VIDEO: Building a deck: Top-Down Framing, Part 1

building a deck

This building a deck video covers tips and techniques for what I call top-down framing. Hopefully, I cover enough ground to give both pros and DIYers some traction for the next deck project. Step 1 for building a deck is getting a building permit. And if there’s an existing deck, … see more

Reviewed! Ridgid Stealth Force Pulse Driver, Impact Driver

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The reaction torque in the Ridgid Stealth Force pulse driver is different than a regular impact drivers, so when I first used it, I thought there was a “hinky in the jinky”. I was right, there is. And it’s name is “Awesome.” We’re part of The Home Depot’s ProSpective Program … see more

Reciprocating Saw: Not just for demolition

Recip Saws

We revved up 5 cordless reciprocating saws and found something for everyone—from power performers to stripped-down versions for beginners.  In the grip of a strong-handed professional, a reciprocating saw is mainly associated with one thing: demolition. But in the hands of a strong-minded pro, one who knows that old houses are … see more

Cordless Reciprocating Saws Tested

We revved up 5 cordless recip saws and found something for everyone—from power performers to stripped-down versions for beginners. By Mark Clement | Photos by Andrew Bydlon & MyFixItUpLife In the grip of a strong-handed professional, a reciprocating saw is mainly associated with one thing: demolition. But in the hands of a strong-minded pro, one … see more

Video: How we X-nail crown molding to our ceiling

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We use a nailing technique to make sure we get a really secure connection between the crown molding and the walls and ceiling. But for the ceiling, it can get trickier. You might not have much behind the drywall. So we use a pneumatic nailer to get an X-nail connection to the ceiling. Check out how to X-nail, and more reasons why Mark uses this technique for crown molding, in this quick tip video. see more

Tool Review: Ridgid’s Whalin’ Wormdrive

Cutting Deck Joists

  Ridgid’s R32102 wormdrive is a pro-grade circ saw that cuts fast, smooth, and does comes up big in both the power and prowess I need from rough to trim carpentry. I came up in the trades on the East Coast. Every circ saw I used was a sidewinder style … see more

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