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How To: Drill Into Brick
Decorative brick adds warmth and beauty to your home, but its tough surface shouldn’t deter you from hanging your art...
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This DIY Rolling Cart Is What Every Kitchen Needs
Having an organized and functional kitchen can sometimes feel unattainable especially if you're working with limited ...
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7 Strong Types of Wood Joints Worth Knowing
Wood joinery, as the term implies, refers to joining pieces of timber or lumber to create other structures. Crafting ...
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So, You Want to... Screen In a Porch
A porch is an extension of a home’s living area—a place to savor a summer’s breeze, observe wildlife, or bask in bird...
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Solved! The Perfect Closet Rod Height
Q: I need to organize my closet of chaos with a closet rod, but I don't know how high to mount the rod for easy acces...
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So, You Want to... Build an Outdoor Fireplace
It's the ultimate in backyard entertaining—an outdoor fireplace where friends and family gather to share good times a...
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Your Shed, Your Way: 5 Surprising Ways to Customize Your Backyard Building
Why settle for a basic backyard shed when you can trick it out to be so much more? With a little imagination, you can...
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How To: Cut Plastic
When undertaking a home DIY project, there’s usually no question about the proper techniques for cutting wood. But cu...
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All You Need to Know About Cedar Closets
Prized for repelling sweater-munching moths, the woodsy aroma of cedar is finding new fans in eco-savvy homeowners lo...
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DIY Lite: Set Up a S'mores Station Anywhere with This Tabletop Fire Pit
What's summer without s'mores? Even if your outdoor living space is limited to a small side yard, you can still enjoy...
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11 Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Shed
When you're investing money and time in—and, for do-it-yourselfers, the energy to build!—a backyard shed, you’ll want...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Curing Concrete
You may rightly consider concrete to be one of the most durable and attractive construction materials around, but did...
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Power Sheds: How to Design and Build a Shed for Workshop Projects
Every weekend warrior dreams of a convenient backyard structure that's spacious enough not only for storing tools but...
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Solved! The Best Decking Material
Q: I’m putting a new deck on my house and I want to make sure it is constructed properly. What is the best decking ma...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Building a Shed
A backyard shed frees up your home and garage by storing cumbersome essentials like your riding mower, hedge trimmers...
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So, You Want to... Build a Pond
Water brings a touch of enchantment, transforming an ordinary landscape into something magical. Whether you yearn to ...
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How To: Cut Sheet Metal
Whether you're repairing HVAC ducts, replacing roof flashing, or tackling the occasional metal craft project, you'll ...
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All You Need to Know About Doorway Casing
The trim around a door frame—also known as doorway casing—is installed first and foremost to conceal unsightly constr...
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How To: Cut Mirror
Mirrors enhance any interior as both decorative and highly functional features, bouncing light and offering an opport...
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How To: Create a Walk-In Closet in 1 Hour
Have you dreamed about a walk-in closet with endless storage possibilities for clothes and accessories? Fortunately, ...
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How To: Cut Concrete
Whether you want to create a countertop or expand your sidewalk, cutting concrete yourself may not be as daunting as ...
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DIY Lite: This Curtain Rod Only Costs $12 to Make
While often initially installed for privacy, window treatments do a lot to improve a space's interior design. Curtain...
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5 Types of Screws Every DIYer Should Get to Know
Though they’re not much to look at, screws hold a place of honor in the construction, hobby, and furniture-making ind...
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How To: Pour Concrete
Pouring concrete yourself may save you money and build your skills, but without proper equipment and attention to det...
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How To: Drill Into Concrete
While concrete's cool, industrial aesthetic is a go-to design touch in modern homes, its density and strength are wha...
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How To: Sweat Copper Pipe
For DIYers eager to take on plumbing tasks, one of the most important skills to master is how to sweat copper pipe—a ...
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How To: Build a Faux Fireplace
Somehow, even if it's not operational, a fireplace is still imbues coziness in winter and architectural charm year-ro...
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How To: Build a Kitchen Island
Sometimes, the kitchen is too small to prep a multi-course meal for friends or family. If only you had 12 square inch...
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DIY Lite: Build a Clock that Displays the Time—and Your Plants
Clocks may be less a necessity than they were in the days before cell phones remained attached to consumers' hips and...
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So, You Want to... Build a Ramp
Opening your heart and home to a mobility-challenged loved one is a beautiful thing. And one way to make it easier on...
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DIY Lite: Declutter Your Entry with an Easy Shoe Storage Bench
Streamlining the home's entryway or mudroom poses a real challenge for bustling households. Add up all of the jackets...
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How To: Cut Copper Pipe
Beyond its well-earned prominence in the plumbing department, copper piping is having its moment in the DIY world as ...
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DIY Lite: Build a Backyard Hammock Stand from Scratch
Wish that you had a relaxing moment in a camping hammock in your own backyard, but have nowhere to hang it? Rather th...
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So, You Want to... Build a Floating Deck
Summer isn’t summer unless you’re soaking up the sun, grilling, and chilling in your own backyard. Yet a traditional ...
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How To: Cut Brick
Many home improvement enthusiasts choose to enhance their landscapes with the DIY installation of brick patios, walkw...
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How To: Drill a Hole in Glass
A lot of crafty DIYers hit the glass ceiling when it comes to the material of the same name. You’d love to create a l...
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How To: Cut Glass
If the very thought of cutting glass makes you cringe, perhaps it’s because you remember a painful occasion when glas...
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DIY Lite: Double Bathroom Storage with Easy-Build Box Shelves
The bathroom can be a nightmare to organize, with all of its towels, soap bottles, grooming supplies, and other toile...
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DIY Lite: A Beginner's Guide to Building a Wooden Planter Box
Some lucky homeowners with enough property for a large plot of land to be dedicated garden space; for the rest of us,...
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How To: Cut Ceramic Tile
A small- to medium-size ceramic tiling job is a project that's well within the grasp of most DIYers. With careful mea...
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How To: DIY a Space-Saving Sliding Door
When you have a doorway but not enough room for a door to swing open, oftentimes the frame goes without any sort of c...
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How To: Cut Plexiglass
From picture frames to tabletops, plexiglass (also known as acrylic) serves as a cost-effective, shatterproof substit...
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How To: Frame a Mirror
Done any shopping for your home recently? In perusing the aisles, you may have noticed that even a very simple mirror...
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How To: Install Curtain Rods
An attractively mounted curtain rod adds a subtle layer of embellishment to an entire room.  Beyond completing a room...
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DIY Kids: Build a Backyard Tire Swing
There’s something so incredibly appealing about a simple tire swing. Whether it’s the freeing feeling of soaring thro...
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DIY Kids: Make an Easy A-Frame Tent
Summer vacation is all about fun: swimming pools, later bedtimes, and epic blanket forts. With all the lively activit...
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How To: Make a Tabletop with 2x4s
This DIY has a bit of a backstory: In my basement workshop—as a byproduct of about a half dozen previous projects—I'd...
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How To: Make a DIY Wasp Trap
Nothing can ruin a summer barbecue or evening by the pool like the threat of a wasp’s sting. Mind you, wasps aren’t a...
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How To: Build a Cinder Block Wall
Privacy, safety, security—these are only a few of the reasons that homeowners build solid, durable garden walls. Alth...
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How To: Build a Paver Patio
Patio. The very word conjures up visions of lazy, relaxing afternoons spent with friends and family. For those whose ...
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How To: Make a Concrete Planter
Everyone knows that for major construction, concrete offers unparalleled durability at low cost. What you may not hav...
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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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DIY Plywood Bookcase
When we saw Ama's sleek and contemporary bookshelf, we were impressed. And when it became clear that it was made enti...
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Genius! DIY Radiator Cover
If your heat comes from radiators, you know the predicament: In the winter, you're glad to have the heat. But no matt...
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Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Laundry Chute
Tired of lugging laundry down the basement stairs? Maybe you should consider installing a laundry chute. Kits are ava...
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Today's Homeowners Rediscover the Benefits of a Root Cellar
Until fruits and vegetables were available year-round at the grocery store, the root cellar played a vital role in da...
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Genius! DIY Trash Can Shed
Who hasn't admired a great product in-store before balking at the price tag? When daring DIYer Anne Davis saw a $300 ...
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How To: Mix Concrete
Everyone knows how concrete looks and that it lasts for years and years. What you may not have realized is that prepa...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Easy and Creative DIY Lamps
In any room, in any house, lighting is key. Besides its practical importance, lighting is one of the main factors inf...
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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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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 Tips: 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 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
Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your teenager demand...
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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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So, You Want 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...