Tom Scalisi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Scalisi is a freelance writer specializing in the home design, construction, tools, and automotive industries. He has been involved in the trades for over 15 years as both a contractor and a commercial building mechanic. Tom has written for several online blogs and magazines including Next Luxury, The Drive, Car Bibles, and PowerTüls. In addition to his professional life, Tom enjoys getting outside on his mountain bike, camping, beekeeping, and fishing. Tom is also an avid racing and baseball fan. He lives in NY’s Hudson Valley with his wife, their three children, and three dogs. Connect with Tom on LinkedIn.

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OCTOBER 5, 2021 | TUESDAY
8 Ways to Fix a Floor: Tried-and-True Solutions to the Most Common Flooring Issues

Your flooring problems might not be as unique as you think. Floors come in many shapes, sizes, styles, and materials, and everyone has a favorite type. Some folks enjoy the coziness of ca...

OCTOBER 1, 2021 | FRIDAY
I Tested the Feature-Rich Google Nest Protect. See How It Performed and If It’s Worth the High Price

Few folks will argue about the importance of having high-quality, reliable smoke detectors in their home. The sole purpose of these devices is to alert people to life-threatening situatio...

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 | THURSDAY
I Tested the Raptor Gutter Guard: Is it Worth the Cost?

There probably aren’t too many folks who would choose to spend a beautiful autumn afternoon cleaning gutters. The nasty black sludge that collects in the bottom of gutters is a result of ...

SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 | MONDAY
7 Types of Fans You Might Need in Your House

When most people think of a fan, the first thing that comes to mind might be a window fan or the old style with buttons that snapped loudly as you switched from low to medium to high. But...

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 | FRIDAY
Solved! What Is a Smart Plug?

Q: Our family is going on vacation and we don’t want the house to look vacant. A friend suggested we buy some smart plugs so it looks like someone is home, but I don’t know the first thin...

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 | MONDAY
What Is FSC-Certified Wood, and Should I Buy It?

Most DIYers spend at least a bit of time walking up and down the aisles of a local home improvement store. Among the stacks of lumber, plywood, and even ready-to-assemble furniture, you m...

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 | FRIDAY
7 Important Things to Know About Pressure-Treated Wood

While the base material is the same, pressure-treated wood is very different from typical wood products. From how it’s made to its intended and suitable uses, treated lumber is a product ...

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
This DEWALT TSTAK Tool Organizer Is Affordable, But Does It Work?

When it comes to tool storage, many DIYers may envision that red metal tool box that plumbers and handymen carried from job to job a generation ago. But tool storage has come quite a way ...

SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 | SUNDAY
I Put the No-Frills Milton Tire Gauge Through Its Paces: See How It Performed

New technology is great, as it can make life simpler, more convenient, and fast-track our daily lives. But there is such a thing as overcomplicating a situation with too much tech or too ...

SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
The Makita Angle Grinder is Durable, But Does it Perform?

For a long time, angle grinders—tools typically used for cutting, sharpening, cleaning, and polishing metal—were used only by pro metal fabricators, mechanics, and automotive body repair ...