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WD-40 or spray silicone will dissolve tar without harming your car’s paint.

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WD-40 or spray silicone will dissolve tar without harming your car’s paint. Spray it on, let it sit... Read More »

What’s the difference between cement and concrete? Cement is a binder used

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What’s the difference between cement and concrete? Cement is a binder used with sand or gravel to make... Read More »

When adjusting a door that rubs, plane off only enough wood to let the door

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When adjusting a door that rubs, plane off only enough wood to let the door shut properly. If... Read More »

When breaking in a new metal file, use it with only a little pressure at fi

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When breaking in a new metal file, use it with only a little pressure at first, until the... Read More »

When building a dock, the best choice for securing the decking is galvanize

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When building a dock, the best choice for securing the decking is galvanized screws. They hold better than... Read More »

When building a staircase, first install the stringers; second, nail on the

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When building a staircase, first install the stringers; second, nail on the risers; third, put on the skirtboards... Read More »

When building a walk or patio from bricks, use weatherproof bricks. These b

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When building a walk or patio from bricks, use weatherproof bricks. These bricks have been baked longer and... Read More »

When building or remodeling a home, don’t install the floor until virtually

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When building or remodeling a home, don’t install the floor until virtually everything else is done. Things that... Read More »

When building or repairing a stone wall, use the oldest rule in masonry: On

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When building or repairing a stone wall, use the oldest rule in masonry: One over two and two... Read More »

When burning a kerosene lamp, make sure you have at least 18 inches of air

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When burning a kerosene lamp, make sure you have at least 18 inches of air space above the... Read More »

When buying a new paintbrush (natural-hair or synthetic), always look for o

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When buying a new paintbrush (natural-hair or synthetic), always look for one that has flagged (frayed) bristles, because... Read More »

When clearing smaller brush, consider pulling the brush out of the ground i

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When clearing smaller brush, consider pulling the brush out of the ground instead of cutting it down. If... Read More »

When closing up a summer cottage, place shallow pans of cider vinegar under

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When closing up a summer cottage, place shallow pans of cider vinegar under beds and in closets. This... Read More »

When cutting asphalt shingles, dip your utility knife in turpentine. This w

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When cutting asphalt shingles, dip your utility knife in turpentine. This will keep the shingles from binding when... Read More »

When cutting firewood in the spring, wait several weeks after felling a tre

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When cutting firewood in the spring, wait several weeks after felling a tree before you limb it and... Read More »

When finishing wood with an oil finish such as Watco, use wool rags to appl

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When finishing wood with an oil finish such as Watco, use wool rags to apply the product and... Read More »

When gluing the legs of a chair, fashion a tourniquet clamp by wrapping rop

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When gluing the legs of a chair, fashion a tourniquet clamp by wrapping rope around the legs twice... Read More »

When installing drywall, if you drive a nail and it misses a stud, pull it

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When installing drywall, if you drive a nail and it misses a stud, pull it out; if you... Read More »

When installing fence posts, be sure to taper or round off the top of each

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When installing fence posts, be sure to taper or round off the top of each post to shed... Read More »

When insulating an older home or building a new one, remember to install th

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When insulating an older home or building a new one, remember to install the vapor barrier between the... Read More »

When laying a floor, start along the most irregular wall. It’s easier to cu

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When laying a floor, start along the most irregular wall. It’s easier to cut for that wall before... Read More »

When mixing concrete, add only enough water to the sand and cement to make

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When mixing concrete, add only enough water to the sand and cement to make the mixture plastic and... Read More »

When nailing drywall, hit the nail just hard enough so that the hammer driv

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When nailing drywall, hit the nail just hard enough so that the hammer drives in the nail and... Read More »

When painting on a hot day, stay in the shade as much as possible. It’s bet

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When painting on a hot day, stay in the shade as much as possible. It’s better for your... Read More »

When patching a pebbled wall, add sand to the patching compound. You may ne

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When patching a pebbled wall, add sand to the patching compound. You may need to experiment with proportions... Read More »

When placing a ladder against a wall, the safest angle is about 1 foot away

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When placing a ladder against a wall, the safest angle is about 1 foot away from the wall... Read More »

When planning a hedge fence, it’s useful to know that pine, cedar, Japanese

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When planning a hedge fence, it’s useful to know that pine, cedar, Japanese barberry, arborvitae, spruce, and hemlock... Read More »



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