Copyright (c) 2016 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 Sun, 01 May 2016 20:10:54 -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[How To Plan Your Dining Room]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:42:27 -0500 How To Plan Your Dining Room Posted by contconcord
Any part of your home that you have to plan takes up plenty of time as you go through all the requirements and the way you will use it in your mind. Maybe there is a more secluded part of the house... ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips on how to choose the right drill press for your needs.]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:02:53 -0500 Tips on how to choose the right drill press for your needs. Posted by Marc7101
When it comes to accurate drilling, a drill press is a must have. This tool allows you to drill accurate holes to the exact depth every time. A drill press can also be used for various sanding... ]]>
<![CDATA[Resealing used paint and urathane cans]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:24:59 -0500 rredogg
Worst enemy can be air when resealing used paint and urathane cans. I place a couple of layers of bubble wrap inside the can ontop of the fluid. Next time you reopen the can just pick off the bubble... ]]>
<![CDATA[Self adjusting shims]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:23:40 -0500 BGodfrey
I needed to replace a vanity in a bathroom with 3/8" tile over 1/4" Hardibacker board.  That meant dropping the vanity into a deep hole.  How do you shim something like this?  It was especially... ]]>
<![CDATA[Marking roof felt]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:55:45 -0500 Rangerreed
When marking roof felt to go on the shed I am building, my wife noticed that the pencil marks were almost impossible to see. She brought me a dressmaker's white lead pencil to mark the cut and it... ]]>
<![CDATA[Opens Wine...and old Drywall Plugs]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:05:45 -0500 Opens Wine...and old Drywall Plugs Posted by TorontoBoyJim
I thought I could get away with using a typical 1/4" yellow plastic drywall wall anchor to hold a towel hook on the back side of the hollow core bathroom door.  After a few months of towel grabbing... ]]>
<![CDATA[Don't leave that charger on the Job. ]]> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:20:18 -0500 Don't leave that charger on the Job. Posted by siriretailer
I am a self proclaimed scattered brain, I have left my battery & charger on the power pole at the job site more than once. so i decided to take some safe action, I bought a blank key to fit my truck... ]]>
<![CDATA[Scary Ladder Climbing]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:26:44 -0500 SuzyFHomemaker
I've never been comfortable with that scary first step on a ladder when coming down off the roof. Especially if I have a full load of tools or materials, All I can think of is the splat I'll make... ]]>
<![CDATA[Crimpers In A "Pinch"]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:38 -0500 Crimpers In A Posted by sanbar406
Crimpers In A "Pinch" While installing 4" dia. duct work for bathroom exhaust units in an attic crawl space, I needed crimpers for a couple of connections to be made. Since I did not have a pair ... ]]>
<![CDATA[Canned Air - very portable blast of air ]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 18:43:36 -0500 Canned Air - very portable blast of air Posted by Spacecop
I was drilling holes in a concrete foundation wall and needed to clean out excess cement dust before inserting concrete anchor bolts.  I grabbed a can of duster air from my computer desk and it... ]]>
<![CDATA[setting a ground rod]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:50:58 -0500 tombocuba
useing a large roto-hammer drill place it on top of a ground rod this drill will hammer it in faster than a sledge hammer ]]>
<![CDATA[How to dig a post hole]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:20:13 -0500 FrankJones
I was watching a Jacques Cousteau episode about under water archeological excavations where they used a giant vacume to suck up the dirt and artifacts. It struck me that I could use a similar method... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to prevent stacked 5 Gallon Pails from getting stuck together]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:57:17 -0500 How to prevent stacked 5 Gallon Pails from getting stuck together Posted by lukebrown607
This is the best way I have found to stack 5 gallon pails. Slip a shim in on either side of the pail. It prevents them from getting vacuum locked together. I suppose a couple 16D nails would work as... ]]>
<![CDATA[Backyard Chalk Board ]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:08:48 -0500 Backyard Chalk Board Posted by StanF
I found this cool DIY chalkboard design on a blog post at Pergola Kits USA and wanted to share with everyone how to make one of their own.    What you'll need: Black (or color of your choice... ]]>
<![CDATA[Making Hot Water Re-Circulation Pay]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:41:11 -0500 Making Hot Water Re-Circulation Pay Posted by f1ford
I have a dedicated hot water re-circulation system in our house which was installed by the previous owner (HVAC contractor).  At some point I noticed that the TACO pump was not running cartridge... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Get a Designer Bedroom on a Shoestring Budget]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:07:52 -0500 How to Get a Designer Bedroom on a Shoestring Budget Posted by PaulCohen
For a lot of us the decorating process is never really over, I'm sure you'll agree that at least that's how it feels. Our recently purchased upholstered beds make for great centrepieces in our main... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to coil extension cords easily]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:24:06 -0500 How to coil extension cords easily Posted by DonGiff
When you lay out your extension cord, lay it all the way out. When you get ready to recoil it always go back to the plug end and coil it from there. It will recoil easily. ]]>
<![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... ]]>