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What is a Miter Saw?

A miter saw is a table-mounted saw used for cutting wood against the grain. Its powerful blade makes accurate cuts on the adjustable cutting surface. Always set the saw to the correct angle before you cut. And make sure you’re always wearing safety gloves when operating a miter saw. Did you know? The metal edge the wood sits against is called the “fence.” Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of operating a miter saw. For those who are less experienced, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the experience needed to get the job done right and on time.

What is a Circular Saw?

Circular saws are commonly used for cross-cutting and ripping. Also known as skill saws, circular saws are useful for cutting wood with and against the grain. Circular saws are handheld tools for woodcutting. The blade can be set at different angles for different types of cuts. Make sure you set the blade at the right angle before cutting. Additionally, make sure you’re wearing safety gloves at all times. Did you know? The circular shaft that powers the blade is called the arbor. The nut that holds it down is called the arbor nut. Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of operating a circular saw. For those with less experience, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the years of experience it takes to get the job done right and on time.

What Is a Table Saw and How Is It Used?

A table saw is used to make long, lengthwise cuts on wood (otherwise known as rip cuts). Table saws can also be used to make crosscuts. Watch for safety tips! Did you know? The space between each tooth on a saw blade is called the gullet. For a clean, safe cut, make sure the gullet is just above the wood you are cutting! Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of using a table saw correctly. For those less experienced, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the years of experience required to get the job done right.

Common Tools in your Toolkit

Have you recently become a new homeowner and want to be able to do small handyman projects around your home? Here are some tips on the most common tools you should have in your toolkit. These tools will enable you to be able to accomplish all your DIY projects around your new home.

What is a chalk line?

A chalk line is a long marking on wood that indicates a cut line. Chalk lines ensure your cuts are marked and help you be as efficient as possible. When snapped, a chalk line leaves a straight line of chalk to mark a cut. Watch, as Mr. Handyman demonstrates how a chalk line might be used. Did you know? Some chalk lines also double as plumb bobs. Simply hang the chalk line to see if the item is plumb. Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of operating a chalk line correctly. For those who are less experienced, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the years of experience it takes to get the job done right and on time. If you need a professional handyman, give us a call at (630) 225-9951.

What is a power drill?

A power drill is a handheld electric tool used for drilling holes and driving screws. Unlike an impact driver, a power drill does not provide a downward force while it drives; it only spins the bit. Some drills have a clutch to release force once it reaches a certain amount of torque. This is to prevent over-tightening delicate items or driving screws too deep. Did you know? The adjustable part of the drill that holds the drill bit is called the chuck. A chuck wrench is used to tighten the chuck if there is no hand-tighten feature. Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of operating a power drill. For those who are less experienced, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the years of experience needed to get the job done right and on time. Let’s discuss your home improvement project today, give us a call at (630) 225-9951.

What is a Plumb Bob and How Is It Used?

A plumb bob is a carpentry tool used to show if something is straight (or “plumb”). By hanging vertically, plumb bobs use gravity to determine straightness. Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of using a plumb bob correctly. For those less experienced, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the years of experience required to get the job done right. Give us a call at (630) 225-9951 to schedule an appointment.

What is a brad nailer and how is it used?

A brad nailer is a pneumatic-powered nail gun that uses compressed air to drive small nails into wood. Find out what projects brad nailers are good for, and more! This video provides a demonstration of a brad nailer. Take a close look at 18-gauge brads and see how they would work well for certain projects. Brad nailers are especially efficient on small projects like finishing house trim. Did you know? The only difference between a brad nailer and a finish nailer is the size of nails. Brads are thin, 18-gauge nails, whereas finish nails are larger (around 15-16 gauge). Do you know anyone considering a home improvement project? Make sure they know what they’re getting into. Some homeowners may be fully capable of operating a brad nailer. For those who are less experienced, call your local Mr. Handyman. All our home improvement professionals have the experience needed to get the job done right and on time.




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