More stories about Framing

  • Johnson Stud Squared Framer's Tape

    In addition to functioning like a standard 25-foot tape measure, the Johnson Stud Squared can assist with framing layout.

  • Irwin 2500 Box Beam Level

    The Irwin 2500 Box Beam Level has an unusual feature that makes it easier to use: a mirror that allows you to read the plumb vial from the edge of the tool (for those times when it's hard to look from the side).

  • Hart steel-handled framing hammer

    Hart's new steel-handled framing hammer has features that could be useful to any carpenter: a magnetized nail slot at the top of the striking face, a hole through the head that can be used as a rebar bender, and a nail puller at the side of the head for pulling stubborn nails.

  • Sola KB 24 wet-dry pencil

    Sola, a company best known for its levels, also makes a line of specialty pencils.

  • 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.

  • Product Watch: Thor's Hammer

    Framing hammers take a lot of abuse, and after a while their striking surfaces can start to break down. To prolong the life of the Hardcore Hammer, its maker recessed the waffle face (made from hardened steel) slightly from the head's smooth outer ring.

  • Tool Test: Framing Nailers

    As a framing contractor, I rely on nail guns more than almost any other tool. When I buy a framing gun I look for a model that is comfortable to handle, able to toenail well, and powerful enough to drive nails flush every time.

  • Rockler Model 31166 Corrugated Fastener Nailer

    Rather than build frames in place stick by stick, some trimmers assemble door and window casings on the floor and shoot them into place on the wall.

  • Grabber Joist Jaws

    Framers and deck builders struggling to position long joists can give themselves an extra hand with Joist Jaws by Grabber.

  • Bosch SN350-20F Framing Nailer

    When Bosch introduced its first line of pneumatic nailers last spring, it claimed that the tools were 20 percent smaller and 10 percent more powerful than the competition.