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    Supplying Power to an Outbuilding

    Q. What's the right way to deliver power to an outbuilding? I'd like to have a panel capable of powering a small shop.

     
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    Products

    Wiring raceway, remodeling shower valve cover, escape ladder, arch supports, sawhorse brackets, instant shelving

     
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    Tool Test: Reciprocating Saws

    A veteran carpenter tests and reviews the current crop of pro-grade recip saws.

     
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    Backfill: Ginkgo to Go

    Ginkgo relocation

     
  • Q&A: Insulating Around Knob-and-Tube

    Q. I am remodeling a 1920s house that has the original knob-and-tube wiring. I would like to blow cellulose into the stud cavities but am guessing that it's not safe to do that with the exposed wiring in the cavities. What does code say?

     
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    10-Inch Portable Table Saws

    The newest 10-inch job-site table saws combine the rip capacity of contractor models with the portability of 81/4-inch machines. JLC compares seven models.

     
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    Tool Test: Fixed-Base Routers

    Fixed-base routers now come with variable-speed switches, soft-start, and precision depth control. Here's a review of available models.

     
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    Cutting Fiber-Cement Siding

    Cutting fiber-cement siding can be a dusty job, but a number of manufacturers offer tools designed to keep the air clear.

     
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    Pneumatic Flooring Nailers

    A builder and remodeler tests five flooring nailers and reports on what he finds.

     
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    Computers: Your First Router

    Buying a data-com router

     
  • Using A Volt-Ohm Meter

    A master electrician describes how to trace wires, identify circuits, and diagnose common job-site electrical problems.

     
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    Toolbox: The Rise of the Inline Saw

    The rise of the inline saw

     
  • Getting Water From a Well

    Dependable rural water supply starts with sizing the pump and using high-quality fittings. A master plumber explains the details.

     
  • Q&A: Copper Pipes and Armored Cable

    Q. If a copper water pipe is in contact with the metal sheathing of BX cable, can that contact cause the cable to corrode?

     
  • Connecting to the Future

    Home wiring no longer means just phone and electric. From simple lighting controllers to whole-house integrated systems for data, security, and entertainment, the residential automation market is exploding with options.

     
  • Trade Talk: Switching Lights With X10 Controllers

    Switching lights with X10 controllers

     
  • Products

    Butt joint coverups, drywall suspension system, compact excavators, acrylic block windows, PVC railings, cordless kits, high-capacity tool pouches, more

     
  • Trade Talk: Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters

    Arc-fault circuit interrupters

     
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    Q&A: Installing Wiring Between Ceiling Strapping

    Q: Here in New England, we usually attach 1x3 strapping to the ceiling joists before installing drywall. At most jobs, I see the electricians stapling the Romex cable to the bottom of the joists, parallel to the 1x3 strapping, so the wiring is about 1/2 i

     
  • Q&A: Installing Smoke Detectors

    Q: There are no code requirements for smoke detectors in my area. What is the best type of smoke detector to buy, and where should they be located?

     
 
 
 
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