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Equipment

  • Senco FinishPro 23-Gauge Pinners

    The 23SXP and the 23LXP pinners sport all the essential features and look durable. Check out our field test results to see how they fared.

     
  • DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so.

     
  • ZipWall ZipFast Multi-Pack

    A portable dust-wall-in-a-box, the pack includes seven reusable nylon panels that zip together on the jobsite.

     
  • Rock Breaking With Micro Blaster (Subscriber content)

    The Micro-Blaster system is inexpensive, easy to use, and requires no license or special training. Timm Schleiff explains.

     
  • Bostitch Smart Point Pneumatic Brad Nailer

    Other finish nailers force you to compress a spring-loaded nose against the work surface to fire a shot. But with Smart Point nailers, you just touch the non-marring tip to the surface—no pushing required.

     
  • Makita 18-Volt LXDT06 Brushless Impact Driver

    A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap.

     
  • Pneuhook Universal Quick-Change Hook

    The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook is equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap it onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook.

     
  • Drying Rack for Staining Shingles

    Finding a solid process for staining shingles can be tricky. Emanuel Silva explains how to build a lightweight rack that simplifies the task.

     
  • 18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws

    Cordless is convenient, but not if it sacrifices power and runtime. This tool test puts 10 cordless recip saws through their paces.

     
  • Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun

    See how the new 18-volt Senco DS215-18V autofeed screw gun fared in our field-testing.

     
  • Bullet Centerfire Foam-Cutting Saw Blades

    Carbon steel Centerfire circular saw blades have a knife edge rather than saw teeth and are specifically designed to make smooth cuts in foam panels and insulating concrete forms.

     
  • Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall

    The M18 Fuel is the first cordless recip saw with a brushless motor from Milwaukee. See how it measures up in terms of speed, power, and runtime.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
  • Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

    Mike MacFarland outlines the benefits of leak-free ducts.

     
  • How to Safely Frame a Roof on the Ground (Subscriber content)

    To eliminate the danger and discomfort of framing and shingling a roof, Lee McGinley takes the task to the ground.

     
  • Milwaukee Jobsite Radio Charger

    Milwaukee’s new 17-pound, 18-volt M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger can charge or run on any battery from the M18 platform and is the first jobsite model to include a Bluetooth receiver.

     
  • Cool Tools for 2014 From STAFDA

    Bar-raising products from the annual Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association trade show

     
  • Safely Moving a Large Beam With a Forklift (Subscriber content)

    A reader writes in with concerns about safety on the job when working with forklifts

     
  • Temporary Construction Power Box - Build your own!

    If you build or remodel homes for a living you've definitely encountered times when the crews didn't have enough power. Here's how we bring a portable power panel to our jobs to get everyone connected.

     
  • Take the Misery out of Drywall Sanding

    Sometimes evolution is slow, but right at the end takes a big leap. Drywall sanding is one of those fortunate beneficiaries of the "finally!" phenomenon.

     
 
 
 
 
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