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    Crack-Free Slabs

    One word describes successful concrete work: consistency. Exercise the same level of care at every stage of the process.

     
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    Work Boots

    Standing all day on rooftops, hot pavement, and cold scaffolding, your work boots can be as important a tool as your cordless drill. And thanks to new technologies in materials and construction, as well as some existing proven offerings, there are plenty of options for your feet that not only keep...

     
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    Safety Gear, Work Gloves, New Tools

     
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    Rotary Hammers

    If your hammerdrill struggles in concrete packed with heavy aggregate or while using large bits like mine does, and you carry star drills or sharpened masonry nails to break up hard aggregate, then this Tool Test is for you. I tested seven hammerdrill-sized pistol-grip rotary hammers that take...

     
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    Laser Level Layout

    It used to be that laser levels and the cutting-edge technology that powered them were so rare and expensive, only the largest or most profitable contractors could afford them. Now, of course, prices have fallen dramatically (indeed, one manufacturer's rep described some lasers to me as...

     
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    Tim Landry and Dwight Sherman

    You think you've got a lot of tools? The three super-size Berland's House of Tools near Chicago, where Dwight Sherman and Tim Landry run the show, each boast 30,000 square feet of tool space, housing 30,000 SKUs of tools from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. They should really be called Berland's...

     
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    Giant Steps

    What do you get when you combine gray and yellow? Graylo? How about when you add a bold red to orange and blue? I guess what I really want to know is, 'What do you get when DeWalt buys Porter-Cable and Delta, and Milwaukee joins Ridgid and Ryobi?'

     
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    Hall of Fame 2005

    Marshall Burns may be one of the last bridges still spanning the historic past and boundless future of the tool industry. Certainly few people have witnessed firsthand the changes in tools and technology that he's seen in his lifetime. And even fewer have taken part in shaping that change.