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 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:42:59 -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 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. ]]>
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 10:05:00 -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[Custom-Made Miter-Saw Stop Makes Repeat Cuts Easier]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:25:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36629/custom-made-miter-saw-stop-makes-repeat-cuts-easier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36629/custom-made-miter-saw-stop-makes-repeat-cuts-easier Custom-Made Miter-Saw Stop Makes Repeat Cuts Easier Posted by Kevini
If you need to cut a bunch of pieces to the same length on your miter saw, you could go out and spend a couple-hundred dollars on an elaborate miter-saw stand with a built-in stop, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/36629/custom-made-miter-saw-stop-makes-repeat-cuts-easier
<![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