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Carpentry

Using a homemade water level to level a shed foundation.

How to Make a Homemade Water Level

Water levels have been in use for thousands of years, are easy and inexpensive to make, and more accurate than carpenter’s levels. Read on to find out how to make an inexpensive water level that’s perfect for leveling a shed or deck foundation.

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Child playing in competed wood deck sandbox.

Adding a Built-in Sandbox to a Wood Deck

Watch this video to find out how to construct a built-in sandbox in a wooden deck so children can play safely outdoors.

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Completed wood deck railing.

Building Handrails for a Wooden Deck

Learn how to build handrails for a wooden deck the easy way, including proper baluster spacing and railing height. Watch this video to find out more.

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Attaching a shade arbor to a brick wall.

Tips for Building a Shade Arbor

Building a shade arbor on your house or in your yard is a great way to improve the look of your home and provide much needed shade. Watch this video for some tips on how to attach and construct a shade arbor.

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Rotten entry door sill.

How to Replace a Rotten Entry Door Sill

Door sills on entry doors can rot and deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements. Watch this video to find out how to remove and replace a rotten door sill on your home.

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Using wire and rebar to hold tempoary plywood door in place.

Installing a Temporary Plywood Door Without Fasteners

Refinishing an entry door often requires removing the door while the work is being done. Watch this video to see how to seal up the opening with plywood without driving screws or nails into the door frame.

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Floor joists for home addition.

Floor Joist Spans for Home Building Projects

Whether you’re building a deck, an addition, or a shed for your backyard; it’s important to make sure the floor joists are sized properly to support the load. Read on to find out the minimum size joists you need for different types of wood in home building projects.

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Homeowner Hunter Black and Danny Lipford jacking up rotten porch columns.

Outdoor Home Repair and Maintenance Project

See how to remove and replace rotten porch columns with new pressure treated wood ones and clean and repair leaking gutters and downspouts. Watch this video to find out more.

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