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Other stories by David Frane

  • Toolbox

    LVLs in crawlspaces; insulating knee walls; taping knee walls; limits on outlets

  • Who Says There's No Free Lunch?

    Homemade biodiesel

  • Tool Test: Portable Thickness Planers

    We compare seven popular thickness planers for cutting capacity, power, quality of cut, portability, and noise output. Here's how they stack up.

  • Spray Foam Insulation

    Forget the separate air barrier, and hold the vapor retarder: Sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam takes the place of both and offers increased structural stiffness as well as other benefits

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.