Got unwanted noise spilling over from one room to the next in your home? Peace, quiet and solitude is something we all expect from our homes, but many don’t deliver. This is especially true if you’ve got a workshop in your basement. […]Continue Reading
Q: Where can I learn more about making solar energy a reality in a country home I’m planning to build? I need facts about the costs of various parts of the system, different suppliers and technologies, plus some sense of maintenance […]Continue Reading
Thinking of getting a wood splitter? Check out my video review of the best selling wood splitter in Canada. Except for one minor issue, I like it a lot. See how this economical model works in both horizontal & vertical splitting modes; see how the engine layout is open, making maintenance easy; watch the aggressive wedge pop firewood apart quickly, and more.Continue Reading
Want to make stuff from steel pipe? It’s a great material for the home workshopper. In this week’s video lesson, see how a simple tube notcher cuts perfect curved profiles on the ends of pipes; watch how a bi-metal hole saw cuts dozens of pipe ends yet stays sharp; see how the shape of end profiles on pipe can be changed to suit the project.
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In this week’s two-video episode see how stairs are supported on notched pieces called “stringers”; determine how many treads you need for a given stair installation; accurately mark a stringer for cutting; take a video tour of a cherry stair railing.
a circular saw and handsaw are used for cutting the stringers you’ve marked
the second video below shows how to build a fancy staircase railing
In this week’s video episode, see how threaded steel pipes can be used to make excellent light fixtures; learn how specific sizes & types of steel pipe fittings make sense for light fixtures; discover an inexpensive light socket that works well with a specific size of steel fitting . . .Continue Reading
In this week’s video episode, see how a seasonal cottage property is converted for year-round running water; watch a smart heating cable is installed directly inside a shallow water line; see how
pipe insulation and an outer protective casing is applied to the pipe; learn how more or less heat is applied along the length of the cable, depending on temperature.
In this week’s video episode, learn how threads are cut on steel pipes with a machine; see a Milwaukee cordless pipe threader in action; understand how important cutting oil is to the process; watch curls of hot metal being cut from a pipe; and see how a simple clamp holds iron pipe securely while threading. Working with black iron pipe like this is the best kept secret of the workshop world.Continue Reading
In this week’s video episode, learn how a hydraulic wood splitter works; see safe methods for using a wood splitter properly; learn how the best hydraulic splitters work both horizontally & vertically; understand proper storage procedures for maintaining your wood splitter.Continue Reading
In this week’s video, learn how to properly bore big holes in thick steel; discover the best drill bit for steel (hint: it’s not a twist bit!); see the importance of using cutting oil; and learn how to mark metal properly for drillingContinue Reading