May 1, 1985
When an overhead garage-door spring breaks, it can do considerable property damage. But the potential for personal injury is even greater. Because of this possibility, whenever I service or install…
May 1, 1982
When plumbing and lining a frame, I use this trick if I encounter a stubborn exterior wall, bristling with headers and bowed outward. Nail a 2x4 scrap flat to the…
March 1, 1982
One common problem in framing is how to straight-line a second-story stud wall and brace it for joisting or rafters if it leans out. Here's one way you can pull…
September 1, 1981
New flue liners convert fireplaces for woodstove use.
March 1, 1981
In the course of various home maintenance and construction tasks, I sometimes have a brush with fiberglass when I'm not wearing gloves. Such encounters always leave microscopic slivers in my…
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