June 21, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

EPA Formaldehyde Standard

New EPA Formaldehyde Standard Adopted from CARB

Formaldahyde can be as harmful as it is helpful. A precursor to many other compounds, it is widely used in flooring adhesives but known to be an irritant and carcinogen. Recently, Lumber Liquidators settled with California regulators over Chinese-supplied flooring with improperly indicated formaldehyde content. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) had heretofore more stringent formaldehyde rules than the […]

10 Ways To Avoid Ladder Injuries

10 Ways to Avoid Ladder Injuries

It was like we were back in school. Recently roofingcontractor.com gave us a pop quiz on ladder safety. We broke out in a sweat. But there was no getting around the imminent revealing of ignorance. We’ve used ladders and lived to tell the tale, so we know what we’re doing, right? Maybe your run of ladder safety was just […]

8 Lifesaving Jobsite Fire Safety Tips

8 Lifesaving Jobsite Fire Safety Tips

Wisdom from the Pro to the Apprentice It goes without saying that a fire or explosion on a job site can be devastating. As we mentioned in our article 8 Essential Jobsite Safety Tips, jobsite accidents are overwhelmingly preventable. Yet they still happen. The danger isn’t always obvious beforehand to the untrained eye, but Pros will tell you […]

Ridgid MS255SR Miter Saw Action 2 Web

How To Use A Miter Saw Like A Pro

Wisdom from the Pro to the Apprentice There are several types of joints that fasten two pieces at a 90 degree angle. For all other angles, a miter joint is required. We like that because it means we have an excuse to buy a new tool. Maybe you’ve seen the classic miter box for use with a […]

Electrical Wiring Safety Tips

Electrical Wiring Safety Tips for Home Installation and Repair

Wisdom From the Pro to the Apprentice A little healthy paranoia can go a long way. This is especially true for electrical work around the home where electrical accidents are the cause of tens of thousands of fires, injuries, and deaths each year. What you don’t even know that you don’t know is a dangerous area […]

Skil jobsite miter saw

8 Essential Jobsite Safety Tips

Wisdom from the Pro to the Apprentice Working on a jobsite is challenging, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dangerous. In fact, all accidents are preventable with proper precautions. We’ve written about electrical wiring safety, table saw safety, and we have a lot more to pass on to the apprentices out there earning their […]

5 Essential Table Saw Safety Tips

Setting The Optimal Table Saw Blade Height

Wisdom From the Pro to the Apprentice Ask a group of woodworkers what the optimal table saw blade height is and you may soon be longing for the relative civility of a political or religious conversation. Opinions abound. Some say the blade should be no more than an 1/8 inch above the cutting surface while others […]

5 Essential Table Saw Safety Tips

5 Essential Table Saw Safety Tips from the Pros

Table saws are one of the most common and helpful tools in the workshops of both Pros and non-Pros alike. A healthy respect of all tools is important, but the need for it around the table saw’s large, spinning blade is obvious. We’ve written more extensively about table saw safety, but this is our concise guide of 5 essential […]

6 Best Tools for Cutting Drywall

If you’ve ever witnessed a professional drywaller install 10-foot long panels on a ceiling by himself, you may think the task is easy. But that guy was talented. Even the smaller panels are heavy and unwieldy. Making cuts to drywall can be a challenge, too. Fortunately there are many tools that make the job easy. Here […]

6 Methods for Cutting Drywall

6 Methods for Cutting Drywall

Preparing drywall to be fastened to a stud takes a little more skill than you might think. The panels are heavy and unwieldy in their 4-foot wide x 8-, 10-, or 12-foot sheets. Moisture resistant drywall for use in bathrooms is even heavier. You may be able to install a panel on a wall alone, […]