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Equipment

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Top 18-Volt Cordless Tools for Remodelers

    Survey says: here are the tools remodelers have, the tools they would like to have, and their favorite brands.

     
  • Cool Tools for 2014 From STAFDA

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Dropbox for Business provides a central administrative console where you can manage members. Members can add and edit, but they cant permanently delete files in the companys Dropbox. The administrator always has tools to recover damaged or deleted files.

    Bring Your Own Device (Subscriber content)

    BYOD is nothing new, but the potential effects on businesses are changing fast. Learn more about this trend that favors the smartphone over traditional hardware on the job site.

     
  • Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver

    The Dimpler works with your existing corded or cordless drill, giving you most of the benefits of a dedicated screw gun at a fraction of the cost.

     
  • Talking Telehanders

    Telehandlers resemble forklifts, but they have a telescoping boom for far more versatility.

     
  • Werner Aluminum Pump-Jack System

    The aluminum jacks in this pump-jack system ride on structural aluminum poles instead of doubled 2x4s, eliminating the experience of scary rides down the poles.

     
  • New FatMax Tools

    Stanley has introduced several innovative hand tools lately, including the FatMax 17-ounce Anti-Vibe Framing Hammer and 25-foot Auto-Locking Tape Rule.

     
  • Proposed Silica Dust Standards Inspire New Products

    James Hardie partners with a tool manufacturer, Bosch introduces new vacuums, and Nichiha offers comments on the proposed standards.

     
  • Flir One Could Be The Tool You Need This Year

    Turn your iPhone into a thermal imaging camera for a fraction of the cost

     
  • Mafell Erika Pull-Push Saw

    Powering an 8 7/8-inch Mafell blade, the Erika can rip like a table saw and crosscut like a sliding compound-miter saw.

     
  • An Efficient Box Truck Build-Out (Subscriber content)

    An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.

     
  • Sawhorse Plans

    These sawhorses are made of plywood, have three legs for incomparable stability on uneven ground, and break down quickly to lay flat.

     
 
 
 
 
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