Other stories by Greg DiBernardo

  • Gas Cans that Actually Work

    In 2009, the EPA adopted a California Air Resources Board (CARB) rule that banned the sale of traditional gas cans.

  • Björnkläder Work Pants

    These Scandinavian-designed work pants have built-in sleeves for holding kneepads, waist-level nail pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets.

  • Björnkläder Work Pants

    Several years back I was at the JLC LIVE trade show and an exhibitor was selling Scandinavian-designed work pants that had built-in sleeves for holding knee pads, waist-level pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets. I bought a couple of pairs and before long I had stopped wearing my old work...

  • A Deck Builder's Tool Kit

    These specialized tools boost productivity and quality.

  • Tool Test: 18-Volt Drill/Drivers

    Today's cordless drills are significantly better than the ones I used four or five years ago — they have more power and greater runtime, and take less time to charge. Many of them are lighter, too. The most obvious change has been the move from nicad to lithium-ion batteries, with lithium-ion...

  • Tool Test: Affordable Line Lasers

    For this article, my crew and I tested 11 self-leveling line lasers that can be purchased for $300 or less – an amount any tradesperson should be willing to spend for a tool that can pay for itself. Our pricing came from reputable online dealers; you may pay more or less based on when and where you...

  • Tool Test: 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Impact Drivers

    For this article my crew and I tested 18 lithium-ion impact-driver kits. Some companies sell the same tool in two kits – each with different batteries – and in such cases we tested both versions. We used all the drivers for several months, trading them around so that everybody had experience with...

  • Tools Up Close: Hilti Electric Concrete Saw

    The DCH 300 is electric, so it's reliable and produces no fumes, and it has a hose port that can be connected to a dust-collecting vacuum. Though designed to cut concrete and masonry, the saw can be used to cut metal if it's equipped with a fiber-reinforced abrasive blade. Lots of companies make...