4 Favorite Pro Tips You Need to Know

When working on DIY projects, it helps to have pro friends that have time- and stress-saving tricks up their sleeves. These are four of our favorites.

Suspended Ceilings

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Cut holes with drywall tools

Scribe holes with a drywall circle gauge, and then make the cuts with a drywall saw. With just these two tools, you can cut a wide variety of hole sizes. Learn how to install a suspended ceiling yourself.

Steel Stud Framing

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Protect cords and yourself

When you’re installing metal studs, accidentally stepping on an extension cord that’s draped over a sharp track is a perfect way to cut your cord. To prevent this, take a scrap of track, flip it upside down and put it under the cord.


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Dull blades are actually better for plastic pipe

A wood blade in a recip saw cuts much faster than a metal blade. But the big, aggressive teeth often grab hold of the pipe, rattling everything, including you. So save those dull blades for ABS and PVC.


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Move one ring at a time

Figuring out the right combination of turns to get an elbow to point in the right direction can be perplexing. Try moving one “gore” (elbow ring) at a time, starting with the connected side. And don’t make 90-degree turns if you don’t have to. A 90-degree elbow creates the same resistance as adding 5 ft. of pipe.

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