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  • Install a Simpler Weed Trimmer Head

    Changing weed trimmer line can be a frustrating experience, but there’s an easier way. Instead of struggling with big, tangled spools,…

  • Level Accuracy

    A one-minute level accuracy test: Level or plumb in one direction. Then flip it around and test the level or plumb in the opposite direction.…

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  • Install a Tarp Grommet

    Repair an old tarp or make a new tarp more useful with extra lashing points by installing new grommets. Also install them in various sizes on…

  • The Letter ‘d’ in Nail Sizes

    Carpenters always talk about 16d common nails or 8d finish nails or 10d sinkers, but nobody ever explains what the heck ‘d’ means.…

  • How to Use a Pressure Washer

    Gas or electric pressure washers will clean almost anything outdoors, and they work so quickly and dramatically that they’re actually…

  • How to Use a Fertilizer and Seed Spreader

    Used correctly, broadcast spreaders are the most efficient way to distribute grass seed, fertilizer, weed killer and other lawn products on…

  • How to Choose a Dust Mask

    Drywall dust is hard on lungs, but a properly certified dust mask will protect you from most of it. Avoid bargain masks; look for the N95…

  • Tips and Techniques for Safe Extension Ladder Setup and Use

    Avoid heart-stopping ladder experiences! We show you how to provide stable footing and a solid top, even under less-than-ideal circumstances.

  • How to Use Pocket Screws

    Even a novice can build nice cabinets. Make tight, strong wood joints quickly and easily with pockets screws. No clamps, no dowels. We show you…

  • Chain Saw Race: Gas vs. Battery

    Wondering if a gas or battery-powered chain saw is better for your needs? Watch this video to find out which saw wins the race – the results may…

  • Avoid Tear-Out with this Simple Tip

    To give myself a visual cue, I mark my hole saw with a slightly more-than-halfway line, so I know when to stop cutting and flip the workpiece.

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