Eugene's DIY Den

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

How to Cut Concrete

With a diamond blade and proper safety precautions, you can cut through concrete for your sidewalk, countertop, patio, or DIY project.<p>Photo: …

Woodworking

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

• 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

Cold Water Tank Overflowing - How to Replace a Ballcock Washer

Leaking Valves, Overflowing Water Tanks and Toilet Cisterns<p>You hear water running outside your home. You look up and see a pipe sticking out from the …

An Idiot's Guide to Power Tools (Drills, Sanders, & Saws), Corded & Cordless

An Idiot's Guide to Power Tools (Drills, Sanders, & Saws), Corded & Cordless<p>A Beginner's Guide to Power Tools<p>Thinking of buying a power tool as a …

Power Tools

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 …

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

There is a unique satisfaction in bringing out the potential of a home that has fallen on hard times. Furniture that has served you well can be given …

Power Tools

Best Circular Saw: Review of the Hitachi C7SB2

Ideal Saw for Serious DIY<p>Having worn out two DIY circular saws from heavy and prolonged use cutting palettes, heavy timber etc, I decided to treat …

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

Adding and Wiring New Outlets<p>Do you need extra outlets, and you'd rather plug into a wall? Power bars are unsightly and who wants extension cords …

The Dremel and What Makes it Special for DIY Enthusiasts

This is very much like the Dremel I have reviewed here, if not better; and it has loads of excellent customer satisfaction reviews indicating how …

Concrete Dissolver: An Easy Way To Clean Masonry Tools

Applying a concrete dissolver is one tactic used to soften old mortar on masonry tools, equipment and vehicles. Its mild acid and foaming agent also …

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. …

Home Improvement

Best Circular Saw: Review of the Hitachi C7SB2

Best Circular Saw: Review of the Hitachi C7SB2<p>Ideal Saw for Serious DIY<p>Having worn out two DIY circular saws from heavy and prolonged use cutting …

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

When we first bought our current property and decided to live off-grid, we had only two water storage tanks. We knew it would be important to harvest …

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

What's the Best Cordless Impact Wrench?<p>Whenever I'd use my beat up old electric drill, my brother would laugh. He told me I should ditch it for a …

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

A Guide to Using Air Tools For DIY<p>Air tools as the name suggests are tools powered by compressed air, unlike conventional power tools which are …

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 …

How to Run Power Anywhere (even outdoors!)

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 …

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 …

How Good Are You at Measuring by Eye?

Ireland<p>February 7, 2016 4:36am CST<p>Ok, this is something harmless you can try and not likely to cause any self injury! Draw two points on a piece of …

February 7

5 Reciprocating Saw Accessories You Should Own

If you own a reciprocating saw, then you already know it's the go-to tool for quickly slicing through framing lumber, plywood, roof shingles, sheet metal, and just about any other building material. But when fitted with the proper accessory, your recip saw also can scrape up vinyl flooring, brush …