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Tips of the Trades
Tips of the Trades
Clever tips and tricks for jobs and tasks across the trades
Pro Tip: Control Dust While Cutting Tile
Keep dust out of the air and your lungs by turning a five-gallon bucket into a tile cutting station.
Pro Tip: See The Cut Line More Clearly
Defining the line will lead to better cuts and better copes.
Pro Tip: Prevent Theft By Marking Up Your Tools
Mark your tools to prevent jobsite confusion and discourage potential thieves.
Pro Tip: Why Construction Pros Should Save Their Shoeboxes
Getting dust in your eyes is not productive and potentially dangerous. Learn an easy way to prevent it here.
Pro Tip: How To Scribe With a Tape Measure
Scribing a straight line with nothing but a tape measure and a pencil is a great way to save time on the job and avoid using unnecessary tools. It's also an essential skill that every...
Pro Tip: Trouble Pulling A Nail? Grab A Block
Learn how to pull a long nail with a short hammer claw.
Pro Tip: Why Lip Balm on Screws Can Be a Good Idea
Driving screws into hard wood can be a tough chore. Learn an easy fix here.
6 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Paint Sprayer
Follow these tips from a painting expert to extend the life and performance of your paint sprayer.
Pro Tip: How To Make Your Own Shims
Shims are one of a carpenters most commonly used tools. So what should you do if you run out? Watch this video for a quick fix!
The Quickest Way to Remove Lint From Paint Rollers
A quick and simple way to remove lint and fuzz from paint roller covers
Cut Metal Safely On a Miter Saw
Check out this tip for safely cutting pieces of metal on a miter saw.
How To Make 45-degree Bandsaw Cuts
Unlock your bandsaw's potential with this easy trick for 45-degree angles.
Stops for Your Table Saw Workbench
Try this ingenious method for holding your project in place while planing or sanding on your table saw workbench.
Easiest Way to Fix Frayed Straps
Frayed straps are difficult to feed through ratchets. Here’s how to make the ends good as new.
How to Stain Unfinished Wood with Used Coffee Grounds
No need to buy a stain for your next woodworking project. It only takes a few common household ingredients: steel wool, coffee grounds, and vinegar.
Pound In A Pilot Hole
The best tip for drilling holes in concrete exactly where you want them
Safest Way To Secure A Hook-less Tow Strap
This ingenious towing tip will have you asking, "Why didn't I ever think of that?"
The Perfect Tool For Leveling Appliances
Learn the best way to level appliances
Why Slanted Pockets Are Better For Construction Pros
Learn more about why tradespeople should buy their jeans made with pockets that are slanted instead of straight across.
The Right Way To Splice Wires
Did you know you've been splicing stranded wire the wrong way all these years? Discover the right way here.
Keep Buckets From Getting Stuck Together
Here's a super simple way to avoid buckets from getting stuck together. And it doesn't require a one-ton truck and a tow strap.
Record Paint Names On Wall Plates
Keeping track of which paint is on which wall can be a pain. Learn this method to make it easier.
Prevent “Slippage” While Sanding
How to prevent pieces of wood from sliding around and flying off during the sanding process
The Best Way To Roll Up Tie-Down Straps
So you thought rolling up tie-down straps was no fun? Think again.
3 Simple Garage Door Maintenance Tips For Your Customers
A former garage door repairman shares the secret to keeping garage doors up and running smoothly
How To Cut Boards That Are Too Wide For the Saw
Need to cut a few extra inches to get all the way through a board? Try this tip.
A Quick Hack for Removing Staples
Learn how to remove staples from wood for all of your DIY projects.
How To Unstick A Frozen Lock
Need to unlock a lock that is frozen stuck in extremely cold temperatures? Here's how.
Pro Tip: Make Heavy Concrete Bags Easier to Carry
Learn a simple trick that will make working with bagged concrete much more manageable
Glass Subway Tile Shower Installation (VIDEO)
A tiling and flooring pro demonstrates his process for installing subway tiles
Dust-Free Dust Dumping
Our garbage guy, Ron, said if I dumped sawdust into the trash can again, he wasn’t going to pick it up anymore.
The Greatest Shop Tip in History
Grab the leaf blower to take care of a dirty shop vacuum filter and clean it up in a short time without such the mess around the shop.
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