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Get tips and techniques to help you use and take care of your tools for all your DIY projects.

  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. Rebuild a Cordless Tool Battery

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    Cordless tool batteries eventually fail, but replacement batteries can be amazingly expensive. To save money, consider rebuilding the battery pack.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Table Saw Tips and Techniques

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    Get better performance from your bench top or stationary table saw. With these jigs and accessories you can make safer, more accurate rips, crosscuts, dados, rabbets cuts and more.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. How to Drill a Hole in Glass

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    Drilling holes in hard stuff takes talent. Use the wrong technique or tools and you'll waste time, bits, materials and energy. Fortunately, talent can be acquired. Follow these tips and glass, metal, ceramic tile and masonry will feel like balsa wood to your drill.

  8. How to Clean Paint Brushes

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    Good paint brushes are worth the money, whether you're painting with latex, oil or shellac. Here's how the pros clean up their expensive paint brushes.

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