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How To: Use Wood Filler
Scarred flooring, rotted window frames, chipped furniture—common problems like these can be time-consuming and expens...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tips on Cutting Plywood
Plywood is a versatile product great for lots of building projects. Cutting it can be a little tricky, however, as th...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lumber Grades
If you feel a bit confused when you walk down the lumber aisle in your local home store, you’re not alone. For a basi...
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11 Things to Know Before Visiting the Lumber Yard
Choosing the right wood for a home improvement project can be tricky for experienced woodworkers and novice DIYers alike. Luckily, knowing a few key lumber facts ...
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How To: Make a Picture Frame
What is art? Critics and philosophers are free to debate the question endlessly, but we think it's pretty simple: If ...
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How To: Make Decorative Cuts with Your Jigsaw
Here's how to cut a decorative design out of the middle of a board. After choosing your design and carefully marking ...
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How To: Bevel a Fence Post
Here's how to dress up a fence post with a beveled cap. It's easy to do with a radial arm saw. Set the blade at a 45-...
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How To: Drill a Clean Hole
Here's how to drill a hole when you need to see both sides of your work. Drill on the front side of the board until t...
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5 Things to Do with... Wooden Dowels
Though they're nothing more than long, cylindrical pegs, wooden dowels can be used to make furniture and home accents...
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Get a Grip: 8 Clamps to Help You Handle Any Project
Clamps are immensely helpful (even essential) in performing cer­tain tasks. But, which clamp—among the various hand-screw, bar, spring, strap, pipe and C-clamp—is...
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Bob Vila's 7 Essential Woodworking Tools
As any homeowner will attest, there is always something to fix at home. If it involves woodworking, you’ll want to equip your workshop with the right set of tool...
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How To: Make a Biscuit Joint
Here's a way to join two pieces of wood without visible hardware or nails by using oval wooden biscuits.  With a bisc...
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10 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners
Woodworking doesn’t have to be daunting! Most of these fun, novice-friendly projects use scrap lumber and require just basic tools and some simple instructions. T...
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How To: Make a Story Pole
When marking off several measurements of the same size, it's best to make yourself a guide. We call this a story pole...
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How To: Make Cabinet Doors
Here's how to dress up an old kitchen with new cabinet doors. Use a fine-grade plywood, such as birch, for the new do...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Classic Wood Games You Can Make Yourself
If you love to use tools and you love to play games, then you're not alone: Scores of handymen and women have used wo...
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How To: Use Wood Plugs
Give your carpentry work that professional look by concealing nails or screws with wooden plugs. Use a dowel bit to d...
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Quick and Easy Shaker Drawer Fronts
I've been working on a hallway organizer furniture project for over two years now. Other, more pressing, projects kee...
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Woodworker
Shopping for the woodworker in your family? Browse our top picks for gifts that will delight beginners and experts alike.
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How To: Make Homemade Clamps
Here's an easy way to improvise when you're running out of clamps around the woodworking shop.  After spreading glue,...
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10 Great Woods for Woodworking
Woodworking pro, Spike Carlsen, shares his pick for the top ten best woodworking woods, along with the characteristics, best uses and cost for each.
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How To: Make New Wood Look Old
Here are some tips on how to distress wood, making new lumber look old. First, trim off machined edges with a hatchet...
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How To: Build Temporary Scaffolding
To safely work on your house, use scaffolding that you can build yourself. Nail a three-foot and a five-foot length o...
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How To: Make a Wood Tray
Hello everyone how was your holiday weekend? Can you believe Labor Day has come and gone already? Summer has flown bu...
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Bob Vila Radio: Basic Saw Cuts
One way to dress up a room is by installing new woodwork around doors or windows, or putting in new crown molding or ...
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Finishing Wood
Let's talk about the surface of the object you are making. How smooth is it? Are the heads of the nails or screws flu...
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How To: Make a Mortise-and-Tenon Joint
Mortise-and-tenon joints are the preferred style of joint for furniture and cabinetwork. It's strong, durable, and li...
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Wood Joints
The language of the joiner is filled with words that we know well from ordinary usage but here have new and distinct ...
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Operating a Drill Press
The controls vary from one drill press to the next, but there are a number of ele­ments that remain largely the same....
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Using Your Router
Once you've grown accustomed to the router, the tool will fit naturally into your grasp. Initially, however, it may f...
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7 Essential Woodworking Tools
A few key tools and considerations bear discussion. Tape Measure.  When it comes to marking and measuring and laying ...
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How To: Use a Portable Power Planer
Power planers are to jack planes as portable circular saws are to handsaws. Both the planer and the circular saw are ...
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How To: Use a Hand Plane
Very few workshop tasks can be as satisfying as putting a wood plane through its paces. There you are, just you and, ...
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Woodworking Vise Guide
A woodworking vise, according to its dictionary definition, consists of two jaws for holding work and a mechanism, us...
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Planning Your Woodworking Shop
Consider some of these issues as you're planning your woodworking shop. Doorways. Standard household doors are often ...
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How To: Choose the Right Saw for the Job
Muscles or electricity are required to power a saw, but the sawteeth really do the cutting, reducing the fibers of th...
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How To: Build a Sawhorse
The sawhorse is an indispensable piece of work-site furniture. It's part workbench, part scaffold, and now and again ...
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Lumber Grades and Numbers
The grading system for white pine alone consists of about ten levels. If you are going to work with wood professional...
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How To: Clamp a Glue Joint
A properly glued wood joint is very strong, but one that is glued improperly is likely to fracture given a minimum of...
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How To: Saw Safely
Every time you use a power saw, you put your very own flesh and blood at risk. I've worked with more contractors than...
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Quick Tip: Table Saw Techniques
Your table saw can perform a remarkable number of tasks. There’s probably enough to fill a website, especially when a...
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Quick Tip: Working with Wood Glues
Glues really used to be made from old horses (the hoofs, skins, bones, and other parts, when boiled, produce a protei...
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How To: Use a Hammer
At first, I felt a bit foolish explaining how to use a hammer. Most of us have seen children banging away with toy ma...
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How To: Cut Straight Lines with a Circular Saw
Despite its name, the portable circular saw (or any circular saw, for that matter) cuts only straight lines. The name...
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Choosing Essential Tools for Woodworking
Whether starting a workshop from scratch or enhancing an existing one, few woodworkers will come up with the same wor...
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How To: Sand Wood
Sanding is the unsung hero of any project with wood. It can take a long time, and the results are subtle: Sanding doe...
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How To: Add Trim to Cabinets
Last week, we wrapped up our sitting room built-in. I also promised a quick post on how to add trim to cabinets to make ...
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DIY Workbenches: 5 You Can Build in a Weekend
The workbench is a DIY project's hub. It's where supplies are kept and progress gets made.  Sure, you can buy a workb...
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How To: Make a Mitered Corner
A mitered corner is formed by joining two pieces of wood, each cut to a 45° angle. One of the easier joints to cut, a...
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How To: Use a Miter Box
A miter box is a wonderfully simple, affordable tool that allows any DIYer to make accurate crosscuts in wood. Since ...
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How To: Make a Deck Rail Planter
Last year, I was dying to have some deck rail planters to grow spinach and lettuce in, but I couldn’t find any that w...
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5 Easy Ways to Contain Sawdust and Drill Debris
In the spring, summer, and fall at our house, we're pretty active cyclists—for recreation, exercise, and transportati...
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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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Bob Vila Radio: Woodworking Tips
Even experienced carpenters make mistakes, especially when they're cutting a lot of different pieces. Listen to BOB V...
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Bob Vila Radio: Tool Tip - Clamps
In carpentry, the first key to a good joint is proper clamping. The clamp is responsible for pulling together the pie...
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5 Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners
Don't miss 10 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for BeginnersFor the uninitiated, woodworking may seem far too...
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Bob Vila Radio: Dowel Joinery Tips
Here’s a technique professional carpenters use to conceal screws in fine woodworking projects: use wooden plugs. List...
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Bob Vila Radio: DIY Dolly
The next time you need to move something big and heavy in the workshop or around the house, save your back and build ...
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How To: Drill Straight 90° Holes (Without a Drill Press)
Except in special cases—when you intentionally choose a specific angle or bias—it's important to keep all drill holes...
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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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7 Essential Measuring Tools for Any Job
Besides "righty tighty, lefty loosey," there's one DIY phrase that nearly anyone can recite: Measure twice, cut once....
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So, You Want to... Build a Cabinet
Building a cabinet looks easy. After all, it’s just a box with a door. It only becomes difficult if you want it to lo...
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How To: Match End Grain with Side Grain
As you may recall from science class as a kid, wood is a collection of fibers that run in the same direction. Basical...
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10 Ways to Use Your Cordless Drill/Driver
Some may love their wet saws for cutting tiles, while others couldn't bear to part with their trim router or thicknes...
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How To: Make a Window Box
A window box can add enormous curb appeal to a house and provide a garden opportunity for even city dwellers. And, th...
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Top Tips: Making a "Better" Birdhouse
A birdhouse can be as simple or as detailed as you like—from a basic box shape built with butt-joints and a 45-degree...
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How To: Clean Your Toolbox and Workshop
While spring is generally considered the month for cleaning windows, airing out the house, reorganizing the cupboards...
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How To: Get Clean, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer
Melamine-coated particleboard is a great material for storage, basement, garage, home office, and kid's room projects...
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How To: Use a Saw Properly
PreparationPreparation is the most important ingredient for making clean, accurate, safe cuts. To properly prepare fo...
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How To: Distress New Beams for an Century-Old Look
Creating hundred-year-old beams is an art form that Juan Santos of Emilios' Woodworking has perfected. In the Malibu ...
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5 Ways to Get Perfect, Clean Cuts in Plywood
Plywood sheet goods are an essential in any home improvement project involving wood. But due to their layered structu...
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Filing Techniques
The first time I saw my father cut a piece of stock with a handsaw, he made it look easy. When I tried it, I discover...
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Wood Templates
Wood templates are patterns or models used in the making of specific pieces, usually those with curved lines or irreg...
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How To: Use a Block Plane
Follow these simple guidelines for working with a wood plane and you are sure to have superior results: Assume the Po...
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Proper Sanding Techniques
While there are many different products you can use to sand (a palm sander, a block, or sand­ing with paper in ha...
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Building a Sunroom Planter
The first addition to the sunroom in the Season 13 Modern Colonial home was a simple cedar planter. Built by Bob Ryle...
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Building a Redwood Deck and a Redwood-and-Cedar Fence
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley build a redwood deck. Carpenter Danny Ruffini installs a custom-made redwood-and-cedar fence on the perimeter.
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Applying a Veneer Coat of Plaster over Blueboard
Bob interviews Carlos Londono, a plastering contractor, who demonstrates how to apply a veneer coat of plaster over blue board.
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Creating a Cornice Molding for the Dining Room
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley create an elaborate five-piece cornice molding in the dining room.
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Making an Armoire into an Entertainment Center
Bob works with carpenter Bob Ryley to construct an insert for an antique cherry armoire to house his bedroom TV and video collection.
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Reviewing the Front Porch, and Installing Interior Columns and a Vanity
Bob reviews the Victorian design elements of his front-corner porch and the interior columns that echo the exterior ones, and then watches the turn-of-the-century...
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Cherry Cabinet Installation
Gam Danziger from Craftline Cabinets reviews the assembly of the contemporary Cherry kitchen cabinets being installed in the penthouse apartment.
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Installing a Mahogany Windowsill
Bob puts in a Mahogany windowsill that's been precut with a cleat and bevel to make the installation easier. He also helps install Poplar floor molding and observ...
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Building Planter Boxes
Bob Ryley is in the garage workshop building a planter box for the sunroom.
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Picture Framing
Interior designer Leslie Curtis shows off another of her decorating ideas in the dining room.
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Building the Foyer Staircase
Bob visits with carpenter Mark Fortunati, who is building a traditional-looking staircase in the foyer.
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Drywall vs. Blueboard Explained
In the barn of the Victorian restoration project house, Bob talks with a rep from US Gypsum about the new technology that makes blue boards stronger and lighter t...
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Wall Plastering
Plastering contractor John Hirrell shows Bob several tricks of the trade.
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Tiling the Shower
Bob touches base with Eddie Zywusko, the mason and tilesetter, working in the loft apartment's L-shaped shower.
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Building Cabinets
Bob visits Todd Allen's cabinet shop, where he helps to mill and assemble the cabinets for the loft conversion project.
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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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Constructing Kitchen Cabinets and Shelves
Bob and contractor Ed Weller check out the open pantry shelves made of Surell.
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Wall Demolition to Create a Doorway
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley demolish a wall on the second floor in order to connect the framed-in addition to the existing house.
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Installing Baseboards and Making Moldings
Bob meets with carpenter Bob Ryley to install baseboard, then visits Paul Morse's workshop to see how specialty moldings are milled.
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Building a Bookcase
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley meet in the workshop to build a set of bookcases for the home. Ryley demonstrates the various cuts and joining methods used to make th...
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Decorative Woodwork Restoration
Bob assists Patty Hettich in stripping paint from decorative woodwork, then making rubber molds to create new details in the Federal-style home.
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Discussing the Framing and Selecting a Garage Door
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review the building plans and the progress made on the post-and-beam garage. Framing continues, and Bob discusses the various joints ...
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Cutting Joists Using 17th-Century Techniques
Bob heads to Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA, where artisan-carpenter Pret Woodburn shows Bob how mortise-and-tenon joinery was cut back in the 17th- and 18th...
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Tour of the Completed 'Boat Barn'
Bob takes a close look at the boat storage part of the building (the 'boat barn'), highlighting interior features like the lighting and mechanical systems. Contra...
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Building a Medicine Cabinet
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley hand-craft a medicine cabinet using a radial arm saw, Dado blade, router, screws, and carpenter's glue.
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Sweating a Joint in Copper Plumbing
The plumber Steve Bowton shows Bob how to sweat a joint in copper plumbing.
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Blueboard and Plaster
Bob joins plastering contractor Bob Fragakis, who will install blueboard, then apply a skim coat of plaster over it. Fragakis explains the tools and materials use...
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Creating the Built-in Cabinets
Bob meets with Ryley to discuss the site-built, built-in cabinets of birch plywood. Ryley demonstrates many of the cuts and jigs used in crafting the cabinets, an...
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Constructing a Custom-Recessed Bulkhead Door
Contractor Larry Landers builds a trapdoor to enable access to the old bulkhead from outside. Sheet lead flashing and an ice-and-water barrier are used to waterpr...
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Constructing a Carport, Bench, and Storage Structure
Bob reviews the construction of a carport, bench, and storage structure, situated adjacent to the Naples project house.
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Joining Copper Plumbing
Plumber Tom Higham demonstrates how to join copper plumbing for the bathroom lavatory.
They aren't technically weather vanes, as they don't tell you which direction the breeze is blowing. But they spin, move, ... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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