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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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Make a Kinked Tape Measure Last Longer

Make a Kinked Tape Measure Last Longer

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See how a quick snip out of a cracked measuring tape stops the split from spreading.

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Nifty Drywall Patch

Nifty Drywall Patch

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This video combines two tips into one - first, a quick way to make an access hole in drywall, and then an ingenious way to close it back up.

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Snake Wires With a Tape Measure

Snake Wires With a Tape Measure

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Snake wires with a tape measure When upgrading the electrical outlets in my kitchen I needed to pull a wire from the bottom of the wall into the attic. As shown in the drawing (location), I used an...

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Save Spray Foam

Save Spray Foam

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Don't throw away half-full cans of spay foam. Save them for later use with this tip.

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Make a Tool-Actuated Vacuum

Make a Tool-Actuated Vacuum

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Get suction on demand with this easy and inexpensive retrofit.

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Secure Old Plaster in a Pinch

Secure Old Plaster in a Pinch

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Don't let sagging plaster get you down. If you're in a pinch, you can secure it with an item from your plumber's tool kit

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Snake wire through old walls

Snake wire through old walls

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Don’t let narrow wall cavities filled with plaster prevent you from running new wires

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Easy Pick Up Trick for Spilt Screws

Easy Pick Up Trick for Spilt Screws

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Don’t cry over spilt screws. Save time and your fingertips with this clever pick-up trick

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