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Pro Tips For Easier Fastening
You can fasten almost anything with precision and confidence using these pro tips. Read on for a career's worth of expert tips.
Wood Corner Joint Test: Which One is Strongest?
Professional woodworker Brad Holden shares his four favorite corner joints. Bonus: find out which one held up to our test the best!
20 Marking Hacks That are Incredibly Useful on the Jobsite
These aha! ideas will help make your marking more accurate and your days more productive.
Why Wood Moves and Why You Need To Know
Wood is going to expand and contract. You can't stop it. But you can learn how to avoid the problems caused by wood movement.
How to Work Safely In the Cold
Polar vortex or not, working in the cold can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Learn how to stay safe here.
How to Install a Handrail
Even if you've spent your whole life around the construction trades, there's a chance you've never installed a handrail before. Learn the ins-and-outs here.
How To Perfect Your Window Trim Installation Process
A long-time carpenter Travis Larson explains how he installs window trim. Check out these simple step-by-step instructions.
Will Augmented Reality Revolutionize Construction?
Augmented reality can literally change the way we see the world. Will it be able to break into the change-resistant construction industry?
Worm Drive Circular Saw vs Direct Drive: Which One’s Best for You?
Learn about the differences between a worm drive circular saw and a direct drive circular saw, and determine which one is best for you.
Ultimate Air Compressor Upgrades and Attachments
You'll wish you knew about these clever (and super-useful!) air compressor accessories a long time ago.
How To Use Wood Clamps Like a Master
Pro woodworkers share their best tips and tricks for clamping wood, whether you are on the worksite or in the workshop. These are the go-to wood clamps of choice.
Ask the Electrical Inspector: Should GFCI Protection Go in the Panel or the Receptacle?
Is it better to install a GFCI protection device in the panel or in a receptacle? Find out here.
5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Rookie Painter
We talked to a painting pro to learn five things that rookie painters should know before kicking off their career.
Mineral Spirits vs. Paint Thinner
Learn the differences and similarities between mineral spirits and paint thinner.
Pros and Cons of Various Tile Backers
Learn the pros and cons of various tile substrate products so you know which to pick for your next project.
Toolipedia: Adjustable Basin Wrench
Toolipedia: Everything you wanted to know about telescoping basin wrenches
How to Install Joist Hangers the Correct Way
If you install them properly, joist hangers will keep your decks and floors strong as wood dries, twists, shrinks and ages.
How to Build a Long-Lasting Retaining Wall
Retaining wall blocks are really heavy. You don't want to lift them twice. Learn how to build a rock solid retaining wall right the first time.
How to Master Your Hole Saw
A good hole saw kit is a staple in every pro's arsenal. Check out these great tips to drill faster, cleaner and safer with your hole saws.
Everything to Know Before Laying Sod & How to Lay Sod
Recently we loaded up our camera gear and followed around a sod crew to get the lowdown on how to lay sod in a new yard. We learned a lot from the Wagner crew, and...
Pros and Cons of Attic Insulation Types
A home inspector goes through which insulation types work best in specific situations.
Why Choose Mineral Wool Insulation?
Mineral wool has some real advantages over the alternatives. If you have an insulation job coming up, we strongly recommend that you check it out.
Working With Steel Studs: Metal Stud Framing
How would you like to be able to frame a perfectly straight wall each and every time? It's possible with metal stud framing.
How to Pour a Perfect Concrete Slab
A long-time pro shares some terrific tips on how to pour a concrete driveway slab that will look terrific and last for decades.
5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Rookie Architect
We spoke to an experienced architect to find out the five things he wishes he had known before his first day on the job.
5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Landscaping Tools
We got advice from the owner of a landscape company on how to keep gear and tools running at optimal levels.
How Proper Prep Leads to Crack-Free Concrete
Good finishing techniques will make a slab look great for a while, but proper ground prep will keep it looking that way over its lifetime.
Pro Tips and Tricks for Installing Laminate Flooring
We talked with a flooring expert to get some installation tips that will help you avoid humps, bumps, gaps and cracks.
The Ultimate Guide to Tape Measures
Our one-stop guide to all things tape measures, from product recommendations to trade tips and tricks.
Trade School vs College: Which is the Right Choice for You?
Do you need help deciding between trade school and college? We've got a helpful guide for you!
Installing an Electrical Outlet Anywhere
Adding receptacles isn't overly complicated, but there are facts you should know in order to stay safe and code compliant. Longtime electrician Rune Eriksen shares his advice, tips and handy techniques to help you deal...
Push Sticks Prevent Impalement
You can prevent injuries (and potential impalement) when using a table saw by building a small push stick. Learn how here.
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