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  1. Garage Storage Ideas: Find Unused Space

    Create a huge, accessible storage platform on the upper walls of your garage without taking up any floor space. With these 2-ft. wide shelves you can make 150 square feet of storage space in a weekend.

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  1. How to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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    Instead of replacing your old kitchen cabinets, make them new by repainting them. With an inexpensive paint sprayer and a few gallons of paint you can transform your kitchen in a weekend.

  2. The Best Carpentry Tips and Advice

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    We asked professional carpenters to pass along some of the tricks and tips they've learned after years of pounding thousands of nails into just about anything made of wood. Read the following tips to benefit from their hardworking carpentry experiences.

  3. Folding Workbench

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    Build this solid, roll-around, folding workbench in a day with simple hardware and only two sheets of plywood.

  4. How to Keep Pests Out of Your House

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    Use these pest-fighting strategies to eliminate mice, ants, spiders and other critters. Each is easy to complete in less than an hour, at almost no cost!

  5. What Does Motor Oil Do?

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    Learn what's new in motor oil (a lot!), what oil does and doesn't do, how often you need to change it and how the right type can help your engine's performance.

  6. Garage Shelving Plans: Hardware Organizer

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    Organize your garage shelving with this plan for a system of hanging wood bins. Store fasteners and hardware in the bins, then carry the bins to your project as you need them.

  7. Advanced Garage Overhead Door Repairs

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    Learn how to repair overhead garage door springs and cables—without winding up in the emergency room. Follow along as a pro explains how it's done.

  8. Drop Ceiling Installation Tips

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    A 30-year pro shares his drop ceiling installation tips and demonstrates his techniques that will help you hang a suspended ceiling easier and faster. He shows how to lay it out, fasten grid angles and tees, keep the grid square, and cut the ceiling panels.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Old School CNC Name Block

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    Put up your CNC machines and break out your coping saws! Today I'll show you how to make a name block using pure muscle power!This is my entry for the Hand tools only contest. I've chosen to exclude electricity as well. Old world artisans made such elaborate and intricate designs all by hand, It's ...

  2. 12 Reasons Why Your House Isn't Selling - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Throughout the years you live in a house, you pour your heart and soul into maintaining it and making it comfortable and attractive. When it comes time to sell, you hope that your care and hard work will be evident to potential buyers, and that the offers stream in quickly. But even a much-loved ...

  3. 13 Dollar Guitar

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    Have you ever wanted to build your own guitar? It's such a daunting task that it is easy to be intimidated and give up on the project before you ever start it. Well this is a great project for your first guitar build. It's not too complicated with bending wood or any of that jazz. This is simple eno... By: epiphanyww Continue Reading »

  4. Handmade Jewelry Armoire

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    FromInstructables: exploring - workshop - woodworking - featured

    This has been on my list of projects for a while, and although I may lack the right tools and/or knowledge to make it, I've got time. It turned out pretty well, I did it with hand tools only and got by alright except for having to drill a bunch of 3/8in holes into the oak legs, I just have a screwdr... By: sinansoykut Continue Reading »

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  1. Proper Way to Use Wire Nuts

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    There are two schools of thought on connecting wires with wire nuts. The Family Handyman editor, Rick Muscoplat, will show you the way that the wire nut manufacturers recommend. Let the wire nuts to the twisting for you.

  2. Circular Saw Safety Tips

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    The Family Handyman editor, Jeff Gorton, will share tips that will keep you and your fingers safe when using a circular saw.

  3. How to Get Rid of Mice

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    Has your family mouser retired and is no longer interested in catching mice? The Family Handyman editor, Travis Larson, shares some of his best tips for catching mice without a cat. He will show you where to place mousetraps to catch the most mice. Can you beat 41 catches in three weeks?

  4. How to Bring Bees to Your Garden

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    Beekeeper William Alldis shows how to attract bees to your garden.

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Blog Posts

  1. Create a Bright, Dry Space in a Damp, Gloomy Basement

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    Yoga mats, dumbbells and exercise bikes. My wife's growing interest in physical fitness had transformed our living room into a gymnasium. And my suggestions to work out downstairs were always met with, "I'm not working out down in that gloomy...( read more )

  2. Adjustable Height Wood and Metal Stool

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY Adjustable height stool made of hardware store parts and 2x2s.  Free plans from ana-white.com Now this is the harder part of making this stool.  There are easier ways but we felt that this was the right balance between difficulty and getting a nice looking project in the end. Use either a tablesaw or circular saw to notch out the cross support pieces (note that you notch one on top and one on bottom), 3/4" deep.  You can do this by making multiple cuts with saw blade set at 3/4"  in the area to notch out, and then remove any excess material with a chisel. Test the pieces to make sure they fit together. Project Type:  Stools Skill Level:  Advanced Room:  Craftroom kitchen office Teens Dimensions:  Adjusts between seat and counter-height stool heights. Cut List:  1 - 3/4" thick plywood, 6" x 6" 4 - 2x2 @ 15-1/2" long, long point to short point, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, parallel to each other 4 - 2x2 @ 8-3/8" long, long point to long point, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel to each other Author Notes:  Hello Awesomest DIY Folks Ever, and Happy Monday! Toliy (who's been sorta interning with me this summer) will be working with us for another couple of weeks before he heads back to college, and he's been wanting to make an adjustable height stool to match the sawhorse desk we made a while back. To refresh - this sawhorse desk goes from desk - To a tallish coffee table by just adjusting bolts.  You can find the plans here.   Yup, 2x4s and all-thread. Now for a stool to match ... After quite a few tweaks and trips to the hardware store ... I think we finally  nailed bolted it! It ended up being much simpler than we had thought.  We just attached a floor flange to the underside of the seat (I suggest a more comfortable seat if you plan on sitting on this stool for long periods of time), and then screwed a piece of all-thread into that flange. Then made a base out of 2x2s, and drilled holes in it to hold the all-thread, And then just used bolts and washers to secure the all-thread to the stool at the top and bottom of the cross supports. Once we got this stool figured out, it's acutally pretty easy to build!   Enjoy the plans following! Ana   PS- I'd love to make a taller stool too!  If you'd like to see a taller stool, let me know in the comments. The best way we found to attach the legs to the base is with 1-1/2" pocket holes from underside, using 2-1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Take a second to confirm the outside to outside measurement of the legs matches the diagram. Attach the cross supports to the legs.  Do not attach the actual cross supports to each other, as a bolt will need to pass through the center of them. Attach the floor flange to the center of the seat (we used a scrap 2x12 cut with a jigsaw) and thread the all-thread into the flange. Drill holes in the base just big enough to allow the all-thread to pass through.  Place seat with all-thread into base, with a nut and washer on each side of the base.  Tighten nuts to secure. Turn the seat to adjust up or down.  NOTE: Once you have the seat where you want it, make sure the nuts are still tight. Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed. Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck! Shopping List:  1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - piece of scrap plywood 6" x 6" 1 - 2x12 or 1x12 cut into a round circle (you can also buy a plywood round for a stool top at most hardware stores) 1 - 3/4" All-Thread 16" long (if you can't find 16" all-thead, you can cut it down easily with a jigsaw or handsaw with a blade designed to cut metal) 1 - 3/4" Floor Flange to match all thread (also recommend pipe thread tape for securing all-thread into the flange) 2 - bolts and washers to match the all-thread 2-1/2" pocket hole screws 3" screws or lag bolts (heads will be visible) for attaching cross supports to the legs Tools:  measuring tape pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill jigsaw compound miter saw sander countersink drill bit

  3. Make Your Own Custom Walkway Using Concrete Forms

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    FromRon Hazelton's Blog

    Make a custom stone or brick pathway using Quikrete's Walkmaker system Continue reading

  4. Sealing Granite Counters

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  5. In The Garden: The Most Delicious Egg Recipe Ever

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    FromDIY Diva

    When things start to get a little fall-like, I start baking. Well, first, obviously, I start panicking. Then I start baking. I actually like baking,...

  6. Industrial Style Wood Slat Closet System with Galvanized Pipes

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY wood closet - free plans!  From ana-white.com I cut all my shelving to the length of the closet.  Then I threaded two shelving boards on bottom shelf and two on second to top shelf.   I screwed the shelving boards to the outside leg supports, flush to the inside of the legs (will come back and ...

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