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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

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

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

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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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