Copyright (c) 2014 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, 19 Sep 2014 03:51:56 -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[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... ]]>
<![CDATA[DIY Deck Railings Upgrade]]> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:15:58 -0500 DIY Deck Railings Upgrade Posted by joerussellrdi
      I'm a professional contractor for Railing Dynamics, Inc. Today, I'd love to share my recent installation to help homeowners who want to pursue DIY (Do-it-yourself) railing installations... ]]>
<![CDATA[Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage]]> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 13:33:21 -0500 Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage Posted by LFFisher
After living in several homes with less-than-friendly attic storage stairways, I decided to make access easier by enlarging opening to accomodate full-sized door and wide enough stairway with a safe... ]]>
<![CDATA[neat cargo rack system]]> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:31:43 -0500 neat cargo rack system Posted by bryonbuzz
just found this neat cargo rack system for carrying sheert goods and lumber on side of my van just like a glass truck i got mine two weeks ago and honestly thay really do work like they say thay do... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to restore your Halogen worklights]]> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 05:08:51 -0500 How to restore your Halogen worklights Posted by BauerWoodFloors
In my experience 300-500watt Halogen worklights go out all the time, I change the bulb and still no light.  I figured the connectors got dirty but they are a pain to sand because they are usually... ]]>
<![CDATA[tacking a moulding in place with a nail gun so the nails stand proud]]> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:21:39 -0500 tacking a moulding in place with a nail gun so the nails stand proud Posted by MikeWise
If you want to use a trim nailer (I was using the DeWalt cordless 16 ga. w/ 1 1/4" angled) to tack a moulding in place so someone can approve the look AND you want the nails standing proud so you can... ]]>
<![CDATA[A New Stringline]]> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:31:30 -0500 A New Stringline Posted by BurgessBuilt
Have you ever gone to wind up your stringline on the spool that comes from the store, or a job-site-made one, only to end up with a 100' of tangled mess due to the braided nature of the string... ]]>
<![CDATA[Drill holes in finished drywall with no mess]]> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 14:56:49 -0500 Drill holes in finished drywall with no mess Posted by geoffhazel
If you have to drill some holes in drywall in a finished room, you could get out the vacuum after you're done -- but there's a better way. Geoff Hazel from Seattle, Washington, sent in this tip. When... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to repair that dent in your hard wood ]]> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:10:39 -0500 How to repair that dent in your hard wood Posted by Fordconco
Have you ever dented a cabinet or a any hard wood material? All you have to do is heat up a clothes iron and get a damp rag ready. Once the iron is hot, just place the damp rag over the "dent" and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Referring to 'Better Way' video ]]> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:58:11 -0500 Referring to 'Better Way' video Posted by MalachiJim
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<![CDATA[the Easiest Homemade Door Sweep]]> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:59:26 -0500 the Easiest Homemade Door Sweep Posted by CapnJohn
We like to leave the windows open in our bedroom during the cool months but don't want that cool air invading the rest of the house. This is the easiest door sweep, and it seals just fine. Buy one of... ]]>
<![CDATA[Magnetic gloves]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:20:04 -0500 Magnetic gloves Posted by litcritter
I'm a desk jockey 40 hours a week, so when I started replacing our deck last summer, the first thing I invested in was a good pair of gloves. Unfortunately, gloves can make a simple task like picking... ]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting reveal type drop ceiling tiles]]> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:58:59 -0500 Cutting reveal type drop ceiling tiles Posted by Jgryctz
Reveal drop ceiling tiles hang down slightly past the "T's" to offer a nice shadowed appearance for style. But cutting the edges is a pain and time consuming when done with a utility knife and... ]]>
<![CDATA[Improvised Pipe Collar]]> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:16:28 -0500 Improvised Pipe Collar Posted by Vincent_Treanor
Sometimes you need a temporary cap on a pipe but don't have all the parts. Shown in the drawing is a 4 inch ground water pipe. A 3 inch off-cut with a vertical saw cut as shown provides an easy way... ]]>