• Dowel Jig – The Anatomy of a Failed Project

    I made a custom dowel jig using copper pipe as a guide bushing and it completely failed. This video explains what went wrong.

  • DIY Wood Fidget Spinner

    My son and his friend wanted fidget spinners and were willing to do the work to make them. So in this episode of granworks, I help them do just that!

  • Clean and Rustproof Garden Tools

    Garden tools (shovels, hoes, spades, etc) tend to rust if left out or left with soil on them. One time honored method of cleaning and then protecting them involves a bucket of oil-impregnated sand. Does it work? In this episode of granworks, I examine that idea and create one such bucket to test.

  • Three Drywall Patch Methods

    A drywall patch can be commonly done with a patch kit; a “California” patch; or a patch with a support board. I test all three methods.

  • Building a Custom Media Wall

    I built a custom media wall with fully custom wiring, cabling, and ports

  • Creating a Custom Floating Media Console

    I built a custom floating media console to hold all of my AV and gaming components in our family room.

  • Installing Reclaimed Saltillo Tile

    I installed reclaimed Saltillo tile in front of my theater. The tile needed to have old mortar ground off and then was soaked, installed, grouted, and sealed. Saltillo presents its own unique challenges!

  • Creating a Temporary “Sauna Bench” Style Equipment Rack

    This post is all about a temporary equipment rack even though the next major task in my Phoenix theater build log is, believe it or

How to Paint Odd Things – Grout

How To Paint Wide Grout

The Saltillo tile used in our house is absolutely appropriate for the Southwest but its wide grout lines proved impossible to clean. I tried painting the grout and the results were well worth the time. It’s easy to do and almost fool-proof. The end result looks like freshly installed grout.

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Quick Tip: Paint Crisp Edges on Textured Walls

Quick Tip: Paint Crisp Lines on Textured Walls

If you’ve ever painted on textured walls, you know how hard it is to create a crisp straight edge. Products like “Frog Tape” are supposed to help, but they don’t. Paint is very good at sneaking underneath your tape, resulting in a jagged line when the tape is removed. This quick tip shows a very easy way to create a guaranteed straight line!

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April’s Credo #1: Make It Work For You

Pink countertops

It took us an entire year of house hunting before we landed on this particular one. The house supposedly had an “upgraded” kitchen and it did at least have stainless steal appliances. And pink counters. Wait, pink? Yeah, from the very start (a good 5 years ago) we decided that obviously atrocious pink counters would be the first to go. Obviously! But something happened along the way…

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