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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.

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.

Which Panel Carrier Is Best?

Do you find yourself carrying heavy (up to 85 lbs for sheets of MDF!) and cumbersome sheet goods and panels? A panel carrier is essential in that case. In this review, we compare the strengths and weaknesses of the Stanley Panel Carry, Gorilla Gripper, and Panel Pal to discover which panel carrier is best and which works out the best for you.

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Releasing Tension on a Harbor Freight Come-Along

I recently bought a Harbor Freight come-along ("cable winch puller") but it wasn't until I tightened a load that I realized I...

Viewing IP Camera Live Feed on a Mac

Most IP security cameras have a browser interface with a live feed.  On quite a few of them, the ip camera live feed requires...

Installing Lorex LNB4421 PoE IP Security Cameras

We recently had a couple bikes stolen from our back yard, showing the need for security cameras. I installed four Lorex LNB4421 IP security cameras that use Power over Ethernet (POE) for both power and networking. It required some out of the box thinking.

How To Use a Grab Hook

This post shows the proper way to use a grab hook with a tow chain

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...

Building a Threshold for a Soundproof Theater Door

I finished my theater door by building the second half of the threshold and constructing a soundproofing door stop

Using a Pull Cord to Get an IR Cable Into My Theater

In this Phoenix Theater build log, I pull the Harmony's IR cable into the theater via the projector's conduit and using the installed pull cord.