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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. 2014 Shed

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    Below, in Additional Information, are the Materials List and Construction Drawings for the Ultimate Garden Shed in the July/August 2014 issue. These are pdf files that you can download and print.

  5. Ultimate Tool Storage Cabinets

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    Neatly pack away most of your shop in this attractive tool storage cabinet, which features both shallow and deep drawers and adjustable open shelving.

  6. Install a Programmable Thermostat for Energy Savings

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    Few energy saving improvements pay off as fast as a programmable thermostat. We show you how to install one quickly and easily.

  7. Maintenance-Free Fencing

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    Learn the pros, cons and relative costs of low-maintenance exterior fences made from vinyl, steel, aluminum and composite materials, along with tips for buying and installation. (Photo courtesy of Delgard)

  8. Water Softener Installation: How and When to Rebuild

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    If your water softener has stopped doing its job, you may have worn or clogged parts in the control head that need repair or a complete rebuild. Here's the fix.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Wood Floor Finishes - Your Options - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    There are so many beautiful finishes available in today’s solid-wood flooring. With so many options, from distressed finishes to finishes that mimic oil-rubbing, you'll certainly find the perfect match for your style, budget, and lifestyle needs.

  2. Garage Ideas: 7 Ways To Make Your Space More Livable - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    In many homes, the garage is nothing more than a place to park the car, store the Christmas decorations, and hang up a few tools. With a little ingenuity, however, a garage can be transformed into an awesome space that’s as comfortable as any other room in the house—only a whole lot more fun. Check ...

  3. 7 Ways to Start Fresh in an Old Home - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Did you recently move into a fixer-upper? Or have you lived in your house so long that it’s become outdated? No matter your circumstances, there are plenty of ways to start fresh. By renewing the most age-weary components, small and large, you can prevent major problems before they occur and ...

  4. Upcycling Ideas: Vintage Tech Redos - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    It seems that we're updating our computers, smart phones and media collections as often as our wardrobes these days. If you're like us, you've been holding onto your tech cast-offs until there came a prime opportunity to dispose of them. But old or broken devices don't have to be fated to an unused ...

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Cut a Large Hole in Tile

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Cutting large holes in tile, like for a shower valve, can be challenging. The Family Handyman editor, Jeff Gorton, shows you how to layout the hole and how to cut it with an angle grinder for a perfect fit. This technique will work with any type of tile or stone.

  2. 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?

  3. Proper Way to Use Wire Nuts

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    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.

  4. How to Install a Toilet

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Installing a toilet is a lot faster and cheaper than hiring a plumber. The Family Handyman editor, Les Zell, shows you how to install a toilet yourself and share tips to avoid mistakes and expensive service calls.

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Blog Posts

  1. Customizable Wall Shelf Made with 3D Printer

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    FromRon Hazelton's Blog

    This wall shelf is made using a 3D printer for the brackets and standard wood dowels for the shelf surface. Continue reading

  2. Hanging Wood Wall Bins

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    FromAna-White.com

    Wood bins perfect for storing accessories, toys and more!  Hangs on the wall.  Free plans by Ana-White.com Place a 1x3 board on top of the 1x6 board, with one edge flush.  Draw line down the 1x6 board.  Then mark the indents in the 1x6 and carefully cut out with a jigsaw.  Sand the cut edges smooth. Project Type:  Wall Projects shelves Style:  Children's Industrial Rustic Room:  Bedroom Craftroom entry way Kids and Toys Nursery and Baby storage and organization Teens Skill Level:  Beginner main_category:  Handmade Holidays Dimensions:  Dimensions shown above Cut List:  2 - 1x6 @ 33-3/4" 6 - 1x3 @ 14-1/2" 1 - 1x2 @ 14-1/2" 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 16" x 33-1/4" 5 - 1/4" plywood @ 16" x 4-3/4"     Author Notes:  Oh, I can just imagine this one filled with little gifts on Christmas morning! So happy today to get to share new plans with you today for wall bins!!! It's perfect for toys and books and accessories in a kids room.  And there might even be a mom or two out there that would love this in her entryway for hats, scarves and gloves.   As part of our ongoing series for Handmade Holidays - Jaime from That's My Letter and I are teaming up to get you a new gift plan each Friday until Christmas.   We hope you enjoy these wall bin plans today, and of course, you can check out all the other Handmade Holiday Plans here. The plans for this project follow, but make sure you check out Jaime's building post here for lots more tips, building photos, and more finished photos too!  See you back here for plans! Have a great weekend, Ana To get all the of the 1/4" plywood cuts on the 24" x 48" sheet, cut as shown here.  The back will be a little smaller, but since the 1x2 hanging cleat is there (see step 4) it won't matter. Use a circular saw or table saw to make these cuts.   Attach the two sides together with the 1x3 shelf bottoms.  Use either 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" construction screws. Attach the 1x2 cleat to the top as you did the shelves.  Use this cleat later to hang the shelf on the wall. Glue and nail the back on with 3/4" brad nails. Glue and nail the front pieces on with 3/4" brad nails. 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. Finish Used:  Check out Jaime's post here for details on her finish. Shopping List:  1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long 1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long 14-1/2" of 1x2 (can also use a 1x3 here) 1 - 24" x 48" piece of 1/4" thick plywood or hardboard can use 2" wood screws instead of 1-1/4" pocket hole screws 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! 3/4 inch finish nails 1-1/4" Pocket Hole Screws Elmer's Wood Glue Elmer's Wood Filler Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Drill Circular Saw jigsaw brad nailer random orbital sander

  3. Stories of my Life

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    FromDIY Diva

    So, remember when I was all blase about giving a comprehensive guide to all the things you know about renovating a room? I’m 1500 words...

  4. Thwarted By My Own Mess

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    FromDIY Diva

    OH HAI. That’s the mudroom of my house. It had been steadily collecting more and more tools and general debris, the further I get in...

  5. Insulated Siding is an Easy Sell

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    Sponsored by Vinyl Siding Institute I worked in the siding business for more than 15 years. I once installed siding on 90 houses in one year, with only a three-man crew! Granted, that was when I had a whole lot more drive and a whole lot less around the...( read more )

  6. Gift Wrapping Cart - Plans with RyobiNation

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY gift wrapping cart - easy to make with wood boards.   Room:  Closets Craftroom office storage and organization Project Type:  Storage Skill Level:  Beginner Dimensions:  Dimensions for this gift wrapping cart are above. Its suitable for 36" rolls (although will accommodate 30" rolls) and will roll into a closet or through doorways. Author Notes:  Hi everyone! For years, I've been wanting to create a gift wrapping cart.  But it had to meet a tall order of design requirements - 1. Inexpensive - can't blow the present budget on not the present, not the gift wrap, but the gift wrapping cart, can we?  No way!  This project had to be made inexpensive, but I didn't want to go the particle board route either.  So I designed it to use off the shelf whitewood boards. 2. Custom Compartments - if we are building a gift wrapping cart, it better be a gift wrapping cart, right?  Complete with ribbon holders, a larger space in the back for gift wrapping rolls, and hooks on the side for bags, and a top tray for tape and scissors. 3. Compact Footprint - this project needed to be able to roll into the closet for storage easiy.  So the overall footprint needs to be small enough to fit through doorways easily. 4.  Easy to build - the holidays are such a busy time of the year, I really wanted to make this project as easy as possible to make.  You've already got your hands full decorating and gift shopping and entertaining!  So I designed this project so it's just building three trays, and slapping the side 1x6s on.   5. But still cute - we want to enjoy wrapping gifts, too, right?   So after quite a few designs, I settled on this one!   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. This project was created in collaboration with RyobiNATION - Please go here for the full plans. PS - You can also watch the video for this project too - Thanks so much and please share when you build! Add #anawhite to your post and we'll see it! XO Ana + Family

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