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When planning a staircase, keep in mind that a comfortable staircase has a

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When planning a staircase, keep in mind that a comfortable staircase has a riser that is no higher... Read More »

When sanding wood by hand, always sand with the grain of the wood, especial

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When sanding wood by hand, always sand with the grain of the wood, especially when using coarse sandpaper.... Read More »

When sharpening a knife, position it so that when you stroke the stone, the

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When sharpening a knife, position it so that when you stroke the stone, the edge of the knife... Read More »

When spreading drop cloths to protect floors from paint spatters, avoid usi

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When spreading drop cloths to protect floors from paint spatters, avoid using plastic. It is too slippery and... Read More »

When stacking brush for burning, arrange it compactly and all in the same d

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When stacking brush for burning, arrange it compactly and all in the same direction. This will make the... Read More »

When starting to plane, put more pressure on the toe (front) of the plane.

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When starting to plane, put more pressure on the toe (front) of the plane. As you reach the... Read More »

When using patching plaster to fill large holes in old plaster, add about 1

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When using patching plaster to fill large holes in old plaster, add about 1 tablespoon of vinegar to... Read More »

When washing windows, use horizontal strokes on one side and vertical strok

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When washing windows, use horizontal strokes on one side and vertical strokes on the other. If you see... Read More »

When you lime and fertilize your lawn, apply half the dosage in one directi

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When you lime and fertilize your lawn, apply half the dosage in one direction and the other half... Read More »

When you need to paint in places that are not easily accessible, try strapp

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When you need to paint in places that are not easily accessible, try strapping a broomstick to the... Read More »

When you paint a window sash, allow a slight bead of paint to come over ont

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When you paint a window sash, allow a slight bead of paint to come over onto the glass,... Read More »

When you start your woodstove from scratch or revive it in the morning, use

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When you start your woodstove from scratch or revive it in the morning, use small pieces of wood... Read More »

When you take a bath in winter, leave the water in the tub after you get ou

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When you take a bath in winter, leave the water in the tub after you get out. If... Read More »

When you use the fan over your cook stove, be sure to open a window elsewhe

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When you use the fan over your cook stove, be sure to open a window elsewhere in the... Read More »

When you’re building a house, tack scrap boards onto the staircase for trea

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When you’re building a house, tack scrap boards onto the staircase for treads until the rest of the... Read More »

When you’re choosing fence-post material, it’s useful to know that cedar la

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When you’re choosing fence-post material, it’s useful to know that cedar lasts longer than other commonly available woods. Read More »

When you’re cutting ceiling panels, a small bench saw will make the cleanes

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When you’re cutting ceiling panels, a small bench saw will make the cleanest cuts. However, a utility knife... Read More »

When you’re in the middle of a job and one can of paint is running low, pou

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When you’re in the middle of a job and one can of paint is running low, pour in... Read More »

When you’re painting stairs, paint every other one. Wait until those are co

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When you’re painting stairs, paint every other one. Wait until those are completely dry, then paint the others.... Read More »

When you’re planning to build a structure or do some landscaping, two good

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When you’re planning to build a structure or do some landscaping, two good resources are the Soil Conservation... Read More »

When you’re seeding grass by hand, mix fine sawdust in with the seed. Then

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When you’re seeding grass by hand, mix fine sawdust in with the seed. Then you’ll be able to... Read More »

When you’re working with a wood chisel, learn to watch the cutting edge, no

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When you’re working with a wood chisel, learn to watch the cutting edge, not the handle, when you... Read More »

Whenever possible, pick flowers in the late afternoon. They have a greater

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Whenever possible, pick flowers in the late afternoon. They have a greater sugar content then and will last... Read More »

Winter is a great time to defrost the freezer; you can temporarily store th

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Winter is a great time to defrost the freezer; you can temporarily store the food in a shady... Read More »

Wipe down counters and tabletops with a solution of equal parts white vineg

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Wipe down counters and tabletops with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water to help keep... Read More »

Wood ashes can be used as a degreaser. Sprinkle 3 to 4 tablespoons of ashes

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Wood ashes can be used as a degreaser. Sprinkle 3 to 4 tablespoons of ashes on a greasy... Read More »

Wood-n’t you know it! Beech, yellow birch, and gray birch are tough to spli

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Wood-n’t you know it! Beech, yellow birch, and gray birch are tough to split and a little slow... Read More »



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