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    Moving an Electrical Box

    Q: On a current kitchen remodel, my electrician placed one of the electrical boxes for the countertop outlets too low. I need to raise it about an inch to clear a stone backsplash. There's enough stripped Type NM-B cable left in the box to do this without splicing, but because the plastic sheathing...

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    DeWalt DW304PK recip saw; Cordpro; Ridgid R82233 right-angle impact driver; planes & rasps; painting tools

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    Toolbox: Metabo KGS 305 Miter Saw

    Metabo KGS 305 miter saw; extension cords; finish carpentry

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    Gutters; water treatment; electrical devices

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    Tool Test: Trim Routers

    For light routing, these laminate trimmers do more with less

  • Bringing Two-Wire Circuits Up to Code

    Q. What's the quickest and easiest way to bring a two-wire circuit up to code?

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    Wiring for the future; painting stucco; window flashing

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    Bosch RS20 reciprocating saw; concrete tools; knives

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    Tool Test: Door Planers for Door Hangers

    A good fence, versatile controls, and a long base for controlling snipe are key.

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

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    Wiring The High-Tech House

    Structured wiring is the backbone that makes home automation work.

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    Installing Solar Electric Power

    A photovoltaic system should be properly sized, built to code, and installed so the roof doesn't leak.

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    Lasers and levels; saw blades; Porter-Cable high-pressure nailer; inventional wisdom

  • Tool Test: Tool-Activated Vacuums

    A combination of to-do lists, paper calendars, and a computer contact manager keeps multiple jobs on track.

  • Tool Test: Sidewinder Circ Saws

    A longtime custom framer evaluates eight 7 1/4-inch saws and chooses his favorites.

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    Bosch 1590 EVS jigsaw; Porter-Cable 324 MAG circular saw; specialty nailers, concrete tools

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    Landscape Lighting - Continued

    Retrofitting a multihead shower; shower enclosures; refrigerators

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    DrillSpotter exit hole locator, Wobble Light, gatemouth tool bag; layout tools; compactors

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    Post-Tensioned Slabs

    Expansive soils can wreak havoc on conventional wire-mesh reinforced slabs. A California structural engineer explains why post-tensioned slabs have become a popular solution for building on problem soils.

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    Toolbox: Ridgid R2600 Sander

    Ridgid R2600 sander, corded Hatchet; routers & accessories; sanders

JLC Field Guide to Decking