Copyright (c) 2015 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 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:54:50 -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[Custom Sanding Block for Perfect Coped Joints]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:09:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/96585/custom-sanding-block-for-perfect-coped-joints http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/96585/custom-sanding-block-for-perfect-coped-joints Custom Sanding Block for Perfect Coped Joints Posted by Kevini
If you're coping baseboard and your cut is not perfect, you could use a rasp or knife to try and improve the fit, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Straight Cuts on Cardboard Concrete Forms]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:50:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73804/straight-cuts-on-cardboard-concrete-forms http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73804/straight-cuts-on-cardboard-concrete-forms Straight Cuts on Cardboard Concrete Forms Posted by Kevini
If you need to cut a bunch of cardboard concrete forms, you could use your tape measure to make a bunch of marks and try to follow your line with your saw, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Simple Drying Rack for Small Components ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:39:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73765/simple-drying-rack-for-small-components http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73765/simple-drying-rack-for-small-components Simple Drying Rack for Small Components Posted by Kevini
If you have stain or varnish a bunch of small components, you could spend time building an elaborate drying rack, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Wheelbarrow Doubles as an Easy Chair]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:30:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71836/wheelbarrow-doubles-as-an-easy-chair http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71836/wheelbarrow-doubles-as-an-easy-chair Wheelbarrow Doubles as an Easy Chair Posted by Kevini
The most comfortable seat on any job site ]]>
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<![CDATA[The Best Way to Sharpen a Pencil on a Jobsite]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/40049/the-best-way-to-sharpen-a-pencil-on-a-jobsite http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/40049/the-best-way-to-sharpen-a-pencil-on-a-jobsite The Best Way to Sharpen a Pencil on a Jobsite Posted by Kevini
If you’re working on a job and your pencil point breaks, you could sharpen it with a utility knife, but there’s a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[An Easy Knot for Stringlines That Unties With a Tug]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:13:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38859/an-easy-knot-for-stringlines-that-unties-with-a-tug http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38859/an-easy-knot-for-stringlines-that-unties-with-a-tug An Easy Knot for Stringlines That Unties With a Tug Posted by Kevini
A quick tip for tying a knot in a stringline that can be untied quickly and easily. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Handy Hose for Spray-Foam Insulation]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38629/handy-hose-for-spray-foam-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38629/handy-hose-for-spray-foam-insulation Handy Hose for Spray-Foam Insulation Posted by Kevini
If you’re air-sealing and can’t get the can of foam into those tight, hard-to-reach places, you could spray it on your gloved hand and gob it where you need it, but there’s better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Debris Shield for Drywall Dust]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:58:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38519/debris-shield-for-drywall-dust http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38519/debris-shield-for-drywall-dust Debris Shield for Drywall Dust Posted by Kevini
If you need to drill holes in a drywall ceiling, you could just go ahead and do it, let the dust fall where it does, and then clean it up later, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Remove Stripped Screws]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:45:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38371/how-to-remove-stripped-screws http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38371/how-to-remove-stripped-screws How to Remove Stripped Screws Posted by Kevini
If the head of your stainless-steel deck screw strips out before you get it all the way driven, you could back it out with a pair of Vise-Grips, but there’s a better way. ]]>
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<![CDATA[How to Keep Critters Out of a PVC Vent Pipe]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:12:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38302/how-to-keep-critters-out-of-a-pvc-vent-pipe http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38302/how-to-keep-critters-out-of-a-pvc-vent-pipe How to Keep Critters Out of a PVC Vent Pipe Posted by Kevini
If you want to keep birds and other critters out of a PVC vent pipe, you could have your dog guard the pipe, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38302/how-to-keep-critters-out-of-a-pvc-vent-pipe
<![CDATA[Straightening Out Perpendicular Deck Boards]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:31:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38176/straightening-out-perpendicular-deck-boards http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38176/straightening-out-perpendicular-deck-boards Straightening Out Perpendicular Deck Boards Posted by Kevini
If you’re laying deck boards and you need to straighten out a board that runs perpendicular to the rest of the deck, you could make a super-long pipe clamp, but there’s a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38176/straightening-out-perpendicular-deck-boards
<![CDATA[Tangle-Free Stringline]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:51:46 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37938/tangle-free-stringline http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37938/tangle-free-stringline Tangle-Free Stringline Posted by Kevini
If you need a stringline on a job because you're laying out a foundation or you're straightening out a framed wall, you could spend 10 minutes trying to untangle a mess of string, but there's a better way. ]]>
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<![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. ]]>
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<![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... ]]>
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<![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