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  • Excited for the upcoming summer season, but realizing your house isn't ready to be shown off in the sun yet? It's too easy in the winter months to let the leaves collect in the gutters, leave the dried flowers in the flower beds and sit cozy by the fireplace instead. But since the warm weather is back, why not tackle a few chores to get your house summer-ready? Here are 5 tips to help you get your house in tip top shape for the summer: 1. Inspect Gutters A few of our tips here are going to involve inspecting parts of your home's structure that may have decayed a bit during the winds and rains experienced in winter time. You'll want to start off by taking a good look at your gutters. This will include looking in some hidden nooks and crannies, so use a telescoping mirror if you can't easily see any gutter elements. Severe rain, hail, and even wind can bend or crack your gutters. Damaged gutters can lead to improper drainage, causing water to leak into your basement crawl space and create an ideal environment Read more

  • There are many different ways to make a raised garden bed. You can be as creative as you want, but if you're just looking for an attractive container for your flowers and plants, you can build something simple in less than a couple of hours. A raised garden bed doesn't have to be anything more than a structure that surrounds your soil and plants. If there are rabbits or other small critters in your yard, you might want to make it tall enough to keep them out. That's about it. To build your own raised beds, here's what you need. Lumber Start with treated lumber from the home center. Don't get the untreated stuff; that's made for interior work and will quickly rot in the outdoors. Alternatively, you can use cedar, which is naturally rot resistant. Whatever you choose, buy enough to build the whole box. You're just going to use this one material for everything. Fasteners When it comes to fasteners for outdoor projects, nails and screws are both perfectly suitable. If you don't own a power drill/driver, you'll Read more

  • General ToolSmart Tools include Bluetooth connectivity for capturing data to your smartphone and helping you perform calculations on the fly. While General Tools is no stranger to multimeters and inspection cameras, this foray into app-enabled Bluetooth connected tools is a decidedly huge step forward into the estimating and MRO markets. As more and more of our information moves into the digital realm, manufacturers are trying to come up with new ways to save Pros time when estimating jobs or storing data about room dimensions & volume, inspection video images, complex molding requirements and more. General Tools' goals for the ToolSmart line of tools is to accomplish the following things (which they tout as the primary features of the system): 1. Eliminate the need to jot down readings on scraps of paper that often get lost in cluttered project areas. 2. Create a way to store and integrate data and generate lists of materials and tools to minimize human error and trips to the local home center. General T Read more

  • An ill-fitting belt is never a good look, which is why this revolving hole punch from General Tools is such a handy tool to have in your collection. With just a couple of quick punches from this tool you can have your new leather belt or existing favorite prepared and ready for daily use. Thanks to the quality materials that are used in the construction of this hole punch – including plated steel pliers and hardened steel punches – you can expect it to make quick work of even high-quality leather belts. Planning is Essential Most likely, you are going to want to put the holes in your belt one inch apart from each other for even spacing. While that is the standard for the majority of belts, you can feel free to deviate from that if you would like. However, it is important that you pick an interval for your holes and then stick with it throughout the job. Use a ruler to mark out the spots for each hole, being sure to mark on the back so that your markings won’t be seen if there happen to be Read more

  • If you're looking for a fun and easy woodworking project, try this simple chessboard. It makes a great gift, and anyone with basic woodworking skills can build it. Step 1 First, you'll need eight strips of 2" wide solid wood in contrasting colors. Maple and walnut work well together, but there are several other good combinations. Cut four strips of each material to 2" on the table saw. Measure one of the strips with a digital caliper and record the measurement; you'll need it later. Your measurement needs to be accurate, so be sure to use a precision instrument like our 6" steel digital caliper. Each strip should be about 18" long. Step 2 Now edge-glue and clamp those strips together, alternating the light and dark woods. When the glue has dried, use a crosscut sled to square up one end of the panel on the table saw. Step 3 Next, you'll need to cut the panel into 2" strips, which need to be exactly the same width as the first eight you cut earlier. Set the fence to 2" and cut a piece of scrap mat Read more

  • With the right engraving tool in your hands, there are a number of fun projects that you can complete with precision and ease. Engraving is a great way to personalize and customize an otherwise generic item, and it can be an enjoyable project for the enthusiastic handyman. Whether you need an engraving tool simply to identify your own tools on a job site, or if you want it for more creative purposes, it is crucial that you know how to use it before getting started. Before you rev up the engraving tool and sink it into your first project, consider the following 10 tips. 1. Apply Pressure This is one of the first tips you will need in order to complete a successful engraving project. While you don't need to lean on the pen while using it - and you wouldn't want to it, either - it is important to provide enough pressure to actually make your mark on the object at hand. Of course, the amount of pressure that is required is going to depend largely on the material that you are engraving. Materials like plastic or Read more

  • In today's world, a cell phone is practically required equipment for getting around on a day to day basis.  Most people would not know what to do without their phone in their pocket at all times. With that in mind, cell phone repair has quickly become an important task. Whether you are going to be working on cell phone repairs as a profession, or you just have enough knowledge to help your friends and family when they have a problem, a cell phone repair kit is a smart purchase. You will need the right tools if you are going to fix a complicated smart phone properly, and there are plenty of kits on the market to choose from. If you are in the market for a kit, the General Tools 660 Smart Phone Repair Kit is a wise pick. This smart phone repair kit includes tools that are capable of aiding in the repair of a variety of devices, as long as you have the right knowledge to go along with the tools themselves. You will find 17 unique tools within the kit, each serving a specific purpose. While there are a tota Read more

  • Precision measurements are one of the key ingredients in successful woodworking. A miscalculation or improper measurement can ruin a project. To improve your chances of taking a perfectly accurate measurement each and every time, it is a wise choice to opt for digital measuring tools. Using digital instead of analog measuring tools will add a level of consistency to your work that simply isn't possible otherwise. Fortunately, the serious woodworker will find that there are a great number of digital measurement tools on the market today. Depending on the type of work you do, you may be able to get by with just one of these tools - or you may need several. Below you will find a list of some of the most-helpful digital measurement tools for woodworkers. 1. Digital Sliding T-Bevel Gauge A quality sliding T-bevel, such as the one from General Tools, is nearly a must-have for any serious woodworker. Finding the right angles are a crucial element of any woodworking job, as you want to bring together the various piec Read more

  • Replace Your Entire Screwdriver Set with a Ratcheting Screwdriver The screwdriver is one of the classic tools that has a home in nearly every garage. In fact, you probably have a wide assortment of screwdrivers, ranging from flat-heads to Phillips, located somewhere throughout your house. Countless items in and around your home are held together with screws, so it is important to have some screwdrivers available in different sizes. Fortunately, these tools are relatively cheap, so it doesn't take much of an investment to accrue a nice collection that you can use for years to come. However, what if you could toss out that entire collection in exchange for just one single tool? That might seem impossible, but it is very much a realistic idea. The tool that can replace all those excess screwdrivers is the Express Ratcheting Screwdriver from General Tools. This tool is able to swap out bits in just moments, meaning you can switch from flat-head to Phillips and back again in just moments. Since this tool includes Read more

  • What is the Best Toolkit for Do-It-Yourself Electronics Repair? Having the ability to complete electronics repair on your own is a great skill to have. Rather than taking your electronics to a professional for an expensive repair job, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars (or more) by doing the work yourself. While DIY repair might seem a little intimidating at first, with a basic understanding of what to do and the right toolkit, you can tackle almost any project. When working on any type of project it is important to work "smarter, not harder" and having the correct tools, will make your life a lot easier. If you have the basic level of understanding to complete electronic repairs the best thing you can do is purchase a toolkit which contains all of the basics that are needed for electronics work. This Essential Electronics Kit from General Tools is a perfect example of an electronic toolkit that supplies you with everything you should need for basic repair jobs. Small is the Name of the Game Why c Read more

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