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Category: Hand Tools

How to Find a Wall Stud

Learn how to find a wall stud with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Whether you’re hanging a picture frame, a mirror, shelves or a TV on the wall, all these heavy objects need to be anchored by a wall stud. Studs are boards that frame your home, supporting the walls. They’re typically spaced 16 inches or 24 inches, measured from center to center, along the walls from floor(…)

Truck Tool Box Basic Checklist

Find out what you should keep in your truck tool box. One of the best perks of owning a truck is the extra storage space. This is especially true when you have a truck tool box. But what tools and supplies should you keep in your truck tool box? There are basic supplies and tools every truck tool box should be equipped with. Depending on where you live or where(…)

Solder & Soldering Basics

Learn about the basics of soldering with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Soldering is used to join two or more metal pieces together with a filler metal. This filler metal is called solder. Soldering is different from welding because in soldering, the work piece isn’t melted. Only the filler metal is melted to join the metal work pieces. It’s commonly used in plumbing, electronics and metalwork, especially jewelry. How Soldering Works(…)

Tap and Die Basics

Learn how to use a tap and die set with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. When you’re working on a home improvement project or doing some metal working, nothing’s more annoying than a stripped screw or bolt. With a tap and die set, you can make a bolt or screw like new. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn what a tap and die set is used for,(…)

Trowel Buyer’s Guide

Use our buyer’s guide to find the best trowel for the job. When it comes to hand tools, one of the most versatile is the trowel. There are masonry trowels used to level, spread and shape mortar and concrete. There are also gardening trowels, used to dig up dirt and weeds like a small shovel. So whether you’re doing some brickwork or digging in the garden, we’re here to help(…)

How to Use a Wrench

Learn how to use some of the most common wrenches with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Once you’ve found the right wrench for the job, you’ll need to know how to use it. With a little help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how to use some of the most common wrenches. Crescent Wrench Common uses: Automotive work, furniture assembly, plumbing and bicycles. To use a crescent wrench, you(…)

Socket Wrench Buyer’s Guide

A socket wrench is a great tool to have in any tool box. When you need to do some heavy-duty wrench work, look no further than a trusty socket wrench. A socket wrench will help do a lot of fastening efficiently, on both SAE and metric fasteners. Socket Wrenches How a Socket Wrench Works A socket wrench is a hand tool with a ratcheting mechanism on its head. The ratcheting(…)

Level Buying Guide

Find out which type of level is right for your next home improvement project. One tool you will definitely need for any home improvement project is a level. Levels are used to make sure horizontal surfaces are level and vertical surfaces are plumb. A surface, such as a shelf or counter top, is measured to see if it’s level. A wall or post is measured to see if it’s plumb.(…)

How to Remove Rust From Tools

Breathe new life into your work shop by learning how to remove rust from tools. You use your tools for work, home improvement projects and anything in between. What happens, though, when your beloved tools become rusty? Or you find the perfect old ball peen hammer, but it’s covered in rust? With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can easily repair your rusty hand tools. Learn how to remove(…)

Garden Tools: Sharpening Methods

Increase the lifespan of your garden tools with our easy sharpening methods. From pruning trees and shrubs, to digging in the ground to build a backyard pond, your garden tools take a beating. When your tools become dull, you have to put more muscle into every cut and dig. Sharpening your garden tools will give you cleaner cuts and less strain on your body. Learn how to easily sharpen your(…)


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