Screw That!

August 12, 2011

The Many Uses for Screws The invention of the screw dates back to around the third century BC. Although they are commonly used, they are also commonly misused or simply underused. Since I use a large variety of screws on a daily basis, I figured I would give a brief explanation of the many ways […]

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Is Improper Ventilation Destroying Your Roof?

July 30, 2011

 Proper Attic Ventilation Attic ventilation is an important but often overlooked aspect of your home. As a result, many homes are improperly vented, or not vented at all. This lack of circulation leads to many problems such as: Ice Dams: Improper venting causes excessive heat buildup in your attic. This heat melts the ice and snow on […]

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PVC Trim vs. Wood Products

July 26, 2011

PVC Trim Products vs. Wood Trim   Over the past ten years there has been a huge increase in the use of PVC and wood alternative products in the building industry. Virtually every lumberyard and home improvement store has PVC and composite offerings intended for a variety of uses. One of the most common products […]

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How To: Building a Secret Door

July 12, 2011

How To Conceal A Secret Door in a Bookcase… Plans by: Materials: A Built-in Wall Bookcase with a door opening into a closet or chosen “hidden area”. Adjust sizing to accommodate your exact scenario. 3/4″ Oak (or other hardwood) Plywood @ 4′ x 8′: One Piece for the door panel 1 1/2″ Decorative, Oak (hardwood) Molding […]

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Blind Carpenter wins award from This Old House Magazine

July 3, 2011

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A hand grenade claimed Dean Pedersen’s sight in the Vietnam War, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing a career in carpentry. Nearly 40 years later, Pedersen, a Valley City Native and owner of Pedersen Wood Craft, is making national news for his ornate work as part of This Old House […]

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Ten Rules for Better Finish Carpentry

July 1, 2011

“Finish carpentry is more than interior trim. It includes siding, decking and even roofing–anything the owner will see after moving in. Rough carpenters evolve into finish carpenters by learning how to measure, mark and cut more accurately. With practice, splitting the pencil line with a sawcut and working to closer tolerances become second nature.” – […]

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Faster Coping?

June 27, 2011

Coping Saw Jig by EasyCoper   Sick of Coping Crown Molding? I’ve always been a fan of the simple coping saw. Especially when working with softer woods, the hand coping saw seems unbeatable for speed and simplicity. However, when working with hardwoods, or simply after a couple dozen copes, muscle fatigue can really decrease the […]

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How To: Finding Difficult Miter Angles

June 25, 2011

Shop Amazon – Cyber Monday Deals Week Working with Miters   An accurate miter joint provides beauty as well as strength. When working with stain-grade materials or large, detailed trim, there is no room for open miters or misaligned trim profiles. Although there are a number of “angle finders” on the market, it is often […]

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How to: Install Replacement Windows…The Easy Way!

June 24, 2011

Installing Replacement Windows Replacement windows are one of the most common upgrades to an older home. There are two good reasons for this: Energy Efficiency: The cost of the energy saved, quickly overtakes the cost of the initial investment. Especially in extremely warm or cold climates, an older window will make your heating/cooling system work harder […]

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Tool Review: Rockwell SoniCrafter RK5100K

June 22, 2011

Rockwell SoniCrafter RK5100K   When I first heard about the SoniCrafter by Rockwell, I was very interested, but also quite skeptical. I didn’t already own anything from Rockwell and wasn’t very familiar with the brand. However, after doing some research on the brand, I found that they were a respectable brand with several unique takes on […]

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