Tools for Surface Preparation
Before painting or wallpapering, you must prepare the surface. Learn more from DIY Network on how commercial products can aid in the process.
A paint stripper helps remove paint or finish from a surface. It comes in grades suited to various levels of stripping. Always wear gloves and a mask when using paint stripper to protect your skin and lungs from harmful chemicals.
Tack cloth works like a debris magnet for cleaning off surfaces. Before you paint or finish a surface, it's crucial that it be clean and free of debris.
A wire wheel brush attached to a drill is good for removing rust. If you don't have a power drill, use a handheld wire brush.
A wallpaper steamer works like a clothes iron without a hot plate. It releases steam onto the wallpaper to melt the glue and allow the user to peel off the paper.
The heat gun is used like a hair dryer to melt paint. Hold the tool close to the surface, and the paint will start to bubble off. Then use a paint scraper to remove the softened paint. This tool should not be used on lead-based paint.
Learn about the different types of levels and how to use them.
DIY experts explain the uses of a plunge router.
This project calculator is a great tool to have around the workshop. It can perform functions ordinary calculators can't -- including converting all dimensions.
Installing Drywall on Ceilings, Arches and Around Curves
Learn how to install drywall in the trickiest, most difficult spaces.
Tips on Repairing a Drill
Repairing a drill can be an exhausting and complicated task, and it's not for beginners. Here are a few tips for tool experts on how to repair drills.
Power Hand-Planer Basics
Handheld planers are designed to smooth the surface of wood. The manual handheld planer is good for smaller projects, but for larger ones, a power planer does the job in a lot less time.
Ultimate Gardening Tools
Horticulturist and landscaping expert Hunter Stubbs discusses some of the tools that are necessary for creating the ultimate garden workshop.
Power sanders are great for smoothing large surfaces, but for sanding tough areas, a sheet of sandpaper is best. Here's a guide on how to choose the best sandpaper for any project.
Tips on Choosing Wrenches
Wrenches are basic tools for every workshop, and different kinds are designed for specific jobs. Here are some tips for choosing the right wrench.
Recommendations for safely operating a jackhammer.
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