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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JULY 19, 2021 | MONDAY
Solved! How Long Does Wood Glue Take to Dry?

Q: I have some old wooden furniture that I’d like to restore. I was going to repair the damage with wood glue because it will look better than nails or screws. After I’ve fixed it, how lo...

JULY 18, 2021 | SUNDAY
The Best Places to Buy a Refrigerator in 2022

It’s hard to imagine modern life without a refrigerator. It is undoubtedly such a necessary kitchen appliance that many homes also have a second one, either in another part of the house—l...

JULY 12, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Pocket Knife Brands of 2022

Pocket knives are everywhere. They come in an almost endless variety of shapes and sizes and are useful for cutting twine, whittling wood, cleaning fish, carving pumpkins, or any one of h...

JULY 12, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Air Impact Wrenches of 2022

It’s difficult to imagine the immense torque (twisting force) an air impact wrench can apply, but here’s an example. A nut that is “hand tight” requires pressure of about 2 pounds per squ...

JUNE 29, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Hidden Fasteners for Your Decking Project

The traditional way of building a deck involves screwing through the decking boards to wooden joists beneath. It’s simple and secure but leaves rows of screw heads visible, which some fee...

JUNE 26, 2021 | SATURDAY
The Best Epoxy for Countertops of 2022

Numerous ways exist to update the countertops in your home, but epoxy resin offers perhaps the best combination of versatility and durability. Using epoxy resin to revitalize an old count...

JUNE 20, 2021 | SUNDAY
The Best Oils for Lawn Mower Maintenance

Whether you own a brand-new lawn mower or an older model, keeping it in peak condition requires periodic maintenance. Choosing the correct type of engine oil is a key part of the process ...

JUNE 14, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Primers for Kitchen Cabinets of 2022

A good general-purpose primer is the starting point for the vast majority of quality paint finishes, as it helps paint adhere to the surface. But painting kitchen cabinets presents a numb...

JUNE 9, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Finishes for Your Kitchen Table of 2022

The right finish on wood not only brings out its natural warmth, but it also provides long-term protection. However, not all finishes are the same, and different products are suitable for...

MAY 31, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Vinyl Plank Flooring of 2022

Hardwood planks have long been a popular flooring choice, offering unrivaled natural warmth. Unfortunately, hardwood floors can also be expensive, difficult to install, and prone to dents...