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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 …

Plants

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

Gear & Gadgets

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, …

Apps

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 …

Supercars

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 …

Engineering

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.

Woodworking

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 …

Yoga

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 …

Breakfast

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 …

Nutrition

Real Men Love Kale

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 …

Nutrition

Men's Health

If you're looking for a way to change up your bench press, here you go<p>The wearables company has just announced an arsenal of apps available to Ionic users<p>You don't have to be a dad to appreciate this<p>From beers to reindeers, this deal of the day has you covered<p>"As a result of ongoing discussions, …

Easy Storage Ideas

When it comes to easy storage ideas, nobody beats our crew of editors. Here are 10 creative DIY solutions that provide more storage without adding …

Design

How to Repair a Water Softener

Rejuvenate a faulty water softener<p>Turn the manual regeneration knob<p>Use a screwdriver to start the manual regeneration and purge the wastewater.<p>Clean …

How to Connect Gas Pipe Lines

Make gas line connections from steel or copper pipes to ranges and clothes dryers safe and secure by using the proper fittings and connections. We …

DIY

Installing Large Garage Cabinets

<b>Step 1:</b> Overview<p>Everyone needs “deep” storage, that is, a place for camping gear, holiday decorations and seasonal toys and clothes. Not to mention …

9 Genius Tips for Organizing Kitchens and Clearing the Clutter

Cooking Caddy for Quick Clear-Off<p>Keep condiments and spices in an easy-to-carry rack to free up countertop space (check out more space-saving tips …

A Small Bathroom That Feels Big

The small bath problem and proposed solutions<p>Lead photo<p>Bathroom after remodeling<p>The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but over the past 20 years, …

How to Remodel a Small Bathroom

This story shows you how to make your small, cramped bathroom more convenient, elegant and easy to clean. These projects make the typical 6 x 8 ft. …

Home Improvement

Garage Storage: DIY Tips and Hints

Lattice rack<p>Use plastic lattice for long materials<p>Plastic lattice works well for storing long lengths of miscellaneous pipe, trim, flashing and …

Build a Workbench On a Budget

Build a simple, strong workbench made entirely from 2x4s. It's inexpensive (less than $100) and takes only about four hours to build.

Workbenches

Build a Wall Niche

<b>Overview:</b> Cost, tools and materials<p>If you need to carve out more storage space in your bathroom, we've got the project for you. Bathrooms are …

Woodworking

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 …

Furniture

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 …

Gardening