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A carpenter working alone can hold a header, blocking or similar framing member in place for final nailing with a few bent nails. I use 8d nails, driven about a…
The usual method of wiring a stud-wall house is to drill holes in the center of the studs and string the wire around the perimeter of the building. When the…
Seeing me struggling with my framing hammer, trying to separate two studs nailed together,prompted the carpenter I was working for to show me this trick. Use two pry bars, one…
Back when I worked in the tracts, a little trick made our lives easier when it came time to lift stud walls into place. Both people working on a wall…
When I built my own house, I borrowed walking jacks from my lumberyard and raised the walls myself. My lumberyard doesn't lend the jacks anymore, but they sell them for…
Renewing tired masonry joints can bring an old brick building back to life.
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