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How To: Create a Gravel Driveway
A gravel driveway can be very attractive in a characteristically unpretentious way, introducing casual curb appeal to...
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DIY Mason Jar Speaker Set
The humble mason jar can hold nearly anything—including tech gadgets! Designer Sarah Pease converted these canning ja...
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DIY Outdoor Chandelier
I just love candles in mason jars. A few summers ago I bought a package of half-pint jars and some light wire and mad...
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DIY Mason Jar Windchime
It was only a matter of time before I tried out my bottle cutter on a mason jar. Here's how I pulled off this mason-j...
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DIY Mason Jar Solar Lamp
When the words mason jar and solar lamp come together in the same sentence, I don’t care who you are—you get excited....
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DIY Mason Jar Wall Planter
I have been canning peaches so I had mason jars on the brain. I have seen several versions of this idea. I have seen ...
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How To: Build a Temporary Wall
If you can't live with the layout of your space, a temporary wall may be just the solution you need. For decades, ren...
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How To: Make a Clapboard Sunburst
Here's an ornamental way to use clapboard. Create a sunburst on a gable end. Draw out your design on a template. Cut ...
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How To: Make a Picture Frame
What is art? Critics and philosophers are free to debate the question endlessly, but we think it's pretty simple: If ...
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How To: Bevel a Fence Post
Here's how to dress up a fence post with a beveled cap. It's easy to do with a radial arm saw. Set the blade at a 45-...
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How To: Make Concrete Countertops
The brute strength of concrete has made it the go-to building material for a variety of such outdoor installations as...
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How To: Make a Wood Window Valance
A decorative wood valance adds charm to your house. You can make one yourself. Here's how. Copy a pattern, or create ...
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How To: Make a Biscuit Joint
Here's a way to join two pieces of wood without visible hardware or nails by using oval wooden biscuits.  With a bisc...
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3 Simple Steps to a Backyard Ice Skating Rink
Over the snowy-white winter, adults and children make the most of the cold by taking part in a smorgasbord of seasona...
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How To: Make a Fresh Holiday Garland
This year, as you dress up your house for the holidays, consider decking the halls with twinkling lights, festive rib...
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How To: Make a Story Pole
When marking off several measurements of the same size, it's best to make yourself a guide. We call this a story pole...
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How To: Make Cabinet Doors
Here's how to dress up an old kitchen with new cabinet doors. Use a fine-grade plywood, such as birch, for the new do...
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How To: Make a Gingerbread House From Scratch
The holiday season comes with so many traditions—cooking and baking, house decorating, caroling, and cocoa making—but...
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Be Nice to Mice: How to Build a Humane Mousetrap
None of us loves the idea of little Mickeys and Minnies scurrying around our homes. Some people insist they're cute, ...
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How To: Build a Winding Staircase
If space is a consideration in your remodeling project, you might want to consider building a winding staircase.  You...
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How To: Make Homemade Clamps
Here's an easy way to improvise when you're running out of clamps around the woodworking shop.  After spreading glue,...
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How To: Make a Mosaic Countertop
Here's a unique way to use ceramic tile for a very unusual countertop. Just break up the tiles into random pieces, us...
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How To: Make a Stone Walkway
Here are some tips on how to make a stone walkway.  After marking the walkway with string, the first step is to lay a...
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How To: Build a Cement Block Wall
Here's how to lay out a cement block wall yourself. Mix two parts masonry cement with one part sand, and add just eno...
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Quick Tip: Glass Block Walls
Glass block walls are a great design feature that let extra sunlight into any room in your home while still providing...
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Quick Tip: DIY Deck Building
Here are some basic things to remember when building a deck. Attach joist hangers sixteen inches apart on center to t...
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How To: Lay a Dry Stone Patio
You can lay a stone patio yourself. Here's how. Prepare a base of sand or stone dust to provide good drainage in a le...
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How To: Build a Pallet Compost Bin
A compost bin is a great way to keep waste material out of landfills while at the same time creating wonderfully nutr...
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How To: Build Temporary Scaffolding
To safely work on your house, use scaffolding that you can build yourself. Nail a three-foot and a five-foot length o...
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How To: Lay Brick
Here are a few tips on laying your own bricks. Prepare a mortar mix that is neither too firm and nor too runny. Sprea...
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How To: Build a Quick and Easy Trellis
Low-cost additions to any landscape, easy-to-make garden trellises can be used to introduce shade or privacy, or to s...
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How To: Install Pegboard in Your Workshop
Does it look like a bomb went off in your workshop? Even the best tools are useless if they are nowhere to be found w...
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How To: Build a Basic Backyard Fire Pit
Many homes have fireplaces or propane stoves inside, but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a fire pit under the sta...
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How To: Make Concrete Garden Edging
Always affordable and at once both decorative and functional, concrete garden edging effectively defines garden beds,...
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How To: Make an Inexpensive Desk for Your Kids
It was a challenge to find a desk for my five-year-old daughter. I needed something size-appropriate that would provi...
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Planning Guide: Basement Remodeling
[bobsays_inset]Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your ...
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Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficie...
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How To: Make a Mortise-and-Tenon Joint
Mortise-and-tenon joints are the preferred style of joint for furniture and cabinetwork. It's strong, durable, and li...
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Planning Guide: Bathroom Remodeling
Bathrooms continue to top homeowners' lists of popular rooms to remodel—and for good reason. As more Americans are ca...
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How To: Build a Sawhorse
The sawhorse is an indispensable piece of work-site furniture. It's part workbench, part scaffold, and now and again ...
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How To: Clamp a Glue Joint
A properly glued wood joint is very strong, but one that is glued improperly is likely to fracture given a minimum of...
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Building a Basic Deck
Decks and other outdoor spaces are different from ordinary rooms. They serve as an intermezzo between home and nature...
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How To: Make a Concrete Walkway
A walkway or garden path enhances a home's landscape and complements its exterior features. While traditional materia...
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How To: Build a Horseshoe Pit
When summer is on, it’s time to get outside and play. If you're looking for ways to make your backyard more fun, why ...
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How To: Make a Mitered Corner
A mitered corner is formed by joining two pieces of wood, each cut to a 45° angle. One of the easier joints to cut, a...
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How To: Make a Deck Rail Planter
Last year, I was dying to have some deck rail planters to grow spinach and lettuce in, but I couldn’t find any that w...
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How To: Make Tabletop Topiaries
The sculpture of plants, or topiary, has been a gardening practice for centuries. The precise designs achieved throug...
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How To: Make an Evergreen Wreath
As soon as December hits, I’m ready to break out the Christmas cheer. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I’...
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How To: Build a Porch
A porch is simply a deck with a roof on it, right? Not quite. While some porches may be as simple as that, many are m...
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How To: Drill Straight 90° Holes (Without a Drill Press)
Except in special cases—when you intentionally choose a specific angle or bias—it's important to keep all drill holes...
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How To: Choose the Right Screw for the Right Job
Back in the day there were just two options, slotted or Phillips. You picked one, picked a length, and were good to g...
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So, You Want to... Build a Cabinet
Building a cabinet looks easy. After all, it’s just a box with a door. It only becomes difficult if you want it to lo...
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How To: Match End Grain with Side Grain
As you may recall from science class as a kid, wood is a collection of fibers that run in the same direction. Basical...
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How To: Make a Kid's Teepee
A basic teepee is not hard to make, provided you keep it simple and fun, as I discovered when I created this project ...
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How To: Make a Kite
There's nothing more fun for a child than learning to fly a kite. Who doesn't remember the thrill of watching their f...
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How To: Make a Window Box
A window box can add enormous curb appeal to a house and provide a garden opportunity for even city dwellers. And, th...
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How To: Make a Sandbox
With just some basic home improvement knowledge, you can build a simple backyard sandbox like this with colorful stri...
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How To: Make a Rain Barrel
Rainwater collection has an ancient history with archeological evidence dating back at least 4,000 years. Urban deman...
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How To: Build a Dry Stone Retaining Wall
Depending on the size and weight of the stones used to construct the retaining wall, the tools and materials for the ...
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How To: Make a Tire Swing
Create some outdoor fun this summer—the old-fashioned way—with this "oh so easy" tire swing how-to.
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The Basics: Building a Raised Garden Bed
For the soil- and drainage-poor gardener, a raised garden bed offers the opportunity to perfect your environment and ...
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How To: Make a Terrarium
Terrariums can be as basic or elaborate as you want. While those featuring sand and air plants (tillandsia) are popul...
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How To: Make Garden Luminaries
Luminaries create an enchanting glow at dusk along a garden path or atop a picnic table. Here’s how to turn an old sa...
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How To: Make a Campfire
Building a fire was once an essential survival skill. But even in these times of portable heaters and grills, a campf...
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How To: Make a Birdhouse
The homemade birdhouse is a DIY classic. And with good reason: It’s usually the first woodworking project for many; o...
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How To: Make an Outdoor Shower
Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer D...
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How To: Get Clean, Chip-Free Cuts in Melamine and Veneer
Melamine-coated particleboard is a great material for storage, basement, garage, home office, and kid's room projects...
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How To: Distress New Beams for an Century-Old Look
Creating hundred-year-old beams is an art form that Juan Santos of Emilios' Woodworking has perfected. In the Malibu ...
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5 Ways to Get Perfect, Clean Cuts in Plywood
Plywood sheet goods are an essential in any home improvement project involving wood. But due to their layered structu...
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How To: Stack Firewood
Nothing celebrates the colder weather like the distinct scent and sound of a crackling log in the fireplace. A steady...
Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
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