In this episode of Shop Class, learn how to measure, cut, and build window casing made of cellular PVC, solid wood, poly-ash boards, or any common molding material. Plus, get tips for a clean and solid installation.
Use these time-tested design principles and basic carpentry techniques to create beautiful layered crown and cornice trim details that will dress up any room in your house.
Make a simple jig from scrap wood to make safe easy cuts at angles greater than 45 degrees with your compound miter saw or chop saw.
Learn what details and conditions to look for in an existing home to see if an insert replacement window makes more sense than removing and replacing the entire original window.
The combination waste and vent system is a simpler alternative to island fixture vents and air-admittance valves, and a recent code change may make it more popular.
Colin, Rob, and Patrick hear from listeners about modest house plans and looking for leaks before taking listener questions on drilling concrete, fitting trim to stone, and fixing a flat roof.
A drywall sponge is a handy tool for dust-free sanding, as long as you've done an excellent job of taping.
For drywall sanding jobs where you really need to keep dust to a minimum, try using one of these vacuum-assisted tools.
Begin with a pole sander and then finish-sand by hand.
No one enjoys this necessary step in the drywall finishing process, but here's some advice to help get you through it.
In this Pro-Talk podcast Patrick talks to Andy Engel, carpenter and former Fine Homebuilding editor.
They require corner bead and three coats of compound, but these corners are straightforward to tape.
Take your walls to the next level with a thin coat of compound over the entire surface.
This two-coat approach is the best way to tape these potentially tricky areas.
This trade document spells out accepted levels of finishing in a range of situations.
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