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Equipment

  • Annoyance-Free Alarm

     
  • Hand Tools that Broke

    Tools that stop working are the most costly tools to have around.

     
  • Splash Guard for 5-Gallon Buckets

    Veteran drywall contractor and JLC Live presenter reviews the Bucket Splash Guard.

     
  • Grainger Catalog for 2014

    This free industrial catalog, available in print and online, covers more than 570,000 products.

     
  • Remove and Prevent Rust on Tools and Equipment

    Together these two products will remove and prevent rust on tools and equipment, even in harsh coastal environments.

     
  • Lee Unlimited Power Bench (Subscriber content)

    This stand won a Editors’ Choice Award from Tools of the Trade magazine in 2002 because it unfolded in a minute to become a long and sturdy 18-inch-wide stand, and it had an adjustable deck height to accommodate almost any saw.

     
  • Portable Miter-Saw Stands (Subscriber content)

    An informal survey reveals the most popular manufactured models, plus some ingenious homemade options.

     
  • A Safe Push Stick in 60 Seconds (Subscriber content)

    Taking just one minute to make this push stick could mean still being able to count to 10 on your fingers.

     
  • The Adjuster's Tool Kit (Subscriber content)

    Insurance adjusters are on the road for days or weeks at a time and need to be prepared. Here's what you should have on hand.

     
  • Hougen HMD904 Magnetic Drill

    A contractor reviews this portable drill, which when equipped with annular cutters, greatly reduces the time required to drill up to 1 1/2-inch-diameter holes in steel up to 2 inches thick.

     
  • Hands-On Review of Hitachi's NV50AP3 Cap Nailer

    A production manager for a St. Louis remodeler has high praise for this cap nailer after a year of use fastening foam, housewraps, and synthetic underlayments.

     
  • Blaklader Bantam Kangaroo Vest

    If you prefer to wear a tool vest rather than a toolbelt, check out this vest from Blaklader.

     
  • DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App (Subscriber content)

    JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.

     
  • Rethinking Amp-Hours

    Is the amp-hour rating of cordless-tool batteries strictly a measure of their capacity, or do bigger batteries offer more runtime and more power than their compact counterparts?

     
  • Flexo PET Sleeve

    Using Flexo's braided PET yarn sleeves, which come in various sizes and colors, is handy for preventing hoses from snagging and damaging your work.

     
  • Left to right: Bosch 12V Max Heated Jacket, Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Hoodie, DeWalt 20V/12V MAX Camo Heated Jacket.

    Cordless Heated Jackets From Bosch, DeWalt, and Milwaukee

    From jackets to hoodies, there are now more options when it comes to staying warm on site.

     
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    An Ode to a Prized Pair of Keen Work Boots

    A good pair of shoes deserves a review. But what happens when those trusty soles are discontinued? Mitch Greenlaw discusses his favorite pair of Keen work boots.

     
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    Speedy One-Handed Clamps

    From the potent 450 pounds of clamping force delivered by the Stanley FatMax Xtreme Auto Trigger Clamp to the extended throat of the DeWalt Rapid Return Bar Clamp, these speedy jobsite essentials can greatly increase productivity.

     
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    Trimaco's Old School Heavyweight Butyl Drop Cloths

    Made in the U.S., these washable drop cloths consist of a tightly woven polyester/cotton fabric with a triple-coated utyl-rubber backing that helps prevent liquids from leaking through while also resisting slippage on hardwood and other solid surfaces.

     
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    Makita LS0714 Sliding Compound-Miter Saw

    From light framing to finish carpentry, this Makita saw offers great cutting capacity and is light-weight.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking