Tag: tips

How To: Prep Wood For Stain

By Scott Sidler | July 13, 2015

how to prep wood for stain

Whether you’re refinishing your floors, making a table, cabinets or any other project that requires finishing it’s useful to learn how to apply stain properly and make your projects really shine. Applying stain is a pretty easy process that doesn’t […]

How To: Paint In Cold Weather

By Scott Sidler | January 26, 2015


Painting can be a real chore in the wintertime. You’re geared up to get everything finished and then then a cold front moves in and you’re wondering “Do I really have to wait for it to warm up again?” Always […]

How To: Get Free Mineral Spirits

By Scott Sidler | November 17, 2014

free mineral spirits

If you’re painting with oil-based paints occasionally like I am, you need to have plenty of mineral spirits or paint thinner on hand to keep your brushes clean. Mineral spirits are expensive, running around $11-14 per gallon and disposal of […]

The Easiest Way to Measure Sash Cord

By Scott Sidler | November 6, 2014

how to measure sash cord

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Mark. “I want to replace some missing ropes on my home’s original windows. How do I measure the right length rope for double-hung windows?” Mark, I try to avoid breaking out the […]

DIY Paint Brush Cover

By Scott Sidler | October 30, 2014


This week’s Ask the Craftsman  question comes from Lorrel. “I’ve lost my paint brush cover and now the bristles get all wiry after cleaning. Any suggestions?” The paint brush cover, or husk, is an important piece of any paint brush. It […]

4 Easy Tips to Keep Your Old Home Warm This Winter

By Scott Sidler | October 20, 2014


Fall is here and all across the country the leaves are changing as temperatures dip from their muggy summer highs. In Florida we’ve even gotten down into the 60s already! For the rest of the country that doesn’t live in […]

How To: Get Huge Discounts on Tools

By Scott Sidler | September 15, 2014

how to get huge discounts on tools

I love tools! When I see a tool that I don’t have my mind tries to create some need for it. And I already have a ton of tools. There is no way around it in this business.  But from […]

How To: Find the Best Paint Brush

By Scott Sidler | June 30, 2014

Paint brush

There are so many different types of paint brushes out there today. So, how do you know which one you need for your project? Should you buy a bunch of different brushes specific to each use or maybe just one […]