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Other stories by David Frane

  • Products

    Fluorescent down light, extra-wide corner bead, retrofit scald protection

  • Toolbox: Cordless Saw Trial

    Cordless circular saw test

  • Contractor Table Saws

    Portable tablesaws are handy, but 10-inch contractor models are the workhorses of most job sites. Our tool editor assembled and tested six new saws; here’s how they stack up.

  • For What It's Worth

    Shallow seismic anchor, structural metal roof panels, wrinkleproof roofing felt

  • Toolbox: Electronic Tape Measures

    Electronic tape measures

  • Toolbox: Portable Table Saw Stands

    Portable table saw stands

  • Toolbox: Testing 14.4-Volt Cordless Drills

    14.4-volt cordless drills

  • Framing Details for Wood Shrinkage

    When a house frame shrinks, it can leave bumps and dips in the floor, cause doors to bind, and open cracks in drywall and casing joints. Proper selection of materials and attention to framing details can keep these problems to a minimum.

  • Working with Architects

    Builders and architects need not be adversaries. These tips from an experienced site foreman show how common courtesy, planning, and a respect for the design process can promote a spirit of cooperation.

  • Sturdy Site-Built Stairs

    Sawn-carriages are strong and easy to build, but housed-stringers hide shrinkage better. A finish carpenter explains a method for building stairs that takes advantage of both approaches.