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Install Hinges Easily Without a Door Buck

Install Hinges Easily Without a Door Buck

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If you have to work on a door and you don't have any door bucks, you could straddle it and hold it steady with your legs, but there's a better way

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Pick Up Your Ladder at the Perfect Spot Every Time

Pick Up Your Ladder at the Perfect Spot Every Time

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...

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Make a Tape-Measure Note Pad

Make a Tape-Measure Note Pad

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If you are in the habit of marking your measurements on the side of your tape measure you could just buy a sticky pad and be done with it, but there's a better way.

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Lay Out Accurate Stair Stringers with this Custom Tool

Lay Out Accurate Stair Stringers with this Custom Tool

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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.

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How to Make Precision Cuts With Your Chop Saw

How to Make Precision Cuts With Your Chop Saw

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If you've got to make a really accurate cut with your sliding compound saw, you could sneak up on that cut to get exactly where you want to be, but there's a better way.

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How to Keep Your Saw Plugged In

How to Keep Your Saw Plugged In

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If you're working in a precarious place with a circular saw and you don't want it to become unplugged from your extension cord, you could tie the cords in a knot and hope they don't get snagged on the gutter, but there's a better way.

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How to Install Housewrap Solo

How to Install Housewrap Solo

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If you've got to install housewrap on a house and your helpers didn't show up, you could bag it for the day, but there's a better way.

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How to Patch Holes in Housewrap

How to Patch Holes in Housewrap

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If your housewrap has holes or tears in it, you might be tempted to put on a tape Bandaid and hope it doesn't leak, but there's a better way.

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Make Rust Removal Easier with a Modified Wire Brush

Make Rust Removal Easier with a Modified Wire Brush

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Pair a wire brush with your reciprocating saw for the perfect metal-cleaning tool

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Make a Drill Bit in a Pinch

Make a Drill Bit in a Pinch

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If you can't find a small bit to drill pilot holes, you could drop everything and run down to the hardware store, but there's a better way

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How to Make a Custom Tool-Pouch Organizer

How to Make a Custom Tool-Pouch Organizer

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You could cram all of your tools into your tool belt and hope you can find what you need when you need it, but there's a better way

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How to Paint Screwheads Without Making a Mess

How to Paint Screwheads Without Making a Mess

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If you've got a bunch of screws you need to paint, you could spray them individually, but there's a better way

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How to Make Spray-Can Caps Easier to Remove and Replace

How to Make Spray-Can Caps Easier to Remove and Replace

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Tame that reluctant lid on your paint rattle can with a simple modification.

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Make an Easy-to-Carry Paint Pail Out of a Milk Jug

Make an Easy-to-Carry Paint Pail Out of a Milk Jug

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Don't get hand cramps from lugging around that metal paint can—recycle a plastic jug into an ergonomic painting container.

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Laser-Guided Sonic Stop Makes Measuring Miter-Saw Cuts a Breeze

Laser-Guided Sonic Stop Makes Measuring Miter-Saw Cuts a Breeze

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This cutting-edge technology will boost the efficiency of any home-building project

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Dont Let Drywall Compound Derail Your Electrical Rough-In

Don't Let Drywall Compound Derail Your Electrical Rough-In

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Chuck Miller shares a simple tip for keeping the screw holes clear and accessible on electrical boxes

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How to Keep Paint off  a Carpet When Painting Baseboard

How to Keep Paint off a Carpet When Painting Baseboard

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You could try to peel that carpet back as you brush along the edge of the molding and hope you don't get any paint on it, but there's a better way.

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Make a Drying Rack out of Wood Scraps and Staples

Make a Drying Rack out of Wood Scraps and Staples

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If you're finishing pieces of woodwork with paint or varnish, you could just lean them up against the wall and hope that they don't drip, but there's a better way.

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How to Remove a Router Bit Without Busting Your Knuckles

How to Remove a Router Bit Without Busting Your Knuckles

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The safest way to loosen a router collet is as simple as changing the direction of your wrenches

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How to Make a Simple Shop-Built Edge Clamp

How to Make a Simple Shop-Built Edge Clamp

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Don't blow all your money on expensive bar clamps. Use a homemade tool made from scraps to glue on edge band and other long, thin pieces of wood.

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Use a Common Job-Site Tool as a Quick Rip Guide

Use a Common Job-Site Tool as a Quick Rip Guide

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If you need to make a quick rip on a piece of lumber, you could hunt around for your tablesaw, but there's a better way.

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Stop Drafts With a Homemade Door Sweep

Stop Drafts With a Homemade Door Sweep

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You don't need fancy, store-bought thresholds to block the air leaking under your old doors. Make your own sweep out of materials you already have lying around the shop.

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How to Build a Door Buck With Scrap Materials

How to Build a Door Buck With Scrap Materials

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If you need to work on a door while it's on edge, you could look around for a third hand, but there's a better way

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Accurately Cut Miter Angles Without Using Measuring Tools

Accurately Cut Miter Angles Without Using Measuring Tools

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If you need to measure an angle that's other than 90 degrees, you could hunt around for your protractor, but there's a better way

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A Faster Way to Install Eye Screws

A Faster Way to Install Eye Screws

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If you've got a bunch of eye screws to install, you could do it the old-fashioned way with the blade of a screwdriver, but there's a better way

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How to Remove a Circular-Saw-Blade Knockout Easily

How to Remove a Circular-Saw-Blade Knockout Easily

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Grab a few common items from around the shop to make this job a snap

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How to Keep Things Clean When Caulking Trim

How to Keep Things Clean When Caulking Trim

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Don't wipe your hands on your clothes or a messy rag when caulking crown moldings, casings, and baseboards. Use this handy tip instead

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