We live in a gilded age of home improvement, when we have virtually everything we need to build and repair a home just a short drive or keystroke away. Still, should you shop at a big box store? A specialty shop? Online? Here’s how to find exactly what you need, when you need it.
Standing desks are all the rage, but sometimes you just want to chill on the couch while working on your laptop. Here’s a desk that you can build that accomplishes both.
Wood decks and stairs are susceptible to rot and water damage. Use lag bolts to raise deck posts and stair risers above footings to prevent water from seeping into the wood.
This air-powered broom will quickly clear your floors better than a traditional broom, and costs less than $15 to make.
Hanging something really heavy, like a mirror, may seem more difficult than hanging a small painting. With the right anchors, though, it’s pretty simple. Here’s a tip to keep your newly-hung mirror from going askew.
When you’re remodeling, it’s best to save the trim so you avoid the hassle of having to find a replacement. But first, you have to remove the nails. Here’s a great tip for doing it without damaging your wood.
Woodworking is a skill that you can take as far as you want. The more you learn, the more complex projects you’ll be able to tackle. But no matter your skill level, your project can always benefit from plans someone else has made. Here’s how to find plans for just about any project online.
Connecting thin pieces of wood together is easy with dowels, which make strong joints. But lining them up can be a tricky process. Make this dowel jig for drilling accurate holes.
Organizing workshop tools and materials is a constant struggle. If you have deep enough drawers, you can add sliding storage trays to maximize their capacity.
Don’t let short electrical wires cramp your DIY project. Splice in extra wire in a few seconds using easy push-in connectors.
Open shelves are a viable alternative to built-in cabinets. You can build and install them in a weekend from your own workshop.
Gone are the days of the bright yellow wallpaper that you remember from your grandmothers house. It’s time to give wallpaper another chance as an alternative to paint. Here’s how to choose a wallpaper that will work best in your home.
Exhaust fans help prevent mold and mildew in bathrooms and basements, but when left on, they waste electricity. Automate this process by installing a humidity sensor to replace the fan switch.
As your woodworking skills expand, you’ll want to consider adding a jointer and a planer to your repertoire of tools. They both treat rough lumber in similar ways, but they aren’t the same tool.
No matter how careful you are, baseboards are bound to get chipped and damaged by furniture legs or errant feet. Instead of finding and installing a replacement board, you can repair them yourself much more simply.
When driving a nail into a soft wood like cedar, there’s a good chance you’ll mar the wood with your hammer if you miss. Prevent these “hammer kisses” with these helpful attachments.
If you just throw your yard tools outside against a fence, they won’t last more than a couple seasons. Here’s how to organize and care for your yard tools, so they take care of you for years to come.
Laying pavers can be a difficult task for the novice DIYer. This easy-to-use tool from Quikrete will cut your installation time in half, and leave you with a great looking and durable path.
Kitchen pantries need to store items as large as cereal boxes and as small as spices...but it seems like there’s never enough room for everything. If you need overflow space, you can build this basic pantry from one sheet of plywood.
Make the most of the cramped extra cab space in your truck by building a custom storage box to keep your tools secure and organized.