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Laser Plumb Bob Speeds Ceiling Drywall Installation

Laser Plumb Bob Speeds Ceiling Drywall Installation

If you're hanging drywall on a ceiling that has many recessed can lights, you could use your tape measure to mark each location, but there's a better way.

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Metal Corner Bead Substitutes for Drywall Clips

Metal Corner Bead Substitutes for Drywall Clips

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Learn how to hang drywall on a one-stud corner

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Flatbar Helps Lift Drywall into Place

Flatbar Helps Lift Drywall into Place

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If you need to hang some drywall, you could lift the bottom sheet into place and then struggle to hold it there with your knee while you run a few screws into the studs, but there's a better way.

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Clothespin Transforms a Carpenters Pencil

Clothespin Transforms a Carpenter's Pencil

Keep your carpenter's pencil from getting lost by joining it up with a clothespin

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Simple Door Sweep

Simple Door Sweep

Learn how to make a simple door sweep from vinyl cove base

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Simple Jig for Holding Tiny Brad Nails

Simple Jig for Holding Tiny Brad Nails

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If you need to nail on a small piece of molding with tiny brad nails, you could try to hold them and hope you don't smash your fingers, but there's a better way.

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Cutting Wooden Plugs Without a Drill Press

Cutting Wooden Plugs Without a Drill Press

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If you need to cut wooden plugs on a job site and there's no drill press handy, you could struggle to use the your drill and plug cutter freehand, but there's a better way.

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Custom Sanding Block for Perfect Coped Joints

Custom Sanding Block for Perfect Coped Joints

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If you're coping baseboard and your cut is not perfect, you could use a rasp or knife to try and improve the fit, but there's a better way.

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Straight Cuts on Cardboard Concrete Forms

Straight Cuts on Cardboard Concrete Forms

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If you need to cut a bunch of cardboard concrete forms, you could use your tape measure to make a bunch of marks and try to follow your line with your saw, but there's a better way.

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Simple Drying Rack for Small Components

Simple Drying Rack for Small Components

If you have stain or varnish a bunch of small components, you could spend time building an elaborate drying rack, but there's a better way.

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Wheelbarrow Doubles as an Easy Chair

Wheelbarrow Doubles as an Easy Chair

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The most comfortable seat on any job site

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The Best Way to Sharpen a Pencil on a Jobsite

The Best Way to Sharpen a Pencil on a Jobsite

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If you’re working on a job and your pencil point breaks, you could sharpen it with a utility knife, but there’s a better way.

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An Easy Knot for Stringlines That Unties With a Tug

An Easy Knot for Stringlines That Unties With a Tug

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A quick tip for tying a knot in a stringline that can be untied quickly and easily.

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Handy Hose for Spray-Foam Insulation

Handy Hose for Spray-Foam Insulation

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If you’re air-sealing and can’t get the can of foam into those tight, hard-to-reach places, you could spray it on your gloved hand and gob it where you need it, but there’s better way.

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Debris Shield for Drywall Dust

Debris Shield for Drywall Dust

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If you need to drill holes in a drywall ceiling, you could just go ahead and do it, let the dust fall where it does, and then clean it up later, but there's a better way.

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How to Remove Stripped Screws

How to Remove Stripped Screws

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If the head of your stainless-steel deck screw strips out before you get it all the way driven, you could back it out with a pair of Vise-Grips, but there’s a better way.

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How to Keep Critters Out of a PVC Vent Pipe

How to Keep Critters Out of a PVC Vent Pipe

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If you want to keep birds and other critters out of a PVC vent pipe, you could have your dog guard the pipe, but there's a better way.

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Straightening Out Perpendicular Deck Boards

Straightening Out Perpendicular Deck Boards

If you’re laying deck boards and you need to straighten out a board that runs perpendicular to the rest of the deck, you could make a super-long pipe clamp, but there’s a better way.

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Tangle-Free Stringline

Tangle-Free Stringline

If you need a stringline on a job because you're laying out a foundation or you're straightening out a framed wall, you could spend 10 minutes trying to untangle a mess of string, but there's a better way.

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A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily

A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily

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If you need a story pole on the job, you could hunt around for a piece of wood and hope it's long enough, but there's a better way.

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Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle

Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle

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If you can't fit a full-size broom in the back of your truck, you could just cut 6 inches off of the handle, but there's a better way.

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Convenient Tool-Storage Box for an Extra-Cab Pickup Truck

Convenient Tool-Storage Box for an Extra-Cab Pickup Truck

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If your truck has an extra cab, you could pile all your tools back there, let them fly around, and hunt for what you need, but there's a better way.   Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular...

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How to Cut a Tapered Board on a Tablesaw

How to Cut a Tapered Board on a Tablesaw

If you need to make a tapered cut on a piece of wood, you could take it over to the saw horses and try to freehand it with your circular saw, but there's a better way.

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How To Cut Out a Damaged Piece of Flooring With a Biscuit Joiner

How To Cut Out a Damaged Piece of Flooring With a Biscuit Joiner

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If you have to patch a hardwood floor, you could remove the damaged floor board with a multi-tool, take a half hour in the process, and burn through a couple of expensive blades, but there's a better way.

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How to Make Custom Storage Bins for the Drawers in Your Workshop

How to Make Custom Storage Bins for the Drawers in Your Workshop

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If you have a drawer in your garage, basement, or workshop where you keep screws, nails, and other small parts, you could start eating chicken livers until you have enough empty containers to store them all, but there's a better way.

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Make a Simple Shim-Measuring Gauge

Make a Simple Shim-Measuring Gauge

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If you need a custom shim that you have to cut to a very specific dimension, you could try to use a tape measure to measure the gap, but there's a better way. Justin Fink of Glastonbury, Conn...

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How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun

How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun

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If you need to tack a piece of trim in place temporarily so you can remove it later, you could go get your hammer and an old-fashioned nail, and bang that nail part of the way in, but there's a better way.

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