There’s nothing better than Guys’ Night, an evening of gaming or movies in my basement media room. The only trouble is when we (invariably) order pizza, because I can’t hear the doorbell from there. The solution: an inexpensive DIY digital surveillance system tied to Twitter.
Standard drills will barely make a chip in concrete or brick. That's why contractors drilling holes in a home's foundation use rotary hammer drills like this new Hitachi DH50MRY. In addition to the standard spinning bit, it slams a weight—the hammer—forward to create a sort of jackhammer effect to crush masonry as it drills. But all that pounding beats the heck out of your hands and arms. The Hitachi is one of the first to integrate a counterweight to absorb recoil. The result is a safer and easier-to-control drill that's still concrete's worst nightmare.
Reciprocating saws are the thugs of the demolition world, with powerful motors and strong blades that slice through wood, PVC and metal. But they’re unwieldy brutes, requiring two hands and lots of space to cut safely. Milwaukee’s scrappy little Hackzall, however, is easy to command with a single hand and maneuver in tight spaces. Its 12-volt motor drives the blade at 3,000 strokes per minute—nearly as fast as a full-size saw, so it can do about as much damage.