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How To Plan Your Dining Room

How To Plan Your Dining Room

Any part of your home that you have to plan takes up plenty of time as you go through all the requirements and the way you will use it in your mind. Maybe there is a more secluded part of the house...

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Tips on how to choose the right drill press for your needs.

Tips on how to choose the right drill press for your needs.

When it comes to accurate drilling, a drill press is a must have. This tool allows you to drill accurate holes to the exact depth every time. A drill press can also be used for various sanding...

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Resealing used paint and urathane cans

Worst enemy can be air when resealing used paint and urathane cans. I place a couple of layers of bubble wrap inside the can ontop of the fluid. Next time you reopen the can just pick off the bubble...

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Self adjusting shims

I needed to replace a vanity in a bathroom with 3/8" tile over 1/4" Hardibacker board.  That meant dropping the vanity into a deep hole.  How do you shim something like this?  It was especially...

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Marking roof felt

When marking roof felt to go on the shed I am building, my wife noticed that the pencil marks were almost impossible to see. She brought me a dressmaker's white lead pencil to mark the cut and it...

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Opens Wine...and old Drywall Plugs

Opens Wine...and old Drywall Plugs

I thought I could get away with using a typical 1/4" yellow plastic drywall wall anchor to hold a towel hook on the back side of the hollow core bathroom door.  After a few months of towel grabbing...

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Dont leave that charger on the Job.

Don't leave that charger on the Job.

I am a self proclaimed scattered brain, I have left my battery & charger on the power pole at the job site more than once. so i decided to take some safe action, I bought a blank key to fit my truck...

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Scary Ladder Climbing

I've never been comfortable with that scary first step on a ladder when coming down off the roof. Especially if I have a full load of tools or materials, All I can think of is the splat I'll make...

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Crimpers In A Pinch

Crimpers In A "Pinch"

Crimpers In A "Pinch" While installing 4" dia. duct work for bathroom exhaust units in an attic crawl space, I needed crimpers for a couple of connections to be made. Since I did not have a pair ...

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Canned Air - very portable blast of air

Canned Air - very portable blast of air

I was drilling holes in a concrete foundation wall and needed to clean out excess cement dust before inserting concrete anchor bolts.  I grabbed a can of duster air from my computer desk and it...

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setting a ground rod

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useing a large roto-hammer drill place it on top of a ground rod this drill will hammer it in faster than a sledge hammer

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How to dig a post hole

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I was watching a Jacques Cousteau episode about under water archeological excavations where they used a giant vacume to suck up the dirt and artifacts. It struck me that I could use a similar method...

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How to prevent stacked 5 Gallon Pails from getting stuck together

How to prevent stacked 5 Gallon Pails from getting stuck together

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This is the best way I have found to stack 5 gallon pails. Slip a shim in on either side of the pail. It prevents them from getting vacuum locked together. I suppose a couple 16D nails would work as...

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Backyard Chalk Board

Backyard Chalk Board

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I found this cool DIY chalkboard design on a blog post at Pergola Kits USA and wanted to share with everyone how to make one of their own.    What you'll need: Black (or color of your choice...

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Making Hot Water Re-Circulation Pay

Making Hot Water Re-Circulation Pay

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I have a dedicated hot water re-circulation system in our house which was installed by the previous owner (HVAC contractor).  At some point I noticed that the TACO pump was not running cartridge...

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How to Get a Designer Bedroom on a Shoestring Budget

How to Get a Designer Bedroom on a Shoestring Budget

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For a lot of us the decorating process is never really over, I'm sure you'll agree that at least that's how it feels. Our recently purchased upholstered beds make for great centrepieces in our main...

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How to coil extension cords easily

How to coil extension cords easily

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When you lay out your extension cord, lay it all the way out. When you get ready to recoil it always go back to the plug end and coil it from there. It will recoil easily.

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No Dust Drilling for Hi-Hats

No Dust Drilling for Hi-Hats

Using ahole saw to install hihats often results in sheetrock or plaster dust blowing everywhere.  I  recenly needed to retrofit 20 hihats into a ceiling.  To minimize the mess, I cut off the...

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Storing Japanese Saws in a Toolbox

Storing Japanese Saws in a Toolbox

I was stuck for a way to store my two Japanese saws in my toolbox. They usually wound up o the bottom with all sorts of hard objects piled on top of them. Then I saw the cheap miter box that I had to...

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securing tarps

securing tarps

When protecting stuff from the weather a plastic tarp does not always have the grommet holes where you want them.  I solve this problem by taking an old golf ball and holding it under tarp where I...

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tapered deck sleepers

tapered deck sleepers

In reading Emanuel Silvas excellent article on Decking Over a Roof (November, 2014 #246) I have one suggestion.  When I built a deck over an existing stoop, most of the deck was constructed using...

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Securing extensions cords, cont.

Securing extensions cords, con't.

I recently read a tip where a flexible rubber plumbing coupling was used to keep extension cords that have been connected together from pulling apart. I use a simpler set up with a section of bicycle...

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keep track of tools

keep track of tools

I often supply various tools to the job site to be used by workers, who for some reason, never show up to the job with the proper tools.  Brooms, shovels, various hand tools are used by others. In...

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Advice on finishing doors.

Advice on finishing doors.

On the tip about spray painting doors, I would add the caveat of painting all six sides of the door, especially the top and bottom edge. That's where moisture enters, destroys the glue joints and...

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