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Hitachi’s targets Pros with new “ultra-fast” circ saw

Hitachi Power Tools claims a 6,800-RPM circular saw it released in April cuts up to 40 percent faster than competing models. The 7-1/4-inch “ultra-fast” RIPMAX Circular Saw (Model # C7UR) uses a 15-Amp motor to rip through OSB, 2x4’s, LVL, plywood and other typical framing materials. It can also rip fiber cement boards when equipped [...]

Put to the Test: Cordless Finish and Belt Sanders

Cutting the cord with random orbit, quarter-sheet, and belt sanders By Michael Springer Like other tools that went cordless before them, sanders benefit greatly by the freedom of movement gained by losing their power cords. But, also like most types of cordless tools, the added weight and bulk of a battery pack is the trade-off [...]

Starter homes get pricier, smaller and older

Today, starter homes are less likely to be move-in ready with fixer-uppers making up 11.2 percent of the market, up from 10.3 percent in 2012, according to quarterly report produced by Trulia, a website that helps homebuyers and renters find their homes. As of the first quarter of 2018, starter homes nationally were nine years [...]

How to Repair Plumbing Without Shutting off the Water

Pipe freezing works on copper, plastic and metal pipes. Pipe freezing is a fast and efficient way to complete plumbing repairs or alterations when shutting off or draining the entire water piping system is not possible or practical. While repairing or changing water pipes in older houses or facilities, it’s not uncommon for the shut-off [...]

Hispanic Construction Business Owners Increase

A recent National Association of Home Builders “Eye on Housing” report is pointing to a rise in the number of Hispanic construction business owners in all age groups. In 2012, there were 23 percent fewer construction business owners under the age of 25 than in 2007; 19 percent fewer aged 25 to 34; 22 percent [...]


Fabio F. Molano  //  Owner/President //  F&J Renovations When Fabio Molano’s friend asked him to build a doghouse for her poodles, he wanted to make it something she would always remember. So, he went all out. The poodles were the only ones on the block with a house featuring a front porch, chimney and windows. […]


Why Respirators and Dust Masks Matter

OSHA’s new silica standards are forcing contractors to learn new ways of protection. By Michael J. Pallerino Hunter Weekes knows the risks. After nearly 20 years in the construction industry, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done in the field, logging time as a superintendent and project manager on numerous projects of all scopes. [...]

5 power tool innovations to look for in 2018

Power tool companies unveiled a host of new tools and technologies at last year’s trade shows, but only a few are both expected to hit the market this year and fewer still are worth talking about. They include: • Bluetooth integration. One new cordless rotary hammer uses the technology to automatically turn a dust collector [...]

Going the Distance

Measuring devices have come a long way, and the industry isn’t slowing down. By Peter Fabris During the last few years, a new product category – laser distance measuring tools – has gained new customers in the contracting, architecture and real estate professions. When these devices first came to the market about a decade ago, [...]

Removing paint and coatings safely

When removing paint and coatings, attention to detail is key in selecting the correct PPE for the job. By Jim Cook Removing paint and coatings safely isn’t just a matter of finding the right safety gear, it’s a matter of using that gear correctly. Respirators, gloves and goggles can greatly reduce hazards associated with removing paint, varnish [...]
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