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Replacing a Kitchen Sink - Part 1: How to Install Faucets and Drains

Replacing a Kitchen Sink - Part 1: How to Install Faucets and Drains

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See how to prepare an opening in a counter top, and learn how to seal and fasten all the fixtures, before you drop your new sink into place.

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Electrical Subpanel Safety Tips: What You Can and Cant Touch When Installing Circuit Breakers

Electrical Subpanel Safety Tips: What You Can and Can't Touch When Installing Circuit Breakers

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Electrician Brian Walo gives a quick but important tour of a typical subpanel.

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How to Remove an Old Kitchen Sink That Wont Sit Flat on Your Countertop

How to Remove an Old Kitchen Sink That Won't Sit Flat on Your Countertop

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Plumber Bruce Norman will walk you through the steps to remove an old kitchen sink, and help you decide what to do next.

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Building Skills: How to Build an Arched Rough Opening

Building Skills: How to Build an Arched Rough Opening

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Carpenter Scott Grice shows how easy it is to frame an arched doorway using a few backer blocks and two plywood arcs.

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How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

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Cut perfect plywood arcs to frame curved window or door rough openings. All you need is a tape measure, a pencil, and these simple layout tips.

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Framing Tips - How to Straighten a Wall

Framing Tips - How to Straighten a Wall

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Builder Scott Grice shows how to use a 2x4 brace and kicker to get your new framed walls plumb and straight.

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BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Beadboard Wainscot Around Window Trim

BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Beadboard Wainscot Around Window Trim

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Fitting complex joints in trim and paneling can be easier than it looks if you have a few simple tools.

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BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Trim to Fit Against a Wall

BUILDING SKILLS: How to Scribe Trim to Fit Against a Wall

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A pencil and a scrap of wood are all the tools you need to mark molding before cutting it to fit flush with an uneven surface.

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BUILDING SKILLS: How To Cut Housewrap For Window Rough Openings

BUILDING SKILLS: How To Cut Housewrap For Window Rough Openings

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Cover all of your framing with housewrap, but watch this video before you cut through to install your windows.

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BUILDING SKILLS: Tape Housewrap Seams to Keep Water and Air Out

BUILDING SKILLS: Tape Housewrap Seams to Keep Water and Air Out

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Learn how to seal building paper seams for water-tight exterior walls.

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BUILDING SKILLS: Installing Housewrap At Inside Corners

BUILDING SKILLS: Installing Housewrap At Inside Corners

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Install housewrap right if you want your walls to last. Watch this video and learn how to get your corners tight.

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BUILDING SKILLS: Wall Framing Layout

BUILDING SKILLS: Wall Framing Layout

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Remodeler and Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink shows us a straightforward way to measure and mark your plates before framing a wall.

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BUILDING SKILLS: Cutting a Door

BUILDING SKILLS: Cutting a Door

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Building Skills: Seasoned builder Mike Guertin shows a simple way to make a clean, straight cut when trimming a door to height.

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