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MAY 30, 2013 | THURSDAY
How To: Fix a Sagging Closet Pole

My wife and I recently reorganized our bedroom closet and added several new accessories, including a double rod hanger, canvas shoe cubbies, and a column of hanging shelves. We were reall...

MAY 23, 2013 | THURSDAY
Inexpensive Ideas and DIY Tips for Storing Sandpaper

When you first start tackling home projects, it's no problem to hit the hardware store for one of those sandpaper multipacks. But the more you get into building and repair—or any work inv...

MAY 23, 2013 | THURSDAY
In Quest of the Best Roofing Contractor

Re-roofing our 1908 American Foursquare-style house reminded me of a Frank Capra movie. For once, things actually went as planned. 35 years ago, I installed a new roof on a different hous...

MAY 9, 2013 | THURSDAY
How to Sand Wood

Sanding is often the unsung step of any project with wood. It can take a long time, and the results are subtle: Sanding does not transform your workpiece in the way that cutting it to siz...

How To: Choose a Ceiling Fan

Choosing a ceiling fan is enough to make any homeowner’s head hurt. Here are my suggestions for simplifying this seemingly complicated decision. Get the Height RightIf  you're planning th...

APRIL 16, 2013 | TUESDAY
How to Install Baseboard Trim

Installing new trim should be easy, right? Just measure the boards, cut the miters, and nail the trim in place. Well, it’s not exactly that easy. If you’ve ever tried to install baseboard...

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 mitered corner does not require a lot of special tools or setup time,...

On the Fence: 7 Top Options in Fencing Materials

Browse some of today's most commonly used fencing materials, from timeless wood to utilitarian chain-link.

MARCH 29, 2013 | FRIDAY
The Great Pretenders: All You Need to Know About Composite Shakes and Slates

Durable composite roof shingles arguably improve upon the traditional slate and wood shake shingles they are engineered to mimic.

How to Use a Miter Box

A miter box is a simple, affordable tool that allows a DIYer to make accurate cuts in wood. Since this wood angle cutter is hand-powered, they are quiet and they are light enough to be ea...