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How to Flash a Masonry Chimney Into a Metal Roof

A silent movie about flashing metal roofing into a brick chimney from UnionCorrugating.

Draw Perfect Arcs for Big Gates

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A couple of sticks are all you need to scribe smooth arcs that cover wide work pieces

A Ladder Fall From Six Feet Can Be Fatal

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Ladder safety is not rocket science, it boils down to using common sense and having patience.

Essential Woodworking Jigs

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Four jigs are all you need to set up a mobile cabinet shop

How to Remove a (really) Difficult Subfloor

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Long wedges cut from 2x4s are extremely effective for removing difficult flooring. Oh yeah, and don't forget the sledgehammer.

 

Airsealing Leaks During a Remodel: Framing, Framing, Framing

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Doubling the square footage of a house while cutting the air leakage in half delivers extraordinary value

 

Ten Myths About Concrete Construction

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Another effort in the never-ending war on bad information and ingrained myths

 

3-Coat Stucco Retrofit

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A  plastering contractor upgrades an ugly exterior in Northern California.

Notching a Post for A Deck or Pergola

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Score and whack is the basic method, but whacking with a sharp block gets cleaner results

A Laser Jig for Quicker Leveling

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Created by a cabinet maker, this simple jig allows you to quickly gauge the relative elevation of multiple points.

2015 IRC Deck Ledger Bolt Placement

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The days of staggering bolts every 16 inches or so are over—especially if you want to step down to the deck

An Ingenious Rolling Parts Rack

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This vehicle-mounted storage system extends from either side of the van.

How to Glue Long Miter Joints

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Use tape to clamp and only glue where you have to.

Retaining Wall Replacement

Video about replacing a retaining wall

 

Lessons learned in retaining wall construction: drainage, drainage, drainage

 

How to build a really big wall.

 

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT:

This is actually my house. I built this house as part of a 22-house subdivision 30 years ago, and a laborer and I built this timber wall, just the two of us.

I Think there were about 1,100 ties in this thing, so it was, about 7,000 12-inch spikes we pounded in with sledgehammers.

How to Form Place and Finish Concrete Stairs

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A split riser allows you to remove the forms without damaging wet concrete.