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Use Stair Gauges to Mark a Stringer

By Cottins Hardware |
Building a set of stairs is a tricky endeavor. Using a pair of brass stair gauges and a builder’s square to mark the stringer (the zigzag boards the steps and risers attach to) can make the job a little easier. Step 1: Sand the outer edge of a… Read More

Fix a Leaky Basement

By Cottins Hardware |
If spring has sprung a leak in your basement wall, it is time to head to your local hardware store or lumber yard for some hydraulic cement and fix a leaky basement. Step 1: Use a chisel to enlarge any cracks bigger than an eighth inch in diameter. Inverted… Read More