Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way Video Tips" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way Video Tips" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/homebuilding-video-tips-with-chuck-miller Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:45:31 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way Video Tips" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way Video Tips" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/homebuilding-video-tips-with-chuck-miller <![CDATA[A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:08:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13409/a-roll-up-story-pole-that-stores-easily http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13409/a-roll-up-story-pole-that-stores-easily A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily Posted by Kevini
If you need a story pole on the job, you could hunt around for a piece of wood and hope it's long enough, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13409/a-roll-up-story-pole-that-stores-easily
<![CDATA[Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:22:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37651/adjustable-paint-roller-handle-doubles-as-a-compact-broom-handle http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37651/adjustable-paint-roller-handle-doubles-as-a-compact-broom-handle Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle Posted by Kevini
If you can't fit a full-size broom in the back of your truck, you could just cut 6 inches off of the handle, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37651/adjustable-paint-roller-handle-doubles-as-a-compact-broom-handle
<![CDATA[Convenient Tool-Storage Box for an Extra-Cab Pickup Truck]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:46:15 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37538/convenient-tool-storage-box-for-an-extra-cab-pickup-truck http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37538/convenient-tool-storage-box-for-an-extra-cab-pickup-truck Convenient Tool-Storage Box for an Extra-Cab Pickup Truck Posted by Kevini
If your truck has an extra cab, you could pile all your tools back there, let them fly around, and hunt for what you need, but there's a better way.   Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37538/convenient-tool-storage-box-for-an-extra-cab-pickup-truck
<![CDATA[How to Cut a Tapered Board on a Tablesaw]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:54:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37510/how-to-cut-a-tapered-board-on-a-tablesaw http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37510/how-to-cut-a-tapered-board-on-a-tablesaw How to Cut a Tapered Board on a Tablesaw Posted by Kevini
If you need to make a tapered cut on a piece of wood, you could take it over to the saw horses and try to freehand it with your circular saw, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37510/how-to-cut-a-tapered-board-on-a-tablesaw
<![CDATA[How To Cut Out a Damaged Piece of Flooring With a Biscuit Joiner]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:44:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37456/how-to-cut-out-a-damaged-piece-of-flooring-with-a-biscuit-joiner http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37456/how-to-cut-out-a-damaged-piece-of-flooring-with-a-biscuit-joiner How To Cut Out a Damaged Piece of Flooring With a Biscuit Joiner Posted by Kevini
If you have to patch a hardwood floor, you could remove the damaged floor board with a multi-tool, take a half hour in the process, and burn through a couple of expensive blades, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37456/how-to-cut-out-a-damaged-piece-of-flooring-with-a-biscuit-joiner
<![CDATA[How to Make Custom Storage Bins for the Drawers in Your Workshop]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:51:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37394/how-to-make-custom-storage-bins-for-the-drawers-in-your-workshop http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37394/how-to-make-custom-storage-bins-for-the-drawers-in-your-workshop How to Make Custom Storage Bins for the Drawers in Your Workshop Posted by Kevini
If you have a drawer in your garage, basement, or workshop where you keep screws, nails, and other small parts, you could start eating chicken livers until you have enough empty containers to store them all, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37394/how-to-make-custom-storage-bins-for-the-drawers-in-your-workshop
<![CDATA[Make a Simple Shim-Measuring Gauge]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:49:34 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37288/make-a-simple-shim-measuring-gauge http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37288/make-a-simple-shim-measuring-gauge Make a Simple Shim-Measuring Gauge Posted by Kevini
If you need a custom shim that you have to cut to a very specific dimension, you could try to use a tape measure to measure the gap, but there's a better way. Justin Fink of Glastonbury, Conn... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37288/make-a-simple-shim-measuring-gauge
<![CDATA[How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37224/how-to-temporarily-tack-up-trim-with-a-nail-gun http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37224/how-to-temporarily-tack-up-trim-with-a-nail-gun How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun Posted by Kevini
If you need to tack a piece of trim in place temporarily so you can remove it later, you could go get your hammer and an old-fashioned nail, and bang that nail part of the way in, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37224/how-to-temporarily-tack-up-trim-with-a-nail-gun
<![CDATA[An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:07:52 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36948/an-easy-way-to-keep-oil-based-putty-from-drying-out http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36948/an-easy-way-to-keep-oil-based-putty-from-drying-out An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out Posted by Kevini
If you're using an oil-based product, like plumber's putty or glazing compound, you could just seal the lid tightly when you're done and hope that when you come back in a year or two the putty isn't rock hard, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36948/an-easy-way-to-keep-oil-based-putty-from-drying-out
<![CDATA[Keep Your Job Site Clean with a Caulk Caddy]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:15:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35433/keep-your-job-site-clean-with-a-caulk-caddy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35433/keep-your-job-site-clean-with-a-caulk-caddy Keep Your Job Site Clean with a Caulk Caddy Posted by Kevini
If you have a bunch of caulking to do, you could drag the caulk gun and a scrap of cardboard around with you and just wait for the caulk to end up on the carpet, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35433/keep-your-job-site-clean-with-a-caulk-caddy
<![CDATA[Duct-Tape Handle Turns Drywall Bucket Into a Convenient Stool]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:10:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35376/duct-tape-handle-turns-drywall-bucket-into-a-convenient-stool http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35376/duct-tape-handle-turns-drywall-bucket-into-a-convenient-stool Duct-Tape Handle Turns Drywall Bucket Into a Convenient Stool Posted by Kevini
You don't need to kick your empty drywall-compound bucket around the job site or flip it over by hand every time you want to sit on it. Make this handy handle instead. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35376/duct-tape-handle-turns-drywall-bucket-into-a-convenient-stool
<![CDATA[How to Easily Drill a Hole in Ceramic Tile]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:58:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35295/how-to-easily-drill-a-hole-in-ceramic-tile http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35295/how-to-easily-drill-a-hole-in-ceramic-tile How to Easily Drill a Hole in Ceramic Tile Posted by Kevini
If you need to drill a hole in some tile, you could chuck a masonry bit in your cordless drill and watch as the tip of the bit skates around on the glazed surface, ruining the tile, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35295/how-to-easily-drill-a-hole-in-ceramic-tile
<![CDATA[Keep Nails and Screws Off of the Floor with a Tool-belt Caddy]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:09:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35144/keep-nails-and-screws-off-of-the-floor-with-a-tool-belt-caddy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35144/keep-nails-and-screws-off-of-the-floor-with-a-tool-belt-caddy Keep Nails and Screws Off of the Floor with a Tool-belt Caddy Posted by Kevini
If you don't want to strap on your nail bags while working around new kitchen cabinets for fear of scratching them, you could carry your tool belt by hand and hope the nails and tools don't spill out, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/35144/keep-nails-and-screws-off-of-the-floor-with-a-tool-belt-caddy
<![CDATA[Make a Handy Sanding Block with a Belt-Sander Belt]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:29:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34937/make-a-handy-sanding-block-with-a-belt-sander-belt http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34937/make-a-handy-sanding-block-with-a-belt-sander-belt Make a Handy Sanding Block with a Belt-Sander Belt Posted by grateful.ed
Tip master Chuck Miller has found yet another way to avoid struggling with a sheet of sandpaper loosely wrapped around a scrap of wood. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34937/make-a-handy-sanding-block-with-a-belt-sander-belt
<![CDATA[Make Your Own Simple Sanding Blocks]]> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:04:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34556/make-your-own-simple-sanding-blocks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34556/make-your-own-simple-sanding-blocks Make Your Own Simple Sanding Blocks Posted by grateful.ed
Master carpenter Mike Belzowski demonstrates his efficient method for making batches of different-grit sanding blocks out of scraps of MDF and sheets of sandpaper he has laying around the shop. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34556/make-your-own-simple-sanding-blocks
<![CDATA[How to Keep Power Cord Plugs Tight and Dry]]> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:05:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34429/how-to-keep-power-cord-plugs-tight-and-dry http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34429/how-to-keep-power-cord-plugs-tight-and-dry How to Keep Power Cord Plugs Tight and Dry Posted by grateful.ed
If you're working with power tools on a wet, rainy job site, you could take the chance that your extension cord won't trip a breaker when it slips into a puddle, but there's a better way ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34429/how-to-keep-power-cord-plugs-tight-and-dry
<![CDATA[Use a Reciprocating-Saw Blade to Mark Circular Holes]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:07:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34392/use-a-reciprocating-saw-blade-to-mark-circular-holes http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34392/use-a-reciprocating-saw-blade-to-mark-circular-holes Use a Reciprocating-Saw Blade to Mark Circular Holes Posted by grateful.ed
If you need to cut a round hole in a ceiling for a light fixture but you don't have a compass, you could just hack away at the drywall until your electrical box fits, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34392/use-a-reciprocating-saw-blade-to-mark-circular-holes
<![CDATA[How to Safely and Easily Cut Shims from Scrap Wood]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:03:05 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34252/how-to-safely-and-easily-cut-shims-from-scrap-wood http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34252/how-to-safely-and-easily-cut-shims-from-scrap-wood How to Safely and Easily Cut Shims from Scrap Wood Posted by grateful.ed
Don't waste your money on a bundle of shingles if all you need are some shims for a framing project. Use this simple jig to cut your own shims on a tablesaw. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34252/how-to-safely-and-easily-cut-shims-from-scrap-wood
<![CDATA[How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:11:01 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34167/how-to-clean-fuzz-off-of-a-new-paint-roller http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34167/how-to-clean-fuzz-off-of-a-new-paint-roller How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller Posted by grateful.ed
If you're rolling a nice, smooth finish onto a painted surface, you could take your chances that the fuzz from your brand-new roller doesn't end up in your paint, but there's a better way ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34167/how-to-clean-fuzz-off-of-a-new-paint-roller
<![CDATA[Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:47:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34122/build-a-foolproof-jig-for-cutting-laminate-countertops http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34122/build-a-foolproof-jig-for-cutting-laminate-countertops Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops Posted by grateful.ed
If you're cutting a postform laminate countertop in the field, you could try freehanding the awkward cuts and hope you don't screw it up, but there's a better way.   ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34122/build-a-foolproof-jig-for-cutting-laminate-countertops