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Best Attic Antenna

Many of us have switched to Youtube TV and Netflix for our entertainment. However, you still want to pick up the local channels. Indoor Antennas tend to be limited. But Outdoor Antennas are hard to install. The Attic Antenna offers the best of both worlds. Growing up in rural Missouri, I understand how hard it is to get a signal anytime you are more than 30 miles out of town. We became quite resourceful in …

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Salvaging Free or Cheap Lumber

You have unlimited creativity. If you could only find free wood. While free wood is basically impossible to find, here are some top places to look for wood that you can repurpose or salvage. Keep in mind that you ate exchanging your labor and skill with power tools for the wood. You are going to spend countless late nights researching possible spots for wood, and phone calls to track them down. There are going to …

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Best In-House Tornado Shelters

I’ll always remember the day the Joplin tornado hit. The sky looked especially bad, the sky was lit up in that scary green color, and the clouds were darker than normal. It was one of those storm fronts that you knew was bringing bad news. We quickly left our apartment and headed towards the nearby tornado shelter, just to be safe. As we searched the news for a weather update, we heard the news about …

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Best Fiber Cement Shears

Fiber cement siding holds up much better, but its durability also makes it more difficult to work with. You need a good pair of fiber cement shears to get the job done faster. While a lot of people use jigsaws with carbide blades or circular saws for cutting fiberboard, these saws create much more dust. Shears are safer, create less dust, and offer you the maximum control to help you get straight cuts. You’ll enjoy …

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Do Rain Guards Really Work?

Rain guards are great for reducing wind noise and rain spray when you crack your window slightly. From getting a little breeze while cruising to cracking the windows in your car to keep the inside temperatures down while it is parked, side window deflectors are worth it and open up an entirely new world to you. Enjoy the fresh air without messing up your hair! The benefits of side window deflectors are numerous:  Reduces wind …

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Best Butane Torch For Dabbing: What You Need To Know

As a tool site, we held off on this article for two years. However, with the increasing legality of Marijuana in the United States, it makes sense to include a page on dabbing torches. Full disclosure is that none of the staff has taken up daily marijuana smoking, so we had to get ahold of a few friends with more experience to give their input on this piece.  What did come in handy was our …

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Best Motion Activated Sprinklers For Squirrels, Deer & Cats in 2020

ToolTally is reader-supported and earns a commission when you purchase a product through links on our site Most of us saw the clever use of a motion-activated sprinkler as a theft deterrent for protecting the items in the back of the pickup truck. While this clip is humorous, it also demonstrates the functionality of these sprinklers. These serve as excellent animal repellers with no pesticides or chemicals. And these are more effective than many of …

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Mineral Spirits vs Acetone

Solvents and thinners are vital requirements for painting. Acetone and mineral spirits are two of the most common ones used. They are similar, but there are different uses where each one is best. Confusing the matter is that many of the solvents go by similar names, but have different ingredients. And, some solvents have vastly different branded names but are, mostly, the same product. Oil-based paints require solvents. From cleaning brushes to thinning paint, you’ll …

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Drywall Vs. Sheetrock

As you shop for building material to finish in that project, you have likely run across the terms “sheetrock” and “drywall”. What is the difference between these two types of material? Sheetrock is a trademarked name for a popular brand of drywall. Additionally, are there further distinctions that you should know about? What Is Drywall? Most houses have drywall on their interior walls. Drywall comes in large, smooth sheets and is easily and quickly installed. …

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Precision Sensors Profinder 6000+ Review

I recently saw the Profinder 6000+ at my local hardware store. It’s larger body shape caught my eye, and I decided we needed to review it. Sometimes bigger is better.  The Problem With Other Stud Finders Stud finders make our lives easier but they aren’t “magic wands”. Cheap stud finders rely purely on the magnetic attraction of the nails in the stud. This means that their accuracy is limited by the size of the magnet. …

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Walabot vs Flir One

Our phones are more powerful than the computers used to put a man on the moon.  And all we use it for are endless games of Snake, Clash of clans or for getting spied on by Facebook.  Wouldn’t it be cool if we could tap into that power for something a little more practical? I recently got a call from one of my contractor buddies.  “Did you hear about this new app thingy that lets …

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How Do Stud Finders Work?

Stud finders are like xray vision for a carpenter. They give you the ability to “see” through walls. Tips and Tricks For The Best Results When Locating Studs Wall scanners also do not work through carpet or exterior siding. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which are a thicker depth and air gaps between where the sensor is and where the stud is.  Some of these models use multiple “detectors” …

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