Tom Scalisi


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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APRIL 12, 2020 | SUNDAY
The Best Laser Levels Tested in 2022

The best self-leveling laser levels can make all the difference and be easy to use when trying to things nice and level. Laser levels can do everything a spirit or bubble level can do and...

10 Tips for Surviving a Renovation Mess

Yes, it's possible to keep life moving forward and make progress on a home renovation project at the same time. Here's how to do it.

The Best Tool Bags of 2022

There comes a point when collecting a complete DIY set of tools starts causing storage issues. A tool box might do the trick, but they definitely have their shortcomings. Tool boxes are t...

MARCH 13, 2020 | FRIDAY
8 Types of Nail Guns You Should Know—and How to Use Them

Whether you’re looking to add shiplap, install trim, or tackle one of the hundreds of other carpentry projects, a nail gun (also called a “nailer”) will speed up the project and improve n...

6 Things to Know Before Installing Interior Trim

The trim installation stage of any interior project can be tremendously rewarding. Baseboard and crown molding can turn a basic drywall and paint project into a polished work of art. If y...

Solved! What Is Trisodium Phosphate, and Is it Safe to Use?

Q: My wife and I recently bought a fixer-upper home, and are doing a lot of the repairs ourselves. Some of the projects we have in mind—cleaning our deck and siding, for example—recommend...

JULY 1, 2019 | MONDAY
Solved! Where to Place the Smoke Detectors in Your House

Q: We’re building a large addition on our house. It will include two bedrooms, a vaulted great room, and two additional bathrooms. Where should smoke detectors be placed in our home for t...

15 Things You Should Never Burn in the Fireplace

Is it OK to burn charcoal indoors? Does it matter what kind of wood you throw on the fire? Read on to learn which materials have no place in your fireplace.

JUNE 11, 2017 | SUNDAY
10 Types of Insulation All Homeowners Should Know

Insulation is a vital component in any home that is energy efficient. Typically placed in areas where air escapes, such as between the stud cavities inside the walls and in the attic, it ...

How to Install a Doorbell

Ever since we’ve had doors, we’ve been reinventing ways to be alerted to a visitor’s arrival. Hefty iron knockers gave way to tinkling bells that chimed at the turn of the handle, and tod...