Hardware & Fastener Reviews & Buying Guides

When we review hardware and fasteners, we cover a lot of products. Hardware and fasteners include all types of screws, bolts, ledger or structural screws, nails, deck fastening clips, and other adhesives or products you find in the hardware aisle. We’ve covered everything from hidden deck fastening systems to construction screws, impact-ready bits, and more. On the more technical side fasteners, we ask a lot of questions. We want to know are impact-rated bits are worth the money? We also compare square, Phillips, and Torx deck screws. Understanding fasteners and what makes each stand out helps you choose the right one for decking, framing, and other jobsite tasks. We even have articles that cover the many screw bit types. Without the right fastener, your decking, framing, or carpentry project can literally fall apart. Fasteners make the project. Knowing which holds up in what materials is important. You don’t use the same construction fastener or adhesives with every material. Concrete, pressure-treated lumber, steel—all require different fasteners for a proper hold. This is another reason to also check out the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. They highlight the most innovative fasteners in the industry that help solve a problem or change the way we employ fastening in projects.

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Best Deck Screws for Pressure Treated and Composite Wood

Deck screws are available in a wide variety of styles, finishes, threads, and drive types. Be sure to first match the types of materials you are fastening. The best deck screws for composite decking may not be the same ones you use on pressure-treated wood decks. Editor’s Note: Check out our recommendation on how to […]

Makita LXRH011 Brushless 1 in SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer drilling

Types of Concrete Anchors and How to Use Them

I have a deep dark confession to make: I love anchoring things to concrete. It’s a weird addiction. I started doing it in college. There are so many types of concrete anchors to choose from, but I completely skipped small plastic anchors and went straight for the heavy stuff. 1/2-inch or larger lead shields bolting […]

Garvin Adjustable Depth Device Mud Rings

Garvin Adjustable Depth Device Rings Bring Convenience to Electrical Installations Garvin designed the Adjustable Depth Device Rings to work with square boxes for mounting switches, receptacles, and devices. Ideal for use in prefabricated assemblies in ceilings, walls, and floors, these device rings adjust for a perfect flush installation to finished surfaces. What’s the Big Deal? […]

Simpson sliding barn door

Simpson Barn Doors Review – 49801 Cherry

A while back we did an article on how to install a Simpson Craftsman door on a 1920s bungalow home. It was an incredible update and really brought out the charm of the wraparound porch. Recently, we had the opportunity to follow up and review one of the Simpson barn doors for Pro Tool Reviews. […]

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Screw Bit Types and Types of Screwdriver Bits | Pros and Cons

Manufacturers make screwdrivers to fit a wide variety of screw bit types. They come in various lengths, grips, and styles—all so that they can do a great job fastening screws. But which types of screwdriver bits do you use for what application—and which work the best? We’ll attempt to go through each—even the specialty bits—and […]

Best Drywall Anchors for Mounting TVs and Other Heavy Items

Best Drywall Anchors for Mounting TVs and Other Heavy Items

We don’t know too many people who haven’t had the “privilege” of installing drywall anchors for some reason or another. That, of course, brings up the question of what are the best drywall anchors for mounting TVs and other heavy items on your wall? The Pros in our office got together to discuss our favorites […]

Klein Cable Stapler

Klein Cable Stapler for Romex, Voice, and Data

Secure Your Wire and Cable with Klein Cable Stapler Klein has introduced the Loose Cable Stapler to its expanding line of VDV installation and Romex solutions. With a forward action design, you’ll get stable and secure installation of wire and cable. Features The Klein Cable Stapler works with the brand’s own proprietary insulated staples to […]

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Tool Hangerz for Pegboard and Direct Fasten

We hang a lot of tools in our shop. Typically, we grab the traditional tool hangers available at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Recently, however, we got a chance to look at some products from Tool Hangerz. That’s not a typo, so be sure to spell it right when you look it up. Pros Lots of […]

Eagle Claw Hidden Deck Fastening System

Eagle Claw Hidden Deck Fastening System

There are several methods and products for building a beautiful deck without unsightly fastener holes that can split over time. The Eagle Claw Hidden Deck Fastening System uses black decking clips to space and secure boards while concealing fasteners beneath the deck’s surface. Eagle Claw Hidden Deck Fastening System Details Decking boards must have a dado […]

DynaGrip construction adhesives

New DAP DynaGrip Construction Adhesives Preview

DAP recently announced its new DAP DynaGrip construction adhesives including latex, solvent, and hybrid formulas designed to deliver bonds in a matter of hours in all weather conditions. DynaGrip adhesives are compliant with stringent Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations and appropriate for the installation of subfloors, drywall, heavy remodeling, and new construction. Our Take on […]