Hammer Drill vs. Impact Driver: What’s the Difference?

The basic difference between a hammer drill and an impact driver is the direction from which they each exert additional force on their twisting action. A hammer drill exerts a greater force directly into the bit as it hits the material being drilled, while an impact driver increases the force being delivered perpendicular to the […]

Essential Woodworking Power Tools for DIYers

Bring the tool to the project instead of the project to the tool! Portable woodworking power tools open up endless opportunities. Whether you’re a master craftsperson or new to woodworking, you’ll need some essential woodworking power tools for your projects. Shapes, sizes, and costs will vary. There are corded and cordless versions of most of […]

Staying Safe Around Nail Guns

Is there a scarier tool on a job site than a nail gun? Probably no other tool, saws or grinders included, causes more injuries than the powerful nail gun, particularly among those not fully trained or experienced. Although no Canadian statistics are available, the U.S., U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Association (OHSA) report that two […]

Why Use Electric Power Tools?

Anyone who has undertaken a do-it-yourself project can tell you that some tasks require too much time and energy to complete by hand. This is where power tools often prove essential to completing a challenging project. There are many different types of power tools available, and several of them have a specific design to fill […]

Easy Ways to Cut Metal Fast

There’s nothing wrong with using a good, old-fashioned hacksaw, but there are faster, easier ways to cut metal. We’ll show you power tool tips and techniques for cutting the types and thicknesses of metal that DIYers handle the most. And whether you’d like to build custom cars or just fix a cracked lawn mower deck, […]

Staying Safe While Handling Power Tools

More than one million people are hurt using hand and power tools every year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Not only do people suffer physically, but their injuries also often hurt them financially. Their employers lose money, too. Many of the visits to hospitals and doctors’ offices could be prevented with more […]

How Does 3D Printing Work?

3D printing is a process that uses computer-aided design, or CAD, to create objects layer by layer. 3D printing is commonly used in manufacturing and automotive industries, where tools and parts are made using 3D printers. 3D printing is also shaking up the healthcare industry. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed hospitals and increased the […]

How Do Different Nail Guns Work?

Nail guns aren’t the same as staple guns, though the two are sometimes confused. They are both powerful tools and dangerous if improperly operated. Here’s how different nail guns work. A nail gun has two primary jobs—to drive a nail into wood or other material, and to move the next nail into place within the […]

How Blowtorches Work

Blowtorches have been invented in the late 19th century and have since become both cool and useful to use in different applications ranging all the way from welding and cutting metal, lighting up cigars, melting jewelry, and even cooking! They work on the basis of an oxygen and fuel gas mix, fed into a torch […]

How Do Electrical Wires and Cables Work?

Now wiring comes in a lot of different forms and a lot of different formats. Most commonly in homes, you have this type of wiring which is called Romex. It has this outer shield, which is, in this case, is white covered. It also comes in different colors, not a big deal. Inside it, you’ll […]