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Three Big Benefits of DIY Stairs

Three Big Benefits of DIY Stairs

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I don't know if you've noticed lately, but DIY is invading every aspect of our lives, from fashion to gardening, to home cleaning. I'd say in the past ten years, DIY furniture has been the new trend...

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Cutting plywood without a sawhorse

Cutting plywood without a sawhorse

I was sawing a piece of plywood off the back of my van and didn't have a sawhorse or an extra hand to support the cut piece.  I put my framing square under the cut piece and on top of the other...

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Portable tool storage for the small tools you always need and cant seem to find

Portable tool storage for the small tools you always need and cant seem to find

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I have a small carpentry business on the eastside of Seattle Wa. As I get older I'm always thinking of ways to work more ergonomic. I have a small trailor and it seems there are small items I always...

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Safety Recommendations for Cutting Fiber Cement Siding

Safety Recommendations for Cutting Fiber Cement Siding

To the Editor, We read with interest the Torture Test on fiber cement sawblades in the in the October/November issue of Fine Homebuilding. Thank you for selecting the Diablo® HardieBlade® saw blade...

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Homemade extension cord plug protection for a wet environment.

Homemade extension cord plug protection for a wet environment.

My lawn sprinkler pump sits under our dock at the lake, and is in a very wet location. To keep the extension cords plug-in connection dry, I re-purposed one of those plastic lunch meat containers to...

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Cabinet Joinery: The art of mortise and tenon

Cabinet Joinery: The art of mortise and tenon

Cabinet joinery can take on many forms. When considering the frame many options exist, some more rigid than others, some faster and some more elegant. All depending on who is making it, whether or...

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Ceiling Poly

Ceiling Poly

I was recently installing the vapour barrier on the ceiling of a large room by myself, which can be somewhat challenging especially if the windows and doors haven't been installed yet.  So this...

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I Joist Blocking

I Joist Blocking

I was recently building a house using I joists for the floor system.  I usually cut my joists and blocking with a normal circular saw as the blade is just big enough to cut all the way through, but...

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wood filler stain

wood filler stain

If you need to fill cracks or holes in wood that has been stained here's a tip. Get a light weight filler (white is preferred) and add a small amount of shoe paste that matches your stain colour...

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Building a 1 1/2 thick wall

Building a 1 1/2" thick wall

I am a remodeling carpenter by trade. When we bought our house several years ago the Master Bedroom was not very big. I removed the closet and gained a huge amount of space but then we had no closet...

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Painting tip

Painting tip

When painting from a gallon can of paint, it is common to wipe the brush off on the edge of the can which results in the lid groove filling with paint.  I would guess everyone has accumulated one of...

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DIY Deck Railings Upgrade

DIY Deck Railings Upgrade

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      I'm a professional contractor for Railing Dynamics, Inc. Today, I'd love to share my recent installation to help homeowners who want to pursue DIY (Do-it-yourself) railing installations...

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Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

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After living in several homes with less-than-friendly attic storage stairways, I decided to make access easier by enlarging opening to accomodate full-sized door and wide enough stairway with a safe...

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neat cargo rack system

neat cargo rack system

just found this neat cargo rack system for carrying sheert goods and lumber on side of my van just like a glass truck i got mine two weeks ago and honestly thay really do work like they say thay do...

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How to restore your Halogen worklights

How to restore your Halogen worklights

In my experience 300-500watt Halogen worklights go out all the time, I change the bulb and still no light.  I figured the connectors got dirty but they are a pain to sand because they are usually...

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tacking a moulding in place with a nail gun so the nails stand proud

tacking a moulding in place with a nail gun so the nails stand proud

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If you want to use a trim nailer (I was using the DeWalt cordless 16 ga. w/ 1 1/4" angled) to tack a moulding in place so someone can approve the look AND you want the nails standing proud so you can...

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A New Stringline

A New Stringline

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Have you ever gone to wind up your stringline on the spool that comes from the store, or a job-site-made one, only to end up with a 100' of tangled mess due to the braided nature of the string...

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Drill holes in finished drywall with no mess

Drill holes in finished drywall with no mess

If you have to drill some holes in drywall in a finished room, you could get out the vacuum after you're done -- but there's a better way. Geoff Hazel from Seattle, Washington, sent in this tip. When...

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How to repair that dent in your hard wood

How to repair that dent in your hard wood

Have you ever dented a cabinet or a any hard wood material? All you have to do is heat up a clothes iron and get a damp rag ready. Once the iron is hot, just place the damp rag over the "dent" and...

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the Easiest Homemade Door Sweep

the Easiest Homemade Door Sweep

We like to leave the windows open in our bedroom during the cool months but don't want that cool air invading the rest of the house. This is the easiest door sweep, and it seals just fine. Buy one of...

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Magnetic gloves

Magnetic gloves

I'm a desk jockey 40 hours a week, so when I started replacing our deck last summer, the first thing I invested in was a good pair of gloves. Unfortunately, gloves can make a simple task like picking...

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Cutting reveal type drop ceiling tiles

Cutting reveal type drop ceiling tiles

Reveal drop ceiling tiles hang down slightly past the "T's" to offer a nice shadowed appearance for style. But cutting the edges is a pain and time consuming when done with a utility knife and...

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Improvised Pipe Collar

Improvised Pipe Collar

Sometimes you need a temporary cap on a pipe but don't have all the parts. Shown in the drawing is a 4 inch ground water pipe. A 3 inch off-cut with a vertical saw cut as shown provides an easy way...

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