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Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Wood

Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Wood

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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.

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Make Stress-Relief Cuts for Stronger Stair Stringers

Make Stress-Relief Cuts for Stronger Stair Stringers

 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.  

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How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners

How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners

Don't trip up your siding installers by not doing a good job when hanging your weather-resistant barrier

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Build a Simple Jig to Drill Cabinet-Handle Holes Perfectly

Build a Simple Jig to Drill Cabinet-Handle Holes Perfectly

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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.

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A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change

A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change

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Don't bust you're knuckles fumbling with a wrench to get your old blade off; use this super-simple tip instead.

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Pressure-Treated Wood Preservative Tip

Pressure-Treated Wood Preservative Tip

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If you've drilled some pressure-treated lumber for a bolt, you need to protect the inside of that bolt hole with some wood preservative. You could use a small paint brush, but there's a better way.

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Make Accurate Inside-Corner Measurements on Mitered Cuts

Make Accurate Inside-Corner Measurements on Mitered Cuts

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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.

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Make a Quick Job-Site Clamp for Small Pieces

Make a Quick Job-Site Clamp for Small Pieces

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If you need to drill holes in small workpieces, you could hold them in your hand, but there's a better way.

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Make a Perfect Pipe-Outfeed Support in a Pinch

Make a Perfect Pipe-Outfeed Support in a Pinch

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If you have some plastic pipe or thin moldings to cut with you chop saw, you could hunt around the job site for scraps of wood to prop them up, but there's a better way

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Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

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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.

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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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