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How To Use A Kreg Jig

By Rob Robilliard As a young carpenter I was taught to use a tongue and dado joint for the bookcase and cabinet frames. A tongue and dado joint, is a strong, sturdy and simple joint to make on a table saw with a dado blade. While I still like this joint, its tedious to do, ties up the table saw and […]

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How To Build a Ledger Board Code Compliant Deck

Pro Tips on Building a Code-Compliant Deck By Rob Robillard There are approximately 40 million decks in the United States, and only half of those are code-compliant. Deck safety is a real problem. Every year we hear about decks that collapse under the weight of people or snow load.  Improperly built decks can be dangerous.  Local codes were created to […]

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Step-by-Step Outdoor Spiral Staircase Construction

Photo illustrated spiral stair project with 24 step-by-step photos By Matt Weber Constructing a spiral staircase is a daunting task even for experienced carpenters. For this reason, most DIY homeowners either avoid the project or fork over big bucks to pay a pro for a custom build. The manufacturers of the Arké spiral staircases recognized the demand for spiral stairs […]

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Build a Planter Bar from Treated Wood

By Belinda Remley Real Wood Treated to Last and Versatile for Outdoor Projects This isn’t your Grandma’s backyard. That’s right. Gone are the days of cheap folding lawn chairs and rusty tables. The trend toward making outdoor living spaces more luxurious and more livable has steadily increased over the past few years. Homeowners are looking to expand their living and […]

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Protecting Outdoor Wood

By Matt Weber We’re all aware of the wonders of wood as a building material, but to preserve its natural good looks when used outdoors, it’s necessary to apply a stain/sealer to protect it from Mother Nature. From mold and ultraviolet rays to insect infestation and rot, the threats to wood are plentiful. Choosing the right sealant, prepping the wood […]

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LSI Rebrands as Arxada

Basel, Switzerland – 21 October 2021 – LSI, a global specialty chemicals business with leading positions in Microbial Control Solutions (‘MCS’) and Specialty Products Solutions (‘SPS’), today announces that it has rebranded as Arxada, effective from 21 October 2021. The new name follows the Company’s launch as an independent business in July 2021, after the completion of the sale of Lonza […]

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October 2021 Product of the Month – DeckWise® Hardwood Finishes

DeckWise® Hardwood Finishes are the perfect means to refresh and restore your deck or siding to its glory days. Ipe Oil® semi-transparent hardwood finish will bring out and restore the natural wood color of any hardwood, add protection harmful UV rays, and can add years to your hardwood lifespan with annual upkeep. While most wood finishes form a film on […]

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How to Clean Oil Paint Brushes

How to Clean Paint Brushes With Mineral Spirits

By Rob Robillard Learning how to properly clean brushes after using oil paint will improve longevity of the brush and the quality of your paint project. Over time, keeping your oil brushes clean can save you money, too. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. It only takes one slip-up (letting the oil paint harden), and your brushes will be […]

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How To Eliminate Brush Strokes

Eliminate Brush Strokes When Painting Cabinets and Trimwork By Rob Robillard As DIYers and home improvement enthusiasts, we’ve all wondered what’s the best way to eliminate brush strokes in our painting projects? And how can we avoid things like uneven finish and paint streaks? My painting contractor Bill Cooper of William Cooper Painting Co. has always told me, to have […]

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September 2021 Product of the Month – WiseBond™ Epoxy Systems

Step into the world of WiseBond™ Epoxy WiseBond™ Epoxy Systems are a premium commercial grade epoxy line made right here in the USA. Brought to you by DeckWise®, manufacturers of hardwood deck fasteners and accessories. From the DIY to the professional, anyone can let their imagination run wild with the WiseBond™ epoxy systems. These epoxy resins are VOC free, low […]

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YellaWood® Launches New Premium Line of Stain and Sealants: YellaWood® Protector® Products

Product inventory swells with introduction of stains that create Five-Star outdoor experiences  YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine is the most well-known brand of treated wood in the country. With products available to build just about anything outdoors, the company is an expert on five-star backyard experiences. And as part of that vision, the YellaWood® brand is launching its first-ever line […]

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Installing Out-Swing Double Exterior French Doors

By Larry Walton You’ve decided on double French doors for your project, but you’re a little concerned about how the door swing will affect your interior design plans. Have you considered swinging the doors to the outside rather than into the house? Out-swing doors could offer a solution to your traffic flow concerns, especially if you want to use the […]

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