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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SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Circular Saw Blades of 2022

Circular saws typically include a standard blade for general-purpose work. Although these blades work well to crosscut 2x4s or rip through softwood boards, the finish quality may not be g...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Wood-Burning Fireplace Inserts of 2022

Among the types of fireplace inserts available, the natural ambience of wood-burning inserts is hard to beat. Unlike open wood fires, the best wood-burning fireplace inserts offer high ef...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Gas Fireplace Inserts of 2022

There are several different types of fireplace inserts, but gas models are a favorite because they offer the ambiance of a real fire while being effortless to light. With no soot or ash t...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Fireplace Tools of 2022

Whether you have a traditional open fire or a wood-burning fireplace insert, a set of fireplace tools (also called a companion set) is something of a necessity. They are important for usi...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Gutter Sealants of 2022

The main purpose of guttering is to channel rainwater away from the home and prevent it from damaging the foundation or seeping into the basement. But the gutters themselves are subject t...

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Miter Saw Blades of 2022

Most saws are typically sold with a budget blade, regardless of the saw type. Even the best miter saw includes a basic woodcutting version—which is adequate for chopping through store-bou...

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
How To Cut Foam in 3 Easy Steps

Renovating old furniture is a popular hobby, and for good reason. It’s amazing how a new coat of paint or a change of fabric can revitalize pieces that are past their prime, making them f...

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 | THURSDAY
10 Ways to Dress Up a Drab Concrete Patio

Whether you are creating a new patio or dressing up an existing one, these great ideas are both attractive and practical.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 | THURSDAY
Brad Nailer vs. Finish Nailer: Which Power Tool is Best for Your Project?

Put a brad nailer and a finish nailer side by side, and it might be difficult to tell one from the other. Plus, when it comes to evaluating the nails—brad nail vs. finishing nail—there ar...

AUGUST 30, 2021 | MONDAY
What’s the Difference? Hornet vs. Wasp

From a young age, most children are taught to shy away from contact with hornets or wasps. Certainly, it’s wise advice for inquisitive kids. Nature gave these insects bright stripes for a...