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Become a more well-rounded professional with these insights into life as a pro in the trades.

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Tips for Working with Contractors on Your Home

Working with contractors can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. Here are some tips on how to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Why Houses are So Expensive to Build

Find out what's driving housing prices up and why so many people struggle to find affordable housing options.


5 Tips For Managing Client Expectations

Acquiring new clients is challenging. Try turning existing clients into repeat clients by managing their project expectations.


20 Tips and Tools That Make House Demolition Simple

Demolition shouldn't be a haphazard job, especially for the professionals. These tips and tools will make your residential remodeling and...


5 Essential Tips for Pro Carpenters

Five game-changing pro tips for carpenters who want to up their game and get more efficient on the jobsite.

5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Landscaping Tools

We got advice from the owner of a landscape company on how to keep gear and tools running at optimal...


Trim Carpentry Tips

Trimming is detailed work that requires patience, skill and just a little bit of a perfectionism. Here are some great...

5 Best Resources for Women in Skilled Trades

Succeeding as a woman in a historically male-centric industry is no small task. Here are some of the best resources...


Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

Everything you wanted to know about breaker panels and more. A veteran electrical inspector answers your questions.


Tips for Concrete Fasteners and Masonry Screws

No matter which trade you're in, eventually you're going to tackle a project that requires fastening to bricks, blocks or...


How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...

5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Plumbing Snake

Consistent maintenance of your drain-cleaning equipment reduces effort on site and prolongs its useful lifespan.


Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.


Tips for Plumbing With Plastic Pipe

We asked Les Zell, our resident master plumber, to share some of his tips on working with plastic plumbing. Here...


5 Tips For A Successful Interior Painting Project

A pro painter shares the five steps to a successful interior painting project.

A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


New Company ‘RenoRun’ Delivers Materials Directly to Your Jobsite

RenoRun wants to bring you everything you need for a job directly to the jobsite.


How Small Businesses Can Avoid Economic Stimulus Scams

The Small Business Administration recently issued a warning about scammers trying to take advantage of people applying for small business...


How to Protect a House During a Remodel

It's important during any remodeling project to safeguard the unaffected parts of the house from damage and filth. Here are...


Tidy Tips From a Picky Painter

You can tell a good paint job because the new wall paint is only on the wall. We asked a...


Create Smooth Walls: A Mudslinger’s Guide

Drywall taping is one of the most important jobs on any construction site. A skilled taper can hide a lot...


Essential Tips for HVAC Professionals

One expert offers key tips on how HVAC professionals can stay ahead of the curve in an industry that is...


Seven Plumbing Tricks You Have To Know

Seven terrific tips and tricks from a long-time plumber

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Get Yourself out of Prickly Plumbing Predicaments

Even pro plumbers run into unforeseen problems on the job. Veteran plumber Les Zell shares the cool tools and tips...


Tackle Tricky Plumbing Problems

Check out these great solutions to plumbing problems that were not what they seemed.