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Other stories by David Frane

  • 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

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  • Toolbox: Cordless Autofeed Screw Guns

    Two cordless autofeed screw guns

  • Buying a Plunge Router

    Plunge routers offer greater versatility than fixed-base routers. Here we compare the power and precision of some of the best models on the market.

  • Choosing a Power Planer

    Hand-held power planers have many uses on the job site, from framing to finish. In this hands-on review, we look at power, weight, balance, depth of cut, and ease of blade changing to help you select the right tool.