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How to avoid nail blowouts

Carpenter Jesse De Geest has some very insightful and useful advice about how to avoid nail blowouts. He knows his stuff, and he’ll show you how in a short the video below. In the video, De Geest shares two hard-earned tips concerning nail blowouts—particularly around window and door jambs, where they can be most problematic. […]


10 steps for installing mosaic tiles

Homeowners like colorful mosaic tiles on the floor and as an accent in their showers. Installing mosaic tiles requires patience and time, so it’s important to remember this for any time-sensitive projects. What you need: Mosaic tiles Tile adhesive Tile spacers Tile nipping tool/grinder/wet-cutting tile saw 3/16-inch V-notched trowel Rubber grout float Caulking gun Grout [...]

10 Pro-tested tips for flawless crown molding installations

An installer’s job isn’t finished once the crown molding is on the wall. Here are 10 post-placement tasks that will elevate the project from finished to flawless.  Spackle, don’t caulk, nail holes. If you hide the nail holes in the molding with caulk, it most likely will leave a small dimple once it’s dry because […]


How to re-grout a tiled shower

If you are remodeling an old bathroom where mold is present in the shower, it’s likely you’ll have to re-grout the walls. The hardest part of the job is removing the old, stained grout, but here is how to re-grout a tiled shower and what tools make the job a lot easier. Aside from an […]


How to install a leak-resistant tile shower floor

A neatly tiled shower floor can add a special sparkle to a bathroom, and is a much-admired feature by many homeowners. To install a leak-resistant tile shower floor, follow these step-by-step instructions below. Tools and materials needed: Tiles Thinset mortar Plastic buckets Short spirit level Cordless power drill with whip attachment Sharp utility knife Tile cutting […]


8 common crown molding materials

Wood, plaster and polyurethane are the most common crown molding materials. But they’re hardly interchangeable when it comes to price, quality and ease of installation. Here is a rundown of common crown molding materials and their uses. Popular crown molding materials Solid wood. Hardwoods like oak and mahogany are the most traditional modeling material, and […]


Best 2017 pickup trucks for the Pro

If you’ve got stuff to haul or tow, you’ll definitely want to take a look at Car & Driver’s choices for the best full-size pickup trucks and best mid-size pickup trucks. If you see a truck wearing an Editors’ Choice badge, you’ll know Car & Driver considers it to be one of the best 2017 pickup […]


How to create fancy inexpensive crown molding looks

Here are three ways to create fancy inexpensive crown molding looks and deliver the appearance of luxury for less to a client with a limited budget. Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5 Stack a few layers of inexpensive trim. It costs less than one-piece crown molding, but if you choose nice-looking pieces, the effect will be [...]

3 steps for prepping a shower for tile

Installing tile in a shower wall and floor without the proper prep work can result in leaks, mold and expensive repairs down the road. Here are step-by-step instructions for prepping a shower for tile correctly. Step 1 Check stud walls Check every stud wall in the shower to make sure they’re plumb, not protruding and […]


9 steps for cutting precise outside crown molding corners

Cutting and matching up crown molding for outside corners is among the most difficult jobs when installing trim. Here are 9 steps for cutting precise outside crown molding corners. The reason: Crown molding doesn’t rest flush against the wall. If it did, says Leah Bolden, a master craftswoman and founder of the home-improvement site See […]

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