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  • Toolbox: New Hammers & More

    Ergonomic hammers & other cool tools

  • Products

    New spray adhesives, portable site-storage system, new star-head fasteners, color-coded ball valves, padlocks and chains for site security

  • Sneak Preview: New Tools for '99

    When it comes to new tools — whether cordless, pneumatic, or good ol’ hand tools — there’s no place like the National Hardware Show in Chicago. Here’s what the major manufacturers unveiled this year.

  • Innovative tools and materials

    Among the thousands of new building products introduced each year are some that help you build faster, better, and more economically. Here’s our pick of some of the best.

  • Products

    Adjustable floor outlet, T-Square cutting guide for drywall, prefab molded eaves, permit protector pouch

  • Products

    Locknut wrench for electrical boxes, touch-up drywall mud in a tube, light-weight portable compressor, new hidden deck fastener

  • Products

    10-inch portable table saw, cold-weather caulk, new tooth design for recip saw blades

  • New England Update

  • Pinning to Ledge

    When it comes to footings, it’s hard to beat solid granite ledge. But when the rock is irregular or sloped, proper anchoring is crucial. A custom builder explains the tools, materials, and techniques he used to drill, pin, and brace a stem-wall foundation formed directly to a large stone...

  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    Carbon monoxide poisons nearly 5,000 Americans every year. While national building codes do not yet require CO detectors in residential construction, many state and municipal codes do. Here’s what you need to know to select and install the right detector.