My favorite tool: the Milwaukee M12 FUEL™ 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

- . Check out the video clip below for a nice comparison of an 18-volt drill and this impact driver being used to bore holes through a pressure-treated 4×4.  The impact driver takes about twice as much time to get through the wood, but it also does so with basically zero effort on my part.  I struggled to keep the 18-volt drill steady with one hand, but I could easily hold the impact driver with just my fingers and thumb in my left hand ..More

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Roof Replacement Part 2: Is Metal Roofing Worth the Extra Cost?

- . Your trip down will be a lot quicker than your trip up. It is also a lot easier to walk on an asphalt roof than a metal roof. The stone-coated metal products are much more walkable than the smooth. If you have smooth metal and a steep pitch, you may as well spread several sheets of bubble wrap all around your house before you head up that ladder ..More

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Using an infrared camera to find an overloaded circuit

- .  To figure that out, I used my clamp-meter to see how much current was passing through the circuit breaker. My infrared camera showed the circuit breaker to be nearly 70° Fahrenheit, while the ambient temperature was close to 0°… but again, the exact temperature wasn’t important.  The important question was whether or not this circuit was overloaded ..More

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Should home inspectors recommend upgrading to new AFCIs? No.

- . To put it simply, AFCI protection is needed all over the place in new homes, it’s needed any time new outlets are installed, and I expect the requirements for AFCI devices to keep expanding until everything is AFCI protected.  That’s certainly the direction things are headed ..More

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Exposed light bulbs in closets

- . On the other hand, there is nothing unsafe about installing this product in place of an existing incandescent bulb.  With a 50,000 hour life, by the time this thing needs replacement, incandescent light bulbs will be a thing of the past ..More

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