More stories about Metal

  • 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.

  • Give Me a Brake: Tips for Working with Metal

    We brake metal all over our remodeling projects and use it for everything from flashing to fascia material. Over my 20-year remodeling career, I've learned a few things about getting it right. A simple gauge, proper nailing, and using the correct bends speeds up installation, prevents callbacks...