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Articles by Tim Uhler

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    Tool Test: Hardware Nailers

    Dedicated nail guns that will pay for themselves quickly.

     
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    New Framing Guns from DeWalt and Senco

    Recently I tested two nailers introduced in 2008. In keeping with the trend toward more compact framing guns, the SN902XP is Senco's smallest, lightest framer yet. DeWalt's D51850, by contrast, is larger and heavier than any of the company's previous models.

     
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    Faster Wall Framing

    By breaking the work into simple tasks, three men get one job done as quickly as possible.

     
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    Framing a Dutch Gable

    This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production.

     
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    Plumbing and Straightening Walls

    This quick, accurate method prevents problems with the framing and finishes that follow.

     
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    Toolbox

    PLS90E 90-degree layout laser; knives; heavy equipment

     
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    Getting Organized for Fast Framing

    Buy the right tools, make sure material's there when you need it, and break the job down into simple tasks.

     
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    Framing the First-Floor Deck

    The work goes faster if you use a laser, install anchor straps instead of anchor bolts, and measure as little as possible.

     
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    Framing Rake Walls

    Full-scale layout using actual rafters is fast and accurate

     
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    Framing a Hipped Tray Ceiling

    With this method, all you need to calculate is the length of the hip and the run of a common.

     
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    Toolbox

    Grip-Rite joist-hanger nailers; masonry tools; storage

     
  • Fasteners for ACQ Plates

    Q. Fasteners for ACQ Plates What type of gun nails should you use with ACQ plates and mudsills? Is it necessary to use stainless steel and then switch back to regular nails for regular lumber?

     
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    Tool Test: Coil Framing Nailers

    Coils guns are heavier than stick nailers, so look for a well-balanced tool.

     
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    Toolbox

    Ridgid R350RHA round-head framing nailer; job icameras; cabinetmaking tools

     
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    Framing a Barrel-Vault Ceiling

    To simplify the layout, think in terms of a hip roof.

     
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    Toolbox

    Ridgid R3210 wormdrive saw; demolition tools; drill bits & drivers

     
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    Toolbox

    Fasco round-head stick nailer; DeWalt laser plumb bob; back-savers; electrical tools

     
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    Toolbox

    Tile tools; toolbelts and bags; job-site radio review

     
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    Resources: Plain-Language Shear Wall Guide

    Shear wall guide for carpenters

     
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    Max Powerlite High-Pressure Nailer

    Max's new high-pressure coil nailer performs remarkably well on the job site, but is it worth the expense? A framing contractor weighs in.

     
 
 
 
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