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Screeding concrete steps

Screeding concrete steps

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As I prepared to pour concrete steps it occurred to me that it would be difficult to screed these steps because, for each step, there were only two form edges: the riser form and the right end at...

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Painting balusters before installation

Painting balusters before installation

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If you need to paint multiple balusters prior to installation, here's a simple solution that worked for me.  I drove nails through a small piece of plywood so the nails were showing when I...

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almost free concrete anchor

almost free concrete anchor

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I learned this quick, often free and easy anchor from and old cabinet installer and used it to fur out a block wall in my kitchen in order to run new electrical, and block for cabinet...

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Great Reuse of Spent Fein Tool Blades

Great Reuse of Spent Fein Tool Blades

As a remodeler nearly all of our work is in homes that have lath and plaster walls and the biggest challenge is making new openings in old lath and plaster walls.  Unlike sheetrock, plaster...

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The best Nail / Screw Holders you can get for practically free.

The best Nail / Screw Holders you can get for practically free.

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After reading the Screw Pick Up Tip, I figured I'd help you eliminate those pesky cheap cardboard containers that always seem to rip (at the worst time) leaving you to pick up 1000 screws or nailsI...

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Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

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The exterior insulation adds thermal efficiency.  Perhaps even more important, in our marine climate, our code (Portland, OR) then allows us to omit the interior vapor barrier, and we can build...

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Quik and consistant Reveals

Quik and consistant Reveals

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A simple to make guide for marking you're reveals. Start with a 3" x 4" x 3/4" or 5/4" hardwood block, route or dado a 1/8" x 1/8" rabbit around the perimeter of one side of the block, on the other...

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Drywall Screw Pickup Tip

Drywall Screw Pickup Tip

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Ever spill a mess of drywall screws and prick your fingers picking up the sharp little suckers?  Well, There's a Better Way...

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Snapping multiple chalk lines

Snapping multiple chalk lines

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If you have to snap a lot of lines (screwing down sub-floor, etc.) and you're working with a partner; just thread the metal ring at the end of your chalkline through the ring on the end of hisher...

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Veneer iron for inside radius curves

Veneer iron for inside radius curves

Find out which simple ladies bathroom accessory comes in handy for applying iron-on veneer to the curved edge of plywood.

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An alternative to a ladder

An alternative to a ladder

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I love to work on our house. I don’t even mind working on the roof, but I have to admit, I really don’t like ladders very much. So before I started the dormer project to improve our...

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Building a Block wall using Joint Spacers

Building a Block wall using Joint Spacers

A simple device designed for the Handyman, Homeowner and Do-it-yourselfer to Lay Block and Brick like a PRO! I found them on their website: www.BlockandBrickSpacer.com

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Putting a Door Back In

Putting a Door Back In

Whenever you take a door out by pulling the hinge pins, putting it back is too often an awkward fumbling clown performance.  Preparation is the secret to getting less laughter from the...

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picking up drywall screws the easy way

picking up drywall screws the easy way

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I hate digging into a bucket of drywall screws and removing a handful with a few extra screws hanging off of my hands that have poked into my skin, or worse, gotten between skin and fingernail. OK...

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Teach an Old low end Table saw, New life in high end use.

Teach an Old low end Table saw, New life in high end use.

For those that have the old Table lower end Table Saw, make it work for you again. I got this Hand-me-down ruff construction Table Saw from my father-in-law, he had just spent almost $2000 on a new...

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Question: What is Causing This Black Mold?

Question: What is Causing This Black Mold?

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Help me determine why this recently painted exterior section of my home is growing black mold

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Spray-painting screwheads

Spray-painting screwheads

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In response to Emma Kirk's innovative way of painting screw heads (FHB #206, Nov 2009), I'd like to offer the following method which I have used numerous times that I feel is easier and more...

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Laser Plumb Bob Helper

Laser Plumb Bob Helper

Truing up walls can be especially tricky using even a plate-to-plate level. This makes using a laser plumb bob a lot easier. The 2" offset from the front and sides allows the unit to be placed in a...

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caulking tool

caulking tool

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When I'm caulking I always need something to tool the caulk with besides my finger. It has to be bendable, but stiff enough to hold its shape, shapeable with my finger as I'm pulling the line...

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Sheetrock Over Foundation Insulation

Sheetrock Over Foundation Insulation

A simple way to provide nailing surface behind sheetrock.

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WINNING ENTRY UPDATE: Were Giving Away a Miter Saw

WINNING ENTRY UPDATE: We're Giving Away a Miter Saw

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We have a winner! See who's taking home a Milwaukee compound miter saw.

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Fold up sawhorse

Fold up sawhorse

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My sawhorses are nice and compact, can be cut on, and are made from 100% salvaged material and scrap. The bevel angle for the leg cuts is 20 degrees, and they are roughly 26 inches in length. nbspI...

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California Drywall Patch

California Drywall Patch

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As a renovator, I often patch small holes in drywall and learned of this method from a great taper I work with.  For round holes, (moving an octagon box) take the pilot bit out of your 4 inch...

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Turning a pipe clamp into a tool that can push instead of just clamp

Turning a pipe clamp into a tool that can push instead of just clamp

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I was installing a new small porch floor onto the back of my Mom's rowhome after the old one had started to rot away badly. During the course of the installation, I needed a way to push a crooked...

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