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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

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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Options For Attic Ventilation

Options For Attic Ventilation

Attics are commonly used for storage of old clothes and luggage. But, the area above your living space is a big factor in the condition of your home. Over the past few decades people have begun to...

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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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The leveller

The leveller

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I needed to level off an area around a driveway entrance. I was installing sliding gates and the rail the gate was to slide on. So this is my low-tech solution. Cut a few lengths of steel pipe...

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Satellite dish becomes barbecue shelter

Satellite dish becomes barbecue shelter

When presented with the ribs from an old 12' dia satellite dish I immediatly saw them as linear and planned to use them for a roof structure. After a period of approx 8 years and the purchase of a...

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Rollup bungee bag

Rollup bungee bag

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I purchased a 24-pocket shoe bag, made to hang on a door or wall, for my bungees. One bungee goes in each pocket; then I roll it all up and store it in my trunk. Now I don't have to deal with tangled...

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combine power cords and dust pickup hoses on sanders. planers, saws etc.

combine power cords and dust pickup hoses on sanders. planers, saws etc.

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When using hand power tools like belt sanders, planers or a contractors saw for example, the power cord and sawdust or chip pickup hose often tangle or catch on the edge of a bench or project forcing...

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Getting ready for winter

Getting ready for winter

  As I was preparing for another season out in the cold, you know…cleaning gutters, stringing up Christmas lights and all of the other winter tasks; I was not looking forward to spending much time...

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Make a better Allen Wrench

Make a better Allen Wrench

Cut the end off your "L" shaped allen wrenches so they'll fit in your drill.  Any project will go a lot faster after you do this.  Here's a quick video of me demonstrating how to do it - make a...

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Saving space in the home

Saving space in the home

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Saving space on cluttered worktop surfaces has been a problem for a long time in the home. Now, new innovation in the design of the S-Box haS helped designers and kitchen planners alike, rethink...

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Drill a hole in your wall without making a mess

Drill a hole in your wall without making a mess

I heard Adam Carolla mention this quick tip, and it really works.  I had to pass this along.  If you need to drill a hole in your wall and you don't want to make a mess on the floor, just use...

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Recessed Retrofit Led Trim Kit

Recessed Retrofit Led Trim Kit

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I have a number of recessed incandescent light cans in ceilings that have a normal attic above them. I'm concerned about air leakage into the attic even though they are covered on top with insulation...

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Repair a hole in drywall

Repair a hole in drywall

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For repairing holes, small or large, in drywall, I like to use a 'backer' material, such as a scrap of OSB, or whatever, anything that is thin but can accept drywall screws. Cut a strip of the backer...

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