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Tool Box Tune-Up

How a little workshop spring cleaning will make life easier all through the summer.

We all know how valuable having the right tool for the job can be. The right tool can mean everything when it comes to working smartly, safely, and quickly. Now that spring is here and you are thinking about all those projects you've been putting off all winter, do yourself a favor and devote just a little time to inventory your tools, update your collection, organize what you have and repair, recharge, oil, clean and take care of your gear.

How to Fix a Leaky Hose Bib

Is Your Garden Hose a Big Annoying Drip?

Is there a drip from the spigot of your outdoor garden hose? Are you finding small puddles under the spigot?

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No big deal, you are thinking. So what if there's a small drip? It's not wasting that much water. Wrong! You can waste an enormous amount water with even a small but steady drip and, even worse, you may also be ignoring a potentially dangerous situation.

Sticky Situation: Quick Fixes to Free that Stubborn Door

Whether it sticks a little or a lot, any door that challenges you to a wrestling match every time you try to open it needs to be dealt with. Prying with two hands while telling yourself it's good for your upper body strength is just enabling bad behavior on the part of the door. Humidity, sagging frames, and time are all contributors to this common problem. Here are some easy steps you can take to get that door back on its best behavior.

Woodworker's Best Friend: The Router

Versatile Power Tool Gives your Projects the pro touch

Whether you use it for carving decorative edges, sign making, seamless joints or other wonders, a router is simply a must-have tool if you want to give your woodworking that finished, professional look. What's more, you'll find routers are easy to learn-and that their value and versatility grows as your skills grow. Once you see the quality and detail they can add to your projects, your mind will likely race with possibilities. We know devotees who began with a single router and ended up with 4 or more.

 

How to Install a Ceiling Fan

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You can install a ceiling fan in an afternoon-and enjoy the cost-savings and comfort year-round.

We love ceiling fans: they offer style, lighting, and energy savings all in one package. Installing one is project that will appeal to your practical and romantic sides at the same time-no small feat when it comes to home improvement.