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Power Tool Manufacturers and Who Really Owns Them

Ever wonder who owns Craftsman tools? How about Milwaukee, Mac Tools, or Skilsaw? It may surprise you to know that only a handful of power tool companies own your favorite tools. That’s right, most tool brands fall under a parent company that also controls additional power tool manufacturers and brands. We break it down for […]

Caring for and Cleaning Paint Brushes

Caring for and Cleaning Paint Brushes

You can’t always use an airless paint sprayer for all of your paint jobs, so if you don’t want to have to buy a paintbrush every time you paint, then it’s important to learn about caring for and cleaning paint brushes you purchase. Doing so will ensure long life and repeated use for years to come. One thing most people […]

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Should You Take Labor-Only Jobs?

I had an interesting question from a homeowner recently. The client was in the planning stages of a home remodeling project—in this case, the installation of some floor tile and backsplash tile in her kitchen. She was considering hiring a contractor to provide only the labor for the project. She planned on buying all the […]

Top 10 Tools You Need for the Zombie Apocalypse

Top 10 Best Tools You Need for the Zombie Apocalypse

It’s coming. You know it because you’ve seen the movies. A mad scientist commissioned by some half-baked government entity in the Middle East (or New York—same deal) will try to cure the common cold. Or stop the aging gene. Or trigger limb regeneration for the poor souls who never learned how to properly use a […]

The Tool Fool’s Stool – The Great Tool Review Coverup

There comes a time in every man’s life when they must stand up for themselves. For too long my voice has been suppressed on this site. You may be asking yourself, “Who is this guy?” Exactly. When this “site” was a real publication—i.e. a PRINT MAGAZINE, I had the last word on each issue. That’s […]

5 Ways How to Open Clamshell Packaging

5 Ways How to Open Clamshell Packaging

If You’re Like Us, You Need These Clamshell Packaging Lifehacks You probably haven’t lived much unless you’ve come up against the dreaded clamshell packaging. Its tough, rigid nature is nice for manufacturers since it makes the product easy to display, cuts down on shoplifting, and reduces returns. On the other end of the sale, it’s […]

6 Construction Trends to Look for this Year

Do You Need Every Job? When to Say No

Do you need to take every job that comes your way? You know the feeling. The phone rings, and it’s a new client with a new job. You’re happy about the call and eager to set up the appointment. Your company policy has always been to take on anything and everything—from small decks to remodels […]

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Getting DIY Help – The Helping Hand Equation

We all need a hand from time to time. Someone to hold a door when your hands are full, someone to help you move into a new place, someone to help you bury a body…you know, the regular stuff. But, with each of these tasks, there is an unspoken cost. The Helping Hand Equation Some […]

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7 Things Not Covered by Homeowners Insurance

We were talking with a friend the other day. The topic of conversation quickly turned to a recent claim he had made on his homeowner’s insurance policy. The claim was rejected outright and the friend had been completely blind-sided by the denial. At that point, it occurred to me that there are indeed homeowners who […]

Worker Misclassification

Worker Misclassification in Construction as Independent Contractors

It’s a temptation that nearly every business owner faces: classifying an employee as an independent contractor. It’s easy enough to understand why. You aren’t responsible for paying their end of Social Security and Medicare. You don’t have to pay unemployment or worker’s comp claims. Overtime and minimum wage requirements can be skirted. Until recently, worker […]