How to Install a Weathervane

By Ben Carmichael

Sometimes, people rise out of your past and surprise you in the most wonderful ways. That happened to me recently. Growing up, I had the privilege of going to a world famous fly fishing river called the Grand Cascapedia with my dad on the Gape peninsula in Quebec. While there, we used to stop in…

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How-To Repair Exterior Cinderblock Walls with Stucco

By Scott Arnold

How-To Repair Exterior Cinderblock Walls with Stucco Since the early 19th century Stucco has been used to cover less appealing construction materials such as concrete, metal and cinder block.  Designed for outside use, it wasn’t until late 19th century that builders started to use it on interior applications as well. Old decaying walls can really be…

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How-To Make a Giant JENGA Game

By Robert Robillard

Make your own Giant JENGA Game – A Perfect Cookout Game If I jumped up right now and yelled “JENGA!” – or would you immediately recognize the catchy phrase for the game JENGA or call 911 on me? I recently saw an outdoor version of JENGA with oversized blocks and it was the hit of…

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How to Fix a Broken Floor Joist

By Robert Robillard

Fixing Broken, Cracked, Sagging Floor Joists I recently had to repair a broken floor joist that had cracked. I suppose somewhere in the world there are floor joists that need to be repaired that have wide open, clear joist bays, with no pipes, wires or obstructions. That’s not my world! From initial inspection it appeared…

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How to Eliminate Squeaks In Hardwood Floors

By Robert Robillard

Floor Squeaks Hi Rob Thanks for all the great info in your column, website and newsletters. I would appreciate advice on how to eliminate squeaks in hardwood floors. Our fairly standard oak floors seem to get more squeaky spots with time. Is there a way to fix them – do we nail or screw down…

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Splicing Into Existing Trim

By Robert Robillard

 Splicing Baseboard Trim – A Carpenter’s Tip I love rules of thumb and quick tips!   Here’s a quick tip that can be used when remodeling and you need to cut in a miter or splice along a length of existing trim board. Why would you need to use this, well here’s a few examples: Cutting…

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How to Build Cedar Window Boxes

By Robert Robillard

History of the Window Box The use of window boxes dates as far back as the first century B.C in ancient Rome where they were used to keep small gardens for cooking herbs, medicinal herbs, and flowers for rituals and decoration. Among the lower classes, in small villas where peasants had little gardening space, many…

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How to Make Birch Wedding Card Holders

By Robert Robillard

Making Natural Birch Place Card Holders Natural Birch place card holders are perfect for that special occasion or rustic wedding to greet your guests and to identify and decorate your party tables. These charming holders are made of real birch branches, and are perfect for decorating tables whether detailing seating for guests, identifying names or…

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