Kit Stansley


Kit Stansley writes about serious DIY, the love of tools, and what it's like to live in a garage while building a house in her spare time at

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Three Ways to Find a Wall Stud (Without Fancy Equipment)

We've all been there, right? "Oh, I just need to find a stud to hang this picture. " And fifteen holes later, you're convinced the wall is held up by pixie dust and a wish, beca...

AUGUST 29, 2011 | MONDAY
How To: Install a Dimmer Switch

I like mood lighting as much as anyone, particularly first thing in the morning when the full blast of light from a 100 watt bulb makes me scream like a vampire at high noon. Could be tha...

How To: Install a Light Fixture

Since my current residence is only half finished, there are a lot of fixture-less light boxes in the ceilings—which means I am tripping over tools in the middle of the night more often th...

How To: Install a Sink Disposal

Depending on what part of the world you're from you may have heard sink disposals referred to as "garbage disposals," "food waste disposers," or, if you're really prop...

JULY 25, 2011 | MONDAY
How To: Install a Faucet

Changing or installing a new faucet is a fairly simple home improvement task, even if it does require contorting your body into a pretzel-like shape under the sink temporarily.   If you c...

JULY 18, 2011 | MONDAY
How To: Finish Drywall Joints

Most of the time finishing drywall joints isn't one of those jobs that has people jumping up and down with excitement. Even with a decent amount of drywall experience under my belt, when ...

JULY 11, 2011 | MONDAY
How To: Install Door Hardware

As a person who has recently upgraded from living in a garage to living in a half-constructed house, the novelty of having multiple doors to open and close on a whim cannot be overstated....

JULY 5, 2011 | TUESDAY
How To: Grout Tile

Maybe I'm the only person (at least over the age of three) who gets a kick out of making a mess, but I would still argue that grouting is the best part of a tiling job—and not just becaus...