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Cool Tools: An Easier Way to Repair and Finish Drywall
Drywall taping has always been a notoriously messy, imprecise undertaking. In the past, no matter the size of the job...
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The 4 Messiest DIY Projects—And How to Make Cleanup a Breeze
Do-it-yourself projects around the house can be very rewarding, not least because they give you greater control over the final product and save you money on labor...
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7 Unusual Household Uses for a Utility Knife
If you’re like most people, you probably have a handful of utility knives stashed around the house <em>somewhere</em>—in junk drawers, garage cabinets, or tool bo...
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The Dos and Don'ts of Mixing Concrete
Concrete holds a place of honor in both the professional construction and do-it-yourself worlds. When mixed correctly...
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How To: Prep and Paint a Wall with Only 4 Tools
Paint offers one of the lowest cost and least time-intensive ways to perk up a living space. However, all of the time...
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Renew a Wood Fence in Just 3 Steps
Do you have a flaking eyesore of a fence that plagues the perimeter of your property? While there are no shortcuts to...
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7 Tools with Hidden Talents
You’ve got your toolbox organized and know just what to grab when you’ve got a job to do. But wouldn’t it be great if your go-to hand tools had other uses that ma...
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7 Top Tools for No-Mess Painting
While before-and-afters of painting projects are often breathtaking, there tends to be a <i>little</i> bit of ugly at the end—specifically, the time-consuming cle...
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The Right Way to Fill Nail Holes
If you’re reluctant to rearrange the pictures on your walls because you dread dealing with the nail holes left behind...
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How To: Choose the Right Scraper for the Job
Removing old wallpaper, filling nail holes, and prying off hardened putty all rely on one simple and supremely handy ...
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11 Secret Weapons to Keep in Your Cleaning Caddy
Whether you promptly take care of all household chores or (like the rest of us!) tend to let certain tasks slide, you probably dread particular duties that requir...
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Cool Tools: A Triple-Threat to Help Your Garden Thrive
Summer teases us with warm breezes and long days just perfect for relaxation and repose. But for many homeowners, too...
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The Dos and Don’ts of Pressure-Washing
It’s tough to get excited about outdoor cleaning projects when you’d rather be at the lake or on the golf course. For...
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Cool Tools: Get a Mess-Free Bead of Caulk Every Time
Whether you’re filling cracks along the kitchen sink or closing up gaps around a drafty window frame, you can count o...
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The Secret to Sanding Almost Anything—Without All the Dust
If you’ve ever finished drywall, you know that the sanding process releases lots of dust. Only moments after starting...
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How To: Remove Paint from Trim and Molding
Walls framed by baseboards and crown molding exude unmistakable character and polish, most notably in historical home...
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6 Low-Cost Lifesavers to Make Wall Repair a Cinch
Walls take a beating. Overzealous furniture movers, rowdy kids, and constant doorknob bangs can leave dents, cracks, and holes that mar your walls' once-smooth su...
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Cool Tools: Simplify Your Painting Process with an Airless Spray System
Have you ever turned a blind eye to the chipping paint on a wall or ceiling to avoid the ordeal of redoing those hard...
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How To: Refinish Rusty Old Patio Furniture
Although metal patio furniture is elegant and durable, it can over time become a rust-coated symbol of neglect. Inste...
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7 Painting Tools You Never Knew You Needed
When you're after a polished-looking paint finish, it's tempting to call in the pros—after all, that's one way of eliminating those DIY “oops” moments that lead t...
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10 Reasons Every DIYer Needs a Putty Knife
Even with all the new hand and power tools on the market, nothing can replace the dependability of the simple putty knife for everyday DIY tasks. Until now, you h...
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Cool Tools: The Ultimate Accessory for Any Paint Job
Whether you’re refreshing your living room wall color or priming the porch for perfection, when it comes to paint job...
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6 Tools No DIYer Should Be Without This Spring
We’re entering the season of DIY and “to-do”—and that means it's finally time to get to that list of around-the-house projects you’ve put off all winter. Whether ...
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Cool Tools: A No-Hassle Cure for Tough Cleaning Dilemmas
April showers keep many DIYers indoors working on home maintenance projects large and small, from pepping up interior...
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10 Handy Things You Can Do with a Hose Wand
If you think your hose is the ultimate outdoor cleaning tool… think again! Some areas are just too tricky, too high or too grungy for your hose to tackle all by i...
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How To: Clean Wood Siding
Think your wood siding needs a fresh coat of paint? Maybe. Or it could be that your wood clapboard, lap, or shingle s...
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Lawn Mower Pit Stop: 5 Maintenance Musts
Your lawn mower has more in common with a race car than you might think. To stay in top working order, both require t...
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The Fastest, Easiest Fix for a Damaged Wall
Perhaps you swung the door open with a bit too much force. Or maybe the movers took a wrong turn with the dresser.  W...
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The Right Way to Wash Your Car
Good things come to those who wait: That may be sound advice for life in general, but if you&#39;re a car owner, it&#39;s bes...
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How To: Clean Patio Furniture
A fixture of backyard barbecues and poolside parties, patio furniture must withstand not only the elements, but also ...
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6 Simple Steps to a Refreshed Deck
Winters put backyard decks to the test. If yours emerged from the ravages of the season worse for wear, take heart. Today, the floorboards may be weathered and th...
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One-Step Spring Upkeep with a Multitalented Outdoor Tool
Here&#39;s what the real estate agent doesn&#39;t say: Owning a home near the ocean is rarely a day at the beach. Salt air pu...
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One Attachment Turns Your Garden Hose into a Powerhouse Cleaning Tool
This time of year, we all rely on the garden hose for any number of chores around the yard. But useful though it may ...
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17 Reasons You Need a Good Multi-Tool
We’d all like a little more time. Unfortunately, you can’t buy it. You can, however, save some time as you go about y...
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Repair Drywall with Less Hassle
Let’s be honest. Drywall repair is not something most people look forward to. Although it’s relatively straightforwar...
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When in Doubt, Revive Your Grout!
Tile has always been a popular choice for floors, walls, and other surfaces due to its durability and long life. In f...
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