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      5 Eye-Catching Window Painting Ideas

      Whether you like going big or prefer something more modest, these paint tips will give your windows a little extra character.

      12 Common Woodworking Terms You Should Know

      Novice woodworkers on the path to becoming confident woodworkers must learn the language and lingo to better understand instructions and...


      How to Use a Wood Chisel

      Tips for sharpening and using one of the carpenter's basic tools, the wood chisel.


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      6 Most Innovative Paint Technologies

      Painting the interior or exterior of a home keeps getting easier, and paint quality keeps improving. Check out these six...


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      18 Common Electrical Terms You Should Know

      Electricians know these electrical terms and you should too, especially if you plan to save money by doing basic electrical...

      How to Build a DIY Raised Dog Feeder

      Build this raised dog feeder so the Fido in your life can eat their daily kibble in style.


      Never Get Rid of an Old Phone Without Doing These 6 Things First

      Take these cell phone precautions before you hand off a trove of personal information to a total stranger.

      10 Woodworking Joints You Should Know

      Woodworking joints can be strong and beautiful at the same time. Learn about these classic types of joinery used by...


      How to Build a Mid-Century Modern Storage Bench

      Embrace Mid-Century Modern style with this fully-functional storage bench. This project was part of a larger entryway makeover project consisting...


      How to Build a Mid-Century Modern Coat Rack

      This classy coat rack will have guests begging to hang up their jackets. It was part of a larger entryway...


      How to Build a Mid-Century Modern Shelf

      This eye-catching Mid-Century Modern shelf will add style and grace to any living space. It was part of a larger...

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      Can You Paint Vinyl Windows?

      Yes, you can paint vinyl windows. But no, we don't recommend it. Here's why.


      GIE+EXPO Changes Name After Fourteen Years

      Big changes are coming to one of the country's most popular trade shows.


      How to Build Beautiful Faux Ceiling Beams

      Build these faux beams to finish the industrial, farmhouse, rustic or modern style of your home's interior.


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      Peel and Stick Flooring: What to Know Before You Buy

      This temporary flooring option is an inexpensive alternative to tile or hardwood.


      Firewood Measurements: What Do They Mean?

      Do you need a full cord or just a half-pallet this winter? Understanding what firewood measurements mean will help you...

      Best Paint for Bathroom Walls

      Confused about which paint to use in your home's dampest environment? We asked an expert about how to choose the...


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      15 Common Plumbing Terms You Should Know

      Every house has plumbing, and if you want to understand yours, you've got to know the lingo. You'll have more...


      4 Types of Grass That Can Be Planted in Fall and Winter

      Know these types of grasses before planting or laying down sod this fall or winter.


      What is Sphagnum Peat Moss and How Do I Use It?

      Sphagnum peat moss is a popular material for many gardeners. But is it right for your garden?


      California’s New Law Could Change the Way You Shop for Lawn Equipment

      The Golden State is set to ban gas-powered lawn equipment by 2024. Here's what it means for you.


      How to Create a Home Spa Bathroom

      See the ways you can easily transform your bathroom into a spa oasis, from replacing shower fixtures to upgrading lighting...


      Should You Mulch in the Winter?

      See if winter mulching is right for your garden.


      How to Change a Showerhead in 3 Easy Steps

      Replacing your showerhead is as simple as one, two, three.

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      How to Fix a Toilet Handle

      If jiggling the handle doesn't solve the problem, one of these simple fixes probably will.


      How to Install a New Bathroom Faucet in 8 Steps

      Learn how to upgrade your bathroom faucet the DIY way. You can do this.


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      What Is a French Drain?

      If you're dealing with drainage issues on your property, installing a French drain might be the aesthetically pleasing solution you're...


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      Can You Stain Wood in Cold Weather (And Should You)?

      As temperatures drop, do you have to put your woodworking projects on hold? Experts explain how to handle staining wood...


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      How To Make an Indoor Planter Box

      Create a calming space with this stylish planter.


      How Droughts Affect Lawn Care

      Droughts don't have to be a death sentence for your grass.