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Other stories by David Frane

  • 14.4-Volt Cordless Drill-Drivers

    JLC put ten drills through their paces to compare power, run-time, weight, and balance.

  • Decorative Concrete

    Why settle for the standard gray stuff? Today's concrete can be treated to resemble more expensive materials like flagstone and tile or to produce unique abstract effects.

  • Q&A: Building Barn Doors

    Q. I need to build three pairs of swinging barn doors to fit 8x7 openings. I'm looking for suggestions for a lightweight but sturdy door that won't fall apart. My approach was a sheet of 3/4-inch mdo with an applied 5/4 stile-and-rail effect. My main conc

  • Waterproofing Basement Walls

    We survey the major types of foundation waterproofing, from spray-on to peel-and-stick membranes.

  • Choosing Vinyl Windows

    There's more to vinyl windows than meets the eye. Here's an inside look at how they go together - and how you can use them to best advantage.

  • Manufactured Fireplaces

    Manufactured fireplaces require no foundation or special framing, and most can be installed in a day. This article explains the available options and how to choose a high-quality product.

  • 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailers

    A veteran finish carpenter reports on the performance of nine professional-duty pneumatic nailers.

  • Toolbox: Router Innovations

    Three new router designs, a telescopic measuring stick

  • Cordless Tool Kits

    In this hands-on review, our tool tester takes a close look at five cordless kits that contain the essentials — a circular saw, a recip saw, and a drill.

  • Toolbox: Cordless Compound Miter Saws

    Cordless compound miter saws