Top-Notch Gear for Serious DIYers

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These were designed with the DIYer in mind.

Dust Right Separator


This is a great option for hobbyist woodworkers in their own shop as well as those pro wood shops that want an inexpensive mobile dust collector. It attaches between two hoses to your shop vacuum and will separate the larger particles and keep them from clogging up the filter in your vacuum. The big particles just fall to the bottom of the Dust Right Separator making them easy to dump into your waste bin and keeping your workflow moving. They are available for $100 at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores and online. Buy it now.

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Spendy Caulk Gun (That’s So Worth It!


It’s hard to appreciate the value of a good caulk gun until you’ve tried one. And this Albion B12Q is the best I’ve ever used. The beefy trigger means less hand strain with stubborn adhesives and provides excellent flow control for a neat bead. And since this tool is built like a tank, I expect it will outlast me. Some builders also like the rotating cradle. But I couldn’t avoid turning it upside down, which allowed the caulk tube to fall out. No problem: I simply locked up the swiveling mechanism with glue. — Gary Wentz, Editor-in-Chief. Get this caulk gun now.

Fluidmaster DuoFlush System


A dual flush conversion kit will take your standard 1.6 gallon per flush toilet and turn it into a dual flush toilet, meaning it will give you the choice between flushing the whole tank for solids or half a tank for liquids. You can save money on your water bill and save the planet at the same time. If your flushing flapper is failing, it’s the perfect time for a toilet upgrade. This Fluidmaster complete system comes with the their fill valve and the DuoFlush valve and handle. It’s fast and easy to install and does not require any sort of tank removal. It takes less than 20 minutes, just take the old guts out and install the new ones. Find them for around $25 at home centers and online. Buy it now.

If you run into a running toilet problem, we’ll show you how to fix it yourself.

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