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Equipment

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
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