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How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

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Don't buy an expensive bit that you'll only use once. Make this custom drill bit for running wire for doorbells, thermostats, or other low-voltage equipment.

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How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

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If you need to keep a straight, clean line between a painted surface and a varnished surface, you could try free-handing it the way the great painters do, or you could put down some masking tape and...

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Make Your Blowtorch Safe

Make Your Blowtorch Safe

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Propane torches have tippy bases on one end and flames coming out the other. You could keep a fire extinguisher handy, but there's a better way.

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Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim

Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim

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If you're hanging moldings and the nails keep blowing out the side of your trim stock, you could just swear a lot and keep your putty handy, but there's a better way.

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How to Stop Sawdust from Binding Up a Holesaw

How to Stop Sawdust from Binding Up a Holesaw

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Chuck Miller shares a tip on how to evacuate sawdust from a holesaw without pulling the saw in and out of the cut.

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How To Cut Tenons for Deck Rails with a Tablesaw

How To Cut Tenons for Deck Rails with a Tablesaw

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A round tenon is a solid way to secure a baluster to a deck railing. Chuck Miller shows how to make a simple jig to cut your own in this episode of "There's a Better Way."

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Get a Sharp Edge on Knives, Chisels, and Planes with a Homemade Strop

Get a Sharp Edge on Knives, Chisels, and Planes with a Homemade Strop

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Keep this simple tool in your nail pouch and you'll never have an excuse for working with a dull blade again.

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Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

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Tired of scrapping good wood when a stripped screw won't budge? Chuck Miller shares a tip for using, of all things, an old golf club to painlessly pull stubborn screws.

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Plane Doors More Easily With a Shopmade Jig

Plane Doors More Easily With a Shopmade Jig

Scott Gibson shares a tip to keep doors and other big workpieces secure and level.

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Keep Your Truck Tailgate Clear With a Simple Gravel Shield

Keep Your Truck Tailgate Clear With a Simple Gravel Shield

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Don't let the back of your pickup get jammed up with soil or stone dust. Chuck Miller shares a tip for making a movable cover to keep your tailgate free of debris.

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How To Hang Drain Lines so They Stay Straight and Secure

How To Hang Drain Lines so They Stay Straight and Secure

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Plumber Bruce Norman shares his secret to keeping PVC waste pipes right where he wants them.

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Scrap Your Nail Set and Make Your Hammer Work Harder

Scrap Your Nail Set and Make Your Hammer Work Harder

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Fine Homebuilding reader April Uno shares a new way to countersink nails with a single custom-made tool.

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Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

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Add a little water, grab a paint roller, and speed up this tedious job.

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A Money-Saving Tip for Protecting Your Truck Bed

A Money-Saving Tip for Protecting Your Truck Bed

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Learn about a simple way to keep your truck bed clean without buying an expensive tarp.

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Use a Scrap of Electrical Cable to Make a Flexible Flashlight Stand

Use a Scrap of Electrical Cable to Make a Flexible Flashlight Stand

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Romex isn't just for electricity anymore! Make your own handy light snake with a few wraps of this easily-formable wire.

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Build This Sliding Truck-Bed Drawer, and Get Easy Access to All Your Tools

Build This Sliding Truck-Bed Drawer, and Get Easy Access to All Your Tools

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A few 2x4s, 2 sheets of plywood, and some small casters are all you need to maximize the usable space in your pickup bed.

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How To Clean a Small Paint Roller Without Clogging Your Sink

How To Clean a Small Paint Roller Without Clogging Your Sink

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An improvised spinner and a bucket of water work wonders when cleaning these handy little rollers.

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How To Form Small Concrete Projects The Easy Way

How To Form Small Concrete Projects The Easy Way

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You may be surprised at the tool Chuck Miller uses to make sure his concrete pour goes as smoothly as possible.

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How to Make a Drain-Pipe Plans Holder for Your Truck

How to Make a Drain-Pipe Plans Holder for Your Truck

How do you keep construction documents from getting buried under piles of tools and materials in your truck? Chuck Miller shows a couple of super-easy ways to fit a simple storage space for plans into any pickup.

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Build This Simple Router Jig and Mill Your Own Molding On-Site

Build This Simple Router Jig and Mill Your Own Molding On-Site

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Don't bother bringing your router table to the job-site. All you need is this home-made jig and a couple of clamps to mill perfect molding on the fly.

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How to Stop The Ladder on Your Truck From Whistling

How to Stop The Ladder on Your Truck From Whistling

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Does your extension ladder howl when you're driving down the road? Our latest 'Truck Tips' video has a quick fix for that. Plus, see an easy way to load ladders without breaking your back.

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A Sliding Dump Bed Makes Unloading Gravel Fast and Easy

A Sliding Dump Bed Makes Unloading Gravel Fast and Easy

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Put away your shovel and save your back. Make your truck do all the work, with this simple homemade bed liner.

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How to Drill Level Holes In a Fence Post: Drill-Bit Plumb Bob

How to Drill Level Holes In a Fence Post: Drill-Bit Plumb Bob

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Learn an ingenious trick for leveling your drill bit when boring horizontally through a thick piece of wood.

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How to Safely Store Bits in Your Router Case

How to Safely Store Bits in Your Router Case

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Get your router bits to stay put and stay sharp.

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How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

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Sometimes the right tool for the job isn't a tool at all. In this tip, watch Chuck Miller make a pilot hole by working backwards.

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Keep a Paintbrush From Drying Out Between Coats

Keep a Paintbrush From Drying Out Between Coats

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Washing a brush after every coat of paint can be a real drag. Follow this tip and your bristles will stay straight, and the brush should stay wet for days.

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Folding Trick Makes Sandpaper Last Longer

Folding Trick Makes Sandpaper Last Longer

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Learn an old carpenter's trick for getting a sheet of sandpaper to last. All it takes is two folds and a quick slice with a knife.

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