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Set and Nail Decking Perfectly

Tips and tricks for a great-looking deck<p>Set the first board along a chalk line to start straight. Then sight down the boards occasionally to make …

How to Choose and Use Primer: Drywall & Paint

Use this excellent problem-solver to fix many wall and wood coating headaches<p>One of the most powerful tools in any pro painter’s arsenal is what goes …

Painting With an Airless Sprayer

It’s the best way to complete big paint jobs fast or apply a glass-smooth finish<p>An airless sprayer simplifies painting in two ways: First, if you …

How to Prepare for House Painting

Repairing and preparing wood for longer-lasting paint.<p>Scrape away all the paint within 16 in. of the concrete. Scrapers with replaceable carbide …

Gas Range Burner Repair Tips

Try these solutions before calling for service help<p>Remove the old igniter from the burner. Unscrew the burner if necessary. Cut or unplug the …

How to Tune Up Your Outdoor Gas Grill

Clean up the grill for easier starting and better cooking<p>Clear out each gas port on the burner unit with a toothpick. For tougher clogs, use a small …

How to Get a Smooth Polyurethane Finish

Expert tips for applying a flawless clear finish<p>Even though I’ve built dozens of cabinets and furniture pieces, I don’t consider myself a high-end …

Our Favorite Painting Equipment

Tips on tools and products for better painting<p>These ideas and products will not only save you time but also eliminate a lot of hassles—like moving …

Tips for How to Use Painters Tape

Apply painters tape faster and more effectively so you can get started painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.<p>Several things can go wrong when it …

How to Paint: Tips for a Perfect Paint Job

Anyone can paint a room, right? But not everyone knows the secrets to painting a room well. Check out these basic tips for a flawless finish and …

Professional Painting Tips

Veteran painter Butch Zang tells you his secrets for faster, easier and better results.<p>I used to think I was a pretty good amateur painter. That is, …

Restore Rusty Metal Before Painting

Get rid of the rust before you paint.<p>Scrub partially rusted metal areas with a wire brush to remove flakes and powdery surface rust, then prime with …

Painting Tips: How to Paint Faster

Professional secrets for a speedy, great-looking job<p>Jay Gorton got his first painting lessons more than 30 years ago when he worked for his …

Mineral Spirits vs Paint Thinner

Mineral spirits and paint thinner both work well, but thinner is cheaper<p>Mineral spirits is more highly refined and has fewer odors than paint lacquer …

Door Refinishing: Painting Varnished Doors

Give a fresh look to an old varnished door.<p>Painting steps:<p>If you have ugly stained and varnished doors and trim and you'd like to paint the whole …

Paint Brush Care: How To Rescue a Petrified Brush

Don't throw away expensive paintbrushes—they can be saved!<p>It doesn’t matter if paintbrushes have been fossilized by oil- or water-based finishes of …

Paint a Room Without Making a Mess!

Home › Painting › Painting Tips › Paint a Room Without Making a Mess!<p>Protect against spills, splatters and other disasters!QA

Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

The best choices for cabinet paints<p>A careful sanding and good primer set the stage for a smooth, durable top coat for painting kitchen cabinets.<p>If …

10 Interior House Painting Tips & Painting Techniques for the Perfect Paint Job

Use these tips to make your painting projects go faster and smoother.<p>Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They …

Home Improvement

Paint Trim or Walls First? And Other Painting Questions Answered

Home › Painting › Painting Tips › Paint Trim or Walls First? And Other Painting Questions Answered<p>Professional painters share their secrets for …

How to Solder Copper Pipe Joints

Learn to solder copper pipe like a pro.<p>A self-lighting torch eliminates the hassles of a striker or match.<p>After years of using a regular, inexpensive …

Do it Yourself Home Improvement: Home Repair | The Family Handyman

You don't have to be an expert woodworker or own specialty tools to take on one of these 40 outdoor woodworking projects. Every one of the simple …

Water Pipe Replacement: Cures for Low Water Pressure

How to replace a corroded water supply system in incremental steps.<p>If you have low water pressure in your home and still have old galvanized steel …

Build a Low Cost Custom Closet

A designer closet without the designer price!<p>If you have a messy closet and a free Saturday, this story’s for you. Thanks to great-looking ready-made …

How to Loosen Nuts, Bolts and Screws

Torches, screw extractors, oil and other tricks to help you free stuck fasteners. These tips work on any fasteners in your home, automobiles and lawn …

Paint a Room Without Making a Mess!

Protect against spills, splatters and other disasters!QA<p>Cramped working conditions lead to messy accidents. Remove furniture or stack it up. Set …

How to Use a Pressure Washer

Wash siding, concrete floors, decks and even your car faster and easier.<p>Pressure washers (aka power washers) are so much fun to use—and show such …

How to Paint Woodwork: Tips and Techniques

Get a silky smooth finish on your woodwork<p>Follow the steps in this story to get these great results.<p>Having trouble getting your paint to look smooth? …

Storing Paint Cans

No more crusty rims<p>Use a small nail to drive four holes in the rim of the paint can. Let the paint drain back into the can and seal the lid with a …

Soldering Copper Pipe

Tips and techniques you need to know<p>Wet and wring out a 2-in.-wide strip of cloth and wrap it around the fitting you want to protect. The wet rag …