Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way - Fine Homebuilding Reader Quick Tips" contest entries Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way - Fine Homebuilding Reader Quick Tips" contest entries Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:46:45 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way - Fine Homebuilding Reader Quick Tips" contest entries Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way - Fine Homebuilding Reader Quick Tips" contest entries <![CDATA[Why Is It Important To Keep Your Office Clean?]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:30:20 -0500 Why Is It Important To Keep Your Office Clean? Posted by Crysty
At first glance, this might seem like a rhetorical question to an organized and systematic person. The problem is that not all of us are that neat and tidy.  Particularly in the case of an office... ]]>
<![CDATA[No Dust Drilling for Hi-Hats]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:23:31 -0500 No Dust Drilling for Hi-Hats Posted by user-214042
Using ahole saw to install hihats often results in sheetrock or plaster dust blowing everywhere.  I  recenly needed to retrofit 20 hihats into a ceiling.  To minimize the mess, I cut off the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Storing Japanese Saws in a Toolbox]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:17:02 -0500 Storing Japanese Saws in a Toolbox Posted by Suzy_F_Homemaker
I was stuck for a way to store my two Japanese saws in my toolbox. They usually wound up o the bottom with all sorts of hard objects piled on top of them. Then I saw the cheap miter box that I had to... ]]>
<![CDATA[securing tarps]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:36:50 -0500 securing tarps Posted by syd1ty
When protecting stuff from the weather a plastic tarp does not always have the grommet holes where you want them.  I solve this problem by taking an old golf ball and holding it under tarp where I... ]]>
<![CDATA[tapered deck sleepers]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:26:15 -0500 tapered deck sleepers Posted by syd1ty
In reading Emanuel Silvas excellent article on Decking Over a Roof (November, 2014 #246) I have one suggestion.  When I built a deck over an existing stoop, most of the deck was constructed using... ]]>
<![CDATA[Securing extensions cords, con't.]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:22:37 -0500 Securing extensions cords, con't. Posted by syd1ty
I recently read a tip where a flexible rubber plumbing coupling was used to keep extension cords that have been connected together from pulling apart. I use a simpler set up with a section of bicycle... ]]>
<![CDATA[keep track of tools]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 17:11:29 -0500 keep track of tools Posted by syd1ty
I often supply various tools to the job site to be used by workers, who for some reason, never show up to the job with the proper tools.  Brooms, shovels, various hand tools are used by others. In... ]]>
<![CDATA[Advice on finishing doors.]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:08:30 -0500 Advice on finishing doors. Posted by ccwhols
On the tip about spray painting doors, I would add the caveat of painting all six sides of the door, especially the top and bottom edge. That's where moisture enters, destroys the glue joints and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Neat Band Clamps]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:55:19 -0500 Neat Band Clamps Posted by chinterman
After finishing a picture frame I was putting away my band clamp.  I devised a simple tool to make it easy, quick and neat.  I took a 5/8" dowel (1/2" and 3/4" would probably work as well) to my... ]]>
<![CDATA[Three Big Benefits of DIY Stairs]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:03:47 -0500 Three Big Benefits of DIY Stairs Posted by heatherbear1086
I don't know if you've noticed lately, but DIY is invading every aspect of our lives, from fashion to gardening, to home cleaning. I'd say in the past ten years, DIY furniture has been the new trend... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting plywood without a sawhorse]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:50:31 -0500 Cutting plywood without a sawhorse Posted by stevepatd
I was sawing a piece of plywood off the back of my van and didn't have a sawhorse or an extra hand to support the cut piece.  I put my framing square under the cut piece and on top of the other... ]]>
<![CDATA[Portable tool storage for the small tools you always need and cant seem to find]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:06:51 -0500 Portable tool storage for the small tools you always need and cant seem to find Posted by robumbeck
I have a small carpentry business on the eastside of Seattle Wa. As I get older I'm always thinking of ways to work more ergonomic. I have a small trailor and it seems there are small items I always... ]]>
<![CDATA[Safety Recommendations for Cutting Fiber Cement Siding]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:53:59 -0500 Safety Recommendations for Cutting Fiber Cement Siding Posted by MatthewSpencer
To the Editor, We read with interest the Torture Test on fiber cement sawblades in the in the October/November issue of Fine Homebuilding. Thank you for selecting the Diablo® HardieBlade® saw blade... ]]>
<![CDATA[Homemade extension cord plug protection for a wet environment.]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:29:59 -0500 Homemade extension cord plug protection for a wet environment. Posted by ruleofthumb
My lawn sprinkler pump sits under our dock at the lake, and is in a very wet location. To keep the extension cords plug-in connection dry, I re-purposed one of those plastic lunch meat containers to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cabinet Joinery: The art of mortise and tenon]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:34:28 -0500 Cabinet Joinery: The art of mortise and tenon Posted by MatthewsCustomConst
Cabinet joinery can take on many forms. When considering the frame many options exist, some more rigid than others, some faster and some more elegant. All depending on who is making it, whether or... ]]>
<![CDATA[Ceiling Poly]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:49:03 -0500 Ceiling Poly Posted by BurgessBuilt
I was recently installing the vapour barrier on the ceiling of a large room by myself, which can be somewhat challenging especially if the windows and doors haven't been installed yet.  So this... ]]>
<![CDATA[I Joist Blocking]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:39:41 -0500 I Joist Blocking Posted by BurgessBuilt
I was recently building a house using I joists for the floor system.  I usually cut my joists and blocking with a normal circular saw as the blade is just big enough to cut all the way through, but... ]]>
<![CDATA[wood filler stain]]> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:34:37 -0500 wood filler stain Posted by bbrad
If you need to fill cracks or holes in wood that has been stained here's a tip. Get a light weight filler (white is preferred) and add a small amount of shoe paste that matches your stain colour... ]]>
<![CDATA[Building a 1 1/2" thick wall]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:32:54 -0500 Building a 1 1/2 Posted by jagwah
I am a remodeling carpenter by trade. When we bought our house several years ago the Master Bedroom was not very big. I removed the closet and gained a huge amount of space but then we had no closet... ]]>
<![CDATA[Painting tip]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:19:59 -0500 Painting tip Posted by rottenrattner
When painting from a gallon can of paint, it is common to wipe the brush off on the edge of the can which results in the lid groove filling with paint.  I would guess everyone has accumulated one of... ]]>