Build strong, crack-free concrete sidewalks and slabs with these 10 pro tips. Tips include forming edges, leveling, smoothing, curing and other vital steps in creating a first-rate concrete pour. Also, the 10 most common mistakes. By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine: September 2008 Tip 1: Overbuild your forms Tip 2: Form curves with hardboard Tip 3: Keep stakes below the form tops Tip 4: Put down a solid base Tip 5: Plunge out the bubbles Tip…
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Fix Squeaking floors: Fill the gap Locate the floor squeak and inject polyurethane construction adhesive into gaps between joists and plywood. Ventilate the area while using this adhesive. Inject the constructive adhesive into the gap and work it deep with a plastic spoon so it flows toward the nail shanks that are causing the squeaks.
From The Family Handyman Magazine......DIY Tip of the Day: Handy soil sifter. A large plastic milk-crate storage container with a gridwork bottom makes a great soil sifter. Weeds, roots and rocks stay in the crate. The crates cost a couple of bucks at most home centers and discount stores.
The SnapPower Guidelight is "The Best Night-Light in History" - The Family Handyman Magazine Sleek modern design, costs only .10/year to operate and leaves both of your outlets free to use. No wiring or batteries needed!
We’ve got a crew of dedicated DIYers here at the magazine, and we spend a lot of time painting. So we’re always on the lookout for stuff that’ll help us get the job done better and faster. We scour the shelves of paint stores, surf the net, and pick the brains of our painting pros to find the latest and greatest as well as the best classic tools and gear. Here’s this year’s collection of painting gear and supplies.
DYI tool to install faucet locking nuts. Cut an18" section of 1 1/4" PVC pipe. Then cut four 1/4" slots at one end 90 degrees apart. Hand tighten with ease. From: The Family Handyman magazine May 2013.
DIY SHED This shed was commissioned by the Family Handyman magazine and was featured in their July 2007 edition. The client wanted a well-designed and carefully detailed suburban backyard shed that could be constructed by an amateur builder using off-the-shelf materials. In order to reach a broad audience the budget was kept to a minimum. The shed won a RAVE award in 2007.