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Is It Worth Fixing Your House Before Selling It?

Is It Worth Fixing Your House Before Selling It?

Home improvements can add significant value to your home, but are they always worth it? Before you whip out the paint roller, you should assess the kind of work your house needs. While home...

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Why to Select Modular Steel Framing For Residential Construction

Why to Select Modular Steel Framing For Residential Construction

Modular steel framing construction has grown rapidly in the last few years due to customer desires in numerous well-defined areas. The decision for utilizing modular steel framing generally develops...

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setting a ground rod

useing a large roto-hammer drill place it on top of a ground rod this drill will hammer it in faster than a sledge hammer

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How to dig a post hole

I was watching a Jacques Cousteau episode about under water archeological excavations where they used a giant vacume to suck up the dirt and artifacts. It struck me that I could use a similar method...

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Plumbing Disasters: How Not To DIY

Plumbing Disasters: How Not To DIY

Plumbing repairs are like an endless field in which almost every man wants to try and harness the horse to show everyone that he can do it. Of course, the horse here is the home water supply system...

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How to prevent stacked 5 Gallon Pails from getting stuck together

How to prevent stacked 5 Gallon Pails from getting stuck together

This is the best way I have found to stack 5 gallon pails. Slip a shim in on either side of the pail. It prevents them from getting vacuum locked together. I suppose a couple 16D nails would work as...

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Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Eco-friendly heating for the environmentally conscious Energy bills might be too high considering the costs nowadays, and in order to reduce it considerably, it will be important that you turn...

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Backyard Chalk Board

Backyard Chalk Board

I found this cool DIY chalkboard design on a blog post at Pergola Kits USA and wanted to share with everyone how to make one of their own.    What you'll need: Black (or color of your choice...

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Making Hot Water Re-Circulation Pay

Making Hot Water Re-Circulation Pay

I have a dedicated hot water re-circulation system in our house which was installed by the previous owner (HVAC contractor).  At some point I noticed that the TACO pump was not running cartridge...

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Built-In Refrigerators That Blend Perfectly into Your Kitchens Decor

Built-In Refrigerators That Blend Perfectly into Your Kitchen's Decor

With open-idea living extremely popular nowadays, numerous property holders want a consistent stream between their kitchens and lounge rooms. The pattern has additionally interpreted into the...

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How to Get a Designer Bedroom on a Shoestring Budget

How to Get a Designer Bedroom on a Shoestring Budget

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For a lot of us the decorating process is never really over, I'm sure you'll agree that at least that's how it feels. Our recently purchased upholstered beds make for great centrepieces in our main...

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A tip for professional interior designers.

A tip for professional interior designers.

Your Bar Stool Store is providing a free furniture sourcing service to help professional interior designers save time and money when searching for the right furniture for any given projectMy...

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Choosing the Best Flooring for Homes

Choosing the Best Flooring for Homes

Choosing flooring for a home is definitely a task that should not be taken lightly. A lot more than looks should be the ultimate decision maker because there is a lot more to flooring than just...

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How to coil extension cords easily

How to coil extension cords easily

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When you lay out your extension cord, lay it all the way out. When you get ready to recoil it always go back to the plug end and coil it from there. It will recoil easily.

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No Dust Drilling for Hi-Hats

No Dust Drilling for Hi-Hats

Using ahole saw to install hihats often results in sheetrock or plaster dust blowing everywhere.  I  recenly needed to retrofit 20 hihats into a ceiling.  To minimize the mess, I cut off the...

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Storing Japanese Saws in a Toolbox

Storing Japanese Saws in a Toolbox

I was stuck for a way to store my two Japanese saws in my toolbox. They usually wound up o the bottom with all sorts of hard objects piled on top of them. Then I saw the cheap miter box that I had to...

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securing tarps

securing tarps

When protecting stuff from the weather a plastic tarp does not always have the grommet holes where you want them.  I solve this problem by taking an old golf ball and holding it under tarp where I...

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tapered deck sleepers

tapered deck sleepers

In reading Emanuel Silvas excellent article on Decking Over a Roof (November, 2014 #246) I have one suggestion.  When I built a deck over an existing stoop, most of the deck was constructed using...

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Securing extensions cords, cont.

Securing extensions cords, con't.

I recently read a tip where a flexible rubber plumbing coupling was used to keep extension cords that have been connected together from pulling apart. I use a simpler set up with a section of bicycle...

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keep track of tools

keep track of tools

I often supply various tools to the job site to be used by workers, who for some reason, never show up to the job with the proper tools.  Brooms, shovels, various hand tools are used by others. In...

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Advice on finishing doors.

Advice on finishing doors.

On the tip about spray painting doors, I would add the caveat of painting all six sides of the door, especially the top and bottom edge. That's where moisture enters, destroys the glue joints and...

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Neat Band Clamps

Neat Band Clamps

After finishing a picture frame I was putting away my band clamp.  I devised a simple tool to make it easy, quick and neat.  I took a 5/8" dowel (1/2" and 3/4" would probably work as well) to my...

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Three Big Benefits of DIY Stairs

Three Big Benefits of DIY Stairs

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I don't know if you've noticed lately, but DIY is invading every aspect of our lives, from fashion to gardening, to home cleaning. I'd say in the past ten years, DIY furniture has been the new trend...

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Cutting plywood without a sawhorse

Cutting plywood without a sawhorse

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I was sawing a piece of plywood off the back of my van and didn't have a sawhorse or an extra hand to support the cut piece.  I put my framing square under the cut piece and on top of the other...

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