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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Blaklader Work Pants

    The last few years I've been hearing a lot about Blaklader, a Swedish company that makes work clothes that are designed to be functional, durable, and professional looking. Tools of the Trade asked me to try some of these clothes out and I have been wearing them for about a year. Here's what I can...

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • Avoiding Winter Caulking Woes

    Here in the Northwest, rain is the biggest problem we have in the winter. But it gets cold too – not as cold as other places, but cold enough to make it hard to operate a caulking gun. I used to warm the tubes by putting them on the dashboard or under the heater when I drove to work. It worked okay...