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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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Video: How To Prime Cedar Siding To Control Bleeding Tannins and Other Staining Problems

Video: How To Prime Cedar Siding To Control Bleeding Tannins and Other Staining Problems

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Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for covering the inevitable blemishes on cedar shingles

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How To Use a Japanese-Style Pull Saw

How To Use a Japanese-Style Pull Saw

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An extrathin blade makes this saw great for any time you need to make a precise, easily guided cut in a piece of wood.

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How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

How to Trim a Hollow-Core Door to Height

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Builder Rick Arnold demonstrates how to make a clean cut and how to add blocking to fill the hole you've just made in the bottom of the hollow door.

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Framing Rough Openings for Prehung Doors

Framing Rough Openings for Prehung Doors

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Shims are unecessary by employing these simple tips while setting trimmers.

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Framing Basics: 3 Simple Tips for Framing a Wall

Framing Basics: 3 Simple Tips for Framing a Wall

Learn a few quick tips to frame any wall perfectly and quickly.

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