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How Big are the Biggest Big Box Stores?

Bigger than you think. Three simple charts show how Home Depot stomps Lowe’s and... More

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Home Depot v. Lowes 2015

From the department of boring corporate news: Depot stomps Lowes. More

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Lowe’s OSHbot

This robotic "sales associate" may soon be roaming the aisles of a hardware store... More

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Readers Comment: What We Didn’t Like About Your Rebar Story

Phil and Dave are not impressed with the American Innovator video about a trip to... More

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12 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Rebar

Your last truck, fridge, or microwave may have been turned into rebar at a plant... More

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‘Unlawfully Advertised’ 2x4s Cost Lowe’s $1.6M

Non-standard products were labeled with nominal dimensions reserved for sawn... More

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Useful Apps: Woodshop Widget

Compare wood species, calculate board feet, and determine how wood will move in... More

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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Duct Tape

There are good reasons why some tapes work better than others. More

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Seven Corners Hardware to Close after 80 Years in Business

Home Depot and Amazon didn’t kill this iconic tool store; generational change and... More

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Material Prices Up in 2013

According to two recent studies by the NAHB building materials have gone up 5% since the beginning of the year. More


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