When installing drywall or framing a partition wall perpendicular to an outside wall, say while refinishing a basement, it is often the case there is no stud to nail to. There are a number of solutions to this problem, but the one I like best in most cases is what … see more
Mark and Theresa write about the Real Wood Playground they built for the 200th episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Joplin, MO.
Tips and tricks for working with plaster walls – from pulling it down to patching it up.
Check out the March issue of Extreme How-to magazine featuring ‘New Roof—Once and Done’ by Mark.
Mark and Theresa are broadcasting LIVE! inside the Ironclad technical workwear blast furnace at the National Hardware Show. School is in, Toolskool that is, when we talk tools and tips with toolskool.com’s resident creative genius and author, Brad Staggs. And things go from cherry red to white hot when we … see more
Skylights are a terrific addition to most living spaces, especially if they open. The natural light they let stream in is better than anything that comes out of a bulb, the air they allow to circulate is fabulous, and—if you’re lucky—you get a nice view in the process. Assessing the … see more
In my life as a carpenter, author and business owner, I spend long hours at my desk banging away at my ToughBook keyboard. When it came time to upgrade my old hand-me-down writing surface, I already knew what I wanted in a new work space. First, I wanted to customize … see more
Closet space is one of the most under utilized but totally upgradeable spaces in our homes—particularly linen and hall closets. In the houses I’ve worked in during my career, it seems that whether they’re new builds or old-time fixer-uppers, the closets are either painfully devoid of shelf space or packed … see more
Garages, woodshops and workshops are perennially starved for space and organization—and mine is one of them. It’s forever jam-packed with tools, materials and work surfaces that collect clutter. While having a mother lode of tools for woodworking, home improvement and contracting are key to getting the job done for me—or … see more
A P-Ar-What-O-La? A P-Ar-GaDe-O-La. The Mission of this project is to battle the blandness of the all-too- often overlooked side-yard of so many houses. You know the place, the boring home on your HVAC unit, random fan, the ladder you use twice a year, flower pots for that gardening project … see more