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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:06:47 -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[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[Options For Attic Ventilation]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:49:34 -0500 Options For Attic Ventilation Posted by PacificWestRoofing
Attics are commonly used for storage of old clothes and luggage. But, the area above your living space is a big factor in the condition of your home. Over the past few decades people have begun to... ]]>
<![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... ]]>
<![CDATA[The leveller]]> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 02:05:04 -0500 The leveller Posted by Vincent_Treanor
I needed to level off an area around a driveway entrance. I was installing sliding gates and the rail the gate was to slide on. So this is my low-tech solution. Cut a few lengths of steel pipe... ]]>
<![CDATA[Satellite dish becomes barbecue shelter]]> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 12:51:36 -0500 Satellite dish becomes barbecue shelter Posted by tim667
When presented with the ribs from an old 12' dia satellite dish I immediatly saw them as linear and planned to use them for a roof structure. After a period of approx 8 years and the purchase of a... ]]>
<![CDATA[Rollup bungee bag]]> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:37:44 -0500 Rollup bungee bag Posted by portsMouth
I purchased a 24-pocket shoe bag, made to hang on a door or wall, for my bungees. One bungee goes in each pocket; then I roll it all up and store it in my trunk. Now I don't have to deal with tangled... ]]>
<![CDATA[combine power cords and dust pickup hoses on sanders. planers, saws etc. ]]> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:04:15 -0500 combine power cords and dust pickup hoses on sanders. planers, saws etc. Posted by RWN
When using hand power tools like belt sanders, planers or a contractors saw for example, the power cord and sawdust or chip pickup hose often tangle or catch on the edge of a bench or project forcing... ]]>
<![CDATA[Getting ready for winter]]> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:17:59 -0500 Getting ready for winter Posted by jaypreston
  As I was preparing for another season out in the cold, you know…cleaning gutters, stringing up Christmas lights and all of the other winter tasks; I was not looking forward to spending much time... ]]>
<![CDATA[Make a better Allen Wrench]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:01:22 -0500 Make a better Allen Wrench Posted by InspectorReuben
Cut the end off your "L" shaped allen wrenches so they'll fit in your drill.  Any project will go a lot faster after you do this.  Here's a quick video of me demonstrating how to do it - make a... ]]>