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How To Get the Best Contractor How To Sink Finishing Nails TIPS Use a small nail set that's sized correctly Finish nail guns do a great job - ease gun to wood WATCH nail set and nail gun videos below Match nail set tip to small dimple in head of finish nail CLICK HERE to […]

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How To Drive Finish Nails TIPS Nail sets are what pros use to countersink finish nails Match nail set to finish nail head size WATCH finish nail videos below Power nailers prevent beauty marks CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I was helping my boyfriend install some wood trim this […]

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Cutting crown molding is simple! Knowing how to cut crown molding is easy if you think upside down and reverse. Read on, then the project of installing crown molding will be clear.

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Stair trim molding confuses some rookie carpenters. They realize that stair trim design is perfected when you take the stair trim piece and run it up the stair stringers, but cutting the required angles causes confusion. If you want to learn how to do stair trim and stair risers trim, then this column might be a great place to start.

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Brown Stains on Side of House TIPS Below Brown Stains on House TIPS: Cedar has natural preservative chemicals that dissolve in water Stains originate just above metal z-flashing Weather conditions before stain appeared are critical Carpenters installed z-flashing wrong Cedar was not painted on back and edges CLICK HERE to subscribe to Tim's FREE newsletter […]

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Mike Flannery is in Denver, CO. But he's perplexed about caulking the trim in a staircase. Here's his full report, albeit abbreviated: "Crack between moulding and top of stair risers indoors.  Original caulk cracked. Looked sloppy. Removed caulk.  1/8 in gap.  Idea is to put spline in gap as backing prior to re-caulk and then painting.  […]

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Jim Carter, no relation to me, lives about an hour's drive north of Sacramento, CA. He thinks he wants to replace the wood siding on his house because it looks bad. But he's worried about the cost and his tight budget. Here's his story: "Hi Tim, When we moved into our house, it needed the […]

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Christie is remodeling her bathroom in Monroe, CT. She's conflicted about how to attach the toe strip on top of her laminate flooring. "I recently painted my ceramic wall tile with a tub and tile paint by Rustoleum, and installed vinyl plank flooring in my bathroom.  I have quarter round to match the flooring for the […]

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Terrie Baker is building a new home in Adrian, Oregon. She did the right thing to go visit the job site to see what was going on. "My husband and I are building a new house. When I went to check  on the progress the other day, I discovered a cobbled up mess on our French […]

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