Hi, I'm Dave Osborne. With over 50 years experience as a journeyman carpenter, foreman and contractor in heavy construction I enjoyed working with apprentices and sharing the tricks of the trade that others shared with me. Now I get emails from Members all over the world and we include many of my answers in our Free Monthly Newsletters. Some of my answers include drawings and instructions specific to a project, but may also answer your questions. I use correct construction terminology, so you can confidently inform your building supply dealers or contractors exactly what you need.
Membership gives you full access to our hundreds of how-to articles, woodworking plans, converters, calculators and tables. Our Stair Calculator is one of the most popular on the internet. We have projects you can build for (and with) your kids, furniture for your wife, and sheds and gazebos. If you run into a problem or need advice your Membership includes unlimited email questions to me through our Ask Dave quick response button.
If you are a member please feel free to ask Dave any question you have concerning your home renovations or construction projects. Or, if your question is about upholstering, Dave's wife, Frances, will be happy to answer it. He or she will respond to your questions personally, usually within two or three days (often within an hour, if Dave's at the computer). Our Dad used to say, “There is no such thing as a stupid question” (more on this). So don't feel bad about asking.
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If the question has a general interest to people, we will post your question and Dave's or Frances' answer below. Or an entire article will be written on the subject.
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