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, 18 Apr 2014 12:35:30 -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[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 ]]>
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<![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 ]]>
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<![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.   ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners]]> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:24:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32754/how-to-staple-housewrap-tight-to-sheathing-on-inside-corners http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32754/how-to-staple-housewrap-tight-to-sheathing-on-inside-corners How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners Posted by grateful.ed
Don't trip up your siding installers by not doing a good job when hanging your weather-resistant barrier ]]>
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<![CDATA[Build a Simple Jig to Drill Cabinet-Handle Holes Perfectly]]> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:21:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32719/build-a-simple-jig-to-drill-cabinet-handle-holes-perfectly http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32719/build-a-simple-jig-to-drill-cabinet-handle-holes-perfectly Build a Simple Jig to Drill Cabinet-Handle Holes Perfectly Posted by grateful.ed
If you have a kitchen full of cabinets that need door and drawer pulls, you could measure them all individually and hope you get it right, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32719/build-a-simple-jig-to-drill-cabinet-handle-holes-perfectly
<![CDATA[A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change]]> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:02:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32669/a-quick-circular-saw-blade-change http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32669/a-quick-circular-saw-blade-change A Quick Circular-Saw Blade Change Posted by grateful.ed
Don't bust you're knuckles fumbling with a wrench to get your old blade off; use this super-simple tip instead. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Pressure-Treated Wood Preservative Tip]]> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:58:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32590/pressure-treated-wood-preservative-tip http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32590/pressure-treated-wood-preservative-tip Pressure-Treated Wood Preservative Tip Posted by grateful.ed
If you've drilled some pressure-treated lumber for a bolt, you need to protect the inside of that bolt hole with some wood preservative. You could use a small paint brush, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Make Accurate Inside-Corner Measurements on Mitered Cuts]]> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32506/make-accurate-inside-corner-measurements-on-mitered-cuts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32506/make-accurate-inside-corner-measurements-on-mitered-cuts Make Accurate Inside-Corner Measurements on Mitered Cuts Posted by grateful.ed
If you need to measure a mitered piece of trim from the short point, you could try to hook the end of your tape to a very difficult purchase point and hope to get an accurate measurement, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32506/make-accurate-inside-corner-measurements-on-mitered-cuts
<![CDATA[Make a Quick Job-Site Clamp for Small Pieces]]> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:40:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32493/make-a-quick-job-site-clamp-for-small-pieces http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32493/make-a-quick-job-site-clamp-for-small-pieces Make a Quick Job-Site Clamp for Small Pieces Posted by grateful.ed
If you need to drill holes in small workpieces, you could hold them in your hand, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Make a Perfect Pipe-Outfeed Support in a Pinch]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:31:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32379/make-a-perfect-pipe-outfeed-support-in-a-pinch http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32379/make-a-perfect-pipe-outfeed-support-in-a-pinch Make a Perfect Pipe-Outfeed Support in a Pinch Posted by grateful.ed
If you have some plastic pipe or thin moldings to cut with you chop saw, you could hunt around the job site for scraps of wood to prop them up, but there's a better way ]]>
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<![CDATA[Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:24:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32157/make-your-own-job-site-safety-plate http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32157/make-your-own-job-site-safety-plate Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate Posted by grateful.ed
If you're on a remodeling job and you've discovered that someone has drilled a hole for your NM cable a little bit too close to the face of a stud — you could stop everything and run down to the hardware store for a metal plate, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Install Hinges Easily Without a Door Buck]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:17:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32001/install-hinges-easily-without-a-door-buck http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32001/install-hinges-easily-without-a-door-buck Install Hinges Easily Without a Door Buck Posted by grateful.ed
If you have to work on a door and you don't have any door bucks, you could straddle it and hold it steady with your legs, but there's a better way ]]>
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<![CDATA[Pick Up Your Ladder at the Perfect Spot Every Time]]> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:04:52 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32103/pick-up-your-ladder-at-the-perfect-spot-every-time http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/32103/pick-up-your-ladder-at-the-perfect-spot-every-time Pick Up Your Ladder at the Perfect Spot Every Time Posted by FHBdotcom
If you got to carry a long extension ladder around, you could pick it up two or three times to find the balance point, but there's a better way... ]]>
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