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 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:33:58 -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[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. ]]>
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<![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
<![CDATA[How to Lay Out an Accurate Ellipse with a Stick, Two Nails, and a Pencil]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:02:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34060/how-to-lay-out-an-accurate-ellipse-with-a-stick-two-nails-and-a-pencil http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34060/how-to-lay-out-an-accurate-ellipse-with-a-stick-two-nails-and-a-pencil How to Lay Out an Accurate Ellipse with a Stick, Two Nails, and a Pencil Posted by grateful.ed
If you need to make an elliptical backing for a cove or arch, you could look at the 15 ways Wikipedia shows how to do it and risk your head exploding, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34060/how-to-lay-out-an-accurate-ellipse-with-a-stick-two-nails-and-a-pencil
<![CDATA[A Better Way to Fold a Tarp or Drop Cloth]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:57:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34039/a-better-way-to-fold-a-tarp-or-drop-cloth http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34039/a-better-way-to-fold-a-tarp-or-drop-cloth A Better Way to Fold a Tarp or Drop Cloth Posted by grateful.ed
Chuck Miller demonstrates why folding your tarp like a flag is not the most convenient way to stow it. Learn this old trick from the theater industry and save time every time you need to protect a surface. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34039/a-better-way-to-fold-a-tarp-or-drop-cloth
<![CDATA[Hold Your Sharpening Stone Steady on the Job Site]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:51:09 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33935/hold-your-sharpening-stone-steady-on-the-job-site http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33935/hold-your-sharpening-stone-steady-on-the-job-site Hold Your Sharpening Stone Steady on the Job Site Posted by grateful.ed
If you're on the job and need a super-sharp chisel, you could hope that your stone doesn't slide around while you're trying to work on that edge, but there's a better way ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33935/hold-your-sharpening-stone-steady-on-the-job-site
<![CDATA[How to Make a Better Drill Bit in a Pinch]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:35:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33902/how-to-make-a-better-drill-bit-in-a-pinch http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33902/how-to-make-a-better-drill-bit-in-a-pinch How to Make a Better Drill Bit in a Pinch Posted by grateful.ed
Chuck Miller takes an online reader's suggestion and adds a new step to the emergency homemade-bit technique.   Attention all tipsters! We're looking for any smart idea that would make a great There's a Better Way Video or that could be featured in... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33902/how-to-make-a-better-drill-bit-in-a-pinch
<![CDATA[How to Cut a Hole in a Ceiling Without Making a Mess]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:59:49 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33402/how-to-cut-a-hole-in-a-ceiling-without-making-a-mess http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33402/how-to-cut-a-hole-in-a-ceiling-without-making-a-mess How to Cut a Hole in a Ceiling Without Making a Mess Posted by grateful.ed
If you've got to cut a hole in a drywall ceiling for a light fixture, you could just let the dust and debris fall and clean it up later, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33402/how-to-cut-a-hole-in-a-ceiling-without-making-a-mess
<![CDATA[How to Patch a Leaky PVC Water Pipe]]> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:13:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33072/how-to-patch-a-leaky-pvc-water-pipe http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33072/how-to-patch-a-leaky-pvc-water-pipe How to Patch a Leaky PVC Water Pipe Posted by grateful.ed
If you've got a PVC water-supply line that's dripping, you could put a bucket under it and use it to irrigate the garden, but there's a better way ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33072/how-to-patch-a-leaky-pvc-water-pipe
<![CDATA[Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Wood]]> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:31:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32877/build-a-simple-shingle-cutting-bench-from-scrap-wood http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32877/build-a-simple-shingle-cutting-bench-from-scrap-wood Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Wood Posted by grateful.ed
If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way.       If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32877/build-a-simple-shingle-cutting-bench-from-scrap-wood
<![CDATA[Make Stress-Relief Cuts for Stronger Stair Stringers]]> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:10:22 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32775/make-stress-relief-cuts-for-stronger-stair-stringers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32775/make-stress-relief-cuts-for-stronger-stair-stringers Make Stress-Relief Cuts for Stronger Stair Stringers Posted by grateful.ed
 If you're cutting stair stringers out of two-by stock, you could make both of your saw cuts right to the intersection and hope you don't over cut and weaken the stringer, but there's a better way.   ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32775/make-stress-relief-cuts-for-stronger-stair-stringers