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Cutting Door Casings for New Flooring

Cutting Door Casings for New Flooring

I’m in the middle of my latest redecorating project which involves stripping wallpaper that’s older than me, giving the room a fresh new paint job and installing a new vinyl-plank floor. Anyone who’s installed a new laminate or hardwood floor has discovered that door casings can present a challenge to achieving a professional-looking installation. After […]

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How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

How to Attach Crown Mouldings to Frameless Cabinets

I just had  a very good question from a reader on my "Cabinet Crown Moulding Tips" post so I figured the best way to answer her was with another post. They’ve just installed new frameless cabinets themselves and have now reached the point of adding the crown moulding. Her question was related to the various […]

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Replacing a Stair Runner

Replacing a Stair Runner

After 18 years of living with a 1950’s-era vinyl stair runner with dubious health and safety issues, we finally decided it was time to make it go away. One of the motivating factors was hoping to enable our 4 year old greyhound to climb the stairs on her own. We figured the vinyl was just […]

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Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Woodworking: Pick a Pocket Joint

Like most DIYers, I’m not a master woodworker…not by a long shot. While I fully appreciate the inherent beauty and strength of well-crafted dovetail, mortise & tenon, and dowel joints, I’m just not that committed to traditional joinery when there’s a faster and easier solution – like pocket joints. So am I guilty of woodworking […]

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Replace Two-Prong Receptacles with GFCIs

Replace Two-Prong Receptacles with GFCIs

For those of us living in old houses, dealing with up to a hundred years of electrical wiring upgrades can be a real headache. You may find anything from ancient knob and tube to modern grounded wiring. In a perfect world, the solution is to replace any old wiring, ungrounded receptacles and fixtures with safer, […]

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Screw Performance Comparison Test

Screw Performance Comparison Test

We all know there are special screws made for all kinds of applications – deck screws, wood screws, drywall screws, etc. But who says you have to use a specific screw for the intended purpose? Screwing with the “rules” I’m a big fan of using whatever I have in stock that will do the job […]

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How to Cut Slots in Wood

How to Cut Slots in Wood

I’m working on a new woodworking project that involved cutting through-slots for bolts in a couple of boards. The two boards will act as adjustable arms to hold a dowel handle for a garden cart. I have cut shorter and narrower slots using a table-mounted router for a coin bank. These bolt slots were considerably […]

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Photographing your DIY Project: What to Shoot

Photographing your DIY Project: What to Shoot

To wrap up this series on photographing your DIY projects, I’m just going to offer a few simple tips to think about on what to shoot when you’re taking on a new DIY project. The main thing to remember is that you might not think you’ll need some of these pictures NOW, but if you […]

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Car Lumber Rack Headrest Hack

Car Lumber Rack Headrest Hack

We’ve all done it. Stuffed 8 foot lengths of 2 x 4’s, boards, panelling or pvc plumbing pipes into our cars to get them home – it’s standard DIY procedure. But it can be a bit a of a challenge, getting those carefully-chosen select pine 1 x 8’s past head rests and seat belts without […]

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Lighting Tips for Photographing your DIY Projects

Lighting Tips for Photographing your DIY Projects

In my previous article a little while back – 5 Reasons to Photograph Your DIY Projects – I suggested several good reasons why you should take progress photos at various stages of your home reno or woodworking projects. Now I’ll share a few simple photography lighting tips that will help you end up with better […]

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