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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MAY 24, 2020 | SUNDAY
The Best Cast-Iron Pans for the Kitchen

Durability, versatility, and low maintenance—these are the calling cards of cast-iron pans. As the longest-lasting of cooking wares, these pans can be handed down from generation to gener...

MAY 22, 2020 | FRIDAY
The Best Staple Guns Tested in 2022

The best staple gun could be just what you need for jobs where a nail gun would be overkill. Staples can penetrate and fasten weaker materials like plywood, sheathing, screen, or fabric w...

MAY 21, 2020 | THURSDAY
The Best DIY Security Systems for the Home

The safety of your home and its occupants should not be taken lightly. A security system is often the first line of defense against would-be home invaders aiming to steal valuables or int...

MAY 13, 2020 | WEDNESDAY
20 Ways Homeowners Can Be More Self-Sufficient

A more independent and sustainable lifestyle is closer than you might think.

MAY 11, 2020 | MONDAY
10 Plastering Tools for Wall Installation and Repair

There tends to be a bit of mystery surrounding plaster walls. As a less popular material today, the act of plastering has become somewhat of a forgotten art. Skilled contractors are in re...

MAY 11, 2020 | MONDAY
How To: Install a Smoke Detector

Your home’s first line of defense against fires and smoke should be a trusty set of smoke detectors. These devices pick up on smoke in the air and alert you to its presence. The idea is t...

MAY 5, 2020 | TUESDAY
The Best Circular Saws Tested in 2023

The words "versatile" and "tool" are combined so often these days that it's hard to tell if it's the truth or just a marketing ploy. But a quick tour of a professional...

APRIL 28, 2020 | TUESDAY
5 Signs It's Time to Replace a Subfloor

It’s difficult to know everything that goes on below your flooring. Underneath the hardwood, laminate, tile, or carpet lies the subfloor, and it’s a component that only gets attention dur...

APRIL 24, 2020 | FRIDAY
The Best Toilet Plungers of 2022

Stuff happens—and so, alas, do stuffed-up toilets. Excessive amounts of toilet paper, waste, hygiene products, and even hair can flummox a smooth flush, and when a clog occurs, someone ha...

3 Ways to Cut PVC Pipe

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe is a type of plastic tubing commonly used for drains. These are the white pipes with purple primer often seen in residential basements. Ambitious DIYers atte...