What Is The Best Benchtop Jointer? Read My 2018 Buying Guide And Reviews

Posted in Home Improvement on May 31, 2018

Flattening faces and squaring the edges of oversized, warped, rough lumber is a blessing for any woodworker. The truth is simple: the initial investment required to buy a jointer allows you to save money on lumber for years to come. My guide will compare current offers on the market, so you can take an informed Read More »

OBJECTIVE Drill Bit Set Comparison

Posted in Home Improvement on May 2, 2018

First Things First: Why Did I Decide To Write About Drill Bits? Have you ever felt frustrated using a cheap tool? While making a repair at home, have you ever been betrayed by a poor-quality screwdriver? Have you ever berated at a pair of pliers that gave up on you in the middle of a Read More »

OBJECTIVE Cordless Drill-Driver Kit Comparison

Posted in Home Improvement on April 22, 2018

Every household needs a power drill, it is one of the most versatile tools you can have. You can use it for multiple jobs around the house such as hanging pictures and shelves, drilling accurate holes very fast, and even building simple pieces of furniture using a dowel jig or a pocket hole jig. And, Read More »

How to Tile a Bathroom Floor and Walls

Posted in Home Improvement on July 20, 2018

Nothing beats ceramic tile in the bathroom. Here’s how to install it. Historians may argue whether it was the automobile or the computer, supermarkets or TV that most changed modern civilization, but for most homeowners, it was none of those—it was the tile bathroom. Sparkling, easy-to-clean, water resistant, hygienic and long-lasting, the tile bathroom was Read More »

Majestic Mulch 101: Importance and Advantages of Mulching

Posted in Home Improvement on July 9, 2018

The smart gardener’s time-saving, water-conserving, weed-busting magic carpet. Talk about a landscaping product! It slashes water bills, improves the health and appearance of your plants, and saves your aching back. You don’t have to plug it in or buy a service warranty for it. There’s no assembly required. What I’m trying to sell you on Read More »

New Hobby: Woodworking

Posted in Home Improvement on July 3, 2018

Starting woodworking can be very simple and very rewarding. The sheer pleasure of molding wood to suit the form and function you chose, the process to make it all happen, the satisfaction of doing things yourself, and the pride you feel from accomplishing the task are all great feelings that make this hobby a great Read More »

Simple Adirondack Chair Plans (Weekend Build)

Posted in Home Improvement on July 2, 2018

Meet the “weekend chair” — it takes just a weekend to build, and you’ll spend many a weekend in it afterward. This chair is built for comfort, with wide arms, a curved back (unlike many commercial Adirondack chairs), and a deeply scooped seat that‘ll make you say “ahhh” every time you sink down into it. Read More »

6 Steps for PROPERLY Exterior Painting Your Home

Posted in Home Improvement on July 1, 2018

Ah, springtime. The trees are budding, the grass is greening and it’s time to paint your house. Again. And if your “again” came all too soon for you, say less than four years, and you really would like to get five years or more out of a paint job, this is the information you’re looking Read More »

Step-by-step Wood Fence Guide — Make it straight, solid and spectacular

Posted in Home Improvement on June 30, 2018

Sometimes a job’s too big to do yourself. Sometimes it’s too complicated. Sometimes it’s too dirty, too scary, too time-consuming, too heavy, too smelly, or has too many wires sticking out of it (for me, that’s three). So you hire a pro to do it. Building a fence, though, is different — it’s one job Read More »

How to Design and Build a Raised Deck Step by Step

Posted in Home Improvement on June 29, 2018

Here’s a handbook that outlines the best ways to build a high-quality elevated deck. Keep it at your side as you plan, design, and complete your own. Basic steps for building a raised deck (the TL;DR version) Foundation. Dig the holes for your posts - make sure to go beyond the frost line. Pour concrete. Read More »

How to use 3 squares beyond measuring 90 degrees (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 28, 2018

Carpentry and woodworking are just not throw-together affairs. That can become joyfully apparent at the great moment of truth when you step back to look at your finished job and everything fits. And the square — in all its variations — is one of the tools that will get you to this moment of truth. Read More »

Wood finishing: why does oak stain better than pine?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 27, 2018

Everyone who's dipped a rag into a can of stain can recall the time when rubbing the color into the wood resulted in disaster. Remember? Rather than contrasting hues and lines revealing the subtle beauty of the wood, you found yourself staring at muddy tones, ugly splotches, and glaring surface flaws that made it look Read More »

Radial arm saw tips and tricks

Posted in Home Improvement on June 26, 2018

Some folks like old-style radial arm saws – if you watch youtube videos like I do, you might have seen Frank Howarth or The Homestead Craftsman with two radial arm saws (each) in their woodshops, you also know this is not a simple matter of age or woodworking style. What can you use a radial Read More »

How to identify 11 car fluid leaks

Posted in Car Care on June 26, 2018

A lot of different fluids can leak out of your car, To help you identify them, place a plastic container where the leak occurs, or if the leak is very small, a piece of white paper to capture its color. Leaks are identified by physical evidence — smell, color, texture, etc. Once the leaks source Read More »

Get Fresh Air Indoors During The Winter

Posted in Home Improvement on June 26, 2018

Ventilating your home is always easier during the summer, which is why the majority of people do not pay attention to it - they simply open their windows. As the weather gets cooler, fresh air circulation is greatly reduced because people pay more attention to keeping their homes warm, instead of renewing the stale air. Read More »

Do I need a water softener system?

Posted in Home Improvement on June 25, 2018

Soft water cuts energy costs, uses less soap, makes housework easier, and helps you look and feel better. Here’s how a softener works and how to tell if your home needs one. Hard water is a problem that affects a majority of the people in the United States. Water in 85 percent of the country Read More »

How to fix a squeaky carpeted floor (without damaging the carpet)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 25, 2018

If your carpeted floor squeak when you walk on it, perhaps you may wonder if there is a way of correcting it without damaging the carpeting. Squeaking is produced by wood rubbing on wood or nails rubbing on wood — and for many people it’s as irritating as fingernails on a blackboard. The three most Read More »

How to make a Frame out of Wooden Molding (step-by-step with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 25, 2018

If you're a beginning woodworker, picture framing is an ideal project — it requires only simple tools and inexpensive materials, but it gives you quick results. It’s a skill you can practice, too, and maybe even screw up at first, without any great loss of time or money. If you’re a seasoned woodworker or DIYer, Read More »

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