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Create Smooth Walls: A Mudslinger’s Guide

Drywall taping is one of the most important jobs on any construction site. A skilled taper can hide a lot of mistakes left behind by framers and drywall hangers. A poor taping job, however, can cause trouble for trim carpenters and painters. A quality outcome requires the proper tools and materials (a steady hand doesn't hurt either). Our pro taper shares his three-day, step-by-step taping routine. He gave us some great tips that will help you end up with smooth walls and crisp corners.

How to Build a Wall-to-Wall Closet with Doors

Steal a few feet from the end of your bedroom and add a wall-to-wall closet with doors. Here are the...


Who Remembers This Iconic Tool Brand?

For 90 years this esteemed brand name was synonymous with quality manufacturing, affordable pricing, and an almost legendary lifetime warranty....


How to Use Powder Actuated Tools

Powder actuated tools (PAT) are a powerful way to attach wood to concrete and concrete block. Here's how to use...


Really Fast Hanger Hook Installation

Add a hanger hook quickly with a drill and an eyebolt

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How to Scribe for a Perfect Fit

Fit woodwork perfectly to even the waviest walls with an inexpensive compass.


Reciprocating Saw Uses and Tips

The ultimate remodeling tool—with attitude

DIY Home Inspection Tools

Spot expensive problems before you make an offer on a new home


Ladder Stabilizers

Work faster and smarter—and feel 10 times safer!


How to Install Towel Bars and Hooks on Fiberglass Tub and Shower Surrounds

Toggle bolts solve tricky mounting problems on thin plastic walls.


Build a Victorian Screen House

Escape the bugs in style, whether you're entertaining friends or just hanging out

12 Painting Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

If you're painting walls and ceilings, having the proper tools is the key to efficient, polished results. You don't need...