Scaling

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Calculated Industries Ultra Scale Master Pro Digital Takeoff Tool

Anything that promises to speed up takeoffs and estimating deserves a look. More

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Framing a Dutch Gable

This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production. More

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Columns, Posts, Piers: What's Best for the Porch?

There's no question that a porch looks and feels best when all of its components... More

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Toolbox

Metabo TS 250 table saw; Senclamps; job-site cleanup; gutter & sheet-metal tools More

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Quick Layout for Stair Rails and Balusters

One simple full-scale drawing contains the information you need to cut balusters... More

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Guidelines for Bay Windows

A bay window relates to an exterior wall in much the same way that a dormer... More

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Foolproof Layout For Winding Stairs

While new stair codes have made winders more complicated to build, full-scale... More

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Tool Test: Sidewinder Circ Saws

A longtime custom framer evaluates eight 7 1/4-inch saws and chooses his favorites. More

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Lead-Safe Remodeling With Dust-Containment and Meticulous Cleanup

The dangers of lead exposure are well documented, so it makes sense to take... More

Tool Test: Sliding Compound Miter Saws
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Tool Test: Sliding Compound Miter Saws

A custom stairbuilder compares 13 saws, looking for the features that professional... More

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