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December 14, 2016
I was replacing our mailbox post when a neighbor (and contractor) stopped to show me a better way to concrete in wooden posts.
August 26, 2016
When deck builders notch 6x6 deck posts, they have to make a long vertical cut to provide support and fastening for the beam. You can cut as deep as possible…
August 3, 2016
Staircase renovation... Plumbing balusters on new treads
July 14, 2016
All of the notches cut for stair treads create feet of open, exposed wood grain that soak up water, encouraging cracks and rot that weaken the stringer. There is a…
Don't sand the same spot twice.
Marking the neutral terminal (the wider slot) saves time.
July 13, 2016
Would you mount your deck posts directly on concrete? Of course not! Water will rot the end of the post, even PT. So don't mount your stair stringers directly on…
July 6, 2016
To clean a window or mirror without leaving a trail of lint behind, keep the rag moving in a smooth circular motion, not back and forth. Changing direction is what…
For storing the few sharp chisels I need to carry in my tool bag, I find that an old leather winter glove works great. It also works well for small…
If you’ve ever had to pick up the nails littering the ground after tearing off an old roof or to snag the bits of metal that can accumulate on a…
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