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Rotary Vs Cross Line Laser for Interior Installations: Ask the PTR Pros

So one of our readers asked, “Can I use a rotary laser inside or do I need a cross line laser for leveling?” Great question, let’s jump on the idea of rotary vs cross line laser for interior installations. The easy answer is yes, you can. But a cross line laser is the better choice. Let’s […]

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Deal Alert: Ryobi Days Are Back!

They say all good things must come to an end, but some of those good things come back again. We’re talking about Ryobi Days when a whole bunch of Ryobi tools become even better deals than usual. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – although Ryobi has often straddled the line between […]

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Top 10 Tools Every Electrician Needs: Training the Apprentice

Every trade has its tools – and while many trades use mostly “general” ones such as saws and drills – Professional electricians have several tools uniquely tailored for the job. That’s because they have to measure what can’t be seen, in units that are hard for the non-Pro to understand, in quantities that can be […]

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When Using Glue-ups in Joinery is Best

For anyone starting out in woodworking, some skills take time to master. Others come more quickly. Joinery ranges from utilitarian to decorative, but it must always be dependable. Joint failure is annoying at best and dangerous at worst. A carpenter’s skill level, available tools, and application determine the joint type. Hundreds of possible configurations exist, however. Along […]

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Clean a Paintbrush Like the Pros

After a long day of work it’s never convenient to maintain our tools, but it must be done. We have to take care of the tools that take care of us. It’s ultimately cheaper, and the results are better. A power tool might be able to go on for awhile without proper lubrication, but the […]

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Billing Accessories to the Job – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

You’ve done it. We’ve done it. Everyone’s done it. What is it? We’ve used our accessories – namely blades and bits -well past their prime…and then some. As businesspeople, it generally makes sense to wring as much work out of consumables as possible, but in the case of blades and bits, there are other considerations. […]

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How to Use a Rotary Laser Level Like a Pro: The Basics

Whether it’s being used inside or outside, the rotary laser level’s purpose is to help us determine and mark a consistent elevation for both building up or digging down. Here are the basics of how to use a rotary laser level like a Pro. Excellent work doesn’t have to be particularly fancy or sophisticated but […]

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Latest Lithium-ion Battery Advancements

In 2010, we wrote about better batteries using graphene nanotech. That was a collaboration between the Department of Energy and Vorbeck Materials. Scientists used graphene to enable lithium-ion batteries to recharge in minutes rather than hours. As you might expect, we’re back with more of the latest lithium-ion battery advancements. “…Vorbeck and researcher Ilhan Aksay at Princeton University, […]

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Latest Lithium-ion Battery Advancements

In 2010, we wrote about better batteries using graphene nanotech. That was a collaboration between the Department of Energy and Vorbeck Materials. Scientists used graphene to enable lithium-ion batteries to recharge in minutes rather than hours. As you might expect, we’re back with more of the latest lithium-ion battery advancements. “…Vorbeck and researcher Ilhan Aksay at Princeton University, […]

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