How-To

Cut Drywall Without a T-Square

This video features a simple way to cut drywall with a tape measure and utility knife. Read more

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Roof Flashing Mistakes to Avoid

No matter what the age of a building there is one simple universal truth: Water is a building's worst enemy. One of the most common places for water to penetrate a building? The roof. Here's how to make sure you flash a roof right so water doesn't get in. Read more

Building a Deck for an Above-Ground Pool

Above-ground pools often provide a challenge to remodelers and deck builders. They feature tricky angles and can vary in size and complexity. Here's how one veteran deck builder handles a wide variety of such projects and how he's learned to keep costs down and profits up. Read more

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How to Answer a Customer Who Wants to Buy the Products for Your Job

Explain—in detail—the hidden costs and headaches of supply and delivery Read more

Creating a Walk Out Basement

How do you protect the footing and foundation that includes a walk out doorway from frost in a very cold climate? Massachusetts-based residential architect Steve Baczek says that while a walk out basement isn't a good idea for that climate, such a project can be done and be well insulated. Here's how. Read more

Installing a Garage Door Opener on a Box Truck

Easy access is easy if you know what to do. Here's how contractor Brian Way installed an automatic garage door opener on his box truck so that he could easily access his "shop on wheels." Read more

Adding a Three-Way Switch

Add another light and a second switch to an existing lighting circuit? According to master electrician Rex Cauldwell, it depends on where the new light is located and where that is in relation to the switch. Also, be sure to to bring the hot conductor straight to the common terminal of a three-way switch. Read more

Tags: Electrical
9 Ways to Open a House to the Outdoors

Homeowners are always looking for ways to open up their home to the outdoors, especially during the warm weather months. The rooms featured in this article include some of the best ideas in indoor-outdoor living—and how to make the transitions work for both home and landscape. Read more

Keep Your Job Site Clean with a Caulk Caddy

Caulking can be a messy job and nothing's worse than when it ends up in the wrong place—such as on a client's carpet floor. Here's a nifty tool to help you prevent such little mistakes from happening when you transport your caulk. Read more

Sealing Around a Chimney

What's the best way to air seal around a chimney? Canned foams may seem like a good option—especially if they're labeled as "fire block"—but those aren't truly noncombustible. Here's the best way to do the sealing. Read more

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