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We sent two JLC editors to the show to research what’s new in the world of tools and equipment. Here’s the report from Dave Crosby.
Quick hanger for heavy loads; vent-boot for the color conscious; solar-activated attic fan; spray-on roof patch; foundation crack repair kit; mortarless retaining wall; clear cement caulk; sound-reducing underlayment; premolded skylight curb flashing; more
We sent the new reciprocating saws out into the field to see how they performed. Here’s how a group of veteran remodelers rated the saws for a variety of tasks.
Toolless blade clamps and smooth, vibration-free cutting make these tools easier than ever to use.
Cordless impact drivers
Cheap live-current tester; underground electrical splice kit; new compact whole-house AC; ICF bolt holder; squeak-free floor fastener; ridge-vent installs with nailgun; undercabinet halogen lights; fancier thermostats
Layout tool for segmental arches
We scouted the 1999 National Hardware Show for the tools we think will make you more productive in the coming year.
Toolmakers battle “tool counterfeiting,” SBCCI foam ban reversed, pressboard roof shingle suit settled, factory- vs. site-built quality and cost, the self-cleaning house
Our tool editor looks at both single- and double-compound models with an eye toward accuracy, durability, and ease of use.
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