Safety First: Install an Outdoor Stair Railing
Replace a wobbly old outdoor handrail with a rock solid one by using strong concrete anchors. We show you how to design and attach one to your…
Making Sense of Lumber Dimensions
Don’t be confused by nominal board dimensions when you buy lumber or read plans. We show you the quick translation to actual numbers.
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How to Build Small Sawhorses
Mini-sawhorses (saw ponies) are surprisingly useful around the shop or job site, and are easier to make than full-size saw horses. Using this…
How to Use a Level Over Long Distances
Level over short, medium and long distances with ease. Whether you’re installing a dropped ceiling, laying out a deck, or building a…
Plumb Bobs and Levels: An Essential Guide
Whether you’re hanging a picture or framing a house, plumb and level is essential. These tips show how to use plumb bobs and levels for a…
Building Rock-Solid Exterior Walls
Houses stay plumb and level not because of all the studs and joists, but because of the diagonal bracing—the triangles—incorporated…
How to Remove Stuck Nails: Hammer Tips
Learn to pull bent or errant nails quickly and efficiently with your hammer, a cat's paw, nippers, and a wood block, or cut them with a…
Ceiling Panels: How to Install a Beam and Panel Ceiling
Create an attractive beam and panel ceiling with just 2x4s and fiberboard. It’s inexpensive, easy to assemble and looks like a classic…
Wall Framing Tips for New Construction
Learn the simple framing techniques that ensure accurately built, tightly framed walls. This article explains how to frame a wall and the…
How to Install Wainscoting
Transform a room with the warm glow of beaded wood wainscoting. Install the paneling right over your existing wall, eliminating the hassle of…
Using Steel Studs: Metal Stud Framing
You’ll like steel framing. Steel studs are perfectly straight, don’t shrink or split. They’re light, easy to store, resist…