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Hand Tools

  • Protect-O-Cap Hammer Head Covers

    Protect-O-Caps help protect both painted head trim nails and plastic exterior trim.

     
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    A Brief History of Quonset Huts

    A hut for all seasons

     
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    Stanley Fastening Systems Bostitch Twin Blade Knife

    Workers who routinely carry two utility knives might appreciate the Bostitch Twin Blade Knife.

     
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    Duck Prybar Adjustable Wrecking Bar

    What sets the Duck Prybar apart from other testosterone-fueled wrecking bars are the adjustable lifting arms.

     
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    Tajima Tool Corp. Combination Drywall Rasp

    The original drywall rasp was a scrap of metal lath wrapped around a 2x4.

     
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    Bostitch Clamping Box Beam Levels

    Stanley's Bostitch line of heavy-duty construction hand tools offers 2- and 4-foot clamping box beam levels.

     
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    Jevons Tool 3D Squares

    Jevons Tool 3D Squares are designed to aid in clamping casework corners and other joinery.

     
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    Tramex MRH III Moisture Meter

    Tramex's MRH III noninvasive moisture meter measures the moisture content of most building materials, including wood, concrete, masonry, plaster, and drywall.

     
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    Malco FCC4 Guillotine Shear

    Cut fiber-cement siding without a cloud of hazardous dust with the FCC4 Guillotine Shear by Malco.

     
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    Midwest Snips MW-CT Combo-Tool

    With the MW-CT combo-tool from Midwest Snips, you can switch between settings to alternately punch nail slots and snap locks in vinyl and aluminum siding.

     
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    Festool Compact Hand Planer

    Full-size 3 1/4-inch hand planers are meant to be guided with both hands for maximum control, but Festool has a compact model designed to be held in one hand, so the other hand can steady the work.

     
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    Fast Job-Site Joinery

    Finish carpentry is all about making joints quickly and accurately.

     
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    Grabber Joist Jaws

    Framers and deck builders struggling to position long joists can give themselves an extra hand with Joist Jaws by Grabber.

     
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    Stanley Bostitch 33-001 25-Foot Tape Measure

    Heavy-duty tools previously sold under the Stanley FatMax Xtreme name are now being marketed as Stanley Bostitch products.

     
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    On the Job

    Victorian-style door casing; portable tool shed

     
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    Ipe Clip Fastener Co. Hardwood Wrench

    Trying to straighten and fasten bent deck boards is no fun, especially when you're working with hardwood decking.

     
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    Klein Tools Bent Nose Romex Cable Strippers

    Klein's Bent Nose Romex Cable Strippers have a 90-degree angled nose designed to get them into tight spots.

     
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    Ideal Industries Sir Nickless Cable Cutter

    One challenge with armored cable is that it can be hard to cut the armor without nicking the wires inside, which is why cable manufacturers recommend using a rotary cutter designed specifically for this cable type.

     
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    Vaughan Tools 15-Inch HookBar

    The typical flat utility bar has a 90-degree rocker head that curves in the opposite direction from the flat end — which restricts the bar's range of motion.

     
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    Custom Access Ramps

    Most of the houses I work on here in Southern California have few if any accessible design features. For a homeowner who uses a wheelchair, even a single step at the entry is a serious impediment. Over the last several years, I’ve put my welding skills to good use building access ramps out of...

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking