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Build A Closet Office. Replacing A Patio Door. Now, trim each piece to the line and secure it with screws (Fig. 16).

Replacing A Patio Door

If your jamb extensions are deep, counterbore screwholes so the screws reach the jambs. With the jambs finished, cut and install new interior trim. Drive finishing nails into the extension jambs and wall framing, set the nails and fill the holes (Fig. 17). On the outside, we were left with a gap between the new exterior vinyl-clad jambs and our clapboard siding. After installing new cap flashing, rip 1 x 4 pine to fit these openings and secure the new trim with finishing nails (Fig. 18). Paint all bare wood with a quality latex primer, follow with the finish coats of your choice and caulk around the exterior trim (Fig. 19). House-building books empower by demystifying the skills of the professionals. The book, though, is far from an ivory-tower exercise. 25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide. How to Start Woodworking in a Basement or Apartment. One of the most common reasons people shy away from woodworking is that they think they need a huge garage or workspace.

How to Start Woodworking in a Basement or Apartment

But you can successfully set up a small hobbyist woodworking shop in any space, even in an apartment. A compact wood shop just takes a little planning and preparation. First, as most eager but hesitant potential hobbyists realize, you have to be much more thoughtful about tool selection. 10 Easy Projects for New DIYers. 10 Jobs You Can Do With a Multitool. 4 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Siri - Apple iPhone. Sean MacEntee/Flickr Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Siri's been earning quite a reputation.

4 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Siri - Apple iPhone

Ever since Apple debuted its voice-activated digital assistant in October 2011, critics have voiced their disappointment, with some posting snarky Youtube videos to lampoon her and a few going as far as filing class-action lawsuits alleging that Siri's performance does not live up to advertising promises. But instead of griping that Siri doesn't understand their needs or obey commands, some tinkerers have hunted down workarounds to bend Siri to their will or to create new uses of the assistant's skill set. Here's how you can hack Siri, without resorting to jailbreaking your iPhone.

The Complaint: Siri won't pull directions from Google Maps. The Solution: When Apple ditched Google's map software in favor of its own, many users were frustrated by Apple Maps' less-than-accurate results. #HowToMakeAnything - How to Make Anything. How to Build Garage Storage Shelves on the Cheap. The 10 Best Apps for DIYers. 11 Incredible Things You Can Build Using Only 2 x 4s. 15 Simple Projects to Make From One Sheet of Plywood. 25 DIY Projects to Conquer Before the End of Summer. Build a Washer and Dryer Platform to Add Storage and Save Your Back. A simple platform to raise your washer and dryer off the ground is a simple project with plenty of rewards.

Build a Washer and Dryer Platform to Add Storage and Save Your Back

You'll get a more stable surface that will reduce vibration, extra storage if you build in some drawers, and ergonomic benefits that will ease stress on your back and shoulders. You can purchase platforms from the manufacturers, but it's easy to build one yourself. It can be as simple as securing plywood on top of a pallet, to a more complicated build that incorporates shelves or pull out drawers. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below There are many do-it-yourself tutorials online, but the basic build starts by finding the correct dimensions of your space and the base of the washer and dryer. This basic platform from Tremendously Thrifty, has compartments for three plastic bins that slide out. Where to Find New Woodworking Projects. Damien Pollet - Flickr CC After acquiring some tools and building a few basic wood projects, you'll want to test your skills by building larger and more complicated projects.

Where to Find New Woodworking Projects

There are a ton of great resources available online, but it can be overwhelming when you start searching. 10 Awesome Woodworking Projects for Every Skill Level. How to Winterize Drafty Windows. With winter rapidly approaching, it's time to seal drafty windows to prevent cold winds from blowing into your home.

How to Winterize Drafty Windows

And while there are many ways to solve this problem, the best approach requires a two-pronged attack: caulking around the outside of the window and weatherstripping the inside. Caulking Begin by using a stiff-blade putty knife to scrape off any old caulk or peeling paint from around the exterior perimeter of the window. Then, clean away all dirt and dust using a scrub brush dipped in warm, soapy water.

Wipe the surfaces dry with a clean cloth. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Next, apply a fresh bead of caulk around the outside perimeter of the window, creating a continuous wind-blocking seal between the window frame and siding. Weatherstripping After caulking around the outside of the window, move inside and use weatherstripping to seal around the sash. Best Garage Door Repair Tips, Advice and How To's. Michelle Pedone/Getty Images.

Best Garage Door Repair Tips, Advice and How To's

How to Clean Headlights - How to Make Your Headlights Shine Like New. Most headlights are made of polycarbonate plastic, which is durable and scratch-resistant.

How to Clean Headlights - How to Make Your Headlights Shine Like New

But over time polycarbonate clouds over, mostly due to UV rays that degrade the outer layer of plastic. Fortunately, there are plenty of products on the market designed to help you restore your car's 20/20 nighttime vision. Here's how to clean your headlights so they shine like new. Most cars and a lot of trucks today are manufactured with headlamp assemblies that use quartz-halogen bulbs plugged into the back of a large plastic reflector. The outer surface of these headlamp modules is molded polycarbonate plastic. Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation - How to Replace Your Garbage Disposal. Replacing a failed garbage disposer can seem daunting.

Garbage Disposal Repair & Installation - How to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

There's the usual trepidation about electricity and water, the unfamiliar sink connection and enough drain fittings to make leaks a real possibility. Then there are the hassles of comparison shopping and the suspicion that the job could run into real money. And finally, failed disposers don't often leak, at least not in the beginning, so it's easy to put things off. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below If this sounds familiar, you'll be happy to know that replacing a disposer is really fairly simple.

The list of things a food disposer can consume is fairly short. How to Make an App - Create Your Own App. At 2 a.m. on my ninth day of troubleshooting, I lost my mind.

How to Make an App - Create Your Own App

I had expected to face some obstacles as an amateur app developer, but I hadn't foreseen this. Alone in a room whose landscape comprised ziggurats of crude design sketches and empty Red Bull cans, I was wrestling with a picture of bacon dumplings. It didn't have enough dots per inch for an Android smartphone screen, and I didn't have a version of Photoshop that would let me fix it. Even if I got my hands on a friend's copy, I was looking at doing this all over again for the larger screen of the iPhone 6. And then God only knew if I would find the resolve to dream up special features for the 6 Plus. Popular Mechanics.