Dave Altman

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Replacing Wood Fencing

I was visiting my friend, Jack, a while back with my dog, Max. Jack’s yard was fenced by wood fencing. However, three sides of Jack’s yard was enclosed with a nice privacy fence. But, the fourth side had a white picket fence. Really, it was gray not white and very rickety. Max could have easily […]

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Rob’s Building a Shed Project

Here is Rob’s journey of building a shed for the first time. First, before Rob started he asked himself these questions! How much space do I need? How much room do I have? How much money can I afford to spend? Next, he found some plans close to what he wanted and modified them to […]

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What About a Gas Smoker?

If you like barbecue, you need to have a gas smoker. What is a smoker you say? It is a SLOW outdoor cooker. If you are in a hurry, go buy some ready made barbecue from the frozen food section in the grocery store. But if you want REALLY GOOD EATING keep reading. There are […]

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Basic Deck Building Instructions

These are basic instructions on deck building. Rather than overwhelm you with a fancy deck, let’s start with a basic square deck – say a 10ft X 12ft rectangle. Below is a drawing showing the basic structure and terms for your deck. Click on the picture to enlarge. Knowing how the pieces fit together goes […]

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Caulking Around Windows and Doors

Using caulking around windows and doors is the easiest method to stop air and water leaks, either in or out. The process is very easy and simple to do. To the right is a picture of a typical caulking gun with a tube of caulk already loaded. Talk to the people at your local big […]

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How Many Roof Shingles Will You Need?

The most common type of roof shingles are the three-tab fiberglass shingles. Measuring how many of these shingles you need is easy. A three-tab fiberglass shingle is 36 inches long and 12 inches wide. The part of the shingle that is visible is only 5 inches wide and 36 inches long. The remainder is covered […]

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Preparing to Paint Your Room

Preparing to paint is an important step in the painting process. First: Clear The Room Take out all of the small items. Clear the room of the furniture, if possible. If this is not possible, move the furniture as far away from the wall you will be painting as practical.We try and put all the […]

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