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  • Planning out a home theatre

    Larry Gullins of G & G Electronics in Whitby, Ontario builds home theatres so we sought him out for some design recommendations.Locate the screen in the centre of a wall at the longest point in the room, not on the short side -- you need depth for the best effect. The best room shape is re...
  • Speciality tools -- things you may not have even known existed

    What do you do with the wood plane in the first photo? Not only does the base adjust to different curves, but can be reversed for outside curves. This is the standard plane for making barrel staves and wagon wheels. Although I have never made a wagon wheel I have used it for finishing off ...
  • Cutting crown moldings with a mitre saw.

    Cutting crown moldings can be simple and it can be difficult. First you want to check if the corner you are putting the molding into is in fact 90 degrees. If you don't check that you can get real frustrated with your mitre saw. 88 or 92 degree walls require different mitre cuts. Over the years...
  • The mathematical challenge - A Walkway Curve

    Don in Winnipeg wanted to make a wooden walkway. He wanted to fan the boards out at the 90 degree corner, but couldn't figure out how to calculate the angle to cut the boards to make them fit. The first important reflection was that the center point of this fanning out should not be right in the...
  • Legality of DIY electrical and plumbing work

    NEW CONSTRUCTION In the interests of health and safety a number of trades are controlled by law, most particularly plumbing and electricity. The degree to which plumbing and electrical work are actually regulated varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For instance almost all work performed in...
  • Levels and more levels

    When we are working outdoors we often need to create level lines over long distances. Up to about 8 feet, we can simply tape our regular carpenter's level onto a straight board. But there are many different ways to level over dozens, even hundreds of feet. The least expensive and most common is ...
  • Header Flashing End Dams for Windows and Doors

    Welcome to the Eakes' Origami Guide to the Building Code -- or "how to actually build new flashing requirements in the building code". Water leaking in around windows and doors represents one of our major construction problems. The building codes seem to be constantly changing in an effort to mi...
  • Where should basement furnace ducts be placed?

    Doug from Manilla, Ontario checked this site for basement heating systems: "I read the section? on cold air returns in the basement, however I could not find anything on where hot air vents should be placed. Do they need to be at the floor level or at the ceiling level?" In the house above the f...
  • Pro: Tiles -- More than you thought you wanted to know

    Probably one of the best ways to learn about good and bad building techniques is to work on the renovation or restoration side of the construction picture. Here is where you see the results of everything done before, especially when the results are a failed system. In the world of ceramic, stone ...
  • What are the 19-3/16+ marks on a tape measurer for?

      Dan wrote in asking what is that little diamond mark on his tape measurer at 19-3/16 inches?           Look further down the tape and you will see it repeated every 19+ inches, always at some imprecise measurement, not really a multiple of 3/16 of an inch. Finally when you get to 8 ...