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Get Great Drywall Results

Get Great Drywall Results

Interior wall finishing is a popular topic at Fine Homebuilding. It's a task that just about all pros and do-it-yourselfers will eventually tackle. Also, bad work is right there on the surface. If...

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Understanding Deck Stain

Understanding Deck Stain

Last year, I stained my deck. It was a small project, but one that was a few years overdue. Can you relate? I spent a significant amount of time on the prep work, as expected the stain went on...

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Its Deck Building Season

It's Deck Building Season

While some parts of the country enjoy pleasant weather all year or almost year round, many of us are just now seeing the snow melt completely. It's taken a long time, but is officially spring across...

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Roof Venting Done Right

Roof Venting Done Right

I live in New England where ice dams are a common problem, which is to say improper roof venting is a common problem. Roof-wrecking ice dams aren't the only reason to make sure a roof is properly...

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Insulation and Attics

Insulation and Attics

Potential Air Leaks in the Attic In a conventional attic, insulation typically placed between the ceiling joists of the rooms below can be only partially effective if air leaks aren'tproperly sealed...

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How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top

How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top

In this video, senior editor and old-school carpenter Andy Engel takes on cutting a sink opening in a laminate countertop. You’ll get tips on layout, cutting without chipping, and how to make a cut that’s too close to the backsplash for a jigsaw to make.

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How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

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All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple tools to get access for repairs or modifications to a wall covered in this popular cladding.

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Install a Prehung Exterior Door

Install a Prehung Exterior Door

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Installing an exterior door so it works and looks great is an essential building skill. Carpenter Andy Engel is going to show us how to do it.

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Blower-Door Testing

Blower-Door Testing

Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test.

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How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height

How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height

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You don't have to order an expensive custom door if your rough opening is a non-standard size. Buy a stock door instead and make it fit. Watch this video to learn how.

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How to Install a New Toilet

How to Install a New Toilet

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Plumber Mike Lombardi covers every step, from placing the wax ring to putting the lid on the toilet tank

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How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable

How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable

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Use these tips on your next electrical rough-in project to keep your Romex® brand cable or other non-metallic cables from getting all kinked.

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How to Sharpen a Block Plane

How to Sharpen a Block Plane

Associate editor Patrick McCombe shows how he tunes up an old plane or preps a new plane for its first use

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How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing

How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing

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Roofing project manager Dyami Plotke demonstrates how to fabricate complex pieces of flashing with a sheet-metal brake and describes the various pieces needed to make a chimney-to-roof connection watertight

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How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door

How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door

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You may be nervous about drilling the proper holes for that new lock set or door handle, but it's not as difficult as it looks

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How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun

How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun

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Remodeling contractor Mike Sloggatt demonstrates how to use a professional spray-sealant gun to make this patio door (or any door) more energy efficient

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How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink

How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink

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Veteran plumber Mike Lombardi makes quick work of disconnecting this sink's water and drain pipes as part of our Project House bathroom remodel

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How to Remove an Old Bathtub

How to Remove an Old Bathtub

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Get that cast-iron tub out of your bathroom with nothing more than a reciprocating saw, a screwdriver, and a moving blanket

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How to Remove a Toilet

How to Remove a Toilet

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Plumber Mike Lombardi demonstrates how to make this dirty remodeling job a little easier

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How to Choose a Replacement Window

How to Choose a Replacement Window

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Should you order a custom-sized insert or a full-frame replacement window? Veteran remodeler Mike Sloggatt shares the info you need to make the best decision for your project

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How to Choose and Mix Setting Type Joint Compound

How to Choose and Mix Setting Type Joint Compound

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If you need to get a drywall-taping job done quickly, this is the compound for you

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How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound

How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound

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Ready mix Joint Compound comes in a variety of formulas including all purpose, lightweight and with dust control.In this Building Skill we're going to talk about ready mix mud and I'll show you how...

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How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding

How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding

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Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for caulking and painting fiber-cement siding.

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How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim

How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim

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Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for filling nail holes and painting exterior PVC trim.

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