Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/building-skills Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:41:27 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/building-skills <![CDATA[How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:27:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33752/how-to-cut-an-opening-for-a-sink-in-a-laminate-counter-top http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33752/how-to-cut-an-opening-for-a-sink-in-a-laminate-counter-top How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top Posted by AndyEngel
In this video, senior editor and old-school carpenter Andy Engel takes on cutting a sink opening in a laminate countertop. You’ll get tips on layout, cutting without chipping, and how to make a cut that’s too close to the backsplash for a jigsaw to make. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33752/how-to-cut-an-opening-for-a-sink-in-a-laminate-counter-top
<![CDATA[How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:53:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33234/how-to-remove-and-replace-a-section-of-vinyl-siding http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33234/how-to-remove-and-replace-a-section-of-vinyl-siding How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding Posted by FHBdotcom
All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple tools to get access for repairs or modifications to a wall covered in this popular cladding. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33234/how-to-remove-and-replace-a-section-of-vinyl-siding
<![CDATA[Install a Prehung Exterior Door]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:16:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32906/install-a-prehung-exterior-door http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32906/install-a-prehung-exterior-door Install a Prehung Exterior Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
Installing an exterior door so it works and looks great is an essential building skill. Carpenter Andy Engel is going to show us how to do it. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32906/install-a-prehung-exterior-door
<![CDATA[Blower-Door Testing]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:51:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32298/blower-door-testing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32298/blower-door-testing Blower-Door Testing Posted by patrick_mccombe
Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:20:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31729/how-to-cut-a-prehung-exterior-door-to-a-custom-height http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31729/how-to-cut-a-prehung-exterior-door-to-a-custom-height How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height Posted by FHBdotcom
You don't have to order an expensive custom door if your rough opening is a non-standard size. Buy a stock door instead and make it fit. Watch this video to learn how. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31729/how-to-cut-a-prehung-exterior-door-to-a-custom-height
<![CDATA[How to Install a New Toilet]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:43:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30163/how-to-install-a-new-toilet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30163/how-to-install-a-new-toilet How to Install a New Toilet Posted by FHBdotcom
Plumber Mike Lombardi covers every step, from placing the wax ring to putting the lid on the toilet tank ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/30163/how-to-install-a-new-toilet
<![CDATA[How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable]]> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:41:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29411/how-to-run-non-metallic-sheathed-electrical-cable http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29411/how-to-run-non-metallic-sheathed-electrical-cable How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable Posted by FHBdotcom
Use these tips on your next electrical rough-in project to keep your Romex® brand cable or other non-metallic cables from getting all kinked. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/29411/how-to-run-non-metallic-sheathed-electrical-cable
<![CDATA[How to Sharpen a Block Plane]]> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:58:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28190/how-to-sharpen-a-block-plane http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28190/how-to-sharpen-a-block-plane How to Sharpen a Block Plane Posted by patrick_mccombe
Associate editor Patrick McCombe shows how he tunes up an old plane or preps a new plane for its first use ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28190/how-to-sharpen-a-block-plane
<![CDATA[How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing ]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:27:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25771/how-to-bend-copper-chimney-flashing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25771/how-to-bend-copper-chimney-flashing How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing Posted by FHBdotcom
Roofing project manager Dyami Plotke demonstrates how to fabricate complex pieces of flashing with a sheet-metal brake and describes the various pieces needed to make a chimney-to-roof connection watertight ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25771/how-to-bend-copper-chimney-flashing
<![CDATA[How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:22:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25480/how-to-install-an-exterior-doorknob-in-a-new-door http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25480/how-to-install-an-exterior-doorknob-in-a-new-door How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
You may be nervous about drilling the proper holes for that new lock set or door handle, but it's not as difficult as it looks ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:08:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25213/how-to-air-seal-doors-and-windows-with-a-spray-foam-gun http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25213/how-to-air-seal-doors-and-windows-with-a-spray-foam-gun How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun Posted by FHBdotcom
Remodeling contractor Mike Sloggatt demonstrates how to use a professional spray-sealant gun to make this patio door (or any door) more energy efficient ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25213/how-to-air-seal-doors-and-windows-with-a-spray-foam-gun
<![CDATA[How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:53:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25069/how-to-remove-an-old-bathroom-sink http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25069/how-to-remove-an-old-bathroom-sink How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink Posted by FHBdotcom
Veteran plumber Mike Lombardi makes quick work of disconnecting this sink's water and drain pipes as part of our Project House bathroom remodel ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/25069/how-to-remove-an-old-bathroom-sink
<![CDATA[How to Remove an Old Bathtub]]> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:02:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24063/how-to-remove-an-old-bathtub http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/24063/how-to-remove-an-old-bathtub How to Remove an Old Bathtub Posted by rwotzak
Get that cast-iron tub out of your bathroom with nothing more than a reciprocating saw, a screwdriver, and a moving blanket ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Remove a Toilet]]> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:40:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23842/how-to-remove-a-toilet http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23842/how-to-remove-a-toilet How to Remove a Toilet Posted by rwotzak
Plumber Mike Lombardi demonstrates how to make this dirty remodeling job a little easier ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23842/how-to-remove-a-toilet
<![CDATA[How to Choose a Replacement Window]]> Wed, 16 May 2012 15:40:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23505/how-to-choose-a-replacement-window http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23505/how-to-choose-a-replacement-window How to Choose a Replacement Window Posted by FHBdotcom
Should you order a custom-sized insert or a full-frame replacement window? Veteran remodeler Mike Sloggatt shares the info you need to make the best decision for your project ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/23505/how-to-choose-a-replacement-window
<![CDATA[How to Choose and Mix Setting Type Joint Compound]]> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:37:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22221/how-to-choose-and-mix-setting-type-joint-compound http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22221/how-to-choose-and-mix-setting-type-joint-compound How to Choose and Mix Setting Type Joint Compound Posted by patrick_mccombe
If you need to get a drywall-taping job done quickly, this is the compound for you ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound]]> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:51:23 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22213/how-to-choose-and-mix-ready-mix-joint-compound http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22213/how-to-choose-and-mix-ready-mix-joint-compound How to Choose and Mix Ready Mix Joint Compound Posted by patrick_mccombe
Ready mix Joint Compound comes in a variety of formulas including all purpose, lightweight and with dust control.In this Building Skill we're going to talk about ready mix mud and I'll show you how... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22213/how-to-choose-and-mix-ready-mix-joint-compound
<![CDATA[How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21849/how-to-paint-fiber-cement-siding http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21849/how-to-paint-fiber-cement-siding How to Paint Fiber-Cement Siding Posted by patrick_mccombe
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for caulking and painting fiber-cement siding. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21849/how-to-paint-fiber-cement-siding
<![CDATA[How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 13:52:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21514/how-to-fill-nail-holes-and-paint-pvc-trim http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21514/how-to-fill-nail-holes-and-paint-pvc-trim How To Fill Nail Holes and Paint PVC Trim Posted by patrick_mccombe
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for filling nail holes and painting exterior PVC trim. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21514/how-to-fill-nail-holes-and-paint-pvc-trim
<![CDATA[Video: How To Prime Cedar Siding To Control Bleeding Tannins and Other Staining Problems]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:45:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21323/video-how-to-prime-cedar-siding-to-control-bleeding-tannins-and-other-staining-problems http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21323/video-how-to-prime-cedar-siding-to-control-bleeding-tannins-and-other-staining-problems Video: How To Prime Cedar Siding To Control Bleeding Tannins and Other Staining Problems Posted by FHBdotcom
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for covering the inevitable blemishes on cedar shingles ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21323/video-how-to-prime-cedar-siding-to-control-bleeding-tannins-and-other-staining-problems