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Make It: Modern DIY Concrete Fire Pit

We featured 14 DIY fire pit projects last month, but this modern version our partners-in-crime at ManMade created recently was too rad not to …

How To: Make Your Own DIY Concrete Countertops -- The Easy Way

I've always loved the look of concrete countertops but am, admittedly, a bit intimidated by the intense mold making/concrete …

DIY: Instant Hanging Shelves for Houseplants

Recently spotted from Byggstudio, a creative consultancy in Sweden: standard wooden trellises and DIY sawhorse tables display plants in a pop-up …

Relax Already! 6 High-Tech Stress-Reducers

Technology is stressing us out. We stare at a screen endlessly, living in the virtual realm of Facebook and Twitter, isolated from actual human contact. Not to worry: Technology is here to save the day too, reminding us to take a break and offering a digi<p>Technology is stressing us out. We stare at …

The 10 Best Apps for DIYers

For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails.<p>For today's do-it-yourselfer, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. We tested dozens of apps created to help you find lumber, get organized, …

8 Etiquette Tips and Helpful Hints for Canning and Preserving

Once a common activity in many households, canning and preserving fell out of favor for several decades. But now it's very popular again, with …

How to Work, Sleep, and Exercise Better

Even if you exercise regularly, sitting at your desk all day will kill you. Literally. One study by the American Cancer Society found that men who sit for six or more hours a day are 20 percent more likely to die from a given cause than men who sit for less than three hours. Other research has …

The BMW M1 is better than coffee

3.5 liters of Arabica wouldn't be as strong.<p>Just as Chevy is known for the small-block and Toyota is known for the Prius, BMW is known for its inline-six. Nowhere is this engine more potent, more visceral, or more strung-out than when tucked behind the cockpit of the BMW M1. In stock form, the M1 …

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Plant-Based Meals: 3 Super Salads for Any Occasion!

These beautiful and nutritious salads are crowd pleasers and could be used to supplement any occasion! The first and second recipes are from my <i>Life In Balance</i> cookbook. The third is from my mother-in-law, Alice Wolff. Enjoy!<p><b>CONFETTI CARROT SALAD</b><p>4 large carrots, grated<p>3 ribs of celery, sliced …

The $20 Device to Replace Dirty Carburetors

In search of a cleaner motorcycle, Lihang Nong, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, developed the PicoSpray. This all-in-one electronic-fuel-injection system could be used in mowers, generators, bikes, and ATVs.<p><i>Philip Friedman</i><p><b>A. Intake</b><p>The size of the intake and how it bolts on to the …

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How to Make a Modern Adirondack Chair

The classic backyard beauty gets a well-deserved makeover in these plans for an updated adirondack chair.<p>The classic backyard beauty gets a well-deserved makeover in these plans for an updated adirondack chair.

How Much Is Your Gmail Worth To A Hacker?

My life on the internet is worth surprisingly little cash.<p>Earlier this year, cyber attacks were listed as America's top security threat. The internet is a dangerous place! While it's one thing to talk about hacking weapons secrets or banks, let's get personal: What about our email accounts?<p>When it …

Study: Yoga Boosts Brainpower

Good news for yogis. Just 20 minutes of hatha yoga improves your ability to focus and use new information better than aerobic exercise, a study in the <i>Journal of Physical Activity and Health</i> reports.<p>Researchers enlisted 30 college-age subjects and gave them a series of tests to measure their …

Faster Food

Food for a Faster You<p>There’s a trend in some cycling circles away from drink mixes and back toward real, whole foods. Osmo Nutrition puts it succinctly with their catchy tag line, “Hydration in the bottle, food in the pocket.” That might sound ridiculously basic, but it’s actually unorthodox …

The Top 10 Recovery Foods

Sports scientists love to disagree over just about everything, but they have come to a consensus about one topic: recovery meals. Namely, that no matter what type of exercise you’re doing, in order to rebuild your muscles and get ready for another bout of exercise, you need to eat 0.2 to 0.4 grams …

Mark Bittman's Favorite Recipes for Athletes | Outside Online

A routine physical turns into a wake-up call for lots of people. Six years ago it was my turn. The numbers were in, and they were bad. Weight, cholesterol, and glucose were all up, and there were other symptoms—apnea, bad knees, and a couple of things I won’t talk about—that were equally …

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Easy Storage Ideas

It's easy to create more space with these 10 instant storage ideas<p>Do you like having fresh herbs at your fingertips? Keeping them on your counter …

How to Repair a Water Softener

Fix your water softener injectors, brine tank and regenerate the resin tank.<p>Use a screwdriver to start the manual regeneration and purge the …

How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

Use the correct fittings for a safe hook-up<p>Gas connections for your oven or dryer are really pretty simple—it's mostly a matter of screwing stuff …

Installing Large Garage Cabinets

With this 2x2 frame and panel system, you can add 80-plus cubic feet of storage in an afternoon<p>Everyone needs “deep” storage, that is, a place for …

9 Genius Tips for Organizing Kitchens and Clearing the Clutter

Make more space in the kitchen without remodeling or adding more cabinets. Learn how with these easy, attractive solutions to common kitchen …

A Small Bathroom That Feels Big

We'll show you how to find breathing space and beauty in your small bath<p>Bathroom after remodeling<p>The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but over …

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 …

Garage Storage: DIY Tips and Hints

Is your garage stuffed to the gills with stuff? You're not alone. Nearly everyone's garage can use some organizing and we've got some simple and …

Build a Workbench On a Budget

A tough, stable workbench that only takes an afternoon to build<p>Here’s a woodworking table that takes only an afternoon to build and can absorb a real …

Build a Wall Niche

Beautiful, practical and less than $50<p>If you need to carve out more storage space in your bathroom, we've got the project for you. Bathrooms are …

15 Fun and Unique Pallet Projects

There’s something about shipping pallets that makers are drawn to. They’re easily obtainable on the roadside or by dumpster diving (don’t steal!). The form-factor lends itself to certain types of construction and the rustic finish is just appealing in terms of aesthetics.<p>I’ve had my hand in making …

How to Make a Modern Bedside Table from Scratch!

Unimpressed with the bedside table offerings from your local furniture stores? Make your own!<p>Those clever kids at A Beautiful Mess are at it again …

How to make your own compost

Ken Thompson looks at the best way to cook your home waste into top quality plant food<p>Making your own compost turns garden and kitchen waste into a valuable material that supplies nutrients, improves soil structure and suppresses weeds. So most of us do it – and even those who don’t know they …