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  • Wok cooking can be a fun and exciting experience. There are two main types of woks to choose from: Electric or Traditional. Traditional stove top woks typically have a flat or round bottom. Round bottom woks are generally for pit stoves because the bottom sits in sort of a fire lit hole. Flat bottom woks are for standard or induction cook tops. They also come in electric versions. Woks are made from stainless steel, cast iron or carbon steel and has become very popular as it is a great way to cook quickly. The surface of the woks are nonstick which allows for healthier cooking without the need for extra oil. They heat quickly and maintain that heat throughout the cooking process. The high sides of the wok makes it easy to utilize the entire surface of the wok. Whether you choose an electric or traditional wok, you will be able to enjoy the versatility that comes with owning one. You can also use your wok to braise, steam or deep fry.Woks come in a variety of sizes and you don't have to spend a lot of money to find a good quality one. With so many types on the market, it won't be hard to choose the best wok for your needs. Just a little bit of research goes a long way when selecting the right one for you.
    February 03, 2016
  • If you've ever tried to eye-ball measurements or use soup or dessert spoons in place of measuring spoons, you may have had a baking disaster or made a dinner that didn't quite taste right. That's why measuring spoons are an essential tool for any kitchen. In most cases, spoons come in sets that contain at least a quarter teaspoon, half teaspoon, full teaspoon, and tablespoon measures. Some of them also include eighth teaspoon and half teaspoon measures, which are useful for home cooks that do a lot of baking or want to get their spices just right. Metal or porcelain spoons are preferable to plastic ones because they discolor or pick up odors, which is especially important when you're measuring spices. If you don't want to dig through the drawer to search for a half-dozen different measuring spoons, you might want to consider an adjustable measuring spoon. The size of these spoons can be changed thanks to a simple slider on the handle, making these convenient, one-size-fits-all measuring spoons.
    February 01, 2016
  • The right wine glass can make the difference between a decent wine and a great wine. That's because wine glasses are specially shaped to enhance the aromas and flavors of different types of wines, bringing out the subtleties you might miss if you try to enjoy wine from the wrong type of glass. Sparkling, red, and white wines each have their own style of glassware. For sparkling wines, you'll want to use a deep, narrow glass that encourages tiny bubbles to rise to the top. If you're drinking red wine, a glass with a large bowl that has plenty of room at the top for the bouquet is desirable. White wines also benefit from extra room at the top of the glass, though you'll want your nose a little closer to the wine if you're hoping to pick up on the subtleties. Within these three categories, there are a wide variety of specialized glasses designed to enhance particular varietals. If you tend to drink one type of one, it's a good idea to buy glassware that's ideal for that varietal. No matter what type of wine you enjoy, you'll want to look for glassware that's well-made, easy to clean, and perfectly clear.
    February 01, 2016
  • A set of matching flatware can make any dining room feel well put-together. Flatware usually comes in sets of four, six, eight or 12 and it's always a good idea to buy a few sets more than the number of people in your household so that you can accommodate for any guests that come over. Stainless steel flatware is by far the most popular. These sets are easy to take care of, won't discolor if left overnight in water or exposed to acidic foods and never need to be polished. If you're looking for a set of flatware on a budget, stainless steel is definitely the way to go. Not all stainless steel sets are inexpensive, however, so you'll want to be sure to check the price to make sure that the set you like is in your budget. Silver plated and sterling silver flatware sets range in price from expensive to astronomically expensive. If you want the look of real silver without the incredibly high price tag, silver plated flatware is your only option, and some of these sets can run into the thousands. All sets of real silverware run from the thousands to the tens of thousands of dollars, and should be treated as heirlooms that can be passed down to children and grandchildren. Silver should be washed by hand after use and requires polishing from time to time to remove tarnish that builds up.
    February 01, 2016
AmazonBasics products encompass a wide range of categories, with excellent quality and stellar value being their hallmark features. This time, we'll explore the best AmazonBasics products in technology and travel, as well as a handful of automotive-related items that we found extremely useful.
October 18, 2019
AmazonBasics is Amazon’s private label brand that offers alternative products to many competitors in various categories. We've seen AmazonBasics products everywhere from electronic accessories, baking essentials, and even motor oil!
October 18, 2019
A washing machine is not something that is frequently purchased by customers, but it's an essential household appliance nonetheless. Whether you're in the market because your old washing machine broke down or you've simply decided that it's time for an upgrade, you'll definitely want to select the best one to suit your needs, budget, and available space. There are excellent choices in both the front-loading and top-loading categories, and we've identified the best washing machine in each respective category with respect to performance, features, pricing, and availability. If you'd like to research your purchase further, we've included a washing machine buyer's guide below our recommendations.
September 13, 2019
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  • Most home kitchens contain a range for their convenience and relative affordability. A range usually combines a cooktop and an oven into one appliance with a wide variety of available styles, features, and capacities. Simple electric ranges can typically be had for affordable prices, while expensive dual-fuel models wouldn’t be out of place in a high-end home. Whether you’re looking for something simple and affordable or something stylish and professional, we’ve compiled the following lists of the best ranges available. For a more detailed guide to finding the best range for your kitchen, be sure to also check out our buying guide below.
    April 30, 2016
  • The three main types of coffee grinders are blade, flat plate, and conical. Conical burr grinders are the original type of grinders and use burrs placed at a near vertical orientation which spin at a low speed so there’s no burn taste. These provide the most consistent coarse grounds used in French press or pour over coffee but will also make good medium to fine grinds as wellNext, you have blade grinders which use sharp cutting blades spinning at very high speeds to cut and chop coffee beans to grounds. The least expensive option, they work best for medium type grounds ideal for drip machines and percolators. For most coffee making applications, a blade grinder is really all you need. Because of their operating speed, they can sometimes burn the beans and slightly alter the taste of your coffee.Lastly, you have flat plate burr grinders which turn slower than blade grinders so there’s less of a chance the coffee will burn. They use horizontal burrs on a flat plate (hence the name) which do a credible grinding job for all coffee grinds, but they excel at finer grinds like espresso and Turkish blends.For the purpose of this list, we’re concentrating on electrically powered grinders because they grind larger quantities of beans faster and easier, especially when you’re making more than one cup of coffee. Every one of these grinders will be easy to take apart and clean which is helpful if a bean gets caught in the mechanism, the blades gum up from very oily or flavored beans, or if a foreign object accidentally gets into the grinder.Each pick will also have at least five grind selections unlike some basic coffee grinders that have no selection capability where it’s almost impossible to get consistent grounds from one brewing session to the next. These selections will grind at least eight cups of coffee at one time, giving you enough grounds to fuel any coffee making pot that you plan on using. Lastly, each of these machines will come with a limited manufacturer’s one year warranty, unless otherwise mentioned in the description.
    April 22, 2016
  • The french press is a manual coffee making system where you add the coffee grounds into a container then pour pre-heated hot water over the top. You then let the grounds brew for as long as you desire, understanding that the longer the brew,  the stronger the coffee. Finally, you’ll strain the grounds from the liquid resulting in freshly brewed coffee that some consider the best that can be made.The following best  French press makers will have a press strainer which is tightly sealed along the edges. Lesser presses may make good coffee, but if the seal isn't tight you’ll have bits and piece of grounds escaping into the coffee brew. Each of our picks will also be capable of making at least eight cups of coffee, making them as versatile as a drip or percolator coffee machine. If you’re like to use fine ground coffee, then consider those types with multiple strainers.All of the strainer mediums will be made of metal as well; while plastic or nylon strainers will keep the grounds out as effectively as metal, their overall durability is in question. Honestly, do you really want bits and pieces of degraded plastic (or strings of nylon) infesting your coffee and spoiling the brew? Although every plastic French Press maker on this list will be BPH free, we’ve offered all-metal options if you’re concerned about plastic chemicals leaching into the brew. Lastly, each of these picks will come with a one year manufacturer’s warranty unless otherwise stated in the description.
    March 28, 2016
  • Burr grinders use elongated teeth or "burrs" to break apart and pulverize coffee beans. This makes for a jagged surface area on the grounds which allows water to penetrate and release the essential oils and flavors locked inside the beans for maximum flavor.There are two types of burr grinders, disc grinders and conical grinders. Disc grinders are always less expensive and perform very well for rendering exceptionally flavored ground coffee with the exception of espressos or Turkish coffee. Comparably, conical grinders excel at rendering every type of coffee ground including the finest grounds.All of the burr grinders we’ve chosen for this list will be electrically powered. While manual burr grinders work great for a single cup of coffee, using one to make a full pot will be very time consuming. These picks also have multiple grind settings for maximum versatility. Granted, there are some fine grinders out there that are pre-set for a medium grind that will conform to most people’s tastes, but versatility is a key here, especially if you want to experiment with different types of coffee styles.Another selling point of these picks is they’ve all been designed with removable grinding parts which make cleaning much easier than units with permanently mounted parts. Additionally, they’re all standalone units, not add-ons meant to work in conjunction with a base appliance such as mixers, blender bases or kitchen centers. Lastly, each of these best burr grinders will be covered by a minimum one year manufacturer’s warranty unless otherwise noted in the description.
    March 23, 2016
  • You may want to think of these as modern tea kettles, but in these modern times, these kettles are capable of doing so much more although you'll always have hot water ready when you need it. While they work great for making tea, the water gets hot enough in some of these picks to be used for a variety of tasks such as sterilization, unblocking clogged drains, or even pouring over ant mounds to rid your property of ants in a very eco-friendly way. So, you might think tea kettle here, but there are so many more uses.If you particular about the exact temperature of the water, look for those with temperature control features. You'll also have your choice of different materials in construction such as glass, stainless steel, plastic, and hybrids that use a combination of these materials. You can choose the type that best fits your personal taste in kitchen décor.All of the electric kettles we’ve chosen for this list will have at least 1000 watts of power which ensures faster boiling times than doing this manually on the stove. The power comes from a detachable base so that every kettle is cordless when you pour it. All of the plastic used in the construction of these kettles will be certified BPH free, so although you may have to spend a bit more for the units on this list, your health should be worth it.These picks have also been constructed with anti-slip handles and an auto-shut-off feature, so when the water is done you won't have to worry about boil overs. These kettles won’t burn the water which may sound funny, but lesser kettles can impart a burnt taste, greatly detracting from the hot beverage you are trying to enjoy. Lastly, each kettle will come with a one year manufacturer’s warranty unless otherwise stated in the description.
    February 26, 2016
  • Food choppers are one step above a regular knife, generally giving the same performance as a manual knife in terms of chopping performance, but they do it faster and more efficiently. These basic appliances are all going to be manually activated, because any motorized unit takes away from the simplicity of the design. Plus, motorized units begin to blur the line between a food chopper and a miniature food processor, and choppers are what this list is all about.These picks are all made for quick and easy food vegetable preparation, therefore all of them will store easily in a deep drawer or virtually any cabinet space. All of the cutting parts and the bowl will be dishwasher safe, so once you have finished chopping, you can literally place them in a dishwasher with no muss or fuss. Although some may have plastic components, the cutting blades will all be made of stainless steel.There are several different ways to power them including pump action, crank handles, and pull cords. You'll have to decide which type is right for you. Each of these will also come protected by a minimum one year limited manufacturer’s warranty, unless otherwise listed in the description.
    February 25, 2016
  • People have been grinding their own meats since the pioneer days because of the basic necessity and now in the modern era because it offers more benefits than pre-packaged meats. People choose to grind meat because it’s safer, produces better flavored meats, offers a better texture, and saves you money in the long haul.Meat grinders all consist of the same basic parts, from the hopper, the pusher that presses the meat down into the hopper, an auger, and a cutting blade. You’ll have your choice between an electrically powered meat grinder or a manually powered type so choose which type suits your lifestyle better. However, we will not feature any meat grinder attachments that come as options for various mixers and food processors. The only thing on this list will be dedicated meat grinders that are stand alone or types that bolt on to your counter.All of these meat grinders will have a metal cutting blade. Granted, there are some grinders that have heavy-duty polycarbonate blades, but when they grind gristle or hit an errant piece of bone, they will degrade and lose their edge, and they will all have a one year limited manufacturer’s warranty unless otherwise stated in the description.Remember also to keep the crank and the auger ends lubricated for durability and a longer life span. Use a few drops of cooking oil at these points every time you use them, and you'll keep bearing wear at a minimum for the lifetime of the unit.
    February 25, 2016
  • With the price of food always going up, consumers are continuously looking for ways to save money at the grocery store; one way is to buy meats and cheeses in bulk. In most instances you can buy bologna, ham, turkey, or beef and lamb whole, and use a meat slicer to cut it up into individual portions as you need them. This can potentially save you a lot of money spent on prepackaged meats and cheeses. Not only that, but a quality meat slicer can also make short work of potatoes and other vegetables, slicing them thin enough to make chips or garnishes for salads.To start, we’ve chosen these best meat slicers because they’re all commercial models. Not that there aren't some good household types, but all household meat slicers are essentially downsized and therefore compromised commercial models. No household type will have the power, be as effective, or function comparably to these selectionsThese meat slicers were also chosen because of their incredibly precise thickness adjustments, thanks to fine toothed gearing and bearings on their adjustment shafts. Most household adjustments are simple sliders with coarse plastic gears for basic thickness adjustments gauged on rudimentary thickness markings. They’ll easily slice up cooked meat, fresh meat, and even frozen meat so you don’t have to thaw an entire side of beef every time you only want a couple of slices for dinner.All of these meat slicers will be made primarily of metal meaning they’re and not particularly portable, but this means they’re staying planted during slicing tasks. Every one of these picks will break down relatively easy for cleaning after virtually every use or you run the risk of salmonella poisoning from bits and pieces of decaying meat caught in the nooks and crannies.Unless otherwise noted in the description, these picks will all come with a manufacturer’s limited one year warranty.
    February 16, 2016
  • A skillet is essentially a shallow frying pan with a lid. Unlike griddles which are open topped, a skillet will cook food more efficiently by keeping the heat contained in addition to containing food splatter inside the cover. They’re also available in different dimensions including round, square, rectangular, and oblong shapes to suit the types of food you cook most. Good for preparing a variety of meals, their electrical power source means not relying on a stovetop burner to get them heated up.  We’ve narrowed down these best electric skillets because they all have variable temperature settings instead of just "hi", "medium", or "low" settings. This makes our picks very versatile in the kitchen since you can to choose the perfect temperature for any meal; none have any "hot spots" which could potentially burn or overcook a meal. Their handles are also manufactured to be heat resistant so you won't need a dish towel or kitchen gloves to pick them up.Additionally, each skillet will be at least two-inches deep, giving you the option to simmer foods like stews and soups. They will all have non-stick surfaces, but the composition of each may be different, so again, choose which non-stick works for you. Unless mentioned otherwise, each of these selections will be covered by a minimum one year manufacturer’s warranty.
    February 10, 2016
  • Down comforters offer the best in comfort, both in terms of softness and in terms of breathability. And these days, allergies aren't even an issue, as the best down comforters are certified hypo-allergenic. There is a wide range of down comforters out there, and depending on exactly what you're looking for, you can find something suitable no matter what your price range or requirements. Here are the five most luxurious, durable, warm, and easy to care for down comforters on the market.
    February 05, 2016
  • Two of the top 10 items that define a civilized culture are access to clean water and effective sanitation. While few of us drink out of the toilet, the wonderful commode that we take for granted places us in the top 1 percent of the civilized world. Not only do 99.99 percent of the homes in America have a toilet, we have at least three or more. Not only do we have three or more, but our toilets are the smartest, most sophisticated toilets in the world. They come with lids (an important factor if you live with flies that spread dysentery) that open and close themselves, seats that are heated, bidets that take care of the dirty work, and they can even come with stereo surround sound for our added enjoyment. Our commodes on these lists will also use water as efficiently as possible, give us options about how much water to use, and some toilets can even recycle, sterilize and re-use the water depending on how efficient we want to be.
    February 05, 2016
  • When small or intricate objects need to be painted, there’s nothing that works better than a can of spray paint. Spray allows you to apply an even coat of paint to an object, without leaving tell-tale brush strokes. Available in a wide range of colors, spray paints make it easy to match decorative items to home decor, repair scratches and nicks in car finishes and provide quick and easy protection from the weather for items intended to be left outdoors. With spray paint, cleanup is minimal. There are no brushes or rollers to clean and no spray gun to take apart. The only actual cleaning needed is to turn the can upside-down for a moment and spray, allowing the propellant to clear out the nozzle, so that it doesn't clog. If that little step is forgotten, the can may not work the next time. One does need to watch out for overspray when using spray paint, just as they would with a large spray gun. The process of atomizing the paint tends to cause droplets to float around in the air, landing in places you may not want. For that reason, one needs to be careful about where they are spray painting, selecting a location where the overspray can’t damage anything. For small objects, a makeshift “spray booth” can be made out of a cardboard box. Due to the small nozzle size, spray paint is thinned considerably, making each coat extremely thin. If a thicker finish is needed, it is recommended to apply several coats. Most spray paints can be recoated within 30 minutes, making it easy to apply several coats. There are also a few high solids spray paints on the market, which build a thicker film per coat. For the best possible finish, spray in a back and forth pattern which starts and ends past the ends of the object. This will help prevent runs caused by excessive paint buildup at the ends of the object. You should also try and always keep the surface “wetted” so that the new paint is being laid down overlapping existing wet paint. This will help to eliminate the striped effect that is typical of poorly applied spray paint. Spray paint can also be buffed once dry, to help eliminate any sheen striping. Only buff it if several coats of paint have been applied, as buffing does remove some paint from the surface. Hand buffing is better, as you are less likely to buff though the paint film. One nice thing that is being done with some of the newer spray paints is multi-colored and textured paints. Both Krylon and Rust-Oleum, the two largest producers of spray paints, offer several different types of multi-colored and textured spray paints. These are excellent for use on surfaces that are not perfectly smooth or that have imperfections, as they hide those imperfections quite well. Paints of this type are not high gloss, which also helps to hide imperfections. When selecting spray paints, look at the price. Low cost spray paints are just that; low cost. They typically have lower solids, so will provide less coverage. This can be dealt with by applying more coats. A higher cost spray paint will generally be higher solids, providing a thicker film and better coverage. A few spray paints will actually cover in one coat.
    February 03, 2016
  • Electric blankets have improved in terms of technology and material to be much more versatile and comfortable than their earlier scratchy counterparts. They use much less electricity than a heating fan or radiator would, which can help reduce winter heating bills. Larger blankets have dual controls so two people can comfortably share a blanket. These top picks are comfortable, plush blankets that will warm the coldest nights, as long as you are near an outlet.
    February 03, 2016
  • Scroll saws are ideally adapted for cutting curves in wood. These saws can make the tightest cuts, even cutting 90 degree angles or five degree internal angles. The thin cutting blade is held firmly and stretched between two arms, ensuring it stays rigid and at the right angle to the wood.If you’ve ever tried cutting anything complex with a hand-held jigsaw, you probably got as frustrated as I did. I used one of those for years, before finally breaking down to buy a scroll saw. What a difference! The quality of cuts that I’m able to make it much better, following the pattern line on the workpiece, and producing cuts exactly perpendicular to the face of the workpiece. That’s extremely hard to do with a handheld jigsaw.Some may think that all scrolls saws are essentially created equal but in fact they’re not. The biggest difference is the drive system used which affects the accuracy of the cut, as well as the possibility of splitting the wood. Take a look at our buyer's guide below to learn the difference as well as other key pieces of information.
    February 03, 2016
  • Everyone needs to paint their house from time to time, giving their home a fresh, clean look and protecting the home's materials from weather damage. A proper paint job is not only aesthetically pleasing, but an important part of a home's maintenance. Therefore, it's worth taking the time to do it right. The right paint can make a huge difference. Not all paints are created equal, either in quality or in purpose. When picking paint, you need to make sure it is not only of a high quality, but that it will work well with the substrate you've chosen. A poor choice in this regard will mean paint will peel off the home, long before you should be expecting any problems. However, picking the right paint can be tricky at best. Most people depend on the guy in the paint department to tell them what they need; however, you're better off having a good idea of what will work best for your situation, long before talking to him. Check out our buyer's guide for paints and learn the things you need to know in order to pick out the right paint for your paint job.
    February 03, 2016
  • After table saws, band saws are the most common type of shop saw you'll encounter. They are used extensively everywhere from cabinet making shops to induistrial manufacturing plants. The band saw provides the thinnest kerf of any type of saw around which makes it excellent for use with expensive or rare materials like wood burls. There are two things that a band saw can do which a table saw can’t. They're excellent for cutting curves and the only saw which can properly resaw wood. For curve cutting they provide a much smoother cut than either a jigsaw or a scroll saw with the blade exactly perpendicular to the workpiece. Although scroll saws will cut a tighter curve, they can’t cut as smooth as one as a band saw can. Resawing wood consists of splitting the thickness of it, typically taking a 3/4” thick board and making it into two 3/8” thick pieces or three 1/4” thick pieces. With the narrow kerf of the band saw blade, very little material is lost. This is important for book matching pieces. Consider taking a taking a look at our buyer's guide below for more information about band saws and how to make the best possible selection for your needs.
    February 03, 2016
  • There seems to be a specialized type of pliers for every job imaginable, but you can usually get away with a handful of the most basic types. From needle nose to channel lock, you'll find the best of the best on the lists below. Each of these tools will be made with high quality materials, function smoothly and have a long working life so you can be rest assured that you're getting the best pliers for the job.
    February 03, 2016
  • Most finish carpenters work with two types of nailers, finish nailers and brad nailers. If you look at the door casing in your home, you’ll see there’s a row of nails close to the edge of the trim, by the door opening; these are done by a brad nailer. Then there’s another row of nails farther back and these have been done by a finish nailer. If you look closely, you’ll see the finish nailer made larger holes than the brad nailer did. The longer finish nail is intended to go through the trim, drywall and well into the framing of the home. In contrast, the brads used on the edge of the door casing only have to go through the lip of the casing and directly into the door frame. Thus, the nails don’t need to be anywhere near as long nor do they have to structurally hold the trim since the finish nails going into the framing accomplish that. For more information about how to select a good finish nailer, check out our buyer's guide listed below.
    February 03, 2016
  • Whether you are ripping down your own planks from fallen trees or cutting dovetails to assemble a delicate jewelry box, grab the wrong saw and you’re in for a heap of trouble. Selecting the right saw is a matter of knowing the job at hand, anticipating the grain of the wood and understanding what attributes make a good saw. The lists below will help you choose the proper saw for the job, but one major aspect requires a little explanation. Will you be making cuts with the grain or across? A rip saw is used for cuts made with the grain and named for the process of ripping down boards. Crosscut saws are the opposite and their teeth are optimized for cutting against the grain. The difference is all in the teeth and using the right one will make the job easier, more accurate and help to make a smoother cut. Beyond this, most saws are named for their intended task and are easy to distinguish. A pruning saw is meant for pruning while the wallboard saw isn’t useful for much else beyond drywall/wallboard work, so pay attention to the nomenclature. All saws benefit from hardened steel teeth. This keeps them sharper for longer and extends the time between sharpenings or replacements. The style of handle varies as much as the blade, but slight variations can really change how comfortable it is to hold. A handle that sits nicely in the hand will greatly improve your working experience. Find the properly named saw, make sure the materials are of high quality, consider the comfort of the handle and check the teeth to make sure you’ll get an easy cut. After that’s said and done, it’s time to get to work.
    February 03, 2016
  • Like most people, we're always on the prowl for the best bedsheets – ones that are soft, don't pill or get fuzzy, wash well without shrinking, and have a nice luxurious weight. Here, we've assembled some of the best bedsheets we've seen out there. When looking for the best bedsheets, look for a relatively high thread-count – at least 300 or higher. This means that the cotton fibers will more closely spaced, making for a softer and more luxurious sheet. However, just because the thread-count is high doesn't mean that the cotton fibers are the best quality. The best premium cottons are Supima, Pima and Egyptian cottons, all names for extra-long staple cotton, which has a longer, finer, and stronger fiber than normal cotton. You may also want to look for cotton sateen, cotton which has been treated and woven to create a satin-like smooth look. Be sure to check the depth of your mattress before buying, to ensure that your new sheets will fit your bed.
    February 03, 2016
  • A good mechanic’s tool set is invaluable to anyone who prefers working on their vehicle at home to paying someone to do it in a shop. No matter what skill level you possess, a tool set is an essential thing to have. Regardless of your skill level though, all mechanic’s tool sets should have a few very key components. Whatever set you purchase needs to have a wide array of differently sized sockets. The set also needs to have at least one ratchet. Sockets could be the number one most used thing in a mechanic’s tool set, so the higher number of sockets the better. Your set should also ideally have a set of open or box ended wrenches. These come in handy in places where sockets and a ratchet normally don’t fit. Finally, your set needs to have a wide variety of supplementary tools to work with: drivers, driver bits, mallets, pliers, etc. The more supplementary tools you have in your set, the more valuable it is and the better chance you have of finding the right tool for whatever job you have to be working on.So take a second to think about your skill level and give the appropriate list a look. Do you operate a shop out of your garage and want a professional set? Do you want a great, budget minded starter set? Or, perhaps you’re an intermediate level tool user. Whatever your skill level, there’s a set for you.
    February 03, 2016
  • Of all the types of nailers on the market, brad nailers are the most common. If a woodworker has only one type of nailer, you can pretty much count on it being a brad nailer. That’s not just because they’re less expensive than the larger types of nailers, but also because they’re so versatile. These tools can be used for finish carpentry, cabinetry, and even furniture making. The big question for most people is whether to buy a pneumatic brad nailer or a cordless one. Pneumatic nailers must be connected to an air compressor for power making them great for use in a workshop, but a little less convenient on a job site. On the other hand, the added convenience of a cordless will cost you more. There are few features that differentiate pneumatic nailers although cordless ones do vary, especially in the manner in which the drive system works; choose wisely as some operate more consistently and controllably than others. For more information about selecting a brad nailer, check out our buyer's guide provided below.
    February 03, 2016
  • A hex key set might just be my most used tool nowadays and I am regularly impressed by how well a set can stand up to the abuse inflicted upon it. For these lists I found the best balance of durability and price in the right range of sizes. Each hex key set on these lists will stand up to abuse and function beautifully for years to come thanks to careful designing and high quality materials.
    February 03, 2016
  • A good set of sockets is one of the essential items you need to build a worthwhile shop. It's not as simple as grabbing the first set you see on the shelf at your local home improvement depository. Socket sets vary so much that you could buy the most expensive one in the shop with more than 200 pieces and still wind up missing the one socket you really need. Whether you are looking for a set of deep impact sockets to do some heavy-duty auto work or a budget set for the most common household tasks, we have the information you need to make the right decision.Be sure to also check out of list of the best socket wrenches.
    February 03, 2016
  • The world of adhesive is vast and sprawling, but the king of the hill in has to be epoxy. There is a special kind of epoxy for every application from simple, wooden joinery to plugging leaks in boat hulls. Choose the right one and the end result will be a joint or repair that is both strong and astoundingly long lived.We've narrowed down our selections to the most commonly-encountered types of epoxy, though this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of every type of epoxy that exists. Our recommendations take into consideration the overall effectiveness of each epoxy, value for money, availability both off- and online, user reviews, and personal experiences with each.The following categories are represented below:Best All-Purpose EpoxyBest Wood EpoxyBest Metal EpoxyBest Plastic EpoxyBest Putty EpoxyBest Waterproof EpoxyWhere applicable, we've included multiple recommendations for your convenience. All of the epoxies selected here are great products, so it ultimately comes down to personal preference.
    February 03, 2016
  • Pellet stoves are increasing in popularity as a more affordable way of heating a home or a specific room in the home. These stoves run by burning pellets, which are usually made of sawdust, bark, or other wood or agricultural waste. They are extremely efficient, and provide heat at a much lower cost than traditional furnaces. Pellet stoves are available in two main styles: freestanding and fireplace insert. The freestanding type looks much like an old-fashioned wood stove, and are reported to be more reliable than the fireplace insert types. The fuel can be inserted either through the top or bottom of the pellet stove, and is stored in a hopper. When choosing a pellet stove, you should consider the performance, ease of cleanup, installation, price, and efficiency.
    February 03, 2016
  • The advantages of memory foam mattresses combined with their increased availability have made finding the best memory foam mattress no easy task. Unlike traditional mattresses, memory foam mattresses are designed to mold to the contours of your body. So, you are able to sleep in a natural position, reducing the stress placed on the back, neck, joints, and other muscles. If you are tired of searching, then read on to find the best memory foam mattresses.
    February 03, 2016
  • Glue is one of the essentials of any toolbox. When something minor breaks in your home or on the job site, the majority of the time a good adhesive is what you’ll need to repair it. Perhaps you’ll primarily use glue to work in your personal wood shop. What if you want a bottle of adhesive suited to fix your children’s toys? Then again, maybe you just need an all-purpose glue to work on a wide variety of different materials because who knows what you’re going to have to fix next. Read through our glue buyer’s guide below to help you make right purchasing decision.
    February 03, 2016
  • Of all the methods which have been devised for applying paint, nothing has approached the efficiency and finish quality of spraying. That’s why spraying paint is used throughout manufacturing industries, as well as being the number one means for applying paint to new residential and commercial construction. Granted, there are places where spraying isn’t always appropriate, such as the inside of a furnished house. In that case, the overspray from using the spray equipment would cause unacceptable damage to the furnishings. Another such case is for doing fine detail work. In those cases, a brush often can give better results, with less time invested, that what would be required to mask everything in order to paint those details with a sprayer. However, not all paint sprayers are appropriate for all uses. You must pick the right type of paint sprayer for the paint you are going to use, as well as the category of item that you are painting. Check out our buyer's guide below for more information on what type of paint sprayer to use for your job.
    February 03, 2016
  • Torque wrenches are precision instruments, used to ensure that nuts and bolts are properly tightened in automotive engines, aviation and industrial applications. They provide a means of measuring the amount of force applied to the fastener, in order to tighten it. Without this measurement, there is no sure way of verifying that these fasteners have been properly tightened. If you’ve ever tightened up something just finger tight on your car engine and then forgotten about it; you probably have experienced the bolt or nut loosen up fairly quickly when the car was started. Since there is no opposing force to cause the nut or bolt to remain tightened, it is easy for it to become loose. However, a properly tightened bolt or nut won’t come loose, even after many hours of operation. The way that nuts and bolts work is that when tightened they put pressure, called “clamping force,” on the items they are holding together. As those items are more massive than the hardware holding them together, they push back, actually stretching the bolt microscopically. It is this stretching which prevents the bolt from coming loose. The stretching is like stretching a spring, allowing the bolt head and the nut to maintain pressure on the sides of whatever they are holding. There is a strong element of friction involved in fastener holding power. The friction between the head of the bolt or the side of the nut and the object they are holding, prevent the bolt head or nut from turning. As long as there is enough clamping force to maintain that friction, they won’t budge. While tightening fasteners to the proper torque is the way that we ensure that there is enough clamping force, this clamping force can change due to the type of finish on the fasteners and whether or not the fasteners have been previously used. The threads of a nut and bolt pair which has been tightened and loosened a number of times (without rusting) become somewhat polished by the pressure. This will increase the amount of clamping force applied each time, if tightened to the same torque. Nevertheless, the torque values which are used for nuts and bolts take into account the type of material used in the fastener, the hardness of that material and any surface coating. Engineers use pre-calculated tables, which take all of those factors into account, when specifying the proper torque to be used. Most torque wrenches today are “click type” wrenches, meaning that they make an audible click when the fastener is tightened to a pre-determined torque. The torque desired can be set electronically, with a mechanical digital readout or with a vernier, depending upon the design of the torque wrench. Generally speaking, the electronic ones are considered the best, as they are the easiest to set and work with. Vernier calipers require knowing how to work with a vernier. Torque wrenches which have a dial or needle and gauge aren’t really torque wrenches, but rather torque meters. While it is possible to use them to tighten a fastener to the right torque value, it is extremely hard to do so accurately. Torque is measured in foot-pounds or inch-pounds. Conversion from foot-pounds to inch-pounds is simple; all you have to do is multiply the foot-pounds by 12. One foot pound is one pound of pressure applied over a lever, where the force is applied one foot form the fulcrum or rotational point. So, if you have two torque wrenches, one that is one foot long and the other that is two feet long, and apply the same amount of pressure, the actual torque would be different. That one pound of force would become two ft-lbs of torque with the two foot long torque wrench. When selecting a torque wrench, it is important to verify that he tool will cover the entire torque range that you will be setting. A torque wrench that has a maximum torque value of 120 ft-lbs. won’t do you a bit of good, if you have to torque a nut to 150 ft-lbs. Having all torque ranges you need may require having more than one torque wrench, although it is possible to get one torque wrench which will cover all needed torque values for working on a car engine.
    February 03, 2016