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  • The making of a threshold -- DIY & Pro compared.

    Stephanie had her kitchen re-done but the floor got even higher than before and there was the need for a massive threshold between the hardwood floors and the kitchen tile, a good 1-1/2in high and about 3 inches wide.When faced with a $300 bid for two thresholds, she decided to do it herself. So...
  • Special tops for glue bottles.

    When needing to get glue into a slot, like with biscuit joints, you need a glue spreader that goes inside the slot and squirts out both sides. There are of course special biscuit joint glue heads that you can buy, or kits with multiple specialized glue application heads.In a pinch you can slice ...
  • What is the difference between green & brown pressure treated wood?

    Andy wants to know what is the difference between green and brown pressure treated wood, and why is the brown stuff only available in Western Canada?The only difference is a brown stain added to imitate Cedar, a marketing necessity in the West where Cedar is inexpensive and popular for deck build...
  • How do you repair the rotten top of a cedar fence post?

    When our camera was out in the renovation centre, one viewer posed the problem of having a cedar fence with the top foot rotten but the rest in good shape. Of course this was probably caused by a square top cut not being protected by a fence post cap. Look around and you will see that most fenc...
  • My plank floor has 1" gaps in it.

    Stacey from St. Martins, New Brunswick, writes: "I have a house that is 150 years old and have just recently refinished the softwood plank floors. They have quite a few cracks and I am wondering what to fill them with. Some are as big as an inch in width due to shrinkage. The planks are direct...
  • Discovering a power chisel

    Some tools go un-noticed on the hardware store shelves, like the rotary hammer chisels. At first glance this appears simply to be a heavy duty hammer drill. It has a special quick change chuck called an SDS system and will only work with drills and other accessories with the special SDS shanks....
  • Repairing Cladboard Siding in Newfoundland.

    There is probably no place in the world that gets tougher siding exposure than in Newfoundland and it may surprise you that wood clapboard siding is still the dominant siding on the Island. But it does require maintenance and occasional repair or replacement. Aiden Duff showed us how it is done...
  • Microwave drying of green wood.

    Wood turners like to cut wood right out of the forest and turn them into bowls, plates and the like. But since they start with green wood, there will be a lot of shrinkage and potential cracking before they get to a finished product.Traditionally they debark the wood and then rough turn the shap...
  • How to clean mould off of cedar siding.

    All siding gets dirty, but cedar siding, often used in humid parts of the country, has more of a tendency than other siding to support the growth of mould and mildew. Unless it is really bad, cleaning is basically done in the same manner as for aluminium or vinyl siding, with much the same produ...
  • Can I get coloured vinyl windows?

    Valerie from Charlottetown, PEI writes: "We are building a new home and would like to use clay coloured vinyl windows, thinking that the clay colour would show on the exterior and also on the interior of the home. Today we were told that the colour is only on the outside and the interior of the ...