Tim's Latest Articles

  • Capital Safety Fall Protection Harnesses

    A hands-on review of the ExoFit Nex, Protecta Pro Vest Style Harness, and Delta Vest Style Harness.

     
  • Werner Fall Protection Harnesses

    A hands-on review of the LiteFit, Blue Armor 1000, and Blue Armor 2000.

     
  • Super Anchor Fall Protection Harnesses

    A hands-on review of the Deluxe Tool Bag Harness and Max Harness.

     
  • Tested: Milwaukee Inkzall Jobsite Marker

    This marker is great for laying out plates; the line is thin and dark enough to be seen from a distance.

     
  • The Vortabrush

    A quick and easy way to clean holes in concrete prior to setting anchors.

     
  • Carhartt Brookville Vest

    A light vest that is good by itself and for layering.

     
  • Carhartt Soft Shell Hybrid Jacket

    A water-resistant jacket that’s tough enough for work and good-looking enough for play.

     
  • DeWalt DW0822 Layout Laser

    This combination tool shoots both lines and dots, and can be used in place of a plumb bob.

     
  • Stabila R Beam Level

    This high-end model has a stiff body, comfortable grip, and vials guaranteed to be accurate for life.

     
  • Wobble Light Work Lights

    There is no such thing as too much light on the jobsite.

     
  • DeWalt and Makita Jobsite Radios

    Recently, my crew and received updated versions of the DeWalt and Makita radios we tested a few years back. Here’s how they performed on the framing site.

     
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    Max X-Line Air Hose and Lifeline

    The Max X-Line eliminates a tripping hazard by functioning as both an air hose and a safety line.

     
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    Skil Mag77LT Saw

    This spring Skil released an upgraded wormdrive saw that the company says is 4 pounds lighter than the very popular SHD77.

     
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    Max RB397 Rebar Tier

    The grapple-like jaws of this cordless tool tie rebar so fast you can barely see it happen.

     
  • Keen Work Boots

    Tools of the Trade called and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing some work boots from Keen. I was sent a list of boots from their Industrial Line, and I ordered a couple of pairs each.

     
  • Milwaukee Cordless Caulk and Adhesive Gun

    My crew recently switched from a pneumatic caulking gun to an M12 battery-powered model from Milwaukee.

     
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    Lightweight Framing Nailers

    These sub 8-pound nail guns are comfortable to use and surprisingly powerful.

     
  • Skil Mag77LT

    Skil recently announced a new wormdrive saw that they say is 4 pounds lighter than their Mag77. That grabbed my attention because the Mag77 is one of the lightest inline saw around .

     
  • Framer's Everyday Carry

    It’s not easy to earn a place in my tool bags. Here are 11 tools that make the cut.

     
  • Two Fisted Fleece Jacket

    A few weeks back I wrote about Blaklader work pants, but I've also been wearing the company's Two Fisted Fleece Jacket. I prefer it to the regular fleece I used to wear because it's resistant to wind and water, and has a number of construction-specific features designed into it...

     
 
 
 
 
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