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Several weeks ago, I had to tear into a basement slab at my own home as part of a bathroom remodel project. At the bottom of the slab were PEX pipes that were providing heat for the basement. It was important to use a chipping hammer tool that provided extreme control and minimal fatigue so […]

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A few years back, I tested the Makita job site radio. It was nice and delivered great sound, but I recently was able to use the Bosch PB360C radio and it's a superb product. I feel this Bosch radio is far superior to the Makita radio. One of the outstanding features of this Bosch radio […]

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I've used many miter saws in my career. In fact, the first one I ever took on a job was a hand-powered one my father-in-law lent me. It was a Stanley saw that had a back saw that fit in two cast-iron guides. It was not bad, but you sure had to hold wood trim […]

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A few months ago, I was approached by the fine folks at Haiku Home. They make fans and they recently started to dip their toes into the LED light marketplace. The engineers at Haiku Home came up with a durable futuristic and BRIGHT LED light meant for garages, shops and any other place where you […]

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Do you have a chalk box or chalk reel? You know, that thing that looks like a teardrop and is coated in blue or red dust? I'll bet you never thought the design could be improved, right? Well, the caffeine-stoked engineers at Milwaukee Tools must have made a pot or two or three too much […]

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As you might imagine, I've used nail guns for most of my career. The first one I used was air powered and you simply can't believe how much work this tool could do in an hour. After using the gun just ten seconds I knew I'd use them forever because they save so much time. […]

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You may not know this, but among other things I'm a master plumber. Yeah, the Ask the Builder founder is a plumber too! I've been one for over 35 years and during that time I've loved installing waste, vent and water supply lines. As you might expect, I've used beefy corded right-angle drills for decades to drill […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m about to buy a digital multimeter to troubleshoot all sorts of electrical issues around my home. I’ll be blunt. Do you own one, and if so, which one? What do you like about the one you have? There seems to be a huge difference in these handy devices and I’m very confused […]

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How many drills do you think I've owned? How many do you think I've tested? More than you can ever imagine to both questions. Is there a perfect drill? No. Different jobs require different drills. You have to consider exactly how you're going to use a tool nowadays because years ago you had just a […]

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