Faster Through-Bolt. If you're still using a socket wrench to fasten posts or beams, you might want to check out the ThruLok Screw Bolt Fastening System. According to the maker, you don't even have to predrill: Simply drive the ThruLok fastener (using an 18-volt drill) until the point protrudes from the other side, thread the nut onto the point, and tighten with the drill. Fasteners come in 6 1/4-, 7-, and 8-inch lengths. A 24-piece box with a driver bit and extra washers costs $76. FastenMaster, 800/518-3569, fastenmaster.com.
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