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Other stories by Leland Stone

  • Custom Access Ramps

    Most of the houses I work on here in Southern California have few if any accessible design features. For a homeowner who uses a wheelchair, even a single step at the entry is a serious impediment. Over the last several years, I’ve put my welding skills to good use building access ramps out of...

  • Pricing Handyman Work

    It may surprise you to find out that you're not in business to exercise your skill as a craftsman, to get a sense of pride from a job well-done, or to enjoy a sense of freedom by being your own boss. As good as those benefits are, they're by-products, not the purpose itself.

  • A Handyman's Guide to Self-Preservation

    Keeping Tabs on Income

  • Products

    Carbide-tipped rebar cutter, inflatable knee pads, flood-detector sump pump, magnetic gate latch, flexible screening, new drywall corner bead

  • Products

    New soft-sided tool bag, premitered vinyl door trim, easy-mix epoxy, classy eye protection

  • Products

    Adjustable floor outlet, T-Square cutting guide for drywall, prefab molded eaves, permit protector pouch

  • Products

    Locknut wrench for electrical boxes, touch-up drywall mud in a tube, light-weight portable compressor, new hidden deck fastener

  • Installing Laminate Floors

    Plastic laminate, with its choices of colors and patterns, has moved from countertops to floors. We follow a professional flooring contractor as he shows how to lay a flat, durable finish floor with this versatile material.

  • Products

    Rigid precut vapor barrier for joist-bay ends, full-face safety shield, rot-proof exterior door frame, hidden deck fasteners

  • Products

    Plastic footing form for sonotubes, easy-cleaning nonexpanding foam, steel frame for pocket doors, new radiant barrier roof sheathing