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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NOVEMBER 23, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Glue for Metal of 2022

Gluing metals can be challenging for a number of reasons. Metals are not porous, so glues can’t penetrate the surface. Metals are usually very smooth, offering little or no grab. Metal ob...

NOVEMBER 22, 2021 | MONDAY
Before & After: A Small Galley Kitchen Becomes Bright and Spacious—Without Knocking Down Walls

When we moved into our current home we sacrificed space for the opportunity to live by the sea. Having smaller rooms doesn’t matter a great deal when you spend much of your time outdoors....

NOVEMBER 19, 2021 | FRIDAY
The Best Chainsaw Mills of 2022

Store-bought lumber is expensive, and it can vary in quality considerably. If you have access to a supply of logs, milling your own almost certainly will help save money. It also provides...

NOVEMBER 17, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
Jigsaw vs. Reciprocating Saw: Which Cutting Tool is Best for Your Project?

Reciprocating saws and jigsaws are both popular tools capable of a multitude of DIY and professional tasks. While both mimic the action of hand sawing to an extent and are available as co...

NOVEMBER 17, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Portable Table Saws of 2022

Table saws have long been a popular feature in many home and professional workshops. Portable models sacrifice little in terms of capacity but can be taken to the job site or moved around...

NOVEMBER 12, 2021 | FRIDAY
The Best Drill Bits for Tile of 2022

Drilling tile is something many people try to avoid. There’s always the fear the tile will crack. Replacing a single tile can be an awkward job even when a spare is available. If it isn’t...

OCTOBER 29, 2021 | FRIDAY
Solved! What Is a Composting Toilet?

Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about how composting toilets can save water, and can be used in places where maybe other toilets are difficult to fit. I’m a bit concerned about the smell thoug...

OCTOBER 26, 2021 | TUESDAY
4 Different Types of Welding Every DIYer Should Know

Welding can be an absorbing hobby on its own, or it can be a useful skill for DIYers, vehicle restorers, home engineers, craftspeople, and artists. Unfortunately, not one type of welding ...

OCTOBER 25, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Caulk for Baseboards in 2022

Many DIYers are familiar with running caulk around their bathroom fixtures, and a number of products are designed specifically for that purpose. Caulk also can be used with baseboards. An...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Paint for Brick Fireplaces in 2022

A warm, crackling fire on a chilly night is timeless, but design trends change. If you’ve updated your furniture or room decor, a traditional brick fireplace might look outdated or out of...