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
Pair a wire brush with your reciprocating saw for the perfect metal-cleaning toolview details
Tame that reluctant lid on your paint rattle can with a simple modification.view details
Don't get hand cramps from lugging around that metal paint can—recycle a plastic jug into an ergonomic painting container.view details
This cutting-edge technology will boost the efficiency of any home-building projectview details
Chuck Miller shares a simple tip for keeping the screw holes clear and accessible on electrical boxesview details
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.view details
The safest way to loosen a router collet is as simple as changing the direction of your wrenchesview 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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