DeWalt 60-inch Form Lifter

By ralph mroz

DeWalt 60-inch form lifter The DeWalt 60-inch form lifter (model DWHT55051) is DeWalt’s version of the classic Burke Bar.  The Burke Bar was introduced in the 1940s as primarily a concrete-working tool, useful for levering forms into place, and breaking apart forms and their associated stakes and wires, and generally just moving and prying apart…

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Kobalt 24-Volt Brushless Handheld Planer

By ralph mroz

Kobalt 24-volt brushless handheld planer The modern quintessential carpenter’s tool The Kobalt 24-volt brushless handheld planer (Model #KPL 124B-0) is a modern version of an ancient carpenter’s tool.  In fact, do you know what the symbol of carpenters and carpenter’s guilds in the pre-20th century era was?  You might be tempted to say a hammer,…

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Stiletto 10oz Titanium Smooth Face 14.5″ Fiberglass Handle Hammer

By ralph mroz

Stiletto 10oz Titanium Smooth Face 14.5″ Fiberglass Handle Hammer The Stiletto 10oz titanium hammer (Model FH10C-F) is currently the smallest of Stiletto’s solid titanium hammers head hammers.  It really is, as the company claims, a perfectly balanced hammer that some would call a finish hammer, but I refer to it as a general-purpose hammer. Stiletto…

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IUREK Heated Jacket ZD961

By Robert Robillard

IUREK Men’s Heated Jacket ZD961 Review Over the last few months, I’ve been testing the IUREK mens heated jacket, and my daughter the women’s heated jacket. A heated jacket can provide comfort in bitterly cold environments. I’ve found the BEST usage of a heated jacket is to use it to initially warm up when in the…

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ZipWall Magnetic Dust Barrier Door

By Robert Robillard

ZipWall Self-Closing Magnetic Dust Barrier Door When discussing contractor professional development we often refer to the term, “livable remodeling.” Livable remodeling refers to providing building and remodeling services to your clients in a way that: Reduces stress Minimizes health risks – such as airborne dust Ensures their home is livable during the process Details and…

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RYOBI 7¼-inch Compound Miter Saw

By ralph mroz

RYOBI 7¼-inch Compound Miter Saw Every pro carpenter needs a miter saw, of course, and every DIYer will sooner or later want one.  But as Rob points out, we don’t always need a big miter saw – that is, something in the 10+-inch category.  For most interior trim work and much shop work, a compact…

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PACKOUT Tool Storage

By Scott Arnold

Tool Storage Systems – Worth The Investment? PACKOUT tool storage is one of the hottest topics right now in the contracting industry. Are tool storage systems worth the big investment? We think so. Whether you are a remodeler, electrician, plumber, HVAC, or woodworker we all need a place to store our tools. Having our tools…

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Kobalt 24-volt Cordless Compact Router

By ralph mroz

Kobalt 24-volt Cordless Compact Router If you’ve been following the Tool Box Buzz crew’s head-to-head reviews you’ll have noticed that Kobalt pretty consistently punches above its weight…that is, performs above its price point.  That’s the word on the street, too, and well as in many other reviews.  So I was happy to get my hands…

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