How to use a Tape Measure

What do all those little lines mean anyway. A closeup look at the markings of a standard U.S. tape measure. Inch lines, 1/2″ 1/4″ 1/8″ and 1/16″ lines are explained. Click on the picture to start the movie. Also an answer to that burning...

Hand Tools

My list of tools needed by a techie. Yes, in the order of my preference. Don’t forget something to hold it all in. Safety Glasses Gloves Tape Measure (At least 16′),Adjustable Wrench (a.k.a. C-Wrench),Pocket Knife (keep it sharp) Phillip’s Screw...

Sabre Saw

This is a Sabre Saw, aka, Jig Saw. This saw uses a blade that travels up and down. This cut is being bad using a piece of wood as a straight edge. The line that needs to be cut was marked at both ends, then the wood was placed 1 1/4″ from the line. This is the...

Drill / Screw Guns

Comments & Suggestions from our visitors:Tech Tip – when using a screw gun, make sure it’s in the lower speed for driving screws. Then “squeeze and release” the trigger. This technique prevents the screw head from getting stripped. NEVER allow...

Circular Saw

This is a blurry circular saw. Don’t worry, it still cuts in focus. The blade spins counter clockwise, thus pushing the wood chips up into the dust guide. Take a close look and you’ll see a hole just to the left of the number 2. In this shot you see my thumb pushing...

Drill Press

This is a Sears Drill Press. This photo show that various drill press table accessories we have set up. The clamp to the bottom right is holding a piece of plywood to the metal table. This wood acts as a buffer to keep the drill bits from hitting the metal. The vice...