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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
If you're on a remodeling job and you've discovered that someone has drilled a hole for your NM cable a little bit too close to the face of a stud — you could stop everything and run down to the hardware store for a metal plate, but there's a better way.view details
If you got to carry a long extension ladder around, you could pick it up two or three times to find the balance point, but there's a better way...view details
If you're framing a staircase, you could hope that the stair gauges on your framing square bear against the edge of a nice straight board, but they might not—in that case there's a better way.view details
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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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