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Sharpen Your Lawn and Garden Tools Like a Pro

A mill file and a vice are all you need to get a sharp edge.<p>There are numerous ways to sharpen tools: an angle grinder, bench grinder, or grindstone just to name a few. But often all you need is a file. It's inexpensive and gives you greater control than a fast-spinning wheel that throws sparks. …

Roots dig deep in fall, which is why it's the perfect season to plant

Listen up, SoCal gardeners: Fall — not spring — is the perfect time to be planting.<p>Perennials, the flowering plants that come back year after year, need cooler, wetter conditions to get established in their new homes. Planting in the fall lets them stretch their roots and settle in before facing …

How Fall Leaves Can Benefit Your Garden

In fall my town holds leaf collection days, when homeowners (or their landscape services) blow or rake fallen leaves off their properties into big piles in the streets. Later a truck comes and vacuums them away. What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend …

Wildlife Photographer Captures Images of Cute Squirrels “Taking Pictures” & Playing in the Snow

Vadim Trunov is a self-taught, 30-year-old Russian wildlife photographer who makes some amazing images. In this fanciful series he captures red …

An Alternative to the 3-2-1 Method for Smoking Ribs

Most serious practitioners consider barbecue an art, the outcome of which depends on knowledge, skill, and intuition. Which is why I'm skeptical of formulaic approaches like the 3-2-1 method for cooking pork spare ribs.<p>Most serious practitioners consider barbecue an art, the outcome of which …

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Simple Storage Ideas For Garden Implements

After years of participation in gardening and amassing a considerable number of tools, an individual will eventually face the dilemma of finding a …

A Brilliant DIY Solution for Chainsawing Logs in Half

Cut your own lumber straight from the log.<p>If you have access to a bunch of dry logs, you just need a way to mill them so the wood can be used for a project. John Heisz of I Build It has used an elaborate band saw mill method before, but this gravity fed chainsaw mill looks much easier to …

15 Surprisingly Simple Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Woodworking doesn’t have to be daunting! Most of these fun, novice-friendly projects use scrap lumber and require just basic tools and some simple …

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Garden improvement with 16 low cost ideas.

It's all very well wanting to create a stunning professional-inspired garden, but what if you simply don't have the budget for expensive additions …

44 pallets ideas you can directly copy

You must know by now how much we love a bargain hack and we don't think many DIY projects are as impactful or easy and low-cost as creating pallet …

7 Off-Road Trailers That Will Follow You Anywhere

Expand your 4x4 cargo capabilities with these tough trailers.<p>Going off the grid and becoming a self-reliant camper is every outdoorsman's dream. Overlanding—to travel for the sheer joy of the journey—is a trend that isn't going away, and these off-road trailers are capable of following you wherever …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

From arid deserts to lush forests, America's landscape is as varied as it is stunning.<p>Picking 50 wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.

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21 incredible facts about the world 100 years ago

Or maybe you saw the very same list of of facts years ago, when it said it was about 1906, or 1902, or 1900.<p>The origin and sources of the original list are unknown, but the idea is provocative: What was life <i>actually</i> like 100 years ago?<p>We decided to find out. Not all of the data we dug up references …

Understanding Saw Blade Essentials

You might think there’s not a lot to know before buying a blade for a circular saw, table, or radial arm saw, but when you look into it, your choices can be intimidating. Once you know a few basic terms and what they mean, and a few things about blade materials, types of teeth, tooth count, and a …

12 Design Ideas For Including Built-In Shelving In Your Shower

In-shower storage can be such a hassle. The suction cups never stick long enough and the tall metal organizers have a tendency to get grungy. Shelves …

Revealed: Cambodia's vast medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle

<b>Exclusive:</b> Laser technology reveals cities concealed under the earth which would have made up the world’s largest empire in 12th century<p>Archaeologists in Cambodia have found multiple, previously undocumented medieval cities not far from the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat, the Guardian can …

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How to Build Your Own Cornhole Boards

Cornhole (a.k.a bean bag toss) is the one of the most popular summer outdoor games. Here's how to build your own set of boards that will last for years to come.<p>Nothing livens up a summer BBQ more than a little competition. A bean bag toss game–known as cornhole in some parts—welcomes players of all …

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How to Build a Hand Tool Wall for Easy Access to Your Tools

This hand tool wall keeps your tools accessible and easy to find.<p>Pegboards have been a popular way of hanging tools for years, and new tool organizers are also being put to good use. But one of the best ways to hang tools is by building your own tool wall that has a hanger specifically sized to fit …

How to Determine the Proper Dimensions For Your Own Workbench

Forget the manuals and diagrams, use your own body<p>Building your own workbench, or modifying an existing one, to better suit your specific dimensions, …

17 Insanely Cool Things You Can Do With A Hot Glue Gun

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8 Natural DIY First Aid Remedies

The Latest in Alternative Health<p>From deep and controlled breathing to a shallow and present style, find out about different techniques to help you …

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Spider Triumphs Over Venomous Snake in Outback Duel

A plucky little spider has once again proved that size doesn’t matter by taking on — and beating — a much larger venomous snake.

Garden in February (Part One)

The year in the garden is now well under way, as Mother Earth awakens in a very visible way…not that she ever slept! Coltsfoot is one of the first …

The Forest In Your Mouth

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>The study of the human microbiome—the booming and much-hyped quest to understand the microbes that share our bodies—began in the mouth. Specifically, it began with dental plaque.<p>In 1683, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, the first human ever to see bacteria, …

Loneliest known exoplanet and its star

The exoplanet labeled 2MASS J2126 has the widest orbit of any planet ever found. Its “year” is nearly 1 million Earth-years long.<p>The planets in our …

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Astronaut Scott Kelly joins Tumblr to post blizzard photos from space

Astronaut and social media aficionado Scott Kelly has joined Tumblr, and his first post is a stunning collection of storm photos captured from the International Space Station. Kelly included a rare shot of the blizzard that tore across the East Coast this past week in the gallery, noting in his …

Illegal dumping in Roman catacombs leaves precious ancient site polluted

Italian police investigate after part of tomb complex along the Appian Way is found to contain an underground lake of discarded oil<p>Italian police have uncovered an illegal rubbish dump hidden in the remains of ancient Roman catacombs sealed off the area while they investigate alleged environmental …

A Customer Is Suing Papa John's Over 16 Cents

Zachary Tucker of Madison County, Illinois has filed a lawsuit against Papa John’s alleging illegal taxation.<p>The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 13 against …