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How To: Install a Deadbolt
Automated security systems are nice to have, but the easiest and least expensive way to improve the security of home ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing Toggle Bolts
Installing wall hooks or fasteners into plaster walls isn't difficult—that is, if you use the right approach. Probabl...
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How To: Polish Silver
Gleaming silver exudes refined charm, yet over time that lustrous beauty gradually fades with the accumulation of tar...
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Bob Vila Radio: Stripped Screws
Inserting or removing a screw is one of the simplest jobs there is. But a stripped screw head can turn a simple job i...
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How To: Remove a Stripped Screw
It was supposed to be a quick and easy repair. But darn it, one of the screws wouldn't budge, and so by the time you ...
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Doorknobs of Distinction: 12 Stunning Styles for Interior Doors
While the doorknob may not be the first thing visitors notice about a house, it is often the first thing they touch—so make sure yours is memorable. A doorknob th...
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How To: Toenail Lumber
When framing a house, there are many applications in which you have to join two pieces of wood at a right angle, such...
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Bob Vila Radio: Pulling Nails
You may be pretty good at swinging a hammer to drive in a nail, but there are plenty of do-it-yourself jobs that will...
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Knobs of Note: 16 Ideas for a Cool Cabinet
Are you searching for a way to add some personality to your doors and drawers? Create fun and functional handles with these delightful (and frugal) DIY ideas.
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5 Things to Do with... Doorknobs
We interact with them daily and seldom think twice, but do-it-yourselfers have found plenty of reasons for us to focu...
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How To: Install European Hinges
To hang heavy cabinet doors and conceal the hardware, use mortise European-style hinges.  Use a 35-millimeter drill b...
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Hinge Styles: 10 Designs You Need to Know
When it comes time to upgrade a front door, build new kitchen cabinets, or even fix a toy box, homeowners have a wide range of hinge styles to choose from.
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Toss Your Keys: 9 High-Tech Door Locks
Now that our phones talk and our cars start with the push of a button, it's no surprise that the front door is going digital too. We’ve got the lowdown on some of...
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How To: Pull Nails
This wooden-handled hammer may look strong enough to pull any nail but because the grain of the wood is actually weak...
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How To: Restore Brass Hardware
Here's how to restore the missing brass hardware from an antique door.  The "ghost" image of original brass hardware ...
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Nail Guide
The parts of the nail are the head, shank or shaft, point, and the gripper marks - slight grooves incised into the sh...
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Nailing Techniques
Nailing a nail isn't just a matter of ready, aim, and swing. Other elements enter in, like the size of the nail, the ...
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Bolts and Screws
In general, a screw is driven by a screwdriver, alien wrench, or other device whose tip fits into an opening in the h...
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Drill Bits for Different Jobs
An electric drill without bits is like a bow without arrows. And the better the bit (or arrow, I suppose), the better...
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Cut Nails: Hammering Home Authenticity
Cut nails bring a bygone air to wood floors, doors, cabinetry, or fencing. With their heads showing on or above the s...
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Bob Vila Radio: Interior Lockset
Replacing an interior lockset is a pretty simple job. If you’re thinking about upgrading your doors with new doorknob...
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How To: Clean Brass
Brass brings a warm, burnished glow to household items, ranging from switch plates, door knockers, and lamps to bathr...
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Bob Vila Radio: Types of Screws
There are many different types of screws, and each kind has its own job to do. Before you make the first turn of the ...
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Cabinet Hardware: 10 Styles to Invigorate Your Kitchen
One of the last things considered when shopping for kitchen cabinets is the hardware. But kitchen cabinet hardware can make a big impact on the look and feel of n...
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Style Your Kitchen with Cabinet Hardware
If you’ve ever designed or remodeled a kitchen, you know there are an overwhelming number of decisions to make with r...
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Bit of Knowledge: Choosing the Right Drill Bit for the Job
Drill bits are designed to do one thing: make holes in stuff. That is, except when they are intended to drive hardwar...
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Top Tools 2012: Bosch 13-Piece DareDevil Spade Bit Set
Why You'll Love It: Bosch's DareDevil Spade Bits drill large holes through wood studs with revolu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Locksets
Whether you choose a handle set, lever, or knob for your entry door, you also need a deadbolt for greatest security. ...
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How To: Choose the Right Screw for the Right Job
Back in the day there were just two options, slotted or Phillips. You picked one, picked a length, and were good to g...
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New Knobs Give Cabinets a Lift
One of the easiest ways to update your kitchen or bath cabinets—and add pizzaz—is to swap out the old hardware for ne...
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Router Bits
Router bits come in about as many shapes and sizes as there are edges to be shaped, quite apart from bits for cutting...
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Quick Tip: Sharpening a Spade Bit
Spade bits, it seems, are always encountering nails, at least in the kinds of rough drilling chores that renovation w...
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How To: Install a Drywall Anchor
So you bought a new towel rack—or some shelving brackets, or a paper towel holder—and you want to attach it to the wa...
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How To: Install Door Hardware
As a person who has recently upgraded from living in a garage to living in a half-constructed house, the novelty of h...
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Installing Custom Shower Doors, Bath Hardware, and CO Detectors
Bob reviews the bathrooms, discusses the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and highlights some fun touches in the basement, such as his mini wine cellar an...
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Installing Restored Brass Door Hardware and Faux Finishing the Mantelpiece
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install the restored door hardware, and artist Kim Sweet faux finishes the mantle in the den, taking as inspiration a piece of Bob’s f...
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Building the Roof Deck With Ipe
Bob watches the ongoing installation of the roof deck, which is being built woth a sustainable tropical hardwood decking called Ipe.
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Elm Court's Dining Room
Bob tours one of the Vanderbilt family's most elegant dining rooms. The Berles have restored the ornate plasterwork ceilings and cornices, which were the inspirat...
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Touring the Tremont Nail Mill
Bob and crew travel to Wareham, MA, to visit the Tremont Nail Mill. Tremont Nail, manufacturer of cut nails.
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Door Lock Installation
Bob Ryley is installing the new lockset from Baldwin Brass on the front door.
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Selecting and Installing Window Treatments
Bob and interior designer Leslie Curtis discuss the window treatments in this episode, while Kevin Murphy (from Smith + Noble) finishes up installation of the com...
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Steel Bulkhead, Cedar Siding and Metal Flashing, and Standing Seam Steel Roof Installation
In a progress report, Ted Riley shows Bob the pre-primed red cedar siding , the heavy-duty metal Bilco bulkhead installation, and the Quechee home's standing seam...
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Installing French Doors
Bob talks with Ray Adam (from Pella Windows) about the new French doors to be installed in the library. It's an active/inactive door with all hardware. The most i...
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Building the Backyard Deck
Bob observes as general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski finishes up the picture framing for the mahogany deck.
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Installing Handicapped-Accessible Door Hardware
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley install a Schlage interior-lever lockset.
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Porch Railing and Screen Door Installation
Carpenter Bob Ryley helps install a new porch railing and new screen doors. An underground sprinkler system is also installed.
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Installing a Brick Walkway and Porch Lighting, and Milling the Railings and Balusters
Contractors put in the brick walkway. Forester Moulding and Lumber replicates the porch railings and balusters. Also, new security and sprinkler systems are insta...
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Replicating Brass Door Hardware
Steve Moore (from Architectural Brass) demonstrates how to replicate a brass escutcheon plate based on a faded outline found on the door.
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Laying Redwood Decking
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he lays the redwood decking for the back porch.
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Shingle Siding
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is putting sidewall shingles onto the exterior of the new addition.
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Skylight Installation
Bob joins contractor Bob Ryley, who is installing a Velux skylight on a curb mount. Ryley describes the screws and mounting hardware used, and Bob demonstrates th...
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Installing Track Lighting
Track lighting is installed in the automotive portion of the garage, and Bob reviews the bulbs, hardware, and mounting techniques used.
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Adding Clapboard Siding
Contractor Bob Ryley explains the process of installing the new clapboards. Using galvanized nails, the boards are added in a staggered pattern for better visual ...
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Building the Farmer's Porch
Bob discusses the process of building the farmer's porch with contractor Larry Landers. The natural crowning of wood is discussed, as are methods for ensuring a l...
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The Merchandise Mart
Bob heads to the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, the largest wholesale design center in the city, to see a selection of bathroom fixtures at K & B Galleries...
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Installing a Solid-Core Cherry-Veneer Door
Bob helps general contractor Tim Berky put a solid-core cherry-veneer door on its bronze butt hinges, and install matching door hardware.
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Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath
Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the im...
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Sink and Faucet Installation
Frank Lowry of FJ Lowry Plumbing and Heating installs the a Franke tri-flow Corinthian faucet, now that the countertop and sink are in place.
Even the simplest holiday decorations can achieve a high visual impact. Here, an unadorned garland held in place with whit... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
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