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Saratoga Residence

Saratoga Residence

For this remodel, we focused on stripping down the house to focus on seamless indoor outdoor living, great materials, and an open, but not too open plan that works for the family and their lifestyle.

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Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Eco-friendly heating for the environmentally conscious Energy bills might be too high considering the costs nowadays, and in order to reduce it considerably, it will be important that you turn...

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Backyard Chalk Board

Backyard Chalk Board

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

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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Built-In Refrigerators That Blend Perfectly into Your Kitchens Decor

Built-In Refrigerators That Blend Perfectly into Your Kitchen's Decor

With open-idea living extremely popular nowadays, numerous property holders want a consistent stream between their kitchens and lounge rooms. The pattern has additionally interpreted into the...

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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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A tip for professional interior designers.

A tip for professional interior designers.

Your Bar Stool Store is providing a free furniture sourcing service to help professional interior designers save time and money when searching for the right furniture for any given projectMy...

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Choosing the Best Flooring for Homes

Choosing the Best Flooring for Homes

Choosing flooring for a home is definitely a task that should not be taken lightly. A lot more than looks should be the ultimate decision maker because there is a lot more to flooring than just...

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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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Neat Band Clamps

Neat Band Clamps

After finishing a picture frame I was putting away my band clamp.  I devised a simple tool to make it easy, quick and neat.  I took a 5/8" dowel (1/2" and 3/4" would probably work as well) to my...

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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

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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

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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

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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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