Bob Beacham

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob Beacham has always had a fascination for all things mechanical and received an engineering degree from Aylesbury College in the UK. During his 35-year career, he has worked on everything from automotive components to oil rigs. On weekends you will often find him tinkering with a car or motorcycle. He’s also a DIY enthusiast, and with a great deal of help from his wife has completely renovated two derelict buildings, turning them into comfortable homes. He now splits his time between contract work and writing articles that share his practical experience. He may be the last person on earth who isn’t on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin.

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APRIL 13, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Carbon Steel Pans for Your Kitchen

Even the best carbon steel pan is somewhat plain in appearance, but these pans offer several advantages over other pans. They are lighter and more durable than cast iron. They heat up fas...

APRIL 13, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Rotary Cutters for Your DIY Projects

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APRIL 3, 2021 | SATURDAY
The Best Whole-House Surge Protectors of 2022

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MARCH 29, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Washing Machine Hoses for Your Laundry Room

Many people treat washing machine hoses as a “fit and forget” item and are unaware that hoses are subject to wear. That is, until they are suddenly ankle deep in water and suds. One of th...

MARCH 28, 2021 | SUNDAY
The Best Spark Plugs for Your Riding Mower

A spark plug works by taking a small electrical charge from the ignition coil and passing it through two electrodes. The difference in the charge at each of those electrode points creates...

MARCH 22, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Pipe Thread Sealant of 2022

Threads are a remarkably efficient mechanical device, ideal for connecting pipework. Depending on the material, they can safely transport all manner of fluids and gases while withstanding...

MARCH 22, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Lineman Pliers for Electrical Work in Your Home

Every home electrician’s tool belt should carry at least one pair of lineman pliers. Used by people in the electrical trade, these tools can cut, straighten, and bend wire as well as twis...

MARCH 21, 2021 | SUNDAY
The Best Gas Pressure Washers of 2022

Gas pressure washer models can be much more effective than their electric counterparts on tough stains, cleaning large areas, and for heavy-duty tasks like removing exterior paint. Unders...

MARCH 19, 2021 | FRIDAY
The Best Gas Chainsaws of 2022

Gas chainsaws have a reputation: They’re loud and hard. However, some of the best gas chainsaws available today certainly prove otherwise. Whether you need a high-powered machine that can...

MARCH 16, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Allen Wrench Sets for Your Tool Box

Although square and triangular drives appeared around 40 years earlier, it was William G. Allen’s hex drive, introduced in 1909, that became popular. Today, Allen fasteners are found ever...