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Article // Tools

Pro Tool Innovation Awards: Workwear and Safety Award Winners

Durable boots, warm outerwear, a handy ladder, a tornado of jobsite lighting, and slick fall-protection  


Article // Tools, Safety

A Bird's Eye View of Personal Fall Arrest Systems

An in-depth look at what is involved with personal fall protection, how to use it, where it's appropriate, and where to get it


Article // Business

How to Write Specs That are Clear, Concise, Correct, and Complete

A set of detailed project specifications, or specs, save time, money, and aggravation by ensuring that everyone works off the same page.


Article // Tools

Oscillating Tool Shootout and Showdown

ProToolReviews test drives over two dozen models to help you pick your next purchase


Article // Safety

Basic Safety Precautions When Using an Aerial Lift

Aerial lifts are a real time-saver on jobsites; with a few basic safety precautions, they can continue to be  


Article // Concrete & Masonry, Kitchens & Baths

A Carpenter's First Time Building Concrete Countertops

Guts, grout, and happy accidents make concrete countertops that look like stone—at least to non-geologists


Article // Business

Mentalizing in Metric

Sometimes its best to close your eyes and jump in


Article // Safety

Fall Protection: Guardrails Prevent Construction Falls, Not Landings

Guardrails provide a physical barrier between the worker and the fall hazard.  When constructed correctly, guardrails can prevent a person from falling from elevated workplaces.  


Article // Windows & Doors

A Better Way to Let Windows Drain

Water often finds its way into holes in the wall. It is your job to help it get out.


Article // Safety, Roofing

A Passive Fall Protection System: Safety Nets

Part 2 in a miniseries on fall protection equipment and techniques


Article // Tools, Concrete & Masonry

Makita's OSHA-Compliant Silica Dust Extractor

A solid workhorse that sucks better than many other HEPA vacs at a great price point

Article // HVAC & Mechanicals, Insulation & Air Sealing

How Deep is Deep Enough to Bury Ducts?

Turns out, ducts buried under insulation actually can work to save energy and eliminate condensation inside the ducts. If you seal and insulate them first  


Article // Framing

The Best Way to Frame: Less Wood, More Thought

Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.


Article // Safety, Tools

Tools to Keep on Hand When Hurricanes are in the Forecast

A handful of handies for the tool editor who has (almost) everything


Article // Safety

What To Do After a Hurricane: A Pro’s Guide To Recovery

Tend to yourself and to immediate danger—and then start planning your comeback party


Article // Insulation & Air Sealing

There's More to Attic Insulation Than Attic Insulation: There is Venting, Air Sealing, and Misery

How to reduce ice dams, improve thermal performance, and boost durability of homes with vented attics  


details, Article // Framing

Advanced Framing Do's and Don't Bothers from an Architect

Just because you draw it doesn't mean they'll build it that way. Know what makes sense, what the framer can execute, and forget about designing in two-foot modules


Article // Siding & Exterior Trim, Trimwork & Cabinetry

Crown Molding Q&A: Matching Crown Molding Profiles Up the Rake

When the humps don't match the bumps, you need a second molding profile—or you can eliminate the plumb cut