How To's

Learn DIY  Home Improvements with these General Tools Instructional Blog Posts.
  • Transfer Precise Shapes with the Contour Gauge Recently I gave my bathroom a DIY make-over.  I was on a tight budget but I wanted to make certain it got the most bang for my buck. On my renovation to-do list was: BATHROOM RENOVATION TO-DO LIST - install new flooring - vanity, mirror, sink - light fixture - window - toilet - shower head, faucet - bead board - paint The tub and tile were in decent shape, so I kept them. We managed to remove the old Read more

  • LTM2X INSTRUCTIONS AND QUICK START VIDEO It's time to pull out your LTM2X Laser Tape Measure and start measuring everything in your house! But first, make sure you know all there is to know about your laser tape measure with the below FAQs and short Quick Start Video! How do I open and close the battery door? To open, hold the LTM2X laser tape measure in your right hand with the belt clip facing your palm, your fingers wrapped around the bottom Read more

  • Perfect Your Home’s Angles with the Gable Scribe Siding your home can be a big challenge no matter its shape, size, or the material that you use. Siding the angles, gables, and other unique areas of your home’s exterior can be even trickier, particularly when using extremely dense material, such as fiber cement. Materials like fiber cement are highly durable, long lasting, and extremely low maintenance. For some homeowners, though, these benef Read more

  • Hurricane Storm Ready Tips - Your Quick Hurricane Resource Guide from General Tools Important – In the event your area will be affected by an upcoming storm, this article will provide you with several quick links to hurricane resources. **Make sure to bookmark this hurricane resource guide for easy reference.** The peak of hurricane season is around the corner. As per CNN.com, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st, peaks from Aug Read more

  • My wife is a professional photographer, and that entails more work than you think. There's a lot that goes into taking a good picture, and there's even more that goes into taking a great picture. She puts a lot of sweat and creativity into every one of her photographs, and each of them deserves a picture frame that's going to do them justice. The finished product ends up on customer's walls and in galleries, which means they must be framed. And fra Read more

  • The harsher weather is coming with the change of seasons, and with it comes the possibility of things breaking down or not working properly. Every year I worry about potential issues hidden behind walls, under floors, in gutters, in the ceiling or in the heating system. To help avoid financial and emotional surprises in the dead of winter, I run an inspection throughout my home every fall. I also do it for my parents who are getting on in years. Th Read more

  • A deck can be a great addition to your home and yard. Not only can it increase the overall value of your home, but if you're like me and my family, it can end up being where you spend the most amount of time during the warmer months of the year. It can be uniquely satisfying to stand on a deck that you've built with your own two hands, and the money you'll save by doing it yourself is enough motivation for a cheapskate like me. Bragging rights asid Read more

  • General Tools Responds to Louisiana Flooding by Donating Moisture Meters for Free Home Inspections The statistics from the Louisiana flood that hit hard this August were sobering. An estimated 60,000 homes incurred damage, 30,000 people were rescued and nearly 110,000 households applied for housing assistance. According to the Times-Picayune, 11 percent of the state's population was affected by the flood. We wanted to help in a meaningful way and Read more

  • Baseboards and trim can get wedged tightly in corners and stubbornly stick to your walls. This becomes a problem when you need to remove them, since a regular pry bar won't remove them without causing damage to your wallpaper, paint, and walls (especially drywall). You may even want to save the trim or baseboard for future projects, but it might seem impossible to remove them without breaking them. If you're looking for a way to leave both your wall Read more

  • The ANGLE-IZER™ Template Tool from General Tools is a handy personal and professional device for creating specialized shapes in tile, wood, brick and countertops. Made of glass-filled nylon plastic, this tool is both durable and flexible for any application or job site. The  ANGLE-IZER™ four slotted rulers move and lock into any position to become a customized stencil in minutes, eliminating tedious guesswork and wasted materials from inaccurat Read more

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