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Other stories by Clayton DeKorne

  • Choosing Concrete Anchors

    There’s a concrete anchor for every task, from light-duty applications to heavy structural demands, but selecting the right one can be daunting. We pick through the pile of available fasteners and tell which ones should be used for your particular jobs.

  • Shedding Light on Lasers

    If you’re shopping for a laser layout tool but are confused by the variety of products on the market, this article’s for you. We compare cost and performance, and discuss whether a specific type of laser is suitable for the work you do.

  • Toolbox: Air Guns for Steel Framing

    Pneumatic nailers for steel framing

  • Cordless Finish Nailers

    Six months after Paslode released a new Impulse trim nailer, Porter-Cable introduced a hoseless finish nailer of its own — the Bammer. JLC’s tool expert looks at how design differences affect performance, maintenance, and usability.

  • Q&A: Leveling the Transit Base

    Q: It sometimes takes me forever to level the base for my builder’s level. Any tricks?

  • Toolbox: Sweet Trim Guns

    New pneumatic trim nailers

  • Q&A: Painted Plywood Floors

    Q: Can painted plywood be used as both the subfloor and finish floor over 24-inch on-center joists? What thickness would the plywood need to be? Would I need two layers?

  • Toolbox: Simple Self-Leveling Laser

    Self-leveling laser

  • Toolbox: Dustless Drywall Sander

    Dust-free drywall sander

  • Q&A: Roof Venting Basics

    Q: Here in the West, we often build with exposed rafter tails. For attic roof vents, we typically drill three 1 1/2-inch holes through every other soffit block, and install ridge vents. Is this enough ventilation?