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How to avoid nail blowouts

Carpenter Jesse De Geest has some very insightful and useful advice about how to avoid nail blowouts. He knows his stuff, and he’ll show you how in a short the video below. In the video, De Geest shares two hard-earned tips concerning nail blowouts—particularly around window and door jambs, where they can be most problematic. […]

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7 cool new homebuilding tools for 2017

Check out these great new homebuilding tools – from a bunch of Pro hammers to Rapidrill (what’s that, you ask?) to a Darth Varder-looking face protector – selected by tool experts. Every November, the companies that make and sell homebuilding tools meet to cut deals at the STAFDA (Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distribution Association) convention. […]

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Best 2017 pickup trucks for the Pro

If you’ve got stuff to haul or tow, you’ll definitely want to take a look at Car & Driver’s choices for the best full-size pickup trucks and best mid-size pickup trucks. If you see a truck wearing an Editors’ Choice badge, you’ll know Car & Driver considers it to be one of the best 2017 pickup […]

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Tool test: best 18-inch brad nailers

Do gas-powered cordless nailers have some serious competition from their battery-powered cousins? We test 10 pneumatic nailers to find the best 18-inch brad nailers. Over the course of our carpentry career, my co-worker Bruce Cranston and I have probably run tens of thousands of feet of baseboard, casing, and crown molding efficiently thanks to pneumatic […]

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Shop Like a Pro: 10 Trendy Tools for Any Pro’s Holiday Wish List

With retailers looking to clear end-of-year merchandise and capitalize on increased demand, the holidays are the perfect time for pros to revamp their toolboxes. Whether you are a looking to drop potential gift-giving hints to friends and family or spend a newly-received gift card, there are many opportunities to take advantage of seasonal savings. Here […]

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6 ways Pros use an oscillating multi-tool

Here is a list of six ways Pros use an oscillating multi-tool, one of the handiest tools you can have around the jobsite or workshop. Its versatility allows you to accomplish numerous tasks that would be impossible with other tools. If you know how to choose an oscillating multi-tool, you can sand; saw metal, wood, and drywall; make large […]

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How to clear up home air quality issues

Although most Americans recognize hazards in outdoor air such as smog, allergens, and ground-level ozone, many aren’t aware that home air  quality issues can be just as dangerous. In fact, indoor environments are two to five times more toxic than outdoor air, according to the EPA. This means that a home can be unhealthy for residents, […]

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Tool review: Klein 6-in-1 Ratcheting Stubby Screwdriver

Klein Tools recently released several new multi-bit screwdrivers. Each one may not look complex or exciting, but the Klein 6-in-1 Ratcheting Stubby Screwdriver is more than it appears. The rationale for a multi-bit screwdriver is simple: The more functions one driver can do, the fewer tools you have to carry as a tradesman. For the […]

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How to use a wood jointer

A wood jointer is used to create accurate dimensional boards, creating finished board from cheap lumber or even recycled material. Here’s how to use a wood jointer to get the best results.

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How to use a surface planer

Whether you use a surface planer, a jointer or hand planer largely depends on what you need to accomplish, for though they’re all planers, they require different expertise.

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