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 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:45:26 -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[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[Built-In Refrigerators That Blend Perfectly into Your Kitchen's Decor]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:32:13 -0500 Built-In Refrigerators That Blend Perfectly into Your Kitchen's Decor Posted by Vanessa_Julius
With open-idea living extremely popular nowadays, numerous property holders want a consistent stream between their kitchens and lounge rooms. The pattern has additionally interpreted into the... ]]>
<![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[A tip for professional interior designers. ]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:39:51 -0500 A tip for professional interior designers. Posted by mckenziew
Your Bar Stool Store is providing a free furniture sourcing service to help professional interior designers save time and money when searching for the right furniture for any given projectMy... ]]>
<![CDATA[Choosing the Best Flooring for Homes]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:30:55 -0500 Choosing the Best Flooring for Homes Posted by MaryMcElyea
Choosing flooring for a home is definitely a task that should not be taken lightly. A lot more than looks should be the ultimate decision maker because there is a lot more to flooring than just... ]]>
<![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[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... ]]>