Top 10 Fine Homebuilding How-To Videos From 2018
Our most popular videos of the year include tips for plumbing, carpentry, electrical wiring, and more.
What better way to learn about building and remodeling homes than to watch videos of pros demonstrating time-tested techniques? These are the most popular tips and techniques we published this past year, but there are plenty more how-to videos where these came from. Enjoy!
10. How to Install an Arc-Fault Breaker
Swapping out a standard breaker for an arc-fault breaker is a straightforward process. Learn exactly how to do it, step-by-step, in this Mastered in a Minute video.
9. Tie In to Cast-Iron Pipe With PVC
No-hub couplings make it easy to tie in to existing cast-iron drain/waste/vent lines with new PVC.
8. How to Transfer Hinge Locations to a Replacement Door
When fitting a new door slab to an old jamb, laying out the hinge locations is critical to the door’s operation. Learn how accurate measurements and marks help doors swing easy.
7. How to Mortise Hinges With a Chisel
Although a router and jig can be used, mortising hinges with a chisel is a solid, time-tested method. All it takes is a sharp chisel, a steady hand, and a mallet.
6. Scribing Made Simple
In this video, we’ll show you some basic techniques, but all it takes is a bit of practice to move up to the more difficult versions.
Watch: Scribing Made Simple
5. How to Cut Window and Door Openings With a Router
Using a router and panel pilot bit is a fast and accurate method to cut out window and door openings. We’ll show you how it’s done in this Mastered in a Minute video.
4. How to Add a New Outlet to an Existing Run
Splicing a new receptacle in the middle of a run is simple. Watch this video and learn how it’s done.
3. How to Wire an Instagram-Worthy Electrical Subpanel
In this video, electrician C.J. Nielsen demonstrates how to wire up a subpanel that looks so good, you won’t want to put a cover on it (though, if the inspector checks in, you’ll have to).
2. How to Transition From Copper to PEX
Transitioning from copper to PEX is a common thing to do when adding new supply lines to an existing home. Sweat adapters make this transition simple. Learn more about how it’s done in this video.
1. EZ Soffit Vent
Watch this video to see why the EZ Soffit Vent, distributed by Panasonic, is a real solution for a long-standing problem with soffit-mounted bath-vent outlets.
Watch: EZ Soffit Vent