More stories about Metal

  • Metal-Cutting Circ Saws

    You can't flip open a window in a skyscraper, so we usually end up working in enclosed spaces where using cut-off saws with abrasive wheels will fill the air with acrid smoke and airborne filings. And if that's not bad enough, hogging through a bundle of metal studs in a closed room is...

  • Utility Knives

    When I started in construction, I pilfered a bunch of tools from my father, among them his old fixed-blade utility knife. After about six months, the blade made its way through the bottom of my leather tool pouch and into my leg. (I guess I deserved it for raiding my father's tools without...

  • Framing With Light-Gauge Steel

    I learned how to frame with 2-by sticks, and in those days the idea of framing with steel was about as foreign to me as speaking Russian. But after setting up shop in New York City, fire codes and commercial building practices left me with no alternative, so now I speak Russian.

  • Worm Drives/Hypoids

    Getting framers to tool-test wormdrive saws is like convincing kids to eat ice cream. After telling my lead guys we'd be testing the classic saws alongside the newest introductions in the category, I realized that I could have charged them money and they still would've showed up early for testing.

  • Launch Time 2005

    This month members of the tool industry will descend on Baltimore for the annual convention and trade show of the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA), an organization made up of manufacturers and distributors of construction/industrial products. The benefits for you and...

  • Tricked Out

    Made from polymer materials, these durable Splash Guards protect the vehicle's finish from road debris. The guards, which can be painted to match the vehicle's finish, contour to the wheel well and are designed to accent the vehicle's lines. An optional polished Westin nameplate is available.

  • Metal Connector Nailers

    Years ago I'd routinely build houses that didn't have any metal connectors in them at all. Everything was blocked or ledgered and a few 16d nails were considered adequate for almost any connection. Once in a while I'd use the odd joist hanger, so I kept a coffee can full of 1-1/2-inch hanger nails...

  • Cordless Tools

  • Launch Time 2006

    Hot finds and cool products from this year's STAFDA show, including power-packed lithium-ion tools, lightweight nailers, and functional fasteners.

  • 2003 Launch Time

    Manufacturers are unveiling an array of new product picks packed with features and specs to satisfy every toolhound.