What is a basin wrench

What Is A Basin Wrench?

This specialized plumbing tool is a part of most plumber's toolboxes, used for tightening fasteners in tight spaces. For anyone who does casual DIY plumbing work around their home, it's invaluable. You won't need it often, but when you do, it wi...
what is a borescope

What Is A Borescope?

Like many other inspection tools, a borescope allows you to see places that wouldn't be visible otherwise. When you inspect an item, you can insert a borescope without causing damage to that item. There are several different types of borescope av...
what is a pipe cutter

What Is a Pipe Cutter?

When it comes to plumbing and machinery, there are seemingly endless tools available. What is a pipe cutter, and how does it differ from other tools? As the name implies, a pipe cutter is used to cut pipes. This tool has advantages over a hacksaw...
what is a hacksaw

What Is a Hacksaw?

What is a hacksaw? Whether you're a casual DIY fan or a professional, it helps to understand this powerful tool. Hacksaws are often used by plumbers, electricians, and even creative sculptors. We've taken a look at everything you need to know before...
how to use crescent wrench

How to Use a Crescent Wrench

A crescent wrench is a versatile tool that can replace an entire wrench set. The "jaw" of the wrench is adjustable, so you can fit it to a variety of different screws.  Adjustable wrenches are compatible with a wide range of screw sizes, mak...
faucet flow restrictor

Do Bathtub Faucets Have Flow Restrictors?

Do bathtub faucets have flow restrictors? It sometimes depends on the faucet and the building. For the most part, the answer is, yes.  Flow restrictors are part of the majority of faucets in a residential household. Flow restrictors regulate...
sanding drywall

What Grit Sandpaper for Drywall?

Once your joint compound is fully dry, it’s time to sand. Use sandpaper that is 80 or 100 grit to smooth out any roughness. Alternatively, you can use a medium grit sanding sponge or a 100 grit sanding screen. When sanding, use even strokes and a...

Can You Burn Drywall?

The biggest component of drywall is a soft mineral called gypsum (calcium sulfate).  To form drywall, manufacturers place two thick sheets of paper on either side of the gypsum and sometimes add elements like fiberglass to make the wallboard...
how much weight can drywall hold

How Much Weight Can Drywall Hold?

When you’re getting ready to hang something on your wall, you may be wondering how much weight the drywall can hold. This will depend on what type of drywall you have and the anchor you use. In general, thin drywall can handle up to 1.6 pounds pe...