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Toolbox Tuesday: Ivy League Trimming

As the old saying goes, "it's a jungle out there." And we'd have to agree.This summer has felt like a battle against the elements when it comes to our home's vegetation. Take our ivy, for example. When we purchased our home in 2003 it was one of the...
by Old Town Home on Aug 23, 2016

Gift Guide - Top 10 Tools Under $10 for Your DIYer Valentine

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and if you're like either of us, you have a DIY partner in crime you'd like to shower with gifts and adoration that show just how much you care for them. But the thing is, the cliched dozen long stem roses, box...
by Old Town Home on Jan 30, 2015

Llamas and Drill Bits and New Tools, Oh My!

We hope your holiday and New Year was a relaxing and non-strenuous one, spent with family, friends, and way too much food. Wendy and I spent time with our parents and Christmas with Wendy's very large extended family, and with good friends for a low...
by Old Town Home on Jan 5, 2015

Toolbox Tuesday: The Nail Jack Nail Puller Made Me a Changed Man

Quite some time ago I wrote in a Toolbox Tuesday about the pliers I like to use to remove nails. This has been a great solution for my purposes, and something that I picked up when working for a contractor in college, but it hasn't been without its p...
by Old Town Home on Nov 5, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Turn Your Shop Vac into a Two Stage Dust System

Dust collection is easily one of the single biggest challenge when keeping an avid DIYer's shop or workspace at a level cleanliness that is at least somewhat respectable. If you've ever had a woodworking or sanding project in your makeshift shop or w...
by Old Town Home on Oct 15, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Pump Jack Scaffolding and Velociraptor Lumber

Though our siding to do list was growing rather than shrinking, we had accomplished most everything we could without addressing the ugly nine headed gorilla in the room of "how are we going to work up high on the side of the house?" What kind...
by Old Town Home on Jul 30, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Python Straps, Less Tool, More Relaxation Accessory

Our backyard is small, it's true, but it's one of our home's spaces that we happen to love with with all of our heart. Our backyard is our entertaining space, our relaxing space, our outdoor dining space, our gardening space, Lulu's squirrel chasing...
by Old Town Home on Jul 9, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Can a Miter Gauge Make Me Norm Abram's Friend?

There are a handful of tools in our workshop that were initially viewed as purely a luxury purchase, but have slowly transitioned over the years into tried, true, and trusty tools in my collection. One such tool is actually a companion tool to a much...
by Old Town Home on Jul 2, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Top 10 List of Must Have Tools for DIYers

Last week a photo of a speed square was posted on the Instagram feed of Charles & Hudson, the well known home improvement, DIY, and tool website. I saw the photo and left a comment that a good speed square is easily in my list of "Top 10 Must Hav...
by Old Town Home on Jun 18, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: The Right Masonry Tools for the Repointing Job

Recently I wrote several posts detailing the process we've taken to repoint a portion of our 19th century masonry. From proper mortar selection to the whole learning process associated with making good looking mortar joints, it was a laborious task w...
by Old Town Home on Apr 30, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Spicing Up My Boring Bits

I've heard the subject of today's Toolbox Tuesday post referred to as paddle bits, hole bits, flat bits, spade bits, speed bits, wing bits, and even boring bits, but that last one can't possibly be referring to the level of interest these drill bits...
by Old Town Home on Apr 9, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: A Hammer Drill Likened to a Highly Evolved Deep Sea Fish

There comes a time in your project or renovation life where you develop a certain comfort with the tools you have. You may not own every tool you need or want, but you're able to make do with the ones you own, making them work for the tasks at hand,...
by Old Town Home on Mar 26, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Cutting to the Chase on Circular Saws

A few days ago a friend and I were discussing various tools (a riveting conversation, I assure you), and he asked me a seemingly simple question. "Just how many powered saws do you own?" I started to think about it and count it up in my head and...
by Old Town Home on Mar 19, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Fire Safety First

When I was younger and I thought of a "handy type person," I typically conjured thoughts of people like Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. His caricature represented the gold standard in avid hobbyists that throw caution to the wind, often suffering the nea...
by Old Town Home on Feb 26, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Heating Things Up with a Versatile Blow Torch

A few weeks ago we created a basic how-to guide on sweating a copper plumbing fitting. Though this aspect of home improvement is often intimidating (it was for me the first time I did it), it's a completely doable task if you have the right tools for...
by Old Town Home on Feb 5, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: An Adjustable Shelf Jig for Your Dancing Shoes

I mentioned a specific tool in yesterday's post about our grand closet reveal that I've also mentioned a few times before on various other projects. In fact, this particular tool has been so useful that it's been a key element in the success of our o...
by Old Town Home on Jan 29, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Metal Detectors for Safer Woodworking

When I look in my various toolboxes, tool bucket, or workbench, I see a collection of instruments I've purchased over the years that have slowly turned me from an incapable dweller to a moderately accomplished home DIYer. Some of the tools, like my d...
by Old Town Home on Jan 15, 2013

Toolbox Tuesday: Where Has This Pneumatic Stapler Been all my Life?

It's been a little while since our last Toolbox Tuesday blog post. With all of the hectic fervor surrounding the last few months, we've been pretty lax in sharing some of our latest purchases, finds, and favorite items. I think it's about time to dus...
by Old Town Home on Jan 8, 2013

2012 Holiday Gift Guide for the DIY Enthusiast on Your List

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? There’s certainly something magical about the Christmas season. Drinking hot cocoa on a chilly winter morning, making snow angels (assuming you get a snowfall), and celebrating traditions w...
by Old Town Home on Nov 26, 2012

Toolbox Thurdsay: Our Quest for Better Tile Spacers

We had a bit much going on this week for a Toolbox Tuesday, so I figured I'd make it a Toolbox Thursday. It still has the alliteration I'm looking for, so we'll go for it and see how it feels as a more permanent toolbox day.  In our post about o...
by Old Town Home on Sep 20, 2012


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