Chris Gardner

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Gardner is an artist, writer, and sawdust-maker living and making messes in Portland, Oregon. He's the editor-in-chief of the DIY home decor community Curbly.com, and the founder of ManMadeDIY.com, a craft, art, and design site for guys. Chris Gardner on Twitter | Google+

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
5 Favorite Picture Hanging Tricks

Hanging a picture is about as DIY as many homeowners get. But although it may seem easy, hanging a picture properly is much more than a haphazard task. Here are five favorite tips for tak...

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Things to Do with... Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks: They are inexpensive, reliable, and strong but are light enough to be easily used in DIY projects. The hollow center reduces blocks' overall weight and, in construction pro...

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Easy DIY Wine Racks You Can Make in an Afternoon

Real oenophiles are true collectors, dedicating entire rooms to storing and aging prized bottles of wine. You can search the internet for all kinds of built-in, large-scale wine storage o...

AUGUST 30, 2012 | THURSDAY
Eco-Friendly Flooring: 5 Ways to Go Green from the Bottom Up

60% to 70% of the homes in the U. S. contain carpeting made from nylon, polyester, or vinyl—materials dependent on non-renewable fossil fuels. So when upgrading your flooring or finishing...

AUGUST 29, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
5 DIY Wood Wall Treatment Ideas

Wood. It makes up so much of our homes, from the framing to the flooring we walk on. And it appears in all kinds of furnishings, too. But despite its prevalence, the wood in our homes is ...

AUGUST 21, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Things to Do with... Beadboard

Beadboard is a classic wall paneling commonly associated with New England and Cape Cod-style houses and country decor. While its standard use is as wainscoting (e. g. , below a chair rail...

AUGUST 16, 2012 | THURSDAY
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 perpendicular to the surface. This is easy to accomplish with a drill...

AUGUST 9, 2012 | THURSDAY
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 go. But the fastener market has made huge strides over the last few dec...

AUGUST 3, 2012 | FRIDAY
5 Things to Do with... Old Bicycles

The old adage goes, "It's like riding a bike. " Meaning of course that cycling becomes so integrated into your muscle memory that you never lose the skill. So why not integrate ...

AUGUST 2, 2012 | THURSDAY
7 Essential Measuring Tools for Any Job

Besides "righty tighty, lefty loosey," there's one DIY phrase that nearly anyone can recite: Measure twice, cut once. One of the distinguishing factors between a quick fix and a...