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Small Houses are a Big Deal

Small Houses are a Big Deal

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While there are plenty of really big houses being built (do 2.54 people really need five bedrooms and over 3,000 sq. ft.?), there's no missing that small houses are a popular topic. Tiny dwellings...

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A Great Idea

A Great Idea

WD-40's new EZ-reach flexible straw can be contorted into nearly any position for spraying around obstacles.

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Ultra-Compact Framing Nailer

Ultra-Compact Framing Nailer

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Paslode's new framing nailer specializes in small spaces.

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Brake Problems on Ford F150s

Brake Problems on Ford F150s

The federal government is looking into problems with the power brake system on 250,000 F150s built in 2011 and 2012.

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Off the Grid Living and the Law

Off the Grid Living and the Law

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The idea of living off the grid might not be for everyone, but we can all relate to or at least see the appeal

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Insights Into the New York Jail Break

Insights Into the New York Jail Break

The New York Times has a boilermaker test various methods the escapees could have used to cut into a 24-in. steel pipe.

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All About the Hammer

All About the Hammer

Regardless of your specialty, from framer to fine carpenter, the one tool everyone owns is a hammer. You might use own all day or only every once in a while, but you own one. Check out these articles...

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Improving the Sawhorse

Improving the Sawhorse

The sawhorse is pretty iconic. This simple device comes in a variety of styles and materials, but unless you're buying something fancy, they're all pretty much the same. That doesn't mean you have to...

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The Hot Topic of Pools

The Hot Topic of Pools

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Pools can be a breathtaking addition to a home and they can be a topic of heated debate. While most agree pools are enjoyable on a hot summer day, there are plenty of people convinced nothing makes a...

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The Most Amazing Table Ever!

The Most Amazing Table Ever!

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This expanding table by DB Fletcher doubles its seating capacity by mechanically deploying leaves stored within the top.

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Behind the Scenes of Theres a Better Way

Behind the Scenes of There's a Better Way

Sometimes work isn't work at all. That was the case when I recently got to serve as a producer for a three-day shoot of THere's a Better Way videos. These are the videos that editor-at-large Chuck...

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More New Tools From the National Hardware Show

More New Tools From the National Hardware Show

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Today's finds include an improved gas can, a multipurpose work center, and a clamp for stabilizing extension ladders.

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New Tools From the National Hardware Show

New Tools From the National Hardware Show

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I've already seen a lot of cool stuff, and it's only the first day.

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Heading to the Hardware Show

Heading to the Hardware Show

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Held in Las Vegas, The National Hardware Show is one of the best places to learn about new tools and products for the home improvement industry.

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Bathroom Remodel Done Right

Bathroom Remodel Done Right

The vast majority of bathrooms are rather ordinary, but they certainly don't have to be. As one of the most popular rooms to remodel, many people are investing in features and design elements that...

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