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5 Quick Measuring Hacks - Tips and Tricks

Today I'm going to talk about some measuring tips and tricks for you. Let's get on with these measuring tips OK. Let's start off today quickly with tape measures. This is a carpenter's tape measure 25 feet we don't need that 25-foot tape measure in the workshop. So what I like to do is pick up these smaller ones they're usually 10 or 12 feet now I'm right-handed so the first thing I do when I go to measure something is pick up a pencil in my right hand and then if I pick up a tape measure and I hold it in my left hand and most of the tape measures on the market are like this. When I hold them in my left hand the numbers are all upside down and I know it's been the cause of me marking things wrong because the numbers are upside down. I've done that over the years but I discovered this a few years ago that you could actually buy tapes that when you hold them in your left hand the numbers are the right way up. This tape is the single reason I've made so few mistakes because when I mark stuff now I see the numbers the right way up and I just don't make mistakes when I use this kind of tape. I will tell you there are some tapes that have both they'll have both numbers on the same tape so they'll have this and then they'll have another one upside down so it doesn't matter what hand you hold it in you'll be able to read the right way numbers. So just be aware that there are a variety of tapes and I have to do is go and look for them. READ MORE

Why is a Carpenter’s Pencil Flat?

Have you ever wondered why a carpenter's pencil is square and flat?  Well, I got to tell you this if you think it's because it just looks cool and rests perfectly behind your ear. There are some things that our carpenter's pencil can do that just might surprise you.  Today's video has to do with a carpenter's pencil and if you think that it's square so that rest you know perfectly behind the ear well you would be incorrect.

I want to show you a number of things that a carpenter's pencil can do. This just might surprise you now this may be a little obvious but a number two pencil will roll on your board a carpenter's pencil is flat so that when you're working on an incline it stays put.  Now here's the thing with a carpenter's pencil the dimensions it's deliberate it's not random it's actually well thought out because your pencil, believe it or not, can be used as a measuring device. READ MORE

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How To Build A Mini Ramp with Billy Rohan

Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to build a mini ramp with pro skater Billy Rohan. If you've got a bunch of pro-skateboarder friends and you're splurging on a giant birthday party for yourself, it goes without saying that you're going to need a half-pipe. That's why Billy Rohan, a NYC skateboarder, came by VICE's…

Upscale Home Decor with Crown Molding

PARKERSBURG, W. Va., Sept. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MS — Create a dramatic new look throughout your home or highlight one area with crown molding — the key to an upscale look for walls, windows, doors, cabinets and more. Homeowners will find the tools and supplies necessary for crown molding projects at Woodcraft. Although crown molding…

Cost-Conscious Home Upgrades for Fall

MISSION, Kan., Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — (Family Features) If you're looking for ways to improve your home but don't have the budget for a full-scale renovation, look at upgrades that add instant value with a smaller investment. Projects that enhance existing features or add new functions to the home are smart ways to spruce up…

Ask people who have completed do-it-yourself projects and they’ll tell you that the projects took at least twice and much time and three times the money they thought they would. The basic reason is that DIYers usually make a lot of mistakes that end up making home improvement projects more expensive and time-consuming.

Here are 10 helpful tips to avoid the top DIY home improvement mistakes in the future and ensure success.

There are many sad cases of home renovations not going as planned – often going way over budget or schedule, or unforeseen complications popping up unexpectedly and ruining even up to years of work.

Most of these situations would never have gone so awry with some careful planning and early decision making sooner in the renovation process. Below are a few issues that it is vital to think about before you begin your home renovation.

10 Things to Think About BEFORE Beginning Work

TRENTON — The state cited 89 home improvement contractors during the past three months for everything from failing to register to not completing work, the state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday. (Full list here) Complaints about shoddy, incomplete or fraudulent home improvement work regularly top the list of consumer problems logged by the state Division of…

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