Carpentry

How to Remove Rust From Hammers

How to Remove Rust From Hammers
I remember the first time my father let me open his huge toolbox in the basement. He lifted the top tray out and I was amazed by the array of hammers he had hidden in there. There were small petite hammers as well as extremely large hammers. All had

How to Change the Sandpaper on a Finishing Sander

How to Change the Sandpaper on a Finishing Sander
A finishing sander is an electrical tool that is used to polish, shape or smooth wood and other surfaces, such as plastic and metal. Finishing sanders typically have a rectangular base that can accommodate 1/4 or 1/2 sheet of sandpaper. Using a sande

How to Remove a Skilsaw Blade

How to Remove a Skilsaw Blade
Skilsaw is a trade name and manufacturer of an electrically powered circular saw. The Skilsaw brand is so popular that most circular saws are referred to as a "skilsaw" even though the saw may be manufactured by another company. All circular saw

Joining Plywood Corners on Furniture

Joining Plywood Corners on Furniture
Visible screws or nails greatly detract from the appearance of cabinets and other furniture made from plywood, and professional woodworkers avoid them when joining sheets together. A procedure for joining plywood corners that avoids visible fasteners

How to Scribe Logs for a Cabin

How to Scribe Logs for a Cabin
Scribing logs means that logs are cut and formed in such a manner that two adjoining logs fix together as tightly fitted pieces of a puzzle. The natural shape of the log is followed so that two logs fit together seamlessly. Full-scribe log joinery is

How to Replace a Rotting Exterior Door Frame

How to Replace a Rotting Exterior Door Frame
In order to repair a rotted or partially rotted door frame, you must remove and then replace the portion where rot has occurred. The process is not too hard, though it is essential that you remove all of the rotting wood prior to adding new wood. If

How Do I Flash a Gable?

How Do I Flash a Gable?
Roof flashings are metal trim strips which prevent water from entering at the roof edges and penetrating into the roof boards and walls of buildings. Flashings for the gable ends of metal roofs are made as a part of roofing material provided by each

How to Landscape to Eliminate Water in A Basement

How to Landscape to Eliminate Water in A Basement
If you live in an area where rainfall is abundant, you're probably very familiar with the havoc that excess rain water can wreak on your home. Water runoff into the home can destroy a basement and any number of personal items being stored in that spa

How to Replace a Wooden Banister Baluster

How to Replace a Wooden Banister Baluster
A baluster is a vertical piece of wood, often turned and decorative, that runs from the underside of your banister rail to the top of your step. Wooden balusters, while they are strong, can get broken. Some wooden balusters slide into place and other

How to Install Safety Strips on Outdoor Steps in Cold Weather

How to Install Safety Strips on Outdoor Steps in Cold Weather
As the temperature drops and moisture fills the air, outdoor steps can develop a layer of ice on them that is not readily visible. To reduce the risk of falling and extensive shoveling and salting your steps, you can install safety strips. Safety str

How to Purchase Solar Panels

How to Purchase Solar Panels
You may have considered purchasing solar panels for your home to cut your utility bills, lower your carbon footprint or reduce your exposure to the volatility of the utilities market. Converting all that "free" sunlight into electric power with

How to Protect a Carpet From Heavy Furniture

How to Protect a Carpet From Heavy Furniture
One bummer about having heavy furniture is the indentations it leaves in the carpet when you rearrange the room. If you like to periodically spice up your living quarters by changing the positions of furniture in a room with carpet, you've probably e

How to Remove Crown Molding

How to Remove Crown Molding
Crown molding creates a border between walls and ceilings. It is held in place by finish nails. The nails are either driven into studs with a hammer, or shot in with a finish nail gun. The main concern when removing your crown molding is to get it do

How to Fix an Oak Veneer Table That Has a Chip

How to Fix an Oak Veneer Table That Has a Chip
Oak is one of the most common hard woods used in the manufacture of wood veneers. An oak veneer is a thin layer of true oak hardwood that can be applied to wood or other substrate, or base material, to give the look of solid oak. Fixing veneers is ty

How to Make a Garage Workbench

How to Make a Garage Workbench
Anyone with a garage and handyman skills can use a workbench. There are plenty of garage systems available for different budgets, but you can make a simple, sturdy, 5-foot-wide workbench for under $50 with some basic tools. Using precut lumber, a ham

How to Use a Measuring Tape for Diameter

How to Use a Measuring Tape for Diameter
If you need to find the diameter of a circle, many times you can do so with a tape measure. A circle is defined as a curved line in which every point is equally distant from the center. The diameter of a circle is the distance from a point on one sid

How to Finish a New Window Trim

How to Finish a New Window Trim
Installing new windows is an excellent way to update a home and often reduce energy costs. But it is important to finish them correctly to ensure that they last and function properly. Exterior trim requires bend metal and is best left to someone with

How to Install False Door Fronts on Kitchen Drawers

How to Install False Door Fronts on Kitchen Drawers
False drawer fronts help to appropriately cover the gaps between a drawer box and the drawer opening in the cabinet. Instead of trying to size the drawer box front to exactly fit the opening of the drawer, a drawer front easily covers the front of th

How to Cut Pine for Log Home

How to Cut Pine for Log Home
Preparing pine trees for home building can take up to a year. Once the logs are cut, trimmed, and barked they must be left lying straight and allowed to dry which can take several months depending on the time of year they are cut and the temperature.

How to Cut Metal With a Bandsaw

How to Cut Metal With a Bandsaw
Only knowledgeable craftspeople should cut metal with a bandsaw, an often-tricky task. Because you put yourself into more potential danger when cutting metal with a bandsaw than when cutting wood, follow proper safety procedures. Use a bandsaw specif
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