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  • A hole saw big enough for a 6" ventilation duct!

    This is a special story. The biggest hole saw you can find on the shelves of hardware stores across Canada is 6 inches. All the companies stop at 6. But you can't put the new 6" ventilation ducts through a 6 inch hole, you need a little more. So I personally pushed Starrett Tools to see if they...
  • How do you paint "faux grain"?

    I was amazed how easy it is to paint in "faux grain" using this funny little rubber tool.You just apply the wood stain and then drag the tool along, rocking forward and backward to open and close grain lines. It is amazingly realistic and surprisingly easy.It is called a "ZAR Graining Tool".The ...
  • Round trim paint brushes.

    Round brushes, with tapered and split end bristles, are the standard trim brushes in Europe. You actually rotate the brush as you move to keep a wet brush on the work. They are beginning to show up in Canadain paint stores.
  • Jig for cutting fence posts square.

    Trying to get a square cut on the top of a fence post or deck post can be a difficult job. Rick sent us in his jig that does the job nicely. He nails two pieces of plywood together at 90 degrees and then puts small guide rails on the sides. He then takes his circular saw and cuts the jig off, ...
  • What are the basic tools for a small woodworking shop.

    You have to make one important decision before you start buying tools for a woodworking shop: are you going to work with rough lumber and dress it down yourself, or are you going to work with renovation centre dressed lumber. Dressed means that it is already planned smooth on all four sides. D...
  • Roofing Brackets that are not disposable.

    Joe is one of those nice guys from New England who doesn't like wasting things. Joe spent most of his life as a roofer and in the asphalt shingle business, using and disposing of roofing brackets is just part of the business. Roof brackets are the supports that are temporally nailed to the roof...
  • Painting tips with Jane Lockhart

    Although I have learned a great deal about paint and painting over the years, it is not my best subject, especially when formulations and even the tools are constantly changing. So I had my good friend and host of HGTV's One House Two Looks, Jane Lockhart, come on the show to answer some of our ...
  • Cleaning up the painting tools.

    OK, you have finished painting. Do you throw the brushes and rollers away? Or do you clean them.Of course if you bought really cheap ones, you could just thrown them away. However, not only are you being rather wasteful from an ecological point of view, you probably had a real hard time painti...
  • Cleaning metal files -- File Cards

    Many people don't realize it but you can bring old files back to life just by cleaning the junk that has accumulated in the grooves. This is done with a special wire brush, called a "File Card". You can get them at any hardware store, next to the files.
  • Fixing ripped hanging holes in vinyl shower curtains

    The most common shower curtains sold are made of vinyl with very inadequate reinforcing around the hole used to hook it to the curtain rod.  The result is that rather quickly the vinyl stretches and breaks through.  Now this process accelerates when you have a wife like mine who scrubs the curtai...