Every professional drywaller I’ve seen typically installs sheets of drywall horizontally, not vertically. The photo to the right shows what I mean. This guy is a friend of mine, Pete Paquet is his name, and he’s one of the best drywallers […]Continue Reading
A few months back I got an email from a young man named Shane, and his questions took me back 30 years. Shane wants to build a home and life in the country, living deliberately close to nature and being as […]Continue Reading
*WOODWORKING: Watch a great tablesaw blade in action.
*METALWORKING: See what a CNC water jet cutter can do.
*HOMESTEADING: Seeday-old chicks come to Bailey Line Road.
*CONSTRUCTION: Learn how to use a garden hose as a level.
Q: Two of the three companies quoting on my reroofing job strongly recommend fibreglass shingles. The other never uses them. From a price stand point, there’s little difference, though warranties look better on the fiberglass. Can you help me make […]Continue Reading
A few years ago I delivered 8 quarts of raspberries we’d picked for an elderly lady in town, and I noticed three things when she came to the door. First, she was very feeble. It took her a long time […]Continue Reading
One of the unexpected things I picked up when I moved to Manitoulin Island, Canada back in the mid-1980s was traditional stoneworking. I’d never done it before coming here and I’ve never seen anyone else do stonework in the old fashioned way from […]Continue Reading
*WOODWORKING: Refurbishing a pine chest video#1 in series.
*PAINTING: Held device for choosing matching paint colours.
*WOOD FLOORS: Simple method for refurbishing an old finish.
*LEAKY TAP: 90-second lesson on fixing the drip yourself.
Q: What’s the best option for painting my concrete basement floor? It has a few small cracks, but it’s in pretty good shape. Is there a product that can be used to fill these gaps before painting? A: The best basement […]Continue Reading
*TOOL VIDEO: Cordless 120 volt 12″ DEWALT Mitre saw
*WOODWORKING: Why jigsaw orbital blade action matters
*ENERGY: See how insulated unground heating pipes work
*ELECTRICAL: Watch power lines installed above bedrock
Ever notice how some indoor spaces feel great and others make you feel lousy? The difference comes down to a handful of things that aren’t immediately obvious, not even to some renovation professionals. That’s where knowing about four simple design strategies pay […]Continue Reading