mower blades, ax and shovel. In this article, we'll show you step-by-step methods to file and hone an axe using a sharpening stone, how to sharpen a shovel and the best way to sharpen your mower blades.
Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blade
There are several good ways to sharpen lawn mower blades, but one of the quickest and easiest methods is with an angle grinder, an inexpensive, versatile hand-held power tool.
How to Build a Miter Saw Table
Miter saw stands are an essential, but expensive accessory for carpenters. Instead of buying one, save money and get a more versatile work table by building your own. Use these photos and free plan as a guide.