February 1, 2016
A skilled installer shows how to work with slate tiles.
September 16, 2015
I once had to replace a number of balusters in a cedar railing. The challenge was to do it without having to take apart the entire railing section to insert…
May 13, 2015
All wood is prone to splitting. I had this occur in a Victorian door recently. The split worked its way from the jamb on one side all the way to…
March 25, 2015
Build a safer deck with the right hardware, codes, and methods
March 4, 2015
Q: Last year, I found a crack in my foundation that started at the floor and then extended 3-1/2-ft. up the wall. I tried drilling into the crack with a 1/2-in.…
July 11, 2014
Where Band-Aid solutions won’t work, you might be able to save the frame and make your deck safe again
July 9, 2014
Have you ever had one of those plastic cutting boards that after a few years of use is so gouged and discolored you’re afraid to use it? I did. Instead…
May 14, 2014
When working for a commercial/industrial builder and remodeler many years ago, I learned a simple method for patching drywall. It works on walls of any thickness and requires only whatever…
January 8, 2014
Q: I am about to begin residing my 23-year-old house in central Massachusetts. The house sits in the middle of a field and gets lots of direct sun, which has wreaked…
September 6, 2012
A vacuum is the best tool for cleaning up a houseful of drywall dust. The dust, though, wants to get into the motor’s bearings and kill it, and the powdery…
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