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Tools & Materials
Hands-on guides to some of your favorite tools and materials
The Ultimate Guide to Tape Measures
Our one-stop guide to all things tape measures, from product recommendations to trade tips and tricks.
One Pro’s Favorite Tools for Working With Tile
Great gear for an easier job and better results
Stuff We Love: Hand Tools (VIDEO)
This week's Stuff We Love showcases three hand tools with a wide variety of applications and uses.
5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Flooring Tools
Protect the integrity of your work by regularly maintaining your flooring tools.
Best Ways to Organize and Protect Your Tools
Keep your tools organized and protected from the elements with these great tips and products.
A Guide to Multimeters and How to Use Them
Multimeters are a super-handy tool, and they are easier to use than you think. We'll show you how.
5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Spray Foam Gun
Consider your spray foam truck as a factory on wheels, and therefore, maintain it as you would any other industrial facility.
8 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Shop Vac
Taking time to tidy your vacuum prolongs reliable, efficient operation.
16 Strange Specialty Tools (and What They Are Actually Used For)
Turns out, there really is a tool for everything. Check out this list of strange specialty tools.
CPT Picks the Best Construction-Proof Cases for Top Smart Phones
We found rugged, construction proof cases for each of the top ten smart phone models. Find the best protection for your device here.
How to Cope: Tips for Getting a Perfect Fit
A coped joint looks better than a mitered joint. Here are some brilliant pointers on how to do it right. Remember: life is hard—learn how to cope!
15 Tips to Prevent Tools From Getting Stolen
Tool thefts are on the rise. Prevent your tools from being stolen by following these tips.
5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Plumbing Snake
Consistent maintenance of your drain-cleaning equipment reduces effort on site and prolongs its useful lifespan.
Installing a Lighted Truck Box Was Remarkably Easy
One of our editors took a crack at installing a Weather Guard lighted truck box. It went smoother than you might have thought.
Rough-Sawn Lumber Buying Guide
An expert's guide to selecting and purchasing the rough-sawn lumber for your next project.
How To Install a Lighted Truck Box
Watch this video to learn the ins-and-outs of installing a lighted truck box from Weather Guard in a full-sized pick up truck.
How to Re-saw Wood on a Bandsaw
Re-sawing, the process of cutting a board into thinner pieces of the same length and width, opens up a world of woodworking opportunities. Re-sawing allows you to create wide panels from narrow boards, thin pliable...
How to Make Safer, Better Cuts on a Miter Saw
Our expert, Jerome Worm, has been using a miter saw every day for 30 years. He explains how to get the most out of your miter saw and shared tips on how to cut small...
How to Get Reliable Internet on the Job
Take a look at the best ways for construction pros to get - and stay - connected.
A Pro Tool Sharpening Guide
Tips and gear for keeping your tools at their sharpest.
A Guide to Air Compressors
Take a look at these great tips that'll show you how to get the most from your compressor, and and check out some brilliant accessories as well.
Drywall As An Art Form? A Craft-minded Contractor Explains
CertainTeed Gypsum sat down with subcontractor and Trophy Award semi-finalist Steve Page to discuss what inspired the creative use of drywall in his project.
How to Recycle Old Tools
You’re doing a bit of decluttering and find you have some old tools in the garage or workshop that are beyond repair. Before you just toss them in the trash, here’s what you need to...
Master Your Bench Grinder
A bench grinder may not be a tool you’ll use every day. However, if it’s available and set up correctly, you’ll be surprised how often one comes in handy.
Five Problem Solving Tools (VIDEO)
Craftsman and trade veteran Scott Wadsworth shares five tools that he has found to be life-savers in many different situations.
Learn to curve your way through all sorts of material with a jigsaw. And learn about which features to look for when you buy a jigsaw.
Make Your Own Barnwood in Nine Steps
Barn wood is as popular as ever, but it’s expensive, can contain unwelcome bugs and can smell, well, like a barn. Learn an easy, inexpensive way to make your own.
Three Things to Know About Energy Efficient Roofing
Creating an energy efficient roof will save you money and energy. Here are a few things you need to know to ensure your roof is energy efficient.
Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors and Trends
Take a look at these popular kitchen cabinet color trends.
Add Solar Power to Your Shed
Do you have a shed that could use light and/or power? Running an underground cable from your house to the building is the most economical way to go. But if the building is a fair...
How to Work With Manufactured Stone
Manufactured stone is almost indistinguishable from the real thing these days. Check out these great installation tips from our expert Marcus Shilling.
Explaining Five Different PEX Connection Methods
Here are the five most commonly used connection methods for the PEX piping system as well as the positives and pitfalls of each.
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