Michael Davis

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MICHAEL DAVIS
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Combination Jab Saw/Utility Knife

I've been testing tools for years and am on a lot of mailing lists, so new tools... More

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Buying a Portable Generator

In a perfect world there would be temporary power where and when you needed it,... More

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First Test: DeWalt's New Framing Saw

Wormdrive saws are known for being plenty strong – and plenty heavy too. And as it... More

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First Test: High-Pressure Pneumatics

Makita is bringing its high-pressure nailer line to the U.S., and we were the... More

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First Test: Bosch's First-Ever Nailer

Out West where I build, the Big Three of framing nailers are Hitachi, Paslode, and... More

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First Test: The New Nail Bangers

Tools of the Trade rounded up nine waffle-faced framing hammers from around the globe and put them out on a Colorado jobsite with 15 framers, lead by regular contributor Michael Davis, to see how they'd stack up. Here's what we learned, in order of increasing appreciation. More

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Modern Marvels

I never gave much thought to work gloves. They were just another part of my work... More

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Pneumatic Nailers for Framing Hardware

Rookie framers always get stuck with the worst work, like cutting out doorplates and knocking down braces. They also get stuck doing work that's just plain miserable, like nailing off joist hangers. Anyone who's ever been sent into the dungeon to back-nail hangers knows what I'm talking about: trying to drive tiny nails in a confined space over your head. Pneumatic nailer manufacturers, however, seem to have heard our prayers (and curses), and are building tools that make the task of installing framing hardware faster and easier. More

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Framing Nailers

I spent most of my career framing with solid-sawn lumber before the more stable, denser, and stronger engineered stuff started sliding off the truck. Now, my company, Framing Square in Albuquerque, N.M., works with engineered products all the time–laminated strand lumber (LSL), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), parallel strand lumber (PSL), and oriented strand board (OSB) to name a few. And sometimes we run into a problem working with them: Our air tools can't sink 12d nails in the tough stuff. I didn't spend big bucks on compressors and nailers so that my guys and I would be out there swinging our hammers, too. More

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