Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, shows a few easy tips for painting wood siding for your house.
Repair Wood Siding
Weather can really do some damage to the wood siding on your home. When your siding becomes worn and rotten due to the elements, it's time to break out the tools and install new wood. This instructional video walks you through the basic steps of repairing the wood siding on yo ...more
Nothing beats a new coat of paint for freshening up wood siding. This how to video teaches you the proper steps to spruce up your wood siding with paint. Find out how you can beautify your home with this tutorial from the DIY network.
In order to repair stripped screw holes in wood, you will need the following, a hammer, screws, matches, awl, a flat headed punch, a utility knife, and side cutters. Cut off the tips of the wooden matchsticks. Place matchsticks in the hole, after you remove the strikers. Tap ...more
Your home's siding will only last so long, so when it's time to replace it, what will you do? Well, calling a professional will cost you thousands, but this home video from Buildipedia will walk you through the steps to replace your home's siding yourself.
Fear not, proud homeowner! In this do-it-yourself home improvement video series, learn how to repair and maintain your wooden fence, with tips on identifying problem areas and using safety equipment. Get step-by-step instructions for repairing loose gate hinges, replacing rott ...more
This video will show you how to remove broken nails without a nail head from a piece of wood, or your wood siding project. Video: .
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
In this video from This Old House, you'll learn how to repair vinyl siding with General Contractor Tom Silva Steps: 1. Cut piece of faded siding from an inconspicuous spot to replace the damaged section; it'll better match the house than brand-new siding. 2. Use framing squar ...more
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair shingle siding. Steps: 1 Make a story pole from a straight 1x3; mark locations of shingle courses on pole. 2 Use pitchfork to remove all damaged shingles from house. 3 Peel off any paper or housewrap; inspect the con ...more
The Woodworking Underground shows in this video tutorial a quick and inexpensive way to repair the slot in your Festool MFT (multi-function table) work table, from pro Joseph Fusco. This how-to video is a must watch for all furniture and woodwork enthusiasts.
In this video, we learn how to repair small cracks in wood projects with Bob Schmidt. Even though the cracks are small, they may catch your eye when you walk into the room. You can minimize this with just a little bit of work with a screwdriver. First, grab your screwdriver an ...more
Want to make your new wood fence segment look like the rest of your fence? This how to video teaches an easy tip to age a new repair to a wood fence so it matches the rest. All you need is a paint sprayer and you can match your entire fence.
Over time, the siding of a home can become damaged and lose a bit of it's color due to many reasons. Weather, is usually a common factor, but whatever it may be, it's something that you don't want on your home. This can hurt the overall curb appeal to the outside of your home ...more
Furniture gets beat up—it's a fact of life. Your beautiful tables will end up scratched, the legs of your chairs will grow nicked, and you'll find interesting dents and damage in other places around the house, too. Yet if most of your furniture is made of wood, you don't have ...more
Don't let that stuck drawer aggravate you on a daily basis; find the problem and fix it once and for all. Step 1: Remove the drawer Remove the drawer. Pull it out until it stops, then lift up the end and pull it a little bit more. This should release the drawer from its glid ...more
Wood decks can be a wonderful thing, however they do require cleaning and maintainence. This DIY video gives you the info you'll need to clean, repair and refinish your wood deck, ensuring it's looking great when it's time for that backyard blow out.
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates some sweet tips to make straight cuts when cutting wood in your home woodworking repair projects.
Plaster walls, although popular homebuilding materials, are notoriously easy to damage. Door handles, elbows and moving furniture are all great at putting holes in plasterboard walls, holes which, thankfully, only take an hour or so to patch up. Stumped as to how to do it? Wat ...more
In this video from Lowe's we learn how to use a gas smoker. This tip comes from Lowe's. You can cook with a smoker anytime of year. He is using a gas smoker. Keep this away from siding. The fire source heats the moist wood chips, which release the smoke that flavors the food. ...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
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to repair clapboard. Steps: 1. Pull loose nails from clapboard siding. 2. Tap flat bar under siding to loosen nails. 3. Secure old siding by driving ring-shank nails down at an angle through the old nail holes. 4. Pull nails f ...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
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
A solid hardwood floor offers a clean and simple alternative to carpeting. This video tutorial demonstrates how to install solid hardwood flooring in your home. Once you’ve prepped the subfloor, let the wood planks acclimate to the room temperature for at least 72 hours. Check ...more
Learn this easy way to repair holes in drywall with this method of repair using no nails, screws or wood required.
Tim Carter demonstrates how to install a finish nail using a hammer and nail set. Tim also shows how to do it the fast way with a powered nail gun! Many household projects involve hammer and nails. If you are not careful in driving in the finishing nails in wood trim, you can ...more
Deck repair is much cheaper than building a new deck and it conserves wood by reusing existing deck wood. Find out how to repair an old deck to look like new in this free video series. Part 1 of 17 - How to Repair a deck. Repair a deck - Part 2 of 17. Click through to watch th ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates two ways to prevent wood from splitting while nailing it down with your hammer in your home repair projects.
In this how to video Extreme How-To Editor-in-Chief, Matt Weber, replaces old wood with new composite materials. Composite decking is a great way to repair worn out and weathered parts of any deck. Learn to do it yourself and you can lot of money repairing your home.
The wilderness can be a tough place to be found in. There are a plethora of problems that can arise, but being without clothing can be a problem. Especially when your clothing relies on buttons. Find out what it takes to make easy buttons to repair your clothing by using the w ...more
Hydraulic brakes require occasional bleeding in order to get rid of all the air bubbles and keep the brakes working smoothly. This how-to video demonstrates the process of pumping out old oil and replacing it with new, while taking out as much air as possible. You will need a ...more
Tim Carter, of Ask the Builder, demonstrates how to attach two pieces of wood that can be detached later on in your house project.
In order to repair a damaged spark plug, you will need the following: pliers, newspaper, brake cleaner, a mallet, a block of wood, a screwdriver, a valve cover gasket set, Lock Tight, and a high impact socket. Label your spark plug wires. Remove the four 10 mm head bolts. Lea ...more
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.
Have you ever felt cold in your older home, even with the heat cranked? Ever feel drafts that seem to come from nowhere? And conversely, in the summer, is your home an oven? Many older houses are improperly insulated, if there is any insulation at all. This can have a large im ...more
Check out this instructional RV video that illustrates how to maintain and inspect your RV or motorhome roof. What you want to look for is that all plastic components are not dry, rotted, and are in place. What happens if something on the roof is missing, like a lid to the sew ...more
When you're flying your model airplanes, it's inevitable that it will eventually suffer some minor damages, like scuffs, breaks and bends. This video tutorial will help you alleviate and repair any damages to your flying model airplane to get you back in the skies again. The ...more
Depending on the job at hand, you're going to want to choose the right drill glue. There are different adhesives that will work better with metal, wood, glass, ceramic tile, or anything else you might need to bond, and that have different techniques for using. Watch this video ...more
This how-to video demonstrates the process of shortening a bike's brake hose or cable. You will need a driver, an 8mm spanner, brake fluid, a 4mm allen key, a small flat (chisel tip) screwdriver, long nose pliers, hose cutters, bleed pipe, tissue, and old pads or wood block to ...more
This is definitely the work of a Trekkie. Reddit user ModXMV shared the below image of his uncle's new homemade Star Trek mailbox. It's constructed of different-sized PVC pipe, a plastic dish container, wood, lights, etc. It even has a solar panel attached so it can light up ...more
In this video series, learn how to fix a broken piece of furniture you may have kept for years. Our expert will guide you step-by-step through a wood chair repair. Learn how to remove broken spindles and replace them with wooden dowels. Tips include using an epoxy glue, drilli ...more
How to repair a stripped screw hole. Look, we've all bought a crappy chipboard piece of furniture in our time that has fallen to pieces because the screw holes are so worn they no longer hold the screw, or have had an old door that is about to fall off because the screws holdi ...more
Need to fix your Power Mac? Disassembling the Power Mac could be tricky, but not now. See how to remove the side case and fan from the G5 Power Mac desktop computer. PowerBook Medic is the ultimate resource for Mac computers and electronics repair. They have helpful tutorials ...more
A light repair is simple, don't take your car to a mechanic when you can do the repair yourself. This video will show you how to replace the bulb, or if necessary, the entire side marker light on a 1998-08 Ford Crown Victoria.
Unless the windshield is obviously cracked, there are only two other possible causes to a leaky windshield. One is from the seal around the whole glass, because it's broken or worn by age, and the other is the more common culprit on LLV postal trucks, and that's where the side ...more
Learn how to make a bike repair stand with this video! Create the legs: 1. Two sets of 8 and 10 inch piece of steel pipe, a 90 degree angle, an end cap and a T pipe are the starting materials. About 0.5 inch diameter pipe is fine for the project. 2. Screw the 8 and 10 inch pip ...more
Learn how to solder. Whether you like to tinker with electronics or do your own plumbing repairs, soldering metal is an essential skill. Plus, it's kinda fun. You Will Need * A soldering iron * A soldering tip * Safety glasses * Solder * Flux * Soldering clamps ...more
There are two options when it comes to a dent in your car — live with it, cringing each time it enters your view, or get rid of it. While the latter is obviously the best option, most of us will probably just live with dents and dings since spare money is better spent on the a ...more
Ironing is a serious chore: hot, unpleasant, and frustrating all in one, but necessary if you don't want to look like you crawled out of bed just before work. While you might only turn to your flatiron when faced with wrinkled clothing, this little appliance packs the power to ...more
Your smartphone stays with you everywhere you go, so it's only a matter of time before you spill coffee all over it or drop it on the ground. For some of you, it has already happened, perhaps even multiple times. That's why we thought it was important to find out which flagshi ...more
The worst can always happen. Even if you think you're absolutely prepared, you can somehow find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere by yourself. It can happen. Without a map, without a compass, without a cell phone... without food and water. There are plenty of dange ...more
I assume at this point you have already completed your control panel using Part 1 of this How To guide. Now, if you are anything like me, you couldn't fight the urge to play, and you have your panel sitting on saw horses in the living room. Depending on your situation, your s ...more
Remember the arcades? Were you saddened when they closed up one by one, leaving no outlet to actually go out and socialize while you played video games? With all the home consoles and internet connectivity, gaming has evolved, but the social factor has been eliminated. Sure we ...more
Fire. It’s everywhere— always has been. From the Ordovician Period where the first fossil record of fire appears to the present day everyday uses of the Holocene. Today, we abundantly create flames (intentionally or unintentionally) in power plants, extractive metallurgy, i ...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
This article will show you how to make a shutter release cable for a Canon camera. It took me about half an hour once all of my materials were gathered. I came in at a total of about eight dollars. It has three switches and buttons. The black button on mine triggers the auto f ...more
This article is a guide for making Chainmail Armor from start (simple wire) to finish (a finished chainmail shirt). We will be using the European 4 in 1 weave, as this is the most common weave. This is the weave that you usually see in movies. There are several sections to thi ...more
How To : Make a Router Table Out of Your Tablesaw Drop Top With an Adjustable Solid Wood Fence, and Solid Wood Fence Plate
Materials 4 - 5" long bolts 4 matching nuts 8 heavy duty flat washers 4 to 6 - 2" taper head screws Longer bolts to mount the router base to a thicker surface. These must match the thread of the original bolts that came with the router. 1 hunk of wood - 1 1/2" thick x 4" wide ...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