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Buyer's Guide to HEPA Vacuums for RRP Work Buyer's Guide to HEPA Vacuums for RRP Work

With the enactment last spring of the EPA's Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule, contractors are facing a number of new requirements, one of which is to use a HEPA vacuum for cleanup whenever lead-based paint is disturbed. The rule also says that HEPA vacs need to be used with tools that sand or grind lead paint. Contractors should assume that any home built before 1978 contains lead paint unless testing shows it does not. Read more

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New 18-Volt Impact Drivers

About a year ago I tested nine 18-volt impact drivers. Since then, a few new models — Bosch's 25618-02, Makita's BTD 144, and Milwaukee's 2650-20 — have come on the market. Read more

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Pacific Laser Systems PLS180 Laser

As a remodeler, not a day goes by that I don't have to do some kind of plumb or level layout. Read more

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Tool Tests

Tool Test: Hitachi Triple Hammer Impact Driver

Did adding a third anvil increase driving speed, beats per minute, and torque, all...

Field Tested: The Martinez M1 Titanium-Handled Hammers

Mark Martinez, the inventor of the Stiletto TiBone, has a new hammer out, and as...

Ryobi P305 18v Cordless Hot Glue Gun

Contributor Brian Way provides an unbiased review on a cordless glue gun from...

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