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I need to remove pop rivets – how do I do that?

Rivets are permanent fasteners often used to pin together gutters, straps, and other pieces of thin-gauge metal around your house. Rivets may seem difficult to remove–but a couple small tricks make it a cinch! This article and video shows you how to remove old rivets. It also shows you how...

What the heck is an oscillating multi-tool?!

This short article from The Honest Carpenter focuses on a tool that has helped revolutionize home repair: the oscillating multi-tool! See the multi-tool in action in our video below, and scope out a few product reviews with the article:   Product Review: Porter Cable has the best low-cost/high...

My brickmould door trim is rotted! How do I repair it?

Brickmould–the trim around most doors and windows–is often the first part of a home exterior to rot. The bottom ends of brickmould pieces tend to soak up water sitting on the lower sills, and fungal growth in the unsealed wood soon leads to deterioration. This article will show a very...

My deck boards are rotted! – how do I replace them?

Sun, rain, and foot traffic all work together to damage the deck boards of your deck. But, not all decking degrades at the same rate. Inevitably, some boards will show wear and tear early on, while others fare better over time. This article will show you how to identify problematic boards on your...

Trim work – know quality when you see it!

Trim styles in homes will vary by taste and design. But, regardless of design choices, trim work installations should always be held to a high level of standards. This article from The Honest Carpenter will show you how to identify quality trim work in a home. By focusing on five elements in...

Bad contractors – 5 ways they cheat you!

I Know That There Are Good Contractors Out There I want to start this article by saying that there are a lot of very good, honest contractors at work out there. I’m lucky enough to know a dozen or more in my hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. And I’m sure I could find thousands more...

My fence is falling over – how do I fix it?

Do you have leaning fences? Leaning or sagging fences are a very common problem in backyards. If left unaddressed, unsupported fences can even detach completely and fall apart. This article and video from The Honest Carpenter will show you how to repair badly leaning fences. With just a minimum of...

Craftsman window trim – it’s easy!

Craftsman window trim profiles are based on a classic design that looks good in every home. And, not only are these trim profiles beautiful–they’re also simple to build and install! This article and short video from The Honest Carpenter walks you through a craftsman window trim...