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Other stories by David Frane

  • Irwin Vise-Grip 8-Inch Max Leverage Diagonal Cutting Pliers

    If you make heavy cuts all day long, compound cut pliers are the way to go.

  • Bolt Locks by Strattec Security

    These bolt locks automatically program themselves to match the ignition keys of most vehicles.

  • Nite Ize Gear Ties

    A look at the benefits of Gear Ties—brightly colored twist-tie wraps that consist of wire with a grippy ribbed rubber coating.

  • Crescent Connect Modular Clamp System

    Each clamp in the Crescent Connect Modular Clamp System has 500 pounds of holding power.

  • Makita Cordless Random Orbit Sander

    Though slower and heavier than corded models, the LXOB01 works surprisingly well

  • Milwaukee M12 Band Saw

    This subcompact model is cordless, portable, and small enough to be used with one hand

  • Can You Swap Lithium Ion for Nicad Batteries?

    A reader recently purchased a DeWalt 18-volt cordless tool with lithium-ion batteries and noticed that the new batteries also fit their old DeWalt tools. Is it okay to use lithium-ion batteries in tools that came with nickel-cadmium (nicad) batteries?

  • Manufactured Deck Railings

    These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.

  • Job-Site Grind

    Many builders talk about sustainability, but John Suppes has actually put his money where his mouth is by purchasing an $80,000 waste grinder.

  • No Lot Too Small

    Plenty of business cards say “no job too small.” Builder Dan Upton and architect Jeff Shelton could reasonably have “no lot too small” printed on theirs. Not that either of them specializes in small projects — but they did complete a house on a 20-foot-by-20-foot lot in Santa Barbara, Calif.