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How to Build a Garden Bench

Make this attractive, comfortable garden bench. We show you how to build it with simple biscuit joinery.<p>The curved seat adds comfort and the angle …

Lawn Tractor Maintenance Tips

Professional tips that prevent expensive repairs<p>The kit includes everything you need for basic lawn mower maintenance. A tube for a <b>tubeless tire</b> …

How to Build a Rain Barrel

Build it yourself for less than $100.<p>Use a 2-in. male threaded electrical (gray PVC) conduit adapter and a 2-in. female threaded conduit adapter to …

How to Cover a Concrete Patio With Pavers

No need to tear out an ugly slab—just hide it!<p>Concrete patios are typically plain and often show cracks.<p>Pavers dress up the patio and make it an …

Using a Water Powered Backup Sump Pump

Drain your sump even when the power is out<p>A battery-powered pump is a great backup for your main sump pump, especially if your house is supplied by a …

How to Achieve a Healthy Lawn

How to maintain a good-looking lawn with less time and effort<p>If you’re an average homeowner (and of course you’re not!), you spend 3.8 hours a week …

17 Best Tips for Pet Care and Pet Safety

If you're a pet lover, this collection of tips is for you! Check out these clever and unusual ideas about how to make your pet happier, healthier and …

Build Organized Lower Cabinet Rollouts for Increased Kitchen Storage

Add convenient kitchen storage with these simple rollout bins<p>Lower cabinets offer the biggest storage spaces in most kitchens. But according to …

Extension Cord Repair

Simple steps for replacing an extension cord plug<p>Make a shallow cut lengthwise through the outer jacket, then lightly score around the cord until you …

7 Drywall Installation Mistakes You’ve Probably Made Before

This article walks you through the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of drywall installation. It will help you avoid seven common mistakes people make when tackling …

Lawn Mower Won’t Start

Learn the reasons why a lawn mower won't start and how to fix those problems.<p>When you’re staring at a yard full of grass that desperately needed …

Low-Maintenance Mailbox

The strength of wood and the convenience of PVC make for a low-maintenance mailbox<p>Last winter, my teenage son ran over our mailbox. He blamed it on …

How to Build the Ultimate Clamp Rack

Build a clamp rack to store and roll all your clamps right up to where you’re working.<p>Yes, you can buy a clamp rack similar to this one for about …

Tips for How to Build a Deck

Avoid headaches, save time, and build a rock-solid deck<p>For 25 years Travis built decks, homes and other structures.<p>If building about 100 decks over …

Customizable Garage Storage

Build this easily customizable garage storage system with just a circular saw and drill. Our French cleat design makes rearranging your storage a …

Drywall Sanding Tips and Techniques

All the best tips and techniques for a smooth drywall surface.<p>Sand with light pressure along the edge of seams and around screws to avoid “fuzzing” …

9 Tips for Easier Home Electrical Wiring

Even if you have years of wiring experience, there are always a few tricks you may not know. We worked with two master electricians with decades of …

Top 10 Electrical Mistakes

Wiring problems and mistakes are all too common, and if left uncorrected have the potential to cause short circuits, shocks and even fires. Here’s …

How to Remodel a Small Bathroom

Update your bathroom with a new wall-hung sink, hidden-tank toilet and glass block window.<p>The remodel bathroom project has an updated look and is …

10 Interior House Painting Tips & Painting Techniques for the Perfect Paint Job

Use these tips to make your painting projects go faster and smoother.<p>Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They …

How to Plane Rough Lumber

Learn the basics of flattening rough-sawn wood<p>Expand your woodworking skills and get access to a wide range of domestic and imported wood for your …

Simple Fixes for Common Appliance Problems

Appliance not working? Try one of these simple fixes before you call the repair service<p>If your disposer won’t start, push the reset button and give …