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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 next basement project. You'll find helpful tips on framing, plumbing, flooring, and a whole lot...
How To Hang Wallpaper
Learn from a pro: Hang wallpaper straight, with near invisible seams, and avoid making a big mess and wasting a bunch of expensive material.
Build Concrete Steps
Learn how to build concrete steps that look fantastic and will last 100 years.
How To Mix Thinset (VIDEO)
In this, video Sal DiBlasi, a flooring expert showcases what he thinks is the absolute best way to mix thinset mortar.
Flooring Innovation From The Remodeling and Deck Expo (VIDEO)
In this video,Matt Risinger talks to one of the founders of Stellar Innovations, a company that has invented what they think is an innovative and game-changing wood flooring product
Game-Changing Products From the Baltimore Remodeling Show and Deck Expo
Watch this video for a look at some of the cool new products Matt Risinger saw at the Baltimore Remodeling Show and Deck Expo.
Five Essential Hand Tools For Trim Carpenters (VIDEO)
Find out which five hand tools you will need while, if you want to be a trim carpenter.
Waterproofing a Shower Floor After the Walls Are Tiled (VIDEO)
In this video, Sal DiBlasi demonstrates how to finish waterproofing a shower floor even after the wall tile has been put up.
Best Way To Paint Trim (VIDEO)
Discover the exact method of achieving a silky smooth, "automobile finish" on trim painted trim.
PRO TIP: Prevent Sawdust Buildup (VIDEO)
Learn how to build a drill press jig that will prevent buildup of sawdust and wood shavings from throwing your alignment off.
You Won’t Believe What’s Inside These Water Heaters! (VIDEO)
Watch as Matt Risinger rips into some old water heaters in order to get a better look at what's going on inside of their tanks. It's pretty unbelievable!
Fasten to concrete (VIDEO)
In this video, Scott Wadsworth shares close to a dozen methods for attaching structures to concrete foundations.
Which is the best tool pouch? (VIDEO)
In this video, Scott Wadsworth from "The Essential Craftsman" shares what he looks for when buying a tool bag, or as he calls them, "carpenter bags"
Easy and Efficient Door Painting (VIDEO)
In this video Chris "The Idaho Painter" and his colleague "Journeyman" John share some great tips on how to stand up doors for easy and efficient painting.
How Do Trusses Impact Energy Efficiency? (VIDEO)
How do trusses impact energy efficiency?
Tape Measure Tips From A Long-Time Pro (VIDEO)
In this video, Scott Wadsworth shares a montage of tape measure tips that he has picked up over his years as a craftsman.
Can String Cut Plastic? (VIDEO)
Can you use plastic to cut string? Scott Wadsworth "the Essential Craftsman" takes a look at the science of friction in this video.
Concrete Flashing Details
Find out the best way to install flashing on a concrete stoop.
Best Hammer Upgrades
Hammers aren't just a just a stick and a chunk of metal anymore. Check out this story for a bunch of ways you can upgrade your hammer.
Not Your Typical Cabinet Shop
Can you guess what’s being built in this woodshop? Hint: It ain’t cabinets.
PRO TIP: Cut Down On Dust
Dust in the air= dust in your lungs. Check out this tip for cutting down on airborne dust when mixing concrete and other powdered mixes... your lungs will thank you.
Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Workbench
Protect and improve your workbench with these ingenious tips.
Five Fantastic Ways To Remove Splinters
Removing a splinter doesn't have to be so painful. These home remedies will put those tweezers digging days behind you!
Save Old Wood Glue
What to do when wood glue gets too thick
Prevent Stuck Caps
If it's been a couple of months since you last used your oil finish, the cap can be a bear to get off. Drips of finish around the spout can dry like glue.
Pro Tip: Mark Your Saw For Efficient Cuts
If you have to measure, mark, and then cut a bunch of boards the same length, then this tip is just what you’re looking for.
What is Blower Door Testing?
In this video, Matt Risinger explains blower door tests, which provide information to home builders on which areas they need to shore up,
Four Secret Plumbing Tips From a Pro (video)
In this video Julio, from Got2Learn, shares four plumbing tips that might prevent you from getting into a jamb and will help get you out if you do.
What Is Wet Shimming & Does It Work?
In this video, Sal Diblassio shows how wet-shimming, the method of applying thin-set to wall studs in the place of shims, can be very effective.
Are Expensive Water Heaters Worth it?
In this video, Matt Risinger takes a look at three electric water heater models. Find out if the expensive models are actually worth the price.
A Sawmill History (video)
In this video, Scott Wadsworth shares some personal and fascinating stories about the history of lumber in the United States
How To Use A Chalk Line
Tips for making accurate, straight lines using a chalk line.
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