Step By Step
How to Sharpen a Chisel
A sharp chisel is an essential woodworking tool and will cut easily and cleanly across a grain. Here is how to sharpen one properly.
How to Build a Miter Box
A miter box is an important tool to help cut perfect 90- and 45-degree cuts.
How to Use a Hand Saw
A hand saw is one of the most basic tools in carpentry. Here is how to use one properly.
How to Use a Table Saw
The table saw is an important woodworking tool. Here is how to use one safely.
How to Use a Circular Saw
The circular saw is a common power tool used in home repair and improvement projects. Here is how to use one properly.
How to Use Fasteners
Proper fastening technique will prevent split wood, bent nails and damaged trim. Here is how to do it safely.
How to Build a Deck Storage Box, Part One
This western red cedar deck storage box is a one-day project spanning two videos. Western red cedar was chosen for this project because of its beauty and natural abilities to stand up to insects and harsh weather for many years. In Part Two of the project, the box itself will be built. Part One focuses on the storage box top. Download PDF Plans
How to Build a Deck Storage Box, Part Two
Building a western red cedar deck storage box is a one-day project that will provide convenient storage and an extra place to sit. Western red cedar was chosen for this project because of its beauty and natural abilities to stand up to harsh weather and insects for many years. In Part Two of the project, the box itself will be built. Download PDF Plans
How to Build a Wooden Lattice Screen
This western red cedar lattice fencing was a one-day project designed to screen the home recycling center. Western red cedar is naturally weather-resistant and repels insects, making it a perfect choice for this outdoor project. Download PDF Plans Click here for more woodworking projects featuring Tommy MacDonald.
How to Maintain a Snowblower
Proper maintenance of a snowblower will keep it running for years. Manufacturers recommend taking maintenance steps prior to storing the machine during the summer months.
How to Care for a Riding Lawn Mower
Proper maintenance of your riding lawn mower will keep it performing reliably for years.
How to Tune Up a Lawn Mower
A well-maintained lawn mower is easier to operate and will last longer.
How to Install a Tankless Water Heater
More and more people are incorporating energy-efficient, or “green,” technologies into their homes. These technologies deliver substantial energy savings and reduce monthly utility costs without sacrificing lifestyle. An example of this type of green technology is the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater.
How to Soundproof Your Studio for a Better Podcast
The popularity of video and audio podcasts has drawn attention to the value of good acoustics and the importance of soundproofing the space you record in. Large, ‘echo-y’ rooms make the audio hard to understand and difficult to listen to. In addition to the sound that moves to the camera directly, other sound waves travel from the point of origin out to reflective surfaces and back again. These reflections mix with the direct sound and distort the sound’s clarity. The solution is to use sound-absorbing materials to capture reflections and prevent them from being recorded during the podcast. When properly installed, these specially designed sound-absorbent materials trap reflected sound waves, resulting in a clearer audio for your podcast. To achieve these results, we installed Owens Corning QuietZone® Noise Control Batts and SOLSERENE® Fabric Ceiling System to the ceiling above the workspace, to the wall behind the workspace and to three movable sound absorbing panels, which can be rolled into place, as needed. Here’s how to do it.
How to Sharpen a Lawn Mower Blade
Sharpening a dull lawn mower blade will save you the trouble and money of buying a new one and cut your grass more effectively.
How to Install Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles, also known as carpet squares or modular carpeting, are easily installed side-by-side to create a smooth, carpeted floor that looks just like wall-to-wall carpeting.
How to Replace a Screen Door
Old screen doors can become damaged or out of style with the rest of the house. Replacement screen doors can solve these problems.
How to Repair Window or Door Screens
Replacing torn or damaged screens in an aluminum or wooden window or door is an easy project.
How to Remove Old Flooring
Old flooring can be easily removed to make way for new flooring. Follow the preparation steps to save on cleanup time.
How to Replace a Motion Sensor Light
Replacing an outdoor lighting fixture with a motion activated spotlight can conserve energy and increase home security.
How to Prep for a New Wooden Floor
Proper preparation for a new wooden floor will result in a clean and successful installation.
How to Build a Sled or Boat for a Table Saw
A boat or a sled makes the process of making multiple cross-cuts accurate, fast and safe. Here’s how to make one for your table saw.
How to Make a Lap Joint
Lap joints are used to make a strong joint at a place where two boards come together. Here, we’ll look at three different lap joints.
How to Build a Jig to Make a Tapered Leg
Using a jig is a great way to make accurate, angled cuts.
How to Clean and Maintain a Grill
Grill elements can get damaged over time. Replacing certain parts and giving the grill a good cleaning will prepare it for the season to come.
How to Install a Hardwood Floor
With patience and attention to detail, installing a new wooden floor can be an easy home improvement project.
How to Install a Ceiling Fan
Replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan can bring comfort and energy savings to the home.
How to Clean a Dryer Vent
Regular cleaning of the dryer vents will increase dryer efficiency and reduce fire risk.
How to Install and Use a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is a water-efficient way of supplying your garden with a renewable source of water.
How to Apply a Single-Process Strie Faux Painting Technique
Single-process vertical strie is a faux painting technique that creates the illusion of height in a room.