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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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Save Your Old Paint

Save Your Old Paint

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Save valuable leftover paint without the danger that it will gluck up your walls

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Block-Cutting Guide

Block-Cutting Guide

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Easy-to-make jig for cutting blocking when framing

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Asphalt-Shingle Cutting Guide

Asphalt-Shingle Cutting Guide

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Here is a little jig I made for cutting asphalt shingles for cut roof valleys

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Make a Simple Clamp for Perfect Miters

Make a Simple Clamp for Perfect Miters

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Convert a spring clamp and two drywall screws into a strong miter clamp for assembling tight miter joints

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Submit Your Tip!

Submit Your Tip!

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Submit your tip! Share what you know and help others to work smarter and faster.

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Spray Painting Screw Heads Without the Mess

Spray Painting Screw Heads Without the Mess

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A no-mess, no-fuss approach to spray painting screw heads for use with cabinetry, fixtures, and other carpentry projects

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Reinflate Tubeless Tires on the Job Site

Reinflate Tubeless Tires on the Job Site

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Got a flat? Instead of heading to the nearest gas station, try this easy technique that saves time and money.

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Snap a Diagonal Chalkline

Snap a Diagonal Chalkline

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Don't let your chalkline slip. Here's a tip for snapping diagonal lines on panels.

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Lost the Cap for your Pneumatic Nailer? Try This

Lost the Cap for your Pneumatic Nailer? Try This

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If you've lost the cap for the nipple on your pneumatic nailer, but want to keep the dust from building up and clogging the air line, try this simple tip.

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Minimize Circular-Saw Tearout

Minimize Circular-Saw Tearout

This zero-clearance circular-saw base ensures the edges of your plywood cuts stay clean

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