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Steve's Multi-Function Work Bench

Cost-effective and easily made, this portable work top will boost your... More

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Remodelers' Favorite Hand Tools

We asked about your preferred brands of six common tools and here’s what you told us. More

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Tradesmen’s Favorite Hand Tools

Here’s what 731 tradesmen told us about their preferred brands of 6 common tools. More

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A Contractor Takes His Tools to Hollywood

The carpenter directs but the truck and tools are the stars of the show. More

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Dave’s Excellent Adventure: A Trip to the Redwood Mill

See video shot inside the last operating redwood mill on California’s Central Coast. More

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PLS Green Beam Lasers

To the human eye, green is three times more visible than red. More

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Judge to Companies that Sold Lead Paint: Pay $1.1 Billion to Clean Up Your Mess

A California judge ruled against three companies that sold lead paint prior to its being banned in 1978 and said they are liable for a portion of the mitigation costs in certain California counties. More

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New Tax on Wood Creates Confusion in California

As of January 1, California retailers have been required to collect an extra one percent tax certain lumber products. Plywood, framing lumber, and unfinished decking are among the products subject to the tax. Doors, windows, trim, and other more heavily processed items are not. More

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Hardware Chain Sues Home Depot and Power Tool Companies

Orchard Supply Hardware, a California hardware chain, is suing Home Depot, Makita, and Milwaukee Electric Tool in federal court for restraint of trade. Orchard claims Makita and Milwaukee cut off its supply of power tools shortly after Home Depot announced plans to lock up the supply of key hardware products to counter the threat posed by Amazon and other online retailers. More

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