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Tools & Fixing Things

Finding the Right Tool for the Job: The Router

Categories: Learn

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An introduction to the woodworker’s best friend.

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Finding The Right Tool For The Job: The Reciprocating Saw

Categories: Learn

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An introduction to a very versatile saw.

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The Bachelor’s Workbench

Categories: Learn

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Because the kitchen table is no place for drilling holes.

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10 Tricks for the Beginner Handyman

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn

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Up your handyman know-how with these 10 simple but extremely effective tricks.

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Add Wood! And Other Simple Upgrades for Cheap Furniture

Categories: Learn

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Ready for something better than your cheap post-college furniture, but can’t shell out money for the good stuff yet? No matter, a few easy and frugal tricks will buy you another couple of years.

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How to Check Your Oil (Correctly)

Categories: Learn

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Perhaps the most important maintenance you can perform yourself – are you doing it right, or at all?

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The Intentional Apartment: Make This Bar Light for Only $38

Categories: Learn

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Give your apartment some modern mood with this simple build.

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The 4 Most Important Maintenance Items on Your Vehicle

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn, New Here?

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Modern cars don’t require as much attention as they did 50 years ago, but don’t let that give you a false sense of security – there are still several things you need to keep after.

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The Top 5 Tools to Keep in Your Trunk

Categories: Learn, Spend

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There are two types of people in the world; those who are unprepared when their car strands them with a common ailment, and those who pack a few smart items in their trunk for emergencies. Which are you?

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The Intentional Apartment: Make an Industrial Side Table

Categories: Learn

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Similar tables go for hundreds of dollars. Make one yourself for much, much less.

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How to Change a Flat Tire – A Visual Guide

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn

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Here’s to not getting stranded for an hour on a creepy road at midnight.

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Shop Talk: The Chassis

Categories: Learn

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The framework of your car, explained.

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Make This Giant Map & Frame For Only $30

Categories: Learn

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Create this beautiful vintage-looking map and frame for less than two tickets to the movies.

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Shop Talk: Understanding the Powertrain

Categories: Did You Miss These?, Learn

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Differential? Drive shaft? Even if you don’t work on your own car, you should still understand how it works. Get the low down on what happens when you put the pedal down.

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A Whole New World of Multitools

Categories: Spend

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New tools from Craftsman and Crescent can perform lots of tasks cheaper than buying individual tools – and they work pretty darn well too.

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How to Install or Replace an Electrical Outlet

Categories: Learn

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Even if you don’t plan on doing it yourself anytime soon, this easy-to-follow guide will at least teach you what’s going on behind the wall.

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How a Car Engine Works (Video)

Categories: Learn, The Field Manual

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You may not fix it yourself, but at least you know how it works.

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How to Make a $90 Belt for Only $23

Categories: Learn

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Make a full grain leather belt in less than 30 minutes.

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How to Change Your Girlfriend’s Front Door Lock and Deadbolt

Categories: Learn

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Nothing quite says “I care for you” as being (appropriately) concerned over your girlfriends well-being. If her ex won’t return the spare key or she’s just moved into a new place, seize the opportunity, and offer to change out her door locks so she feels safe and secure. Replacing a lock or deadbolt is an easy project, and she’ll love you for it.

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The Socket Wrench: A Modern Man’s Guide to Tools

Categories: Learn

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You may think you’re strong with a wrench, but a socket wrench can twist the head of a bolt right off. The ratcheting wrench makes tightening and removing bolts incredibly easy. Know your ratchets, sockets, and accessories.

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The Box Wrench, Open-End Wrench, and Adjustable Wrench: A Modern Man’s Guide to Tools

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One of the greatest discoveries of the mechanical man is leverage. A wrench allows you to turn a tiny little bolt with greater force than you ever could with just your fingers. Make sure you’re using the right one.

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Make a Giant Whiteboard for only $15

Categories: Learn

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Whiteboards are perfect for brainstorming any type of project. The problem? They’re really, really expensive. We found a unique, and easy DIY solution for under $15.

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Pliers: A Modern Man’s Guide to Tools

Categories: Learn

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While man was blessed with nimbler, stronger gripping hands than most animals, they’re not quite small, or strong, enough for many jobs around the house. Enter: pliers.

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The Power Drill: A Modern Man’s Guide to Tools

Categories: Learn

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The go-to for many around-the-house projects, the power drill can also do the most damage. We’ll make sure you get it right.

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