Toolbox Tuesday

Are you interested in hearing about our first-hand experiences with tools, devices or items used throughout our renovation? If so, check out our complete list of product reviews in our Toolbox Tuesday section. 

We aren't compensated for these reviews by the manufacturers. We simply want to share good products when we see them, and hope that learning from our mistakes can help save you time, money and frustration.

One aspect of DIY home renovation that I really truly enjoy is doing electrical work. I’m not sure why this is, perhaps it’s the analytical way you need to think about doing electricity, or maybe it’s because it feels like you’re getting to the end of a project and the...
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Toolbox Thursday? Yep, this week’s regularly scheduled Toolbox Tuesday was preempted by our nine year house-iversary before & after gallery post, so I figured we should just move the post off to Thursday, you know, for continuity of alliteration purposes. And in honor of our nine year house-iversary I’m going...
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When you own an old house and like to do any sort of work on it, you end up in some pretty dirty and disgusting situations. From cutting holes in plaster to handling insulation, I always seem to be into something that is turning my snot black and face gritty....
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In keeping with this week's theme of New Year's resolutions, we've decided to devote today's Toolbox Tuesday to a "tool" that can help remove debris from your work zone and clutter from your life. The tool? The trusty contractor bag. Ever since the clock struck midnight on January 1, Alex and...
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What's one of the tools you absolutely need when starting a renovation, almost without question? A hammer? Perhaps a tape measure? Shop-Vac? Cordless drill? All good ideas, sure, but what about a ladder? Oh yeah, a ladder! The tool we really didn't think about until we got to a point where we...
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This Toolbox Tuesday is brought to you by...Wendy? Yep, you read that right. This week is special because it's the first week that I am going to be throwing my two cents into the arena regarding a tool of choice. Up until now, Alex has been waxing poetic about various...
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Have you ever needed to assemble two pieces of wood side to side to make one consistent plank? Have you ever wanted to join a facia piece of material to its base without the need for unsightly fasteners? Are you guilty of overusing pocket holes and screws everywhere? Is there...
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Last week marked a major milestone in the saga of the front vestibule project. After months of laborious effort with tedious paint stripping, restoring, woodworking, door hanging, glass cutting, window glazing, measuring, trimming, shimmimg, shaving, adjusting, bleeding, sweating, crying, arguing…you get the picture, we finally made the significant step of...
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Toolbox Tuesday has been on a little bit of a hiatus over the last few weeks. We've been super busy and I didn't have anything it my repertoire of tools that particularly inspired me, but this week I'm getting back on the horse. Over the past several days I've been...
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When you're a renovator, and especially a renovator in old homes, sooner or later you will come to a point where you need to fill a void where regular old wood filler just won't cut it. Whether you encounter a gap that is just a little too wide, need to...
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