• Window Installation Training

    CertainTeed Corp. has redesigned its Window Master Craftsman installation and education program to accommodate the different installation practices of contractors across the country. The online course and test provide comprehensive window and patio door installation detail customized for five...

     
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    Arbortech AS160 Brick & Mortar Saw

    Every once in a while the steady flow of innovation we see almost daily in our coverage of power tools goes into overdrive with a truly unique technology we've never seen before. When we caught a glimpse of the new Arbortech AS160 saw for brick and mortar, with its patented orbital blade system, we...

     
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    Construction Q&A

    We do a lot of things in construction that can be confusing if you're just learning how things work. Here are answers to some of the questions a lot of new carpenters have.

     
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    Flashing and Sill Products

    We've all seen the images of mold-infested homes that headlined media and courtrooms a few years ago–or experienced it firsthand–with faulty window installation often front and center as a main point of failure. But since that time, the industry has stepped-up efforts to provide training and...

     
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    A Fair Shake

    I know the days of doing business on a handshake are long gone, and I understand the reasons why. Even in my own good old days as a contractor, I knew enough to get everything in writing. But even the tightest 'ironclad' contract needed to be backed-up by a handshake. And after growing up with a...

     
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    Laser Tools

     
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    Window Casings Over EIFS

    Exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) account for an estimated 30 percent of commercial exteriors nationwide and, despite setbacks due to early moisture problems, are still gaining popularity in the residential market. A durable, never-needs-painting exterior is very appealing to homeowners...

     
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    Arthur Aveling, King Arthur's Tools, Tallahassee, Fla.

    Like most tool tinkerers, Arthur Aveling saw an unfilled need and created a product for it. Unlike most, he has created a kingdom around it, founding King Arthur's Tools, which today sells more than 100 products around the world.

     
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    Hoseless Nailers

    As a builder in the Washington, D.C., area, I spend a lot of time with a nailer in my hand and, of course, a lot of time dragging an air hose around the jobsite. It was an eye-opening experience for me to try out the current generation of hoseless (a.k.a. cordless) nail guns, both framing and...

     
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    Hammer Tackers

    Lowly-but-essential tools that we count on unconsciously and curse when we can't find them buried in the toolbox, hammer tackers simplify the tedious task of driving wire staples into all sorts of building products. Whether you're tacking down carpet pad, hanging faced fiberglass batts, felting a...