Building Materials

How Big are the Biggest Big Box Stores?
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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

Lowe’s OSHbot
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Lowe’s OSHbot

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

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

12 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Rebar
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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

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

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

Useful Apps: Woodshop Widget
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Useful Apps: Woodshop Widget

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

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Duct Tape
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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

Seven Corners Hardware to Close after 80 Years in Business
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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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A new tower light from Milwaukee runs on battery, or AC power, and can charge a...

The New 10-1/4-Inch Big Foot Worm Drive Saw

A few small improvements yield a lighter, better-balanced saw than its predecessor.

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