Home & Garden

There’s no place like home—especially when it’s in tip-top shape. We’ve rounded up the best cleaning and organizing tricks, affordable decor ideas, DIY hacks, and more. Warning: Once you’ve got everything just the way you want it, you may never want to leave!

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Multipurpose Electrician’s Pliers

Measure, cut, and strip wire; also crimp wire connectors and cut machine screws. As with other wire strippers, handles do


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Round-Nose Pliers

Favored by electricians, these pliers have smooth, tapered, round jaws designed for bending thin wire and sheet metal into different-sized


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Hand Stapler

Drives staples with a squeeze of the handle.


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Straight-Jaw Locking Pliers

Clamp firmly onto objects.


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Edge Clamps

Has two or three screws extending from the frame to exert right-angle pressure on the edge or side of a


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Glass Cutter

Scores lines in glass.


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Scrolling Saber Saw

Saber saw with a pivoting blade holder for cutting intricate curves and contours without the operator turning the body of


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General-Purpose Saw

Makes both crosscuts and rip cuts in wood.

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Sandpaper Discs

Convert an electric hand drill into a sander.


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Files

Flat file (far left), a general-purpose file for fast removal of metal. Has a slightly tapered shape and double-cut faces,


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Bits

Spade bits feature center locating point and two sharp flat cutting edges which work, with a scraping action, to bore


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Standard Electric Hand Drill

Select a reversible model so you can back out bits or loosen screws.


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Profile Gauge

Duplicates and transfers an irregular design to a template or piece of stock.


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Retractable Tape

Stores a spring-loaded metal rule in a small case.


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Torpedo Level

Short, 20 cm (8 in.) version of the longer carpenter's level.


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Electronic Stud Finder

Locates studs behind wall coverings by measuring changes in the wall's density.

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Chalk Line

A case, filled with chalk and 15 m to 30 m (50­100 ft) of line on a reel, marks a...


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Electrician Screwdriver

Made with a long shank to reach deep in electrical boxes, this screwdriver is perfect for electrical work.


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Screwdrivers

Robertson screwdriver, usually color-coded according to size, can reach screws that are sunk below the surface in furniture. The square


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Aviation Snips

Cut sheet metal with less effort than tin snips.


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Deadbolt Locks

Do I need a locksmith to install a deadbolt lock or is it something that I can do myself?

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Weather Stripping

I installed weather stripping on the door frame in the entrance of my house three weeks ago. The stripping on...


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Warping Doors

My front door warps and gives me a lot of trouble. In the summer it rattles in the wind and...


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Foggy Windows

My living room window is fogging up during the cold winter months. Are the blinds hanging in front of the...


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Lead Blinds

I am concerned that my venetian blinds may contain lead. How can I be sure that the blinds do not...


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Caulking Windows

Last winter my heating bills were considerably high. I noticed that there was a draft coming from my living room...


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Types Of Caulking

Rain is coming into my house through a closed window. Personnel at the hardware store suggested using either polyurethane caulking,...