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Outdoors: Featured DIY Projects

How to Build an Arbor with Built-in Benches

Build this simple seating/planter/arbor project to create a quiet,...

Multi-day $100 - $500
How to Get Rid of Crabgrass

Crabgrass is a tough opponent, but with a lawn spreader, a pump sprayer and a few...

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