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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

Graco Ultra Paints Small Jobs Quick

Prep-to-Finish professional painter Scott Burt weighs in on the benefits of the...

DeWalt DW079LG 20V Green Rotary Tough Laser

Tested in the snow and rain, this IP67-rated laser unit wears the “tough” name well.

Two Wedge-Style Work Boots

Golden Fox and Thorogood are affordable, lesser-known boot brands. Do they stand...

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