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Learn how to build or repair almost anything around your home with these projects and tips designed to improve your do-it-yourself skills.

  1. How to Use a Block Plane

    Nothing beats a handy little block plane for simplicity and convenience. It's versatile enough to perform all kinds of cutting and shaping tasks, yet small enough to fit in a tool pouch. And it's perfectly shaped to use with one hand. In this article, you'll learn how to use a block plane and find tips for sharpening and buying them.

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  1. How to Fix Sweating Pipes

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    Cover cold water pipes with inexpensive foam pipe insulation to prevent condensation and dripping in humid weather.

  2. How to Upgrade Motorcycle Handlebars

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    If you're tired of the dated look of your motorcycle, consider swapping out the handlebars for a newer look. It's an easy upgrade, and you'll save hundreds of dollars when you do it yourself.

  3. How to Repair a Leaking Tub Faucet

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    You don't have to put up with the slow drip from a leaky faucet, nor with the growing stain it often leaves in the tub or shower. Fix it now and you'll prevent those headaches and save on you water bill too. The entire job, with special tools, may set you back a bit of cash, but doing it yourself ...

  4. Easy Storage Ideas

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    When it comes to easy storage ideas, nobody beats our crew of editors. Here are 10 creative DIY solutions that provide more storage without adding cabinets or drawers.

  5. DIY Bathroom Storage

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    Who doesn't need more storage space in their bathroom? These clever tips will help you take advantage of every square inch so you can keep all of your bathroom supplies tidy, well organized, and close at hand.

  6. Holiday Decorating Tips

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    When the holidays are just around the corner, it's time to start digging out those boxes of lights and decorations. It's fun to decorate and this collection of hints will make it even easier. Check out our clever tips for hanging outside lights, keeping your tree from toppling over and how to store your holiday decorations more efficiently. Start your holiday season off right with these festive ideas!

  7. DIY Hardware

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    For a great home improvement décor, adapt common DIY hardware items for clever hooks and racks for your walls. Amaze your neighbors and friends with your creativity. We show you ten spur-or-the-moment inspirations.

  8. How-to Tips for Tight Miters Article

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    We demonstrate tips and techniques for cutting, fitting and joining perfect miters, along with a few tricks for making those less-than-perfect miters look their best.

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