Manual or Electric Staple Gun? Hammer Tacker? COMPLETE GUIDE + pics & tips

Posted in Home Improvement on July 30, 2018

In that long list of things you’ve got to do around the house, there are bound to be a lot of things you could do faster and easier with a staple gun. Owning one or more variations of this simple and inexpensive tool can help you whittle away at that seemingly endless list. Staple guns Read More »

Choosing the PROPER Type of House Paint for the job

Posted in Home Improvement on July 24, 2018

Come spring, do you join the army of DIYers who march down the aisles of the paint store trying to find that magical paint that'll last forever? Spring painting chores pop up like dandelions — if it's not faded or flaking siding, it’s a peeling porch floor. Or the walls in the kid’s room look Read More »

How to build an Arched Arbor (with plans)

Posted in Home Improvement on July 22, 2018

If you want to build an arched garden arbor, here are all the step-by-step instructions you’ll need — including how to avoid the few teensy mistakes that I made. What’s it take to build? Have you ever watched a sport like high diving, where the judges rate the dive by its degree of difficulty? Well, 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 »

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 »

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 »