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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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  • Every workshop needs a workbench, or two, or three. I actually have three in mine, four if you count the portable one. While some people like to build their own, it’s a lot faster and easier to buy one or buy a kit. That also ensures that you’ll have a workbench that’s going to hold up under heavy duty use. The workbench is the center of the workshop, providing a place to work on projects, set your parts when you’re not working with them, store tools, and whatever else needs to be done. Without a workbench, you’re stuck with trying to find somewhere else to work and often that somewhere is someplace that’s going to get your girlfriend or wife upset at you! Picking a workbench can be tricky, especially for those of us engaged in a variety of different tasks. Check out our buyer's guide below for some things to look for in your ideal workbench, before making a selection.
    February 02, 2016
  • If a guy’s only going to have one shop tool in his workshop, it’s going to be a table saw. While other stationary power tools are useful, a table saw is all but indispensible. Oh, you can do many of the cuts that people use a table saw for with a circular saw, but you can’t do them with anywhere near the accuracy; especially if you’re trying to get a straight cut. The table saw is a very versatile tool. Although designed predominantly for ripping wood, it can also be used for crosscutting and miter cuts. All of them come with both a fence for ripping and a miter gauge for crosscutting and miter cuts. Some people pooh-pooh the table saw’s ability to do accurate crosscutting, but I’d beg to differ with them. I won’t argue that it’s easier to do accurate crosscuts with a miter saw or radial arm saw, but I’ve done miter cuts accurately enough on a table saw, to be able to make picture frames with expensive moldings. That requires a level of accuracy that’s hard to meet with any tool. If you do a lot of miter cutting on your table saw, you may want to consider investing in a quality aftermarket miter gauge. Even the best of table saws have rather simple miter gauges. However, there are some excellent after-market models around, most of which are much larger and much more accurate than the typical manufacturer's miter gauge. Like many tools, table saws have evolved through the years. Today’s saws have many improvements over the saw that my daddy taught me on. They also tend to be more accurate, which is extremely important if you are doing any sort of cabinet work. Before looking for a table saw, you really have to decide what you want to use it for. If you don’t need that large rip capacity, then there’s really no reason to pay for it. On the other hand, buying a small saw, which doesn’t have the capacity you need, will leave you frustrated, and probably set you up for buying a larger saw later. Take a look at our buyer's guide on table saws below, before looking at the lists of reviews we have prepared for you. This will give you a much better idea of the various saws out there and what you should be looking for in them.
    February 02, 2016
  • Purchasing a ladder can be a bit of a daunting task. On one hand, you want a ladder that you know will be strong enough to hold you up no matter what job you’re working on. On the other hand, you don’t want to pay a lot without sacrificing quality. The decision, ultimately, comes down to what you wish to use the ladder for. Will you be using it for general purpose jobs around the home? Will you be using it in your garage? Will you be using it to gain access to your attic? The types of jobs you do, factor into what type of ladder you purchase. We have different lists available for a variety of ladders depending on what type you need. Rest assured that every ladder in the following lists are the best of the best in each category.
    February 02, 2016
  • More than anything, reciprocating saws are demolition tools. There’s no finesse, no fine line of accuracy and most of all, no “finish cuts” with a reciprocating saw. On the other hand, when you need to take something down quick, a reciprocating saw will do it faster than anything else, except maybe a chain saw. These saws are often referred to by their nickname, “Sawzall.” This is the name that Milwaukee Tools gave their first reciprocating saw, and it seems to have stuck pretty well. While Milwaukee is still the champ of the Sawzall, there are plenty of other contenders to look at. Because these are a specialty saw, most do-it-yourselfers have a hard time justifying their purchase. In that case, you might want to consider looking at one of the budget models we have listed. While these are not as heavy duty as the professional models, for the homeowner who occasionally needs to take something apart or cut up a fallen tree limb, they’re plenty. I’ve cut up trailers, trees, fences and even part of a city bus frame with a low-dollar reciprocating saw. We’ve also included a helpful buyer’s guide below to take some of the guesswork out of your search.
    February 02, 2016
  • Miter saws have probably been around since the birth of carpentry. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of exaggeration, but they’ve certainly been around a long time. That’s not to say they haven’t changed, because they definitely have. The old miter box with a back saw is getting pretty hard to find these days. Now, everyone is using power miter saws and getting their work done faster. Regardless of the type and complexity of a particular model of miter saw, they all serve the same purpose which is providing a way of cutting material on an angle accurately. This originally meant cutting picture frame molding, molding used on furniture, and architectural moldings used for finishing out a home. However, today’s carpenter and woodworker use their miter saws for much more. Miter saws come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. While power miter saws are the most common, there are still manual miter saws on the market. In some cases, they’re better than the power ones. More recently, sliding power miter saws have taken over a lot of the market by adding increased capacity for larger workpieces. Our miter saw buyer's guide provided below will help you decide what type you need.
    February 02, 2016
  • Caulk is a sealant that's used to create weather and water tight seals in gaps around your home, like doors and windows or around bathroom fixtures. It's sometimes used like an adhesive as well for things like affixing a ceramic tile backsplash in your kitchen. The main thing you have to remember when looking to purchase caulk is to keep in mind what you want to use it for and where you want to use it. There are many different kinds of caulks and each are formulated for different uses. For instance, perhaps you need a caulk to use with the plumbing in your bathroom. In that case, you'd want to take a look at our tub & tile caulk list. Or maybe you need a good painter's caulk. In that event, you'd want to check out our best paintable caulk list. No matter what you need it for, we have a list for you to help you decide what product is best to buy.
    February 02, 2016
  • Selecting the right paint brush goes a long way towards ensuring a good paint job. Many people try to use cheap brushes and wonder why they have trouble keeping the paint application looking neat. Others try to use the same type of brush for every type of paint and find the finish doesn't come out smooth. Picking the right brush means taking a number of different aspects of the brush's design into consideration, the type of paint you are using, and what you are going to paint with it. If properly cared for, good paint brushes will last for years; I myself have some paint brushes I've used for well over 20 years. While I don't use every brush every day or even every week, they all get plenty of use. The trick to making brushes last is to buy good brushes and take proper care of them. The biggest thing is to avoid allowing the paint to settle into the ferrule as this is what usually ruins brushes. When you dip the brush, only dip about 1/2" to 1" of the tip of the bristles; this way you’re much less likely to get the paint into the ferrule. When you’re done, be sure to clean it thoroughly before storing. We've prepared a paintbrush buyer's guide below that will tell you everything you need to know about what kind of brush suited for the paint project you’re preparing for.
    February 02, 2016
  • If you are looking for a new kitchen faucet, then you are sure to find one here. These models were chosen because of their reputable national brand, their strong brass construction, and the unique features that they each have. You won’t have to scour the internet any further; these are the top of the line for residential kitchen pull down faucets. Easy to install, and easy to use, each one has their own unique capabilities including spray, shower, and even pause in one case.
    February 02, 2016
  • The most ecological and friendly way to split logs is with a manual log splitter. With no gas, oil or electricity to worry about, you can use these tools virtually anywhere such as at your favorite hunting cabin, on those rustic camping trips, for campfires or even at home for firewood.Now, we aren't talking about axes and mauls here, since they all do a comparable job of splitting wood as long as your back holds out. The splitters on this list are either drop slide-hammer types or hydraulically activated types with handles. They offer a simplicity and effectiveness that can't be beat when you want to split a few logs for the fireplace, campfire, or stocking a pile of logs for a wood burning stove.Although in theory you would be able to split large sized logs with these selections,  smaller diameter logs or thick branches not more than 4 or 5 inches in diameter would be ideal. These best manual log splitters were chosen for their ease of use such as wheels for portability, and splitting effectiveness tops this list, but sturdy construction, and affordability were also considered.
    February 02, 2016
  • Gas powered string trimmers have been the consistent go-to for trimming grass and weeds for decades. Invented in the early 1970s, they were initially called “weed eaters” but are also known as weed whackers, line trimmers and weed whippers, among other nicknames.All gas powered string trimmers are built around a top mounted motor powering a drive shaft which turns a rotating head at the bottom. The most common heads are fitted with string loaded spools, but specialty heads can also be fitted that feature a variety of cutting implements like plastic or metal blades, chains or individually attached thick pieces of cutting string. These attachments make string trimmers particularly versatile when compared to other trimming methods.These best gas string trimmers were chosen based on their ease of use, affordability and user friendly features. Although each one is powered by gasoline, there are 2 and 4-cycle engines; 2-cycle engines are traditionally lighter and more powerful than their 4-cycle engine cousins, and require having a gas and oil mixture as the correct fuel. 4-cycle engines, generally a bit heavier, can be filled with regular lawn mower gas and are usually less maintenance intensive than their 2-cycle brethren. Because ease of use is the main criteria, that means 4-cycle motors will figure more prominently on this list.
    February 02, 2016
  • Leaf blowers are essentially an air broom made to blow leaves out of the way. The more powerful blowers convert to a leaf vacuum so the leaves can be sucked up, chopped into pieces, and deposited into an attached bag. There are three types of power sources for leaf blowers: gasoline, corded electricity and battery powered. Both gasoline and corded leaf blowers provide comparable power, and these types often convert to leaf vacuums. Modern battery-powered leaf blowers are almost as powerful as their gas powered cousins, and the newest Li-Ion batteries give them comparable run time too. They're highly portable, and will readily take the place of fossil fueled and corded blowers for most blowing tasks. For additional information, consult our leaf blower buyer’s guide listed below.
    February 02, 2016
  • Tillers aren’t often thought of as being electric as they are generally considered to be heavy-duty gas powered units for chopping up thick dirt and smoothing out the soil in large garden plots.  However, most suburban gardeners don't need the brute force and power of a gas powered tiller. They need something lightweight, compact and capable of tilling the soil in smaller household garden plots. That's exactly where an electric tiller comes in.To that end, many of the tillers on this list double as cultivators, which might be considered as either a power weeder or a tiller-lite. These best electric tillers are capable of tilling the soil to a lesser depth and they won't break up extremely hard chunks of soil. The best picks on this list focus on being lightweight yet pack sufficient power and greater amperage. After all, weekend will gardeners want to get in and get out of the garden as fast as possible, so we’ve included a best bang for the buck model too. And the best way to do this is with a lightweight yet powerful electric tiller.
    February 02, 2016
  • The shower head has been a stable fixture in the U.S. for more than 100 years. The origins date back to the pioneer days, when travelers would pour their precious water supplies through a metal tub that had small holes punched in it. The shower head is a good way to bathe, without using fountains of water at any one time. Over the years, the shower head has become very practical, featuring anti-clogging features, a variety of spray modes, and of course; hand held features. Below are just a few variations of shower heads, and will give you a little better idea of what is available on the market.
    February 02, 2016
  • The ache of a worn out knee is something that I would never wish upon anyone. If you talk to any old carpenter, there is a good chance that they will mention their aching knees before long and much of that pain is the result of floor work. The best way to prevent long term damage as well as offer some short term relief is to wear the right knee pads for the job. Knee pads come in many varieties and it is important to understand which one to use in each situation. If you are going to do a lot of work on gravel, concrete and other rough surfaces then I would suggest a set of hard capped knee pads that can stand up to the abuse and keep it off your knees. On the other hand, working on tile, soft stone or hardwood will call for a set with soft faces to prevent damaging the floor. Lastly, the actual shape of the cap can make a big difference in the performance and function of the knee pads so know your job before you go shopping and read these lists to get a good feel for what you're going to need.
    February 02, 2016
  • There are poems written about the texture of a tradesman's hands. After years of toil and work, they can become like leather gloves; able to endure a beating that would send the rest of us running for a bandage. For some it is a badge of honor. But, most of us would like to protect our hands from these ravages and the right set of work gloves will do that and more. What was once just a protective barrier between your fingers and the work has now expanded into a whole family of specialized gear with functions including electrical insulation, grip improvement, cut resistance, waterproofing, heat protection and many more. Whether you are working in the garden, welding a shelf together or hand carving the finishing touches on a cabinet, slipping on a pair of gloves designed for the job will make everything easier and safer. I've torn through my fair share of gloves and now I’m putting my beaten hands to good work writing these lists and reviews to help get your hands in the right pair.
    February 02, 2016
  • Multimeters, more correctly known as volt-ohm meters, are the electricians and electronic tech’s standard troubleshooting tool. With it, they can check a wide range of electronic devices, measuring voltage, current, and resistance in circuits. Those measurements are essential for effective troubleshooting of electronic and electrical circuits. These instruments have been around for years, ever since society started using electricity to power our lives. The multimeter eliminates the need for the technician to have multiple meters to work with, making their toolbox lighter and their work easier. While all multimeters perform many of the same functions, there are some specialty functions that are only performed by some specific models which separates higher end options from more basic models. For more information about what to look for in a multimeter, check out our buyer's guide listed below.
    February 02, 2016
  • Patio heaters are an essential fixture for outdoor spaces when you need to create enough usable heat to warm up gathering areas for family and friends. The nature and size of the area you'd like to heat will dictate the size ad type of heater you need. A small table-mounted electric model would be perfect for am outdoor dinner table arrangement while a larger free-standing propane unit would be better for large gatherings under the stars. Regardless your wants and needs, we've assembled a range of the best patios heaters available for you to choose from. To help narrow down your search we've also provided a helpful patio heater buyer's guide below.
    February 02, 2016
  • One of the things that define a civilized society is its supply of clean, potable water. In the United States, we use more water than any other nation, and we use it in more ways than any other nation. Heating water for bathing is almost unheard of in most countries, so remember not to take this for granted the next time you bathe. The energy used to heat enough water for a typical family of four accounts for up to 30 percent of the average home's energy budget. Deciding what type of energy used to heat your water, and what mode of heating you chose, is very important as it will play a very large role in your day to day life. There are only a few sources of energy used here, namely electric, gas, oil, and solar. Depending on where you live and how much hot water you consume, these things will dictate how to store your hot water, and what style of hot water heater you should use. You can have the traditional hot water tank that holds 30 to 80 gallons of water, maintained at a constant temperature, ready to use when you need it. Or you may opt for the newer tankless hot water heater that runs water through a heating element it as you need it. This is far more energy efficient than traditional tanks as it only uses energy when you make a draw on the water. Since the tankless hot water heaters don’t have to maintain a hot water tank, when not in use, tankless hot water heaters will consume no energy at all. If you live in a very sunny area of the country, you might opt for a solar hot water heating system that is a combination of both. Insulated tubing sits on the roof of your home, being heated by the sun. Once it reaches a certain temperature, it is then pumped down to a tank that will store this hot water ready for use. Because these solar panels sit in the sun all day, they are also generating enough electrical energy to circulate the water, and run the pumps that allow it all to function. If your conditions are right, these can be a very good source of hot water all year long. Learning all you can about hot water heaters, and discovering all the choices you have is a great way to help make this decision. Please consider, whatever you purchase, you will probably live with it for the next 30 years, or more.
    February 02, 2016
  • Lawn mowers come in many different styles, and shapes, and there are even different ways to cut grass too. For example, reel mowers, either the manual or powered variety, cut your grass like scissors. They literally snip each blade cleanly off and always give a yard the best manicured looking appearance. Rotary mowers, which are a cutting blade mounted directly to a rotating engine or deck axle, spin the blades at a high rate of speed and cut the grass as you pass over it. Although effective, the grass tops are frayed where they have been cut and don't look as precisely cut as on a reel mower. To prove this point, virtually all golf courses use powered reel mowers to cut their grass, giving the playing surface a well-manicured look and provides golfers consistent play on every stroke. The control sources for lawn mowers vary, from being manually pushed to self-propelled or even ridden on, and there are both electric motors and gas engines that spin the blades. The newest form of propulsion are battery operated mowers that are very efficient, but these types are best suited for smaller lawns. And for those who don't like cutting their lawn at all, the newest robotic mowers mean you won't have to step foot in your yard to get the grass cut. For additional information, you can refer to our lawn mower buyer's guide listed below.
    February 01, 2016
  • If you want to edge your lawn as professionally as possible, but you want to be green and/or avoid the maintenance associated with a gas powered edger then you’ll need an electrical edger. Granted, there are battery operated edgers out there, but most are merely glorified trimmers using line as the edging medium, and they don’t have a steel blade like a real edger should.Corded edgers give you comparable power to a gas engine edger, but they aren't very portable. They will forever and always be tied to an extension cord, so that means a corded edger is really only good for smaller sized yards with ready access to electrical outlets.Corded edgers are relatively easy to use. You plug them in, flip the "on" switch and go edging. So, keeping that in mind, the best electric edgers on this list were chosen for their overall usability, like height adjustment and blade speed, power in the form of amps ratings, and a good price for what you get.
    February 01, 2016
  • Impact drivers trace their roots to the impact wrenches used by mechanics. Even so, they’ve changed a lot, turning into tools that are useful for a variety of purposes besides just tightening and loosening lug nuts on cars.Some have said that the name “impact driver” was only a marketing gambit, created to try and differentiate these tools from the pneumatic impact wrenches used by mechanics. However, there are more differences between the two than you might think. While the larger, pneumatic ones are essentially the same, there’s no way you can call a light-duty cordless impact driver an impact wrench. Not only is it not as powerful, it’s designed to be used differently.To see the differences and understand how to select the impact driver that will best meet your needs, check out our buyer's guide provided below.
    February 01, 2016
  • An impact wrench is the epitome of fastening power. When the hand ratchet falls short and even the breaker bar doesn't quite cut it, this tool steps up and breaks those fasteners free with ease and speed unlike anything else. This is why the impact wrench might be the most important tool a pit crew works with. What else could remove and replace lug-nuts so quickly while guaranteeing a racetrack ready job? When buying an impact wrench you first need to consider your power source. Air driven impact wrenches offer the greatest power, but compressors are expensive and take up a lot of space. Corded electric impact wrenches are great for shop use and still offer some serious power without having to worry about compressors and air filters, but can't quite reach the peak output of air systems. Lastly, cordless impact wrenches offer unmatched versatility and portability, but you have to think about battery life and many are not strong enough for their intended jobs. The other big factor to consider is the power your job requires. There are some impact wrenches on the market that can snap a steel bolt cleanly if you're not careful and something like that will be overkill for everything except ancient, rusted lug-nuts. Bigger isn't always better and you need to get the right tool for your job or risk breaking a part of your project. Lastly, is it a comfortable tool to use? I'm not just talking about the weight and balance, but those are important factors. The nature of an impact wrench lends itself to vibration that can really wear on your wrists and arms over time. On top of that, wrenching your wrists when a fastener catches is all too common a problem. A good impact wrench should absorb a lot of the vibration before it reaches your hands and direct its power onto the fastener rather than you.
    February 01, 2016
  • Bench grinders come in a variety of sizes and configurations. The most common sizes are 6 and 8 inches. This refers to the size of the grinding wheel itself. For homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, and contractors, 6-inch grinders are generally sufficient. The larger, 8-inch grinder is mostly for industrial applications. The major advantage of the larger wheel size is longer wheel life and a faster surface speed. While the motor probably turns at the same number of RPM, the larger diameter makes the outside of the wheel move faster, grinding faster as well. Although bench grinders are rather simple tools, there are several things to keep in mind when looking at them. For the most part, motor size isn't a big deal, as every manufacturer uses motors that are large enough to power the wheels. Instead, look at the tool rest, as a good tool rest will make sharpening drill bits and other tools easier. Many only have a sheet metal rest, while the better ones are cast. The other thing you want the rest to have is a notch for drill bits, to hold them at the right angle to the wheel. The biggest complaint most people have with grinders, regardless of how much they spend on them, is wheel wobble. This is mostly a result of poor manufacturing of the wheels themselves, not the grinder. Manufacturers don’t package the most expensive wheels on the market with their bench grinders. However, with a little bit of work with a wheel dresser (which every manufacturer recommends) this problem can be eliminated. Wheel wobble can be reduced by three things that a manufacturer can do: Using wider wheels, as there is more surface in contact with the arbor. Using a larger diameter arbor, as it is more rigid. Using machined washers, instead of stamped ones, for wheel backers.Please note that machined washers are extremely rare, but if you have some basic metalworking skills, you can produce your own. The thicker they are, the better; just as long as you can still tighten the nut on the arbor.
    February 01, 2016
  • Faucet water filters are a simple and inexpensive alternative to a more extensive under-counter water filtration system. They offer the convenience of filtered water right away when you turn on the tap without having to keep track of filling up pitchers or dispensers, not needing tools or expertise to install and affordable to purchase and maintain.However, they’re not a perfect solution as faucet water filters are prone to leaking with improper installation/age and water flow from the tap can be slowed down considerably by needing to pass through the filter, Additionally, filters often need changing quite frequently, especially if one forgets to switch off the filter before using hot water which damages the filter and shortens its lifespan.The best faucet water filters do their best to overcome these potential downfalls, although no single system is perfect. We've selected the best faucet water filters that have a switch to allow for choosing between filtered water or regular tap water to extend the life of the filter, as well as good water flow so filling up a larger item doesn't take an excessive amount of time. Our selections also need to be easy to install and use without requiring tools or knowledge of plumbing, as well as being affordable to purchase with all of our picks available through online retailers for under $50.
    February 01, 2016
  • It doesn’t matter what you’re working on, there never seems to be enough light. While LED work lights on power tools are a great help, they really don’t provide enough illumination for anything more than getting that tool to the right fastener. One answer is to add a lot of lights to your workshop, but that isn’t always practical. However, no matter how many lights you add, there are still things that are going to be in the shadow when you don’t want them to be. The only real solution is to have a portable light, which you can position where needed for what you are working on at the moment; hence the work light. If you're still not sure what you want in a work light, take a moment to look at our buyer's guide listed below.
    February 01, 2016
  • Many people know the struggles of trying to open a bottle of wine. In many cases, a manual wine opener fails miserably. From wine corks dropping and crumbling into the wine to simply not being able to get the cork out, it is obvious that a good wine opener is essential. There are multiple types of wine openers both manual and electric. I am happy to say that many of the newer versions of manual wine openers are actually very good. They are comfortable to use and do a much better job of extracting the cork. Many of the manual versions have levelers. When you push them down, the leveler lifts the cork out more easily. This allows you to work less to get the cork out. All in all, the new manual wine openers are much better than the old ones that have the wooden handle and the corkscrew on the end. A personal favorite, however, is the electric opener. There are several manufacturers out there that are making them now and they are easy to operate. What I like about the option of the electric opener is that they have the ability to open multiple bottles within minutes. These openers work fast and they are very efficient. They are typically battery operated and some even have adapters. If you plan on having a party or opening more than one or two bottles of wine, electric openers are much more convenient and a lot faster. As with most things, it is all a matter of choice. If you don't drink wine often, maybe investing in an electric opener isn't necessary. A good manual one will do. If you do entertain a lot, then an electric opener will be optimal. One thing is for sure, no matter what your wine opener personality is, there is one on this list to suit everyone.
    January 29, 2016
  • A quality cutting board is an essential tool in every kitchen. Cutting boards provide a safe, sanitary surface for cutting, chopping, slicing, and serving. Both home and professional chefs make use of cutting boards in order to protect counter tops and ensure that knives keep their sharp edges. Most cutting boards are made from either bamboo, hardwood, polypropylene plastic, or glass. Bamboo is popular because it helps to keep knife blades sharp and it's made from a renewable resource. Hardwood boards are prized for their beauty and incredible durability, even under heavy daily use. Plastic boards are some of the most commonly used cutting boards because they are easy to clean and inexpensive. Glass boards are attractive and the most sanitary surface available, though they can wear down knives. No matter what material you prefer, you'll want to choose a cutting board that is durable, well-made, and relatively easy to clean and care for. While you're shopping around, you'll also want to consider whether you need any special features on your board, such as non-slip feet, juice grooves, handles, or reversibility.
    January 29, 2016
  • Many of us can remember watching our grandmothers cooking with these massive, extremely heavy contraptions on the stove. Dutch ovens have always been synonymous with high quality, slow cooked foods. They have been around for decades and have recently undergone a stylish facelift.Crafted by some of the most trusted names in cookware, there are a few different materials you can buy them in. Cast iron, Ceramic, Stainless steel or nonstick are some of the more common types. They also come in a variety of sizes and are typically oval shaped or round. Companies like Le Creuset have been crafting high quality Dutch ovens for more than a century. Being an elite brand, they are very expensive.There are however more affordable choices that don't skimp on quality. With more cookware companies manufacturing excellent quality Dutch ovens, anyone can enjoy the benefits of Dutch oven cooking. Choose from a variety of colors, styles to fit the way you like to cook. Considering your budget and home cooking needs, finding the right Dutch oven for you should be easy.
    January 29, 2016
  • Choosing the right cookware can be a tricky task. It all begins with knowing your needs. If you cook a lot and elaborately, then your cookware requirements will be more ambitious. If you don't cook a lot, then you may require fewer pieces and something more budget friendly. The whole idea is to have cookware that feels comfortable, is easy to use and gives you what you need. Some of the most common cookware types are cast iron, stainless steel, non-stick and anodized. Each type performs differently and can offer a number of uses. Some can go from oven to freezer while others can withstand higher cooking temperatures. Some sets can even be used on outdoor grills. No two sets are the same. They are as diverse as the manufacturer who produces them. For example, a cheaper non-stick pan may pucker and peel at high temperatures. However, a more expensive one or one with a different coating may not. From the novice cook to the super star home chef, each set is unique in its own way. How well each one performs on a variety of cook tops is also something to consider. Quality and performance is essential when selecting the right set. While buying new cookware is a small investment, don't be intimidated about the process. Looking over the details of each type and understanding what is important to you will allow you to make the best decision.
    January 29, 2016
  • Anyone who uses tools is eventually faced with the need for a toolbox. While a cardboard box might work for a few miscellaneous hand tools and a cordless drill, once you get past that point you need something a little more rugged. Tools are heavy and take toll on any cardboard box it's really hard to organize them in something like that as well. To meet this need for organization, manufacturers produce toolboxes in all shapes and sizes. They range from multi-pocket soft pouches hung over a five gallon bucket to huge multi-drawer, roll-around, tool chests big enough to need their own engine and steering wheel. What type of box you’ll need depends a lot on how many tools you have and how you’re going to be using them. Selecting your ultimate tool chest can be a whole lot more complicated than selecting the right tool for the job. After all, there really aren't all that many choices for what tool you can use, while there are many for what kind of toolbox or tool chest. Our tool chest buyer's guide listed below can definitely can help you narrow it down.
    January 29, 2016