Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

How to Make a Screed Board

Whether you're creating a brick landing for a new set of steps or forming a small brick path, you first need to use a screed to level and smooth the surface. Watch this video to find out how to make a screed.

Fence Post Saver

Once you build a fence it is inevitable that the weather is going to take its toll on it. Fence posts that were originally cut square allow rainwater to soak right into the wood resulting in expansion and splitting of the wood. We've found that by cutting the fence posts at a slight angle the water drains right off rather than sitting and soaking into the wood.

Posthole Depth Marker

A simple, easy way to measure postholes as you dig them is to mark 6-inch graduations up the handle of your posthole diggers (a permanent marker is ideal for the job). A similar approach works well for a shovel handle; only here you can measure from the handle end instead of the blade end so you can invert the tool to measure as you go.

DIY Gate Support Hardware

Large gates often require heavy duty hardware to give them the tension needed to prevent sagging. Watch this video to find out how to make your own.