Paul's Toolbox
Paul's Toolbox
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Professional firefighter/inventor/home improvement specialist with over 25 years experience in residential construction, kitchen designing and renovation. Enjoys family, friends and helping others!

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COURSE: How to Change the Look of a Popcorn Ceiling
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Sick of that ugly popcorn ceiling? Paul's Toolbox offers a three-part series showing you how to remove and replace a popcorn finish. This first lesson covers taking out your ceiling fan and lights safely (without bending or damaging the fan blades or electrocuting yourself), wetting your ceiling before scraping, using a ceiling texture scraper with minimal mess and fuss, and sanding down any rough spots before applying your orange peel finish.

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Part 2 of 3 from the Paul's Toolbox series on replacing a popcorn ceiling, this lesson covers applying texture, primer, and paint to your scraped ceiling. Learn how you can use a cake mixer to prepare your mud to the right consistency. See how to use a hopper to spray an orange peel texture on your newly-scraped walls. Make a homemade face mask out of an old t-shirt. Add a good coat of primer and two coats of paint, and you've got a perfectly smooth ceiling where you once had a mess of popcorn.

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Part 3 of 3 of the Paul's Toolbox series on removing and replacing a popcorn ceiling, this lesson teaches you how to cut and install crown and doorstop molding along your ceilings. Learn about cutting crowns at the perfect angle and crown stops. See how to line up your molding perfectly to disguise any uneven patches of ceiling, and to create and then sand down seams for doorstop molding. Take care of any remaining rough wall patches, and now you've got a smooth ceiling and wall!

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COURSE: How to Cut a Granite Countertop with Undermount Sink
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Are you remodeling your house and looking for a way cut costs but not corners? Or perhaps you’re pretty handy with power tools, and are looking to expand your skill set? Learn how to cut and polish a granite countertop in this three-part series by Paul’s Toolbox! Paul offers tips for preparing and cutting the granite, as well as safety protocols (like always wearing a respirator, whether dry-cutting or wet-cutting, and always using a GFCI cord). Home improvement just got easier.

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Now that you have the granite cut for your vanity, learn how to polish it in this second installment of Paul Ricalde’s series on creating a custom granite countertop. Paul demonstrates the different tools that are used, and explains why wet-cutting is superior to dry. Learn about the different levels of backer pads used to polish granite, and the proper sequence they should be used in, to prevent damage to you and your tools. Finally, Paul discusses why re-sealing your granite is so imperative.

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Now that your granite countertop has been cut and polished, learn how to score and cut out the circular sink and faucet holes. In this third and final installment of the series from Paul’s Toolbox, learn how to finish creating your own custom granite countertop, as well as how to avoid costly and unsightly errors frequently made while cutting curved lines. Once your holes are cut and resealed, simply drop in in your sink and faucet, and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

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How do you take a slab of granite and transform it into a sink? By making a hole for the faucet! In this lesson, Paul's Toolbox takes you through every step of using a grinder or heavy-duty drill to cut a hole for your faucet cleanly and safely. Learn what safety equipment and tools you will need, what size bit to use, and how to position a stone-cutting hole saw.

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COURSE: How to Increase Cabinet Depth
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You've found what you thought were the perfect flat-pack kitchen cabinets... but what do you do if they’re too shallow? In this part 1 of 2 lessons from Paul's Toolbox, Paul teaches you how to make new side panels that increase the depth of your cabinets without disrupting the look of your kitchen. Learn how to cut the panels, create grooves, assemble the new cabinet, and create holes for electrical outlets and plumbing.

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You've extended the depth of your cabinet; now mount it onto your wall! Part 2 of 2, this lesson from Paul's Toolbox teaches you to mount and finish up your bump-out cabinet. Learn how to make your cabinet level and plum, even when dealing with uneven walls. Fasten the cabinet to its fellows, and then screw on the doors. See how to cut and attach crowns or trim to accent your new, deeper cabinet!

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Your battery for a cordless tool won't take a charge anymore, but there's no need to abandon hope! In this lesson from Paul's Toolbox, Paul Ricalde teaches you how to create a series out of two working 14.4 voltage batteries and use them to zap your dead battery to get it working again. Learn how to tell when your battery isn't working, how to connect your two batteries, and how to wire up and spark your old battery back to life.

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How do you fill and cover a hole in your sheetrock in a way that’s both functional and attractive? In this lesson from Paul's Toolbox, in just five minutes Paul Ricalde teaches you to make a plug and butterfly patch to save your sheetrock! Cut around the hole and make it square to fit your plug, add the pattern, and then gussy it up with your patch. The method shown in this video works even if you can only reach the outside of the wall.

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