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  • Remodeling Growth to Taper a Bit by Year End, JCHS Forecasts

    Latest LIRA report would have tailed off further had a previous indicator not been removed.

     
  • A Trip to the Recip Blade Factory

    If you've ever wondered how recip saw blades are made, here's your chance to find out. Tools of the Trade editor, Dave Frane,  toured a factory last winter and convinced Lenox to let him take photographs of just about everything he saw.

     
  • An Incredible Home-Made Router Table

    Why buy a router table when you can make one in the shop. I mean, how hard can it be? Well, that depends. This one is pretty ingenious, but we're pretty sure it took a little planning.

     
  • A Finish Carpenter's Bag of Tricks

    Jesse Wright takes a look at a dozen or so must-have small hand tools that he carries with him every day in his work as a finish carpentry in Concord, California.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
  • EPA Expands Oversight of Lead-Paint Rule

    Will remodelers come to dread a letter from the EPA more than one from the IRS?

     
  • DeWalt DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw

    The largest of three models introduced in 2013, this portable saw has a wheeled stand and 32 1/2 inches of rip capacity.

     
  • What is the Best Vehicle for Construction Work?

    There are plenty of ways to get yourself and your tools to the jobsite, plus a load of material or equipment. Everybody has their favorite—truck, van, trailer, or some other alternative. Please let us know about the vehicle you drive to work. We will publish the results in an upcoming article.

     
  • Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer

    Ryobi has added the P320 brad nailer to its One+18-volt system. This tool offers hoseless nailing on a budget, and might be just the thing for service work and small jobs.

     
  • Ergodyne Squids Retractable Lanyard

    Ergodyne's retractable tool lanyards help prevent tools from falling off a ladder or roof, without inhibiting your ability to work.

     
  • Concrete Lumber

    Made from a cementitious composite, this fire-proof lumber promises durability and strength.

     
  • Dust Collecting Circular Saw

    This 7 1/4-inch saw uses cyclonic action and a washable filter to collect dust without the use of a vac.

     
  • CNC Routing Comes to the Jobsite

    This 35-pound, toaster-oven-sized CNC machine can cut, rout, or carve an area 6 by 8 inches up to 4 inches deep.

     
  • Multi-Tool Sealant Knife

    If you've ever had to remove a lot of old caulk, then you'll know exactly how cool this blade really is.

     
  • Zippy the Cordless Circ Saw

    Milwaukee's new FUEL circular saw reportedly cuts faster and offers more runtime than conventional cordless models.

     
  • EPA's Wood Smoke Plan Draws Fire

    Are the wood stoves allowed under the EPA's proposed wood smoke plan too costly? Depends on how you calculate the cost.

     
  • It Takes More Than Tools to Be a Craftsman

    For that carpenter who complains all the time he doesn't have the right tools, here's a humble reminder that craftsmanship trumps tools any day.

     
  • Future of Buildings: Flow Batteries

    Using flow batteries, wind and solar power may soon be stored on site.

     
  • New Bosch "Dust Extractors"

    These vacs have self-cleaning filters and integrate with the company's L-Boxx system.

     
  • Standardized Energy Retrofits

    Can we tell what an older house will need as an energy upgrade simply by identifying it's building type? Can these standardized energy improvements be applied without an audit? Just how effective can they be? These are a few of the questions that a few Building America research teams have been...