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  • CAN WOOD-BURNING SYSTEMS BE MODERNIZED?

    Open fireplaces are not heating systems. They have traditionally been built on an outer wall, creating sealing problems for air barriers and wasting lots of heat through the back of the chimney. Fireplaces should always be built on the inside walls -- if you build one at all. The problem w...
  • There is a secret to hand cut dovetails.

    Rob Cosman, out of New Brunswick and representing American Craftsman Publications, came in to share with us some of the tricks to making the strongest corner joint in woodworking, the dovetail -- and making them by hand.He had some nifty layout tips for making wide tails and narrow pins, but ...
  • Pre-glued real wood veneers

    For years we have had pre-glued edging tape (both plastic and real wood.) With large veneers you added your own glue. Now you can find large sheets of pre-glued heat-activated real wood veneers called CEDAN Tenderized Wood Veneer Sheets. Do they work? Yes, but not as easily as you might li...
  • Protecting the wall behind a wood stove.

    Melissa sent in an e-mail worrying about the fact that the paint on the wall behind her wood burning fireplace is so hot that it is bubbling.That is too hot. Check the manufacturer's instructions if you have them -- each appliance has specified distances from combustible surfaces. Yours is ...
  • Pine floor over laminate

    Our cameras found Sean in the renovation store. He wants to know if it is a good idea to install pine flooring over existing laminate flooring in the kitchen.An interesting question. Pine is not usually used as a flooring material because it is so soft that if you push hard on a varnish that is...
  • Preventing stains on wood siding

    We talked on the phone with Al from Victoria, British Columbia who has streaks staining his wooden siding. He cleans them off, but they keep coming back.I think I can safely say that most stains come from too much moisture getting behind the siding and either pushing through the wood and ext...
  • What kind of nails should be used on a cedar fence?

    Randy wants to build his rough cut cedar fence right with no future stains, but has been told that even stainless steel nails will eventually rust, and that given the price difference he might as well use galvanized.Actually your choice of nails goes much further than that -- including "plastic n...
  • How to stop the graying of outdoor wood?

    I just saw an ad on the weather network for a deck cleaning product called deck renew (I think that is what it is called) and I am looking for some more information about it. I built a 600+ sq. ft deck last summer and on someone's recommendation treated it with just a water repellent. the dec...
  • Tips on Hardwood Floors

    Leonard (Scotty) Wells, a long time floor installer dropped by to discuss hardwood floor expansion and contraction.His greatest recommendation was to try and control the humidity in the house to keep it as even as possible between summer and winter.Pre-finished floors have less problem of expansi...
  • The Rotary tool -- the first power tool for kids

    One of the great power tools for kids to work with are the rotary tools, like Wizard or Dremel. You can get vices that will hold the motor fixed, allowing you to either bring the project to the tool, or attach a flexible shaft. The flexible shaft is even easier for a kid to handle than the tool...