Eugene's DIY Den

By Eugene Brennan | A miscellany of articles covering DIY, tools and home appliances

A Complete Guide to Power Tools for Beginners (Drills, Sanders, Grinders, Multitools, Dremels & Saws)

A Complete Guide to Power Tools for Beginners (Drills, Sanders, Grinders, Multitools, Dremels & Saws)<p>A Beginner's Guide to Power Tools<p>Thinking of …

Circuit Breaker Panel Keeps Tripping - Sorting Electrical Faults

If an MCB trips, the first thing to check out is whether you are pulling too much power from the circuit, e.g. from having multiple high power …

Working Safely at a Height on Ladders and Roofs

Working Safely at a Height on Ladders and Roofs<p>Using Your Head<p>I don't claim to be a safety expert but I have been up and down ladders regularly for …

30 Essential Tools You Need For Home Maintenance

30 Essential Tools You Need For Home Maintenance<p>DIY - Save Money and Do It Yourself!<p>So you want to start doing home maintenance to save money or …

Using an Angle Grinder Safely for Cutting and Grinding

Using an Angle Grinder Safely for Cutting and Grinding<p>What are Angle Grinders Used For ?<p>An angle or hand grinder is a power tool regularly used by …

How To: Cut Concrete

Whether you want to create a countertop or expand your sidewalk, cutting concrete yourself may not be as daunting as ...

Home Improvement

How to Choose the Right Circular Saw Blade

For a long time, wood was cut with an axe. As humans evolved, so did their tools. Now smartphones do the wood cutting—if you call somebody with an axe. However, before smartphones, the world experienced the Industrial Revolution and large water- and steam-driven circular blades, with sharpened …

DeWalt 20V Compact Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Kit + Drill Bit Set | Popular Mechanics Shop

• 20V MAX 1/2" hammer drill<br>• 20V MAX 1/4" impact driver<br>• 2 3.0Ah 20V MAX lithium ion battery packs<br>• Fast charger<br>• 2 belt hooks<br>• Bit holder<br>• Contractor bag<br>• 21 piece titanium drill bit set

Power Tools

Cold Water Tank Overflowing - How to Replace a Ballcock Washer

Cold Water Tank Overflowing - How to Replace a Ballcock Washer<p>Leaking Valves, Overflowing Water Tanks and Toilet Cisterns<p>You hear water running …

What Causes Dampness in a House?

What Causes Dampness in a House?<p>Damp, Mould, and Mildew<p>Damp can be a serious problem in homes, causing damage to plaster and wood and leading to mold …

The Best Handheld Power Sanders: a Beginner's Guide

The Best Handheld Power Sanders: a Beginner's Guide<p>There is a unique satisfaction in bringing out the potential of a home that has fallen on hard …

What Circular Saw Should I Buy? : Review of the Hitachi C7SB2

What Circular Saw Should I Buy? : Review of the Hitachi C7SB2<p>Ideal Saw for Serious DIY<p>Having worn out two DIY circular saws from heavy and prolonged …

Adding Electrical Outlets: How to Wire a New Outlet to an Existing One

Adding Electrical Outlets: How to Wire a New Outlet to an Existing One<p>Adding and Wiring New Outlets<p>Do you need extra outlets, and you'd rather plug …

The Dremel and What Makes it Special for DIY Enthusiasts

The Dremel and What Makes it Special for DIY Enthusiasts<p>This is very much like the Dremel I have reviewed here, if not better; and it has loads of …

Concrete Dissolver: An Easy Way To Clean Masonry Tools

Concrete Dissolver: An Easy Way To Clean Masonry Tools<p>Applying a concrete dissolver is one tactic used to soften old mortar on masonry tools, …

8 Steps to Mixing Concrete by Hand Without a Cement Mixer

8 Steps to Mixing Concrete by Hand Without a Cement Mixer<p>Mixing Concrete Without a Mixer<p>A cement mixer does a great job at mixing concrete, …

Home Improvement

Eaves and Fascia Board Repair: How (Not) To Fix Them

Eaves and Fascia Board Repair: How (Not) To Fix Them<p>Eaves are a vulnerable part of your house, exposed to weather and damage by falling limbs. …

How to Put Up Cabinets, Shelves, and Coat Hangers

How to Put Up Cabinets, Shelves, and Coat Hangers<p>Mounting Stuff on Walls - Tools and Fixings Required<p>Screwdriver, Phillips and/or flat<br>• Power Drill - …

Harvest and Store Rainwater: Our Off-Grid Water Supply

Harvest and Store Rainwater: Our Off-Grid Water Supply<p>When we first bought our current property and decided to live off-grid, we had only two water …

Top 4 Cordless Impact Wrenches & Guns: Reviews of Battery Powered Units

Top 4 Cordless Impact Wrenches & Guns: Reviews of Battery Powered Units<p>What's the Best Cordless Impact Wrench?<p>Whenever I'd use my beat up old …

How to Use Air Tools and an Air Compressor in Your Workshop

How to Use Air Tools and an Air Compressor in Your Workshop<p>A Guide to Using Air Tools For DIY<p>Air tools as the name suggests are tools powered by …

The Many Uses For Vinegar, A Wholly Natural Substance

The Many Uses For Vinegar, A Wholly Natural Substance<p>Non Toxic and Natural<p>Vinegar is a natural substance containing acetic acid. The two main types …

4 Tape Measure Tricks

How to Use a Multimeter (DMM) to Measure Voltage, Current and Resistance

How to Use a Multimeter (DMM) to Measure Voltage, Current and Resistance<p>What is a Multimeter?<p>A digital multimeter or DMM is a useful instrument for …

Arduino

Getting Ready for the Snow: Don't Let Your Home Freeze Up!

Getting Ready for the Snow: Don't Let Your Home Freeze Up!<p>Being Prepared!<p>This article gives you some common sense tips on keeping your home snug and …

Electrical Wiring

Neodymium magnet tool for getting nuts into those hard to reach places

I eventually found an application for one of those neodymium magnets I bought from Dealextreme.com!<br>I had made up a bracket for attaching the old …

How to Fix a Broken Air Conditioner

Tips to get your air conditioner up and running without calling a pro.<p>Air conditioners work hard to keep you cool, and you don't realize how much you rely on them until you are stuck in a sweltering room with no relief. If your air conditioner suddenly goes out, there is no need to panic. Follow …

Home Improvement

10 Circular Saw Secrets You Should Know Before You Cut

Most novice do-it-yourselfers feel perfectly comfortable using an electric drill or jigsaw, but nearly all of them are hesitant to pick up a portable circular saw. Here are 10 tips to help you cut safely and more confidently.<p>Most novice do-it-yourselfers feel perfectly comfortable using an electric …

Circular Saw