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    Tools on Wheels

    Here's an ingenious mobile storage system that could help you keep track of your tools and put them at your fingertips. The Mobile-Shop System includes four integrated tool organizers fully stocked with 230 high-quality tools and 160 critical small parts. Each pocket or bin is labeled and numbered...

     
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    Reusing Lumber

    At 8 a.m. on demo day, the framing I'm about to tear out and junk is a perfectly functional floor or roof system. By lunch, I'm paying to have it carted off. So, on my latest tear-down, a 25-foot-by-44-foot ranch, I explored saving framing and reusing it on the new project going up in the old...

     
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    Safety Checklist

    Use this checklist to avoid OSHA's most cited violations.

     
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    Lost & (Someday) Found

    I was encouraged recently by news that researchers had found a 700,000-year-old tool in England earlier this year. Seems like Flint-man put down his sharp rock somewhere only to lose it during the Ice Age.

     
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    Cordless/Hoseless Tools

     
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    Concrete Countertops

    Twenty-five years ago concrete countertops were the domain of artisan contractors and high-end clients, mostly in California, looking for a one-of-a-kind surface. Today, homeowners nationwide request concrete for the same reason.

     
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    Kristin Beall, Charlie Johnson Builders, Mount Dora, Fla.

    I grew up on the jobsite,' says third-generation builder Kristin Beall of Mount Dora, Fla. 'But after eight years running the company, newer subs still think I'm the homeowner. This is a man's world and guys are still surprised when I tell them how to set trusses.'

     
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    Recip Saws

    Reciprocating saws have been on the move–fast–since the last time we looked at this group. Category-wide, manufacturers have made advances with tool-free blade changes, articulating handles, and even LED work lights.

     
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    Cut Out Saws

    One of the biggest challenges of my plumbing and heating practice has nothing to do with pipe, water, or fittings. Instead, one of the most problematic–and recurring–issues is making the cuts required to install those things in all the materials we encounter in both new construction and service...