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Tips and advice from experienced contractors working in the field.
7 Steps to Preventing Cracks in Drywall Finish
Drywall may crack or appear cracked on the surface as time goes on, which can occur for a variety of reasons. Here's what you can do to prevent it.
5 Highest-Paying States for Carpenters
Take a look at the top five states with the highest average professional carpenter salaries across the U.S.
What Could LEED Certification Mean For Your Business?
A look into LEED Certification and how it can benefit your business
How to Install Cabinet Hardware
There’s more to installing kitchen hardware than drilling holes and screwing on knobs and pulls.
Post Plumbing Job Checklist
Another successful plumbing job...but wait! Before you pack up your tools, take the time to do a final check for tiny leaks and lingering sediment.
How to Lay Mosaic Tiles
A handy guide to laying and setting mosaic tile from one of our most trusted tile experts. Plus, a quick bonus guide on how to set a decorative band!
Do These Exterior Renovations Actually Help Sell a House?
While not all exterior renovations offer the same return on investment, these eight projects are more likely to help a home sell faster.
How to Control Dust and Keep Things Clean on the Job
Learn how to control dust, clean up efficiently, and prevent big messes from accumulating on the jobsite.
How To Pour a Perfect Concrete Apron
We followed a concrete crew for the day in order to find out the process behind their black concrete aprons. Here's what we found out.
How To Work With Manufactured Stone
Manufactured stone is almost indistinguishable from the real thing these days. Check out these great installation tips from our expert Marcus Shilling.
Do These Interior Renovations Actually Help Sell a House?
Not all interior renovation projects have an equal impact on home value. These are the ones that help a home sell.
How to Join Dissimilar Pipes
When you go to add or replace plumbing lines in an old house you probably won’t find new pipes that match the old ones. Learn how to fix this.
12 Scaffolding Safety Tips and Hints
We picked the brain of a scaffolding expert, and he gave us these great tips on how to work smart and stay safe on and around scaffolds. So, whether you’re changing sky-high warehouse light bulbs...
Which Exterior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?
Not all exterior renovation projects are created equal. These are the ones that add the most value at resale.
Which Interior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?
New and refinished wood flooring and HVAC upgrades are the top interior renovation projects that add the most value at resale.
Building and House Wrap Installation Tips
House wrap isn't fun to install, but with the goal of energy efficiency, it's here to stay. There have been several changes in the building codes that apply to house wrap installation (none of which...
Avoid Framing Mistakes With These Tips
Build your walls straight, sturdy and plumb with these great tips.
Pro-Submitted Construction Tool Storage and Transport Ideas
Pros reveal their favorite tried-and-true ways to haul and store tools. Check out these ingenious solutions and see which ones will work for you.
How to Build a Retaining Wall That Will Last
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.
Jobsite Etiquette Tips for Subcontractors
Here are some great tips that will keep you and your subcontractors in your customer’s good graces.
How To Hang An Interior Door
We asked longtime professional trim carpenter Jerome Worm to show us his best door-hanging tricks.
‘Cutting Edge’ Table Saw Tips
Straight from top pro woodworkers—ultra-clever tips for getting the most from your table saw.
Secrets of the Sawhorse: 7 Tips and Tricks
A folding metal sawhorse is every tradesman’s best buddy. They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to store. Here are some helpful sawhorse tips to get the most out of your ponies.
How To Get Wires Into Hard-to-Reach Places
The ultimate guide to fishing wires through walls, ceilings and cabinets. With the help of these tips and tricks you can become a wire fishing expert.
Indispensable Extension Cord Tips
You can't get much done on a jobsite without extension cords. These field-tested tips for storing and using those cords safely can save you time and money.
Tips and Techniques for Finishing Trim
Achieving a flawless finish is all about proper prep, taking the correct steps, and applying the right product with quality tools.
Get the Most Out of Your Hammer
Did you know a hammer can be used for all sorts of jobs besides pounding nails? Here are some of those uses including: demolition, chopping, measuring, bending, digging and more.
An Inside Look Into a Truss Factory
We visited a truss plant and asked about the most common mistakes framers make when installing with trusses.
The Ins and Outs of Working with Liquid Flashing
Liquid flashing has been showing up on more jobsites around the nation. That’s because it works. Liquid flashing costs more per opening, but if it’s installed properly there’s no better way to achieve a watertight...
The Expert’s Guide to Ceiling Painting
Learn all the best tips for painting clean and crisp-looking ceilings
How To Run Co-Ax Cable
There's more to installing co-ax cable than drilling a hole and pulling a wire. Learn how to keep the hi-def high and internet speed blistering.
12 Tips for Bending Metal with a Bending Brake
A metal brake is the tool for bending custom metal flashing and decorative trim. Every siding contractor and most roofers have one. But a brake can come in handy for all sorts of projects. It...
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