The month of January is usually all about improvement. You get a gym membership, you begin eating healthier, you buy a planner, and you start recycling. In this season of self-care, it’s good to reflect on how our home benefits us – specifically, the things within our home. Houseplants are a great addition to any dwelling, not only because they visually make spaces feel more “alive,” but because they are also good at improving health and productivity. Continue Reading
This week on Tool School, I’m trying out the new Dewalt cordless framing nailer. It’s the most powerful cordless nailer they’ve ever built, so I’m excited to see how it works!
You know you’re pushing the limits of what you might call “DIY” when your project requires a nail gun. For most jobs, a hammer and a bag of nails will suffice. But if you’re framing an addition, building a deck, or putting up a fence, you’ll probably want to reach for a framing nailer. Continue Reading
We're lucky enough here at Curbly to have a dedicated office space to work from. Nestled just along the divide between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, our airy studio has hosted many meetings, photo shoots, popups, and has even has doubled as an art gallery for second graders. When Curbly HQ first moved into the building in 2016, the entire space was renovated, from new flooring and lighting to a fresh paint job. Continue Reading
The Rigid MEGAMax is a hulking monster-tool. It's the Optimus Prime of home improvement. If they ever make a movie about power tools coming to life and taking over the world, forcing us DIYers to labor at the thankless tasks they've plied for so long, well, then this tool will be their leader.
The MEGAMax is a really powerful interchangeable tool system just introduced by RIGID. The Powerbase includes an 18V brushless motor and can automatically identify which tool head you've attached (and adjust battery/motor output accordingly). Continue Reading
Every once in a while I discover a gadget that does a lot more than I expected it to do. And the Bosch Laser Measure is definitely one of those. When I received a sample to review, my first thought was, “Great. I have thirteen tape measures on my workbench. What do I need this for?” But after trying it out, I've completely changed my mind. Now I'm thinking, “I have this thing. Continue Reading
I've been accumulating impact drivers since 2012, when we did our first home renovation. An impact driver is lighter, more compact, and more powerful than its older sibling, the power drill. It's better for 90% of the jobs that you would normally use a drill for, and I think everyone should own one, or even two! But at this point, I have four of them, and I need to thin out the herd, so to speak. Continue Reading
The most important factor in completing home improvement projects is having the right tool for the job. It's that simple. Home improvement isn't rocket science, and when you're unable to complete a task, it's usually not because you aren't smart or skilled enough. It's because you don't have that tool that does that thing you need in order to finish the job!
Unfortunately, you can't bring your entire workshop with you wherever you go. Continue Reading
There's a common conception about the gift card: that it's as good as money, and the recipient can use it to get whatever they want.
But here's the thing. A gift card is not as good as cash. If it were, why not just throw a crisp $50 bill in an envelope and hand it over?
No, my friends. A gift card is better than cash. Because cash is for getting what you need! Continue Reading
You know what they say: “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” But what about if you have a bunch of different kinds of hammers? The truth is, like any other tool, hammers are specialized for many different tasks, and having the right one can be the difference between doing a job correctly and not finishing it at all. Here's a little guide to hammers on the different types we think you should know about, and what they're good for:
One of the great joys of any remodeling project is when you get to take down a wall. Not only do you get to swing a hammer, wield a reciprocating saw, and create an impressive mess, but when you're done, you've opened up a room and created a brand new space that wasn't there before. It's a little intimidating to make structural changes to your house, so here's a quick primer on how to make sure you do it safely. Continue Reading