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If you're using an oil-based product, like plumber's putty or glazing compound, you could just seal the lid tightly when you're done and hope that when you come back in a year or two the putty isn't rock hard, but there's a better way.view details
You don't need to kick your empty drywall-compound bucket around the job site or flip it over by hand every time you want to sit on it. Make this handy handle instead.view details
If you don't want to strap on your nail bags while working around new kitchen cabinets for fear of scratching them, you could carry your tool belt by hand and hope the nails and tools don't spill out, but there's a better way.view details
Tip master Chuck Miller has found yet another way to avoid struggling with a sheet of sandpaper loosely wrapped around a scrap of wood.view details
If you need to cut a round hole in a ceiling for a light fixture but you don't have a compass, you could just hack away at the drywall until your electrical box fits, but there's a better way.view details
Don't waste your money on a bundle of shingles if all you need are some shims for a framing project. Use this simple jig to cut your own shims on a tablesaw.view details
If you're cutting a postform laminate countertop in the field, you could try freehanding the awkward cuts and hope you don't screw it up, but there's a better way.view details
If you need to make an elliptical backing for a cove or arch, you could look at the 15 ways Wikipedia shows how to do it and risk your head exploding, but there's a better way.view details
Chuck Miller takes an online reader's suggestion and adds a new step to the emergency homemade-bit technique. Attention all tipsters! We're looking for any smart idea that would make a great There's a Better Way Video or that could be featured in...view details
If you've got to cut a hole in a drywall ceiling for a light fixture, you could just let the dust and debris fall and clean it up later, but there's a better way.view details
If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way. If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way.view details
If you're cutting stair stringers out of two-by stock, you could make both of your saw cuts right to the intersection and hope you don't over cut and weaken the stringer, but there's a better way.view details
Don't trip up your siding installers by not doing a good job when hanging your weather-resistant barrierview details
If you have a kitchen full of cabinets that need door and drawer pulls, you could measure them all individually and hope you get it right, but there's a better way.view details
If you need to measure a mitered piece of trim from the short point, you could try to hook the end of your tape to a very difficult purchase point and hope to get an accurate measurement, but there's a better way.view details
Veteran tilesetter Tom Meehan mixes modern materials and time-tested techniques to install a durable floor in a... read more
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Have your ever been frustrated building something and mumbled to yourself, "There's got to be a better way"? Then we've got just what you need.
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