Author: Michael McDonnell

My name is Michael McDonnell, and I'm the creator of The Tool Scout. I'm a mechanical engineer by trade with over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. I started The Tool Scout because I love talking about everything DIY-related and figured I could help others with the decision-making process when it comes to their home improvement projects. 👨‍🔧 Apart from being a blue-collar kinda guy on a relatively noble quest to help others, I'm also a serial entrepreneur and devoted family man. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
How To Remove Glue From Wood: The Most Effective Methods

How to Remove Glue From Wood: The Most Effective Methods

Struggling with stubborn glue marks on your cherished woodwork? Learn the most effective ways to remove glue from wood and restore your pieces to their original glory. Identifying the Type of Glue on Wood DIY woodworking projects often involve the use of various adhesives, each with its unique properties and removal techniques. Recognizing the type…

Essential Woodworking Tools To Master Your Craft
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Essential Woodworking Tools to Master Your Craft

Curious about the key tools that turn timber into artistic wonders? Uncover the essential woodworking tools that every craftsman needs for turning simple wood into stunning masterpieces. Basic Woodworking Tools for Beginners For those starting in woodworking, selecting the right tools is key to mastering foundational skills. Essential tools like saws for cutting, chisels for…

How To Hang Curtains Without Drilling Holes Into A Wall

How to Hang Curtains Without Drilling Holes Into a Wall

Wondering how to give your space a fresh look with curtains but dread the thought of drilling into your walls? Surprisingly, most renters avoid wall modifications, making drill-free curtain hanging methods a sought-after solution. Choosing the right no-drill curtain hanging method is crucial for a seamless and stylish look. These innovative solutions not only preserve…

Does Aluminum Rust Or Corrode?

Does Aluminum Rust or Corrode?

Have you ever wondered about the durability of aluminum? Surprisingly, nearly 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today, thanks to its corrosion resistance. But does aluminum rust or corrode? Understanding the nature of aluminum’s corrosion is crucial. By identifying and applying appropriate preventative measures, we extend the life and maintain the…

Cordless Vs Corded: Are Cordless Angle Grinders Any Good?

Cordless vs Corded: Are Cordless Angle Grinders Any Good?

Debating the efficacy of cordless angle grinders compared to their corded counterparts? Here’s a quick insight. Want to delve deeper into which type of angle grinder will best suit your project needs? Read on for a comprehensive comparison based on hands-on experience and professional insights. The Main Features of a Cordless Angle Grinder Venturing into…

Best Wood For Outdoor Furniture: A Comprehensive Guide

Best Wood for Outdoor Furniture: A Comprehensive Guide

Teak is the best wood for outdoor furniture as it’s naturally more resistant to rotting, decaying, warping, shrinking, insects, and pests than other varieties of wood. Varieties such as red cedar, white oak, African mahogany, and cypress are also good options. If you’re planning to either build or invest in wooden outdoor furniture, you’ve made…

Beginner Wood Carving Projects To Carve & Sell

Beginner Wood Carving Projects to Carve & Sell

Some fun and simple beginner wood carving projects include wooden Minions, farmers, mini Hulk, Frankenstein, gnomes, Halloween witches, knights, Bigfoot, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Chipolino, angels, Groot, little men, little girls, grannies, Vikings, Thumbelina, Native American figures and home cooks. Whether you make a generic archetype or focus your craftwork on a particular character, making these…

She Shed Ideas For Interior And Exterior Design

She Shed Ideas for Interior and Exterior Design

For she sheds, consider design options like classic sheds, cozy retreats, colonial gables, fire pits, home studios, farmhouses, entertainers’ sheds, tiny house sheds, potting sheds, modern sheds, barndominiums, greenhouses, playhouses, tiki bar sheds, backyard pool sheds, beach sheds and lots more for some relaxation and fun. She sheds are some lovely ways for women to…

Best Outdoor Wood Sealers

Best Outdoor Wood Sealers

Wood sealers are an additional shield against external natural elements. Depending on factors such as the project size, type of sealer, efficiency against ultraviolets rays and water exposure, and drying time, woodworkers can consider some excellent oil and water-based wood sealer brands such as Ready Seal, Minwax, and Star Brite. Many folks deem wood sealers…

Rubberwood For Furniture: Pros And Cons

Rubberwood for Furniture: Pros and Cons

Rubberwood is a form of hardwood obtained from the rubber tree, with some of its pros being its sustainability, durability, affordability, fire resistance, and craftsmanship. Its disadvantages include its warping and shrinking tendencies, toxicity, perishability, and non-waterproof nature. In recent years, the usage of rubberwood has grown in popularity due to its sustainability and durability,…

How To Hook Up A Generator To Your House With Or Without A Transfer Switch

How to Hook Up a Generator to Your House With or Without a Transfer Switch

In an essential services emergency situation causing power disruptions, you have three safe and viable options on how to hook up a generator to your house with or without a transfer switch. Each of these devices will prevent electricity generated via your generator from flowing back to grid power. These basic devices provide an essential…

How To Clean A Generator Carburetor Without Removing It

How to Clean a Generator Carburetor Without Removing It

In order for any portable or home standby generator to operate efficiently, they will require regular routine maintenance, particularly because they are typically not used that often. If your generator doesn’t start when first attempting to use it after a prolonged period of time, the carburetor could be the cause of temporary power problems.  However,…

What Are The Advantages Of An Inverter Generator?

What are the Advantages of an Inverter Generator?

The three clear advantages an inverter generator has over a conventional open-frame generator, or a standby generator are weight, reduced operating noise level, and mobility. But considering you likely already knew the obvious benefits, I’d like to share a few other defining characteristics that make inverter generators the better alternative to conventional generators. So let’s…

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