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President's Tour: John Schiech, DeWalt

John Schiech is a humble man even though he rides herd on a powerfully surging company. More

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Framing Nailers

I spent most of my career framing with solid-sawn lumber before the more stable, denser, and stronger engineered stuff started sliding off the truck. Now, my company, Framing Square in Albuquerque, N.M., works with engineered products all the time–laminated strand lumber (LSL), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), parallel strand lumber (PSL), and oriented strand board (OSB) to name a few. And sometimes we run into a problem working with them: Our air tools can't sink 12d nails in the tough stuff. I didn't spend big bucks on compressors and nailers so that my guys and I would be out there swinging our hammers, too. More

Shear Wall System
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Shear Wall System

On one recent project the architect and engineer wrangled about a suitable... More

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