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Dust Collecting HEPA Vacuums
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Dust Collecting HEPA Vacuums

Six tool-triggered HEPA vacs rated for use on jobs where lead-paint rules apply More

Torque Standards Stall
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Torque Standards Stall

Editor's note: On three separate occasions since July 2006, Tools of the Trade... More

Torque & Horsepower
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Torque & Horsepower

It's been more than nine years since Tools of the Trade began pushing for... More

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Tool Industry Update: New Torque Standards Begin

In September, we reported on how after years of disagreement over testing protocols, power tool manufacturers finally agreed on industrywide standards for measuring tool torque and horsepower. These standards will give tool buyers a dependable method to compare and evaluate product specifications. More

Import Scaffold Planks Fail Tests
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Import Scaffold Planks Fail Tests

A product advisory has been issued, warning that non-APA-certified laminated... More

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Finally–Tool Test Standards!

After years of repeated pleas by industry experts–including the editors of this magazine–major tool manufacturers have approved voluntary test standards for measuring torque and horsepower. More

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Window Installation

Before I became a field-training consultant for builders, I was a builder and remodeler. Even then, long before mold was a hot topic, it bothered me how many different methods were used to install windows. Stucco guys did it one way, East Coasters another, and production framers in California had their own techniques. So I set out to find best practices for my own sites to prevent problems and to streamline production. More

New Power Standard
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New Power Standard

If you read Tools on a regular basis, you know that for years we've been pushing... More

A New Kind Of Concrete Code
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Construction codes often can be a source of frustration when they're so complex... More

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Feature: Playing the Numbers

When shopping for power tools, most professionals want the same thing–reliable power at the best price. The prices are always clear enough, but how do you compare performance without dragging the tools onto the jobsite first? More

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