Mark’s simple home improvement tips: Make your shop vacuum work better

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Home improvement is a big enough challenge without having tools that don’t work like they’re supposed to. My shop vacuum head was one such tool. Here’s the simple fix. Problem: The bottom of the suction thingie is dead flat. Unless I really articulated the wand—total PITA—the vacuum would suck the … see more

Home improvement & design: How to install wood wainscoting & vertical trim

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Wood wainscoting is one of my favorite interior finishes. It’s fun, clean, and all carpentry. And it looks sensational. In this video I run through a few steps for getting a job that’ll last—and that you’ll love. Things I focus on primarily for wood wainscoting—especially vertical installations—are getting the first … see more

Popcorn ceiling or decor upgrade? Here’s a solution I love!

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From the dreaded popcorn ceiling to style and home decor upgrades to basement remodeling, this video shows some how-to for installing a ‘5th wall’ I love. It’s the Armstrong Woodhaven Plank and it’s awesome. Why? For a ceiling, it’s incredibly easy to install. It comes factory-finished which is awesome! There’s … see more

Video: How to build a fence—Design, tools, measuring, materials and more

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Want to know more about how to build a fence? Check out this video about a fence design I don’t just like—I love. And I hope you do too. I designed this fence with horizontal planks and round posts. I wanted an earthy, friendly, and totally custom look. And I … see more

VIDEO: Home improvement storage & DIY for about 20-bucks | Make a shelf

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When I need some quick, attractive, and inexpensive organization or storage for my home improvement gear and supplies and flotsam AND jetsam, I make a shelf. Then to share it with you I make a VIDEO about how to make shelf. You could do this project with a circular saw … see more

Video: Bathroom Remodeling Tips – Wall framing

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If bathroom remodeling is on your home improvement checklist, then you should become friendly with in-wall blocking as something that’ll make life easier. Tip: One size does NOT fit all. From towel bars and DIY toilet paper holders to pedestal sinks and shower wands, having something to fasten into that … see more

Tool Hack: DIY Table Saw Dust Collection

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On the job site, table saw dust collection is a relative term. I need something simple, reasonably effective and tough. Most gadgets, bags and contraptions I’ve seen aren’t worth the time or money.   Vacuums are a headache on my sites. When they’re not taking up valuable space, the filters … see more

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