A 3-foot wide gate with a diagonal cross-brace is easy to build and hang.
I needed a gate big enough to drive a car through, so I built this long gate and used heavy-duty hinges to support the weight.
We built a fence to make a dog kennel, leaving gaps between the pickets so the critters could see their surroundings (and bark at everything).
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Working by myself, it only took a few hours to peel off the shingles from each side of this detached garage and apply tar paper. In this article I share some tips for shingle disposal and keeping the debris under control.
Nailing down 3-tab roof shingles is easy, but there are some tricks to guarantee that the rows look straight and uniform.
To ensure a professional-looking roofing job, some special attention was given to the last few rows of shingles, before the ridge cap shingles were nailed down.
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Replacing the old wood siding wasn't the question... the issue was what type of new siding to use.
New wood siding is authentic but expensive and requires frequent maintenance. Vinyl siding was out of the question. Fiber cement siding gave us the clean lines of real wood without the hassle and expense of repainting every 5 to 8 years.
To provide a clean, smooth base for foam insulation and new siding, we removed all the old wood clapboards.
When changing exterior siding, there is an opportunity to add more insulation. We added 1/2 inch thick rigid foam, which barely changed the thickness of the wall.
While replacing the siding, we decided to rebuild the "water table" trim with low-maintenance PVC trimboards.
HardiPlank® fiber cement siding goes up quickly when fastened with a coil roofing nail gun. We cut the siding with a special dust-collecting saw, but other tools also work well.
We even cut boards with a special wavy pattern to match the century-old original siding design.
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We took an old dresser and turned into a showpiece. Turns out, it was a quality piece of furniture after all.
This shelf unit was made from knotty pine lumber that we almost threw away. After cleaning up the wood, cutting it into shelves and finishing the wood, I used a pocket screw jig for easy assembly.
This corner shelf unit relies on the garage studs to support 3 of the 4 corners.
This simple utility shelf is supported by 2x4 legs and cleats screwed to the wall. I left enough room underneath for my air compressor, but more shelves could be placed near the floor.
This sturdy workbench can be built for around $20, and is made from 2x4s and OSB or plywood. All you need is a circular saw, though a miter saw and jig saw improve accuracy.
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