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How to Make a Better Drill Bit in a Pinch

How to Make a Better Drill Bit in a Pinch

Chuck Miller takes an online reader's suggestion and adds a new step to the emergency homemade-bit technique.   Attention all tipsters! We're looking for any smart idea that would make a great There's a Better Way Video or that could be featured in...

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Build a Simple Jig to Drill Cabinet-Handle Holes Perfectly

Build a Simple Jig to Drill Cabinet-Handle Holes Perfectly

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If you have a kitchen full of cabinets that need door and drawer pulls, you could measure them all individually and hope you get it right, but there's a better way.

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Make a Drill Bit in a Pinch

Make a Drill Bit in a Pinch

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If you can't find a small bit to drill pilot holes, you could drop everything and run down to the hardware store, but there's a better way

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A Faster Way to Install Eye Screws

A Faster Way to Install Eye Screws

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If you've got a bunch of eye screws to install, you could do it the old-fashioned way with the blade of a screwdriver, but there's a better way

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How to Use a Drill and Screws to Remove a Plug from a Hole Saw

How to Use a Drill and Screws to Remove a Plug from a Hole Saw

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Avoid busting your knuckles on your next hole-boring project with this clever video tip

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3/8 Drill Bit Extension - long as you need it

3/8" Drill Bit Extension - long as you need it

Well, I had to have a short extension for my 3/8 inch drive Forstner bit. Just had to. I went to three hardware stores and was pretty well convinced that they don't sell such a thing. 1/4 inch...

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High-Tech Brushless Motors Hit the Cordless-Tool Marketplace

High-Tech Brushless Motors Hit the Cordless-Tool Marketplace

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Sweeping changes to power tool technology don't come very often, but there's one coming, and it's brushless motors. We'll help you decide whether they're worth their premium price.

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Tool Review: Lenox Speed Slot Hole Saw

Tool Review: Lenox Speed Slot Hole Saw

One of the most challenging aspects of using a hole saw is clearing debris from the tool. Lenox claims that this new line of hole saws solves that problem once and for all.

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Kobalt Enters the Cordless-Tool Market with an Impressive 18v Drill Driver

Kobalt Enters the Cordless-Tool Market with an Impressive 18v Drill Driver

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This new drill competes with the "big boys" on features, power, and price

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How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

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Don't buy an expensive bit that you'll only use once. Make this custom drill bit for running wire for doorbells, thermostats, or other low-voltage equipment.

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Install/Remove Eyescrews and Hooks

Install/Remove Eyescrews and Hooks

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I used to painfully install hooks and eyescrews with a screwdriver through the hole. Predrill an appropriate sized hole, and then mount a matching hook or open eye bolt onto your drill chuck. Hand...

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Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

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Tired of scrapping good wood when a stripped screw won't budge? Chuck Miller shares a tip for using, of all things, an old golf club to painlessly pull stubborn screws.

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DeWalts Smart Take on the 12V Mini Drill-Driver Was Worth the Wait

DeWalt's Smart Take on the 12V Mini Drill-Driver Was Worth the Wait

According to the Tool Hound, better chuck, battery, and handle designs make this new cordless drill tops in comfort and convenience.

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More Bad News for Ryobi: Cordless-Drill Recall

More Bad News for Ryobi: Cordless-Drill Recall

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In March, a jury awarded $1.5 million in a case against Ryobi for a benchtop tablesaw injury. Now, 7 months later, Ryobi is back in the news again with a recall report filed on the Consumer Product...

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Hitachi Announces Lifetime Warranty

Hitachi Announces Lifetime Warranty

The basics: Yesterday Hitachi Power Tools announced their new Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty, which protects the original purchaser of HXP Lithium Ion cordless tools against possible defects in...

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How to Drill Level Holes In a Fence Post: Drill-Bit Plumb Bob

How to Drill Level Holes In a Fence Post: Drill-Bit Plumb Bob

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Learn an ingenious trick for leveling your drill bit when boring horizontally through a thick piece of wood.

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4 Season Porch Conversion

4 Season Porch Conversion

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Conversion of screened porch into 4 season room with radiant heat. Framing, electric and plumbing by certified contractors. All finish work done by myself, including all cabinets, trim, desktop and...

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How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

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Sometimes the right tool for the job isn't a tool at all. In this tip, watch Chuck Miller make a pilot hole by working backwards.

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Dewalts slim, balanced approach to 12v

Dewalt's slim, balanced approach to 12v

DeWalt may be late to the game as far as 12v Li-ion tools are concerned, but their new entries appear to be solid competition for the current market leaders.

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Barbeque Island and Firepit with Seating area (in the Southwest this is called a Banco)

Barbeque Island and Firepit with Seating area (in the Southwest this is called a Banco)

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My wife and I designed this backyard project.  The back of the island and the Banco are designed to reflect the southwestern character of our Santa Fe style home. I built the...

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