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What Not to Wear to an Arc Flash Test

Hint: that 1970s polyester jumpsuit has to go. More

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A Not So Clever Criminal

Here's someone who really hates Home Depot; fortunately he's not that good with matches. More

Duluth Trading Fire Hose Canvas Pants
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Duluth Trading Fire Hose Canvas Pants

Duluth Trading Co. says its Fire Hose canvas pants are tougher than most other... More

Straight-Magazine Finish Nailers
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Straight-Magazine Finish Nailers

In the old days it was easy to pick out the better finish nailer because cool... More

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Narrow-Crown Staplers

I remember exactly when I decided to start using pneumatic staplers on my jobsites. I was freezing my tail off installing 3/8-inch fir plywood underneath a roof overhang while standing on an aluminum plank in the middle of a Chicago winter. The job originally called for two men to install the plywood with 4d galvanized box nails. Sounds simple enough, right? Now add sub-zero wind chill and a nice thick pair of gloves, and you have a recipe for two guys doing a little work really slowly. More

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Siding Nailers

Coiled siding nailers are a big hit with our tester, who test-drove eight new models on three types of siding. More

Fire And Rescue Crew, Cherryvale Fire Station 1, Boulder, Colo.
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Fire And Rescue Crew, Cherryvale Fire Station 1, Boulder, Colo.

When I was a teenager, tools were the compass leading me toward manhood, and since... More

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Medium Crown Staplers

As a framing contractor, I use medium crown staplers to fasten acres of wall sheeting every year, but they're also invaluable for building interior details like tub platforms, shower seats, fireplace surrounds, and arches. I used to tackle these projects with a framing nailer, building 2-by pony walls and running ledgers to support plywood decks, but I've found that if I prefab everything like a cabinetmaker would, using my table saw and medium crown stapler, I can produce a higher-quality, lighter, and easier-to-build and -install product. This technique allows me to use up scrap plywood and small blocks that would otherwise go to waste, too, so the stapler actually saves me money. More

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