Month: February 2015

Finding the Right Hammer

By Scott Sidler • February 26, 2015

This week’s Ask the Craftsman question comes from Andy. “Why is there a different claw on some hammers?” Andy, there are as many different types of hammers as there are…well I don’t know, but there are a lot! They all […]

4 Easy Ways to Weatherstrip Windows and Doors

By Scott Sidler • February 23, 2015

spring bronze finished installation

While most of us love our original windows and doors, nobody wants to be heating or cooling the neighborhood due to leaks and drafts. Before you break out the caulk gun and seal the windows shut permanently, I want to […]

Quarter Round vs. Shoe Molding

By Scott Sidler • February 19, 2015

shoe mold-vs-quarter round

This week’s Ask the Craftsman question comes from Jeffrey. “What’s the difference between quarter round and shoe molding? Aren’t they the same?” Jeffrey, quarter round and shoe molding are like kissing cousins. They’re are almost identical. They can be used […]

The Preservation Event of the Year

By Scott Sidler • February 16, 2015

Historic Homes Workshop

Every week, I try to teach you something useful about old houses on The Craftsman Blog. Something you can apply right away to make your house that much better. This week, I’m going to do something different. There is a […]

What is My Favorite Water-Based Paint?

By Scott Sidler • February 12, 2015

favorite water based paint

This week’s Ask the Craftsman Question is a follow up to last week’s regarding oil-based paint choices. What is my favorite water-based paint? There are so many different applications that I use water-based paints for, so picking an overall favorite […]

Why America Needs Skilled Craftsmen

By Scott Sidler • February 9, 2015

Why America Needs Craftsman

High school students have for decades been taught that you need to go to college to get a degree if you ever want a chance at landing a good paying job. I was one of the millions of students who […]

My Favorite Oil-Based Paint

By Scott Sidler • February 5, 2015

Ben Moore Impervo

This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Damon. “What’s your favorite oil-based paint?” Damon, I get asked about my favorite this or that pretty often and realized that I have never answered any of those questions in a post, […]

How To: Install Blown-in Insulation

By Scott Sidler • February 2, 2015


Blown-in insulation is one of the most DIY-friendly and cost effective ways you can insulate a house today. It can be a little messy but that shouldn’t discourage you from doing it yourself because the energy savings that you can […]