Hurricanes are a constant threat to many Americans, and many homes are not constructed properly to be safe from hurricanes. In other countries with less money, these problems are even worse. This video from the International French Red Cross will show you how you can construct ...more
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Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install landscape steps. Steps: 1 Drive 1x2 stake into ground, then use straightedge and level to find height of top step; mark height on stake. 2 Use level to find height of grade at bottom; mark height on stake. 3 Measure ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair sliding wood closet doors. Steps: 1 Remove the doors from the closet opening. 2 Pry tacks from groove in bottom of door. 3 Cut oak wear strips to fit into groove in door bottom. 4 Sand rail along threshold of doorway ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates a really simple way to nail wood to a concrete floor in your home with a simple rotor hammer drill.
This video will show you how to fix a wood pecker hole in the side of your house. Video: .
It's that time a year when winter storms begin causing havoc across the United States, and when "rotating outages" are common to help sustain the electrical grid during intense cold periods. That means pretty much anybody with snow and ice in their backyard can succumb to powe ...more
A butcher block table (or counter) is a solid, wooden table. Originating in butcher shops (hence the name), this has become a popular household item. Butcher block tables and counters are durable and attractive looking. The downside of butcher block is that the wood is so poro ...more
How to Build a Basic BirdhouseMaybe you were outside in your back yard and you noticed that it seemed a little lonely and empty. Our maybe you have young kids that love to experience wild life in their own back yard. Whatever reason you have for searching out this article, you ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to build a stained-glass bar cabinet. Steps: 1. Cut the cabinet's 1x preprimed pine sides to the length of the glass door. The ends and shelves should be 1½ inches smaller than the window's width. (You can also have the wood c ...more
Give a bird a home with help from this handyman tutorial! Learn step-by-step how to build a professional looking Bluebird nesting box bird house. To build this nesting box you will need the following tools & materials: rough cedar or pine, a tape measure, pencil, speed square, ...more
If you've been thinking about installing a new deck on your house, but aren't sure where to begin, you've come to the right place. This video will show you how to install decking and lay deck boards. It doesn't go into too great of detail, but the tips they provide are invalua ...more
Here are some examples of brickwork for dioramas or war game terrain. Create a fine grit coating for foam carvings using a mixture of white glue, paint and fine sand. Press in brick patterns into foam, or if working in smaller scale, you can coat cardboard with a thin coat of ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to replace a pane of glass in a door. Steps: 1 Measure the broken door pane for a new piece of glass. 2 Use a stiff-blade putty knife to pry the wooden stops from around the broken pane. 3 Carefully remove the broken pane from ...more
First, I would like to explain that among my family members, I am considered somewhat of an oddball. Mostly because of some of the mods that I have performed on a few of my woodworking tools. After I show you what I did to my drill press, you may be inclined to agree. When I f ...more
Maybe you just bought a new home. Maybe you've lived in your house for years. But if your deck looks like it's seen better day and needs an update to whip it back in shape, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to tear down and replace it. This two-part video from Lowe's wil ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair plaster molding. Steps: 1. Make cut through existing plaster molding with drywall saw. 2. Set sheet metal into cut and scribe molding profile onto the metal. 3. Use jigsaw, aviation snips and files to cut molding pro ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to fix a broken door jamb. Steps: 1 Remove any nails or screws from the damaged area. 2 Nail pine 1x4 guide blocks to the doorjamb around the damaged area. 3 Adjust the router's depth of cut to equal the thickness of the popla ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to install a prehung door. Steps: 1. Use drill/driver to back out door hinge screws; remove door 2. Remove screws and/or nails from the hinge-side doorjamb 3. Push old doorframe out of the opening, and discard 4. Install Z-fla ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair a plaster ceiling. Steps: 1. Screw plaster washers to ceiling along and around cracked area; be sure to drive screws into wood lath above. 2. Use trowel to spread joint compound onto ceiling, covering the repaired ar ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to replace a baseboard heating cover. Steps: 1 Slide wood shims behind the back plate of the baseboard heater. 2 Use reciprocating saw to cut nails or screws holding back plate to wall. 3 Pull the adjustable damper from the ha ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to remove a tree stump. Steps: 1 Use shovel to dig out any rocks from around the tree stump. 2 Start up the stump grinder and drive it close to the stump. 3 Raise the grinder's cutting wheel slightly above the stump. 4 Drive g ...more
I like to grow vegetables all year round, and I couldn't afford the big gas bulbs, or the power to run them. The big gas bulbs: can explode can burn you and your plants cost upwards of $50 a month to operate raise the temperature in your home, causing the air conditioning to ...more
Here is a very crafty and cute way to create a wind chime out of old salt and pepper shakers that can be found either around your house or bought at second hand stores and a small tin tray or plate to hang your shakers from. A bit of out door or water-proof glue and some color ...more
Watch this fine art video tutorial to learn how to illustrate with markers and colored pencils. "This video shows my process for making an illustration (non tradigital). I use illustration markers (usually prismacolor) and color pencils (usually prisma once again) and a wax b ...more
Tim Carter of Ask the Builder demonstrates the basics of a framing square. Tim shows how to make the marks for a simple roof rafter. A simple tool like a framing square can help with laying out cuts for building a swing set or play house. The framing square is good for making ...more
Most people have tons of gadgets laying around the house these days, and they all need to be charged. Let the Wood Whisperer take you through the process of building a gadget station for all your favorite electronics. From laptops to cell phones, this gadget station will hold ...more
This is a video tutorial how to change the drive axle boots at a Porsche 944. The boots are different for the different versions, i.e., the Turbo and S2 version have stronger drive axles, but the work is the same for all models. Note The video has a German soundtrack but Eng ...more
First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more
I am writing this quick post in response to the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that are affecting Japan. As soon as the news broke, and we began to hear of tsunami warning for our area, I immediately realized how under prepared I was for a natural disaster. The thing that dro ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to build an outdoor dog house. Start off by making all the measurements for your dog house and cut out your wood. After this, use a metal frame piece to drill into the wood and this will be the base of the house. After this, connect all the metal ...more
Board up a window for protection against strong storms and hurricanes. Learn how to board up a window. You Will Need: * Exterior-grade plywood, at least 5/8 of an inch thick * Drill * Drill bits * Hammer * Lag screws and plastic-coated permanent anchors (for wood-framed hous ...more
To earn the Gnome invasion achievement in Fable III, you will need to locate fifty gnomes. This video shows you where to find thirteen of the gnomes, in Driftwood, Silverpines, Millfields, Dankwater Caverns, Sunset House, Mourning Wood and the Ossuary.
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to get rid of termites. Steps: 1. Use sprayer to apply insecticide around outside of building; spray onto wood surfaces 24 inches up from foundation. 2. From inside the basement, spray insecticide to the wood framing 24 inches ...more
Here is one method of making model brickwork and detailing wood for dioramas and miniature game terrain. Carve some light lines into a flat piece of balsa wood and coat it with a thin layer of plaster. This simple trick creates a realistic brickwork effect for miniature dioram ...more
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a wood-sided house. But its what's underneath the paint that can really count. Doing the right prep work will make your painting efforts last longer and look better. The prep work will help make your paint job a success and much easier ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates how to use solid-wood beaded ceiling planks to make a wood ceiling for your house. It is important to prestain and urethane the wood before it is installed.
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to replace your exterior columns. Steps: 1. Cut cedar to width and length to create proper size column. 2. Apply two coats of exterior-grade primer to the interior surfaces of the boards. 3. Join together the cedar boards to f ...more
Ace Hardware guides you through the building of a dog house. Learn how to measure and cut wood to build a dog house. You may want to adjust the measurements if your dog is bigger or smaller than average. Build a dog house. Click through to watch this video on iskills.com
There's no reason to waste a perfectly good Cheeto just because it dropped on the kitchen floor, right? The "5-second-rule" makes it fair game if you can swipe it up fast enough (this doesn't apply for liquids or foods with floor fuzz stuck to them.) But, is that errant piece ...more
So you're collecting stuff and crafting stuff, but what's it all for? You could wait and find out when you get there, or check out some screen shots of what's inside each building. Covered wagon Cabin You need 3 of each building material to complete the cabin. You need 5 c ...more
This video describes how to prepare for and execute painting your home. To begin, you should power wash your house to remove any dirt, dust, cobwebs, etc. These would prevent the paint from setting properly, unless it was new wood. If it is new wood, you should put on a beige ...more
This is prank is a 'bit' complicated to do but if you manage to do it, it will be the best prank ever made for good. I think the best man for this prank should be Bam as his chances not to die during the fall down are the best : - Go to some scene shooting somewhere in the wo ...more
I love books. I've loved books before I could even read them. I remember spending any free moments poring over the pictures, trying to pick out the words. I can recall the first triumphant moments when words began to make sense to me. I grew up in a house filled with books and ...more
Ant problem? If the ants have come marching two by two—or, God forbid, 10 by 10—it’s time to put an end to the parade. Here’s how. How to get rid of ants, a guide by Howcast: You Will Need * A kettle of boiling water * Insecticides * Soapy water * A sponge * Baited ant traps ...more
A mouse in the house? Why not? Pet mice are cute, easy to care for, and fun to watch. You will need a wire cage or ten-gallon glass aquarium, aspen shavings, paper, or hay, rodent food, a water bottle, untreated wood blocks, paper towels, toys, an exercise wheel, and of course ...more
Here are some of necessary the tools for hobby crafting and diorama making. This model maker uses wood rasps, sanding pencils, wire cutters, small pliers, a box cutter, a wood carving knife, and a Japanese pull saw. When building miniatures you may find yourself making your ow ...more
Doing a little remodeling and construction around the house? Choosing the right tools can be a daunting task. This home and garden how to video demonstrates the proper operation and use of an impact driver to drive screws into wood.
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates a few easy tips to make perfect cuts on wood crown molding, especially in the corners of a room. You have to gave your house looking beautiful, don't you?
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates how to attach two pieces of wood that can be detached later on in your house project.
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates how to drive a cut nail through a 2x4 piece of wood, and into a concrete wall. This will help save you time and money in your house repair projects.
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to fill gaps in a wood floor. This project doesn't require any specialized skills, but it does require a lot of patience. Fill gaps in a wood floor. Click through to watch this video on thisoldhouse.com
If you fancy yourself a nomad, check out Walking House, a mobile and modular dwelling system that is pneumatically powered, all-terrain ready. The vehicle-home crawls along at a snail's pace of 60 meters per hour, which equates to less than 1/2 a mile per hour. Akin in concept ...more
The many uses of a pressure washer that can be fun and save time on the harder cleaning jobs around the house. Always use safety glasses when using power tools. The pressure washer easily attaches to a garden hose and multiplies the water pressure. It is good for removing dirt ...more
"Twas the week before Christmas and all around the house, no decorations were outside, my wife called me a louse. The columns though pretty, were tall, white and bare, it soon became clear that candy canes should be there." Check out this holiday video to see how to make holi ...more
Tim Carter shares some pointers about exterior shutters and which type of window shutters you should buy. Wood shutters are nice, but they don’t always hold up over time if not properly maintained. Vinyl window shutters are a great alternative. They are maintenance free and co ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a miniature table. Materials you will need are: a wood slat, 4 popsicle sticks cut in half, paint, paintbrush, and glue. Heat up your hot glue gun and then grab your popsicle sticks. Glue one stick to the side of every corner of the slat. ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to make your home safe and secure with tips from Lowe's. You should do a safety check on your house at least once a year. Start with the entryway, making sure you have an insulated wood door in the doorway. Make sure there is a lock and a deadbol ...more
Reptiles come from a variety of biomes, but certain reptiles, like snakes and lizards, do prefer a wet, tropical environment with lots of tree and bush cover. Because they feel more at home in this kind of environment, you must try to simulate their preferred surroundings when ...more
The great thing about woodworking is the ability to do whatever you want to something using various styles and tools. Whether you're making a bird house or a table, there are plenty of ways that this can be done. One tool that is handy when making legs for a table a lathe. No ...more
Six Minute Style host Susan Doherty is on location in Montana at the Nine Mile School house with Kurt Seer who shows how to create a 3 dimensional wreath mobile. He uses birch as his base. You can use any wood you choose. Make a square out of four branches. Knot, tie and twist ...more