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LJ Smith Stair Systems - Many Styles and Species I've used LJ Smith stair systems for decades. The one in the last home I built for my family was stunning. Here's a photo of the staircase in my last house going from the entrance hall to the second floor. Tim mentioned using LJ Smith Stair […]

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How to Install Extension Jambs in Vinyl Windows Podcast: Tim Carter answers a question or two from Steven, or Stephen depending on how you spell it, who lives in Florida. Steven cut into an exterior wall and put in two new vinyl windows. The issue is the windows are not as thick as the wall […]

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 2 Highlights: Al is dressing up a plain set of plywood steps with new oak treads and risers (Featured in March 11, 2018 Newsletter) He wonders about the best way to level the treads and secure them Tim calls Jeff and offers tips on how to trace the source of […]

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"Crown molding ceiling gap happens because the rough lumber behind the drywall shrinks. It can be prevented by nailing the ceiling molding to the ceiling allowing it to float up and down on the wall." Why is There a Crown Molding Gap at Ceiling? Ceiling molding, or crown molding, can pull away from the ceiling […]

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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 Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! […]

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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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