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    Cutting Rafters

    Cutting rafters one at a time works, but it's slow. With the right tools and layout tricks, I can gang-cut entire roof systems accurately and quickly.

     
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    Do You Believe in Magic?

    A piece of life's puzzle fell into place for me last week: The connection between Knowledge and Magic. First, I got an e-mail from reader Joe Novack, a former contractor and director of the Building Trades Department at Madison County High School in Virginia, asking us to spend more time promoting...

     
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    Mud Bath

    Sometimes you have to do it yourself–and that means taping, mudding, and sanding drywall. Maybe the job is too small or the timeline is too crunched for your sub, but whatever the reason, knowing the tricks to drywall installation can keep your crew moving and your schedule on track.

     
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    New Pro Tool Lines

    Power tool shelf space is getting more crowded, as still more pro tool companies and brands enter the U.S. market. During the past few months, we reported on two new brands, Moty-ko and Perles. In addition, at least four other pro tool lines have been launched this year: Worx, Dodge Hemi, Kawasaki...

     
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    Laminate Countertops

    OK, I know what you're going to say–building laminate countertops is crazy. And years ago when I was running a big framing and trim crew, I would have agreed. Nowadays, I remodel more and work with smaller crews, so the ability to manage when and how the countertop is built and installed gives me...

     
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    Brad Nailers

     
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    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.

     
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    Laser Tools

     
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    Shariar Ghalam, Residential Remodeler

    Shariar Ghalam's father knew his dream for his son to become a musician was long gone when he discovered the boy had taken the strings off his violin to make a crane. It wasn't too much of a surprise. Ghalam kept his parents on their toes by disassembling his toys and revamping them, and later as a...