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The Headlamp I Never Knew I Needed

This top-notch Fenix HM65r headlamp showed me the light when I thought my old headlamp was fine.

The Lixada Blocklight Is a Small Flashlight with Lots of Power

Let there be light with you everywhere you go with these super-compact and affordable Family Handyman approved flashlights.


We Tried the Worx Switchdriver and It Really Is a Time-Saver

Sick of the constant switching back and forth between different bits and tips?  Us, too. That's why we tried this...


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Tear Through DIY Projects with the Family Handyman Approved Diablo Demo Demon Saw Blade

If you're planning on adding a window, knocking down a wall or re-roofing your garage, pick up a Diablo Demo...


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These Stylish and Tough Stoggles Safety Glasses Are Family Handyman Approved

Whether you work in the trades or you're a DIY enthusiast, safety glasses are an essential tool. Recently I picked...

The Best Portable Air Compressors

Our favorite air compressors for whatever your pneumatic needs may be.


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Family Handyman Approved: Hart Brushless Reciprocating Saw

This reciprocating saw from Hart Tools is a powerful, all-in-one cutting tool with a brushless motor that DIYers will love.

Why Lumber Prices Are Soaring Again in 2022

After normalizing in the second half of 2021, lumber prices are skyrocketing again. Here's why.


GIE+EXPO Changes Name After Fourteen Years

Big changes are coming to one of the country's most popular trade shows.


Registration Now Open for the 2022 International Builders’ Show

The popular industry event is back in person in 2022.


The Home Depot Partners With Buildertrend to Serve Pro Contractor Customers

The Home Depot teams up with one of the world's leading construction management programs.

White House Unveils Plan to Increase Affordable Housing

The U.S. needs more affordable housing. Here's how the current administration plans to get the country where it needs to...


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The Home Depot to Sell Tools That Only Work if Activated

The home improvement super store is launching a plan to sell power tools that will only work once activated at...


Did You Know You Can Return Building Materials?

Clear up some clutter in your workshop and make a little money by returning those unused building materials.


White House Holds Summit On Housing Industry Supply Chain Issues

As supply chain constraints continue to limit home building, industry leaders met with government officials to plan a course of...


12 Things You Should Always Ask a Contractor Before Building a House

The idea of building a new home is exciting. However, if you don't ask your contractor the right questions prior...

Construction Employment Numbers Continue to Slide in June

The construction industry is having a hard time generating consistent job growth. How long will these labor woes last?


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What to Consider When Preparing Your Site for a Build

Before you can start building a cabin or home, you need to prepare the site. Here are the steps for...


New Home Sales Fall Short of Forecasts in May

The housing market cooled off a little in May, but a busy and (complicated) summer looms for the home building...


12 Silent Signs Your House Has Foundation Problems

Cracks, gaps and more can be serious signs of foundation issues with your home.


Lumber Prices Down Nearly 40 Percent From May Peak

The price of lumber has been dropping all throughout June. But how long will this trend last?


Construction Employment Slips By 20,000 Jobs in May

The construction industry is spinning its wheels as material shortages continue causing non-residential construction to sputter.


Construction Training Program for Girl Scouts Launches This Fall

Only 11 percent of construction workers in 2020 were women. The Home Depot Foundation and the Girl Scouts of the...


When Will Wood Prices Go Down?

Lumber is currently historically expensive. But exactly how long will that be case?

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Building Material Costs Climb to Record Highs

The cost of construction materials is up across the board, putting a unique strain on homebuilders across the country.


Trade School Students Win Scholarships From The Home Depot

The Home Depot is giving a helping hand to the next generation of construction workers.


Remodeling Industry Celebrates National Home Remodeling Month

As the home improvement craze continues to sweep across the U.S., a leading industry group shares resources and tips all...


Austrian Startup Unveils Multitasking Construction Robot

A new construction robot is in development that can handle a bunch of jobsite tasks ... and it can climb...


Lowe’s Revamps In-Store Shopping Experience for Pros

Lowe's is changing things up in its stores to create a smooth, consistent shopping experience for construction professionals.


California Safety Chief Named New Head of OSHA

A new administration signals that changes are coming to OSHA.