December 2018 Table of Contents

Features
Rebuilding a Framing Nailer Rebuilding a Framing Nailer

Increase longevity and productivity with this periodic task Read more

Organizing the Mechanicals Organizing the Mechanicals

HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems in a large house are complex. Here's a proven approach that keeps them from getting out of hand. Read more

Training the Trades
Installing Window Casing Installing Window Casing

Experienced carpenters develop methods for casing windows quickly and efficiently, following a series of predetermined steps. Read more

Q&A
Is Treated Wood Always Required for Sills? Is Treated Wood Always Required for Sills?

Do building codes require sills made of PT lumber when using foam sill seal, which separates the sill from the foundation? Read more

Business
Your Bidding and Estimating Tune-Up Guide Your Bidding and Estimating Tune-Up Guide

David Gerstel's 16 questions to help builders think through the way they handle estimating and bidding, see what is working, and see what needs adjustment. Read more

Tools of the Trade
This New Cordless Battery Platform Sets the Bar for Versatility
This New Cordless Battery Platform Sets the Bar for Versatility

Want turbo-charged power in a cordless tool that offers you the choice to plug in when you want? Here it is. Read more

A Chain Saw Fit for a Carpenter A Chain Saw Fit for a Carpenter

The new 16-inch Supersawsquatch Carpentry Chain Saw has some features perfect for stick framers and timber framers alike. Read more

Keen Utility Lightweight, Comfortable Wedge Boot Keen Utility Lightweight, Comfortable Wedge Boot

If you like mock-toe, wedge-style, all-leather boots, these are worth a look. Read more

Trade Tips
A Simple Mod for a Layout Square A Simple Mod for a Layout Square

Highlighting the 1 1/2-inch indent on your layout square will result in quicker, mistake-free layouts. Read more

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