Other stories by Tim Uhler

  • Max Rebar Tier

    My crew recently formed and poured the foundation for a 4,200 square foot custom home we would later be framing. It was larger than the homes we normally build - the perfect opportunity to try out a tool I had seen at the JLC LIVE tradeshow...

  • Senco Joistpro Metal Connector Nailers

    My crew and I used to hand-nail framing hardware, but as codes changed and we had to install more and more of the stuff, it became impractical to nail by hand.

  • Super Anchor Safety Bar

    Like other contractors who comply with OSHA fall standards, I've had to ask myself: how am I supposed to compete with crews that don't use fall protection?

  • V-Line Clamp

    I'm always looking for faster techniques or tools to speed things up and found the V-Line clamp by accident. It is designed to...

  • Oversize Saws

    Several years back I read a story about gang cutting rafters – so I started doing it on my framing jobs. Gang cutting means setting all your rafters on edge on racks and using specialized saws such as...

  • Tools Up Close: Big Cordless Circular Saws

    For this article we tested four higher-voltage saws – 36-volt models from Bosch, DeWalt, and Hilti, and a 28-volt model from Milwaukee. We used them while framing and siding a house and for building a deck. Later, we performed a test to see how many cuts each saw could make per charge.

  • Tool Test: Inline Circular Saws

    Fifteen years ago, when I started out as a framer, Skil was the only real choice for carpenters looking for an inline saw. Since then, a lot more companies have started making these tools and now there are quite a few to choose from.

  • Tools Up Close: Job-Site Radios

    Like many carpenters, I enjoy listening to music at work. When I was starting out, there were only a couple of options: Leave the truck radio on with the door open (and risk having to jump the battery later on) or listen to a bad-sounding boombox that was held together with duct tape and had a wire...

  • Paslode PF150S-PP Hardware Nailer

    I have used or owned most of the metal-connector nailers on the market, so when I heard that Paslode was introducing a new, smaller Positive Placement tool, I was eager to try it.

  • DeWalt DWS535 Wormdrive Saw

    This spring DeWalt introduced the DWS535 wormdrive saw.