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    10 Woodworking Basics You Should’ve Learned in Shop Class

    Just because you slacked off in your high school shop class doesn’t mean you can’t learn woodworking now. Get started with these basics.

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    These 10 Best Cordless Brad Nailers Are Worthy Additions to Your Shop in 2024

    Have cordless brad nailers finally improved enough to replace our trusty pneumatic tools? We put the top models to the...


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    PEX Plumbing Pipe: Everything You Need to Know

    PEX piping is the biggest revolution since the flush toilet. Learn what it is and everything in between with this...


    We Tried the Craftsman Electric Lawn Mower, a Riding Mower for Tight Spaces

    Ready to take the plunge and go battery-powered? We tested the Craftsman electric lawn mower–here’s what we thought.


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    10 Ground Cover Plants for Full Sun

    For your sunniest expanses in the landscape, consider these low-maintenance ground cover plants to choke out competing weeds.

    3 Simple Landscape Edging Ideas

    Three simple, attractive, low-maintenance garden and landscape edging ideas to inspire and keep weeds out of your garden.

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    9 Best Privacy Shrubs

    Whether it's to screen a view, hide an eyesore or gain some privacy from prying eyes, these shrubs offer homeowners...


    You Can Prep Your Garden Super Quickly With This Cardboard Gardening Hack

    One hour doing this can save you from an entire season of weeding!


    How to Paint a Front Door Without Removing It Off Its Hinges

    Save time by painting a door on its hinges using this easy trick.


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    20 Antique Woodworking Tools That Are Worth Big Bucks

    You won't believe what the most expensive old tools in the world sold for at auction.


    8 Backsplashes to Avoid, According to Interior Designers

    Some materials are impractical for kitchen cleanliness, while others are decidedly off-trend.


    Toro Zero-Turn Mower Review: We Tried Toro’s First Electric Riding Mower and It Was Well Worth...

    I got my hands on the all-new 60V MAX TimeCutter–the first Toro electric zero-turn mower. Check out my electric Toro...


    Husqvarna Combi Switch 330iK Review: It’s Official, I’m Breaking Up With My String Trimmer and...

    I tested the convenient Husqvarna Combi Switch 330iK pole saw and edger and it's safe to say...

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    6 Tips for Perfect Routed Edges Every Time

    Tips and techniques for pro-quality profiles.


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    Pull a Nail That Won’t Budge with These 6 Tips

    Stubborn nail got you stumped? Try these tricks for pulling the toughest nails.


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    How To Identify Lead Paint

    Learn how to identify lead paint in your home to protect yourself, loved ones or tenants from potential health risks.


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    Wood Movement 101: How It Works and How to Control It

    Wood movement causes heartbreak when projects crack and warp. Learn how to master these simple techniques and save yourself some...


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    How to Build a Porch Swing

    Build a cozy haven to escape everyday hustle and bustle with these porch swing plans.


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    How To Fix Peeling Paint

    Discover common causes of peeling paint and effective strategies to fix it.


    How To Build Cubby Storage Shelves

    These simple storage cubbies can be customized to fit nearly any room of the house.


    When Was Lead Paint Banned?

    Learn about the history of lead paint, why it was banned and steps to take if you find it in...


    Repainting Painted Wood Floors: A How-To Guide

    It's quick and easy to refresh those dingy, dinged-up floors. Read on to learn the steps.

    What Are the Different Types of Plywood Grades?

    Plywood is a staple material in the construction and woodworking trades. Here's how to recognize the grades and choose among...


    Why You Should Use a Random Orbital Sander for Sanding Cabinets

    If you're looking for a smooth finish to your cabinets, reach for your trusty random orbital sander, not a finishing...


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    10 Expert Tips for How to Use a Wood Router

    Go beyond the basics. Use your wood router to make strong joints, plane edges, cut smooth curves and more.


    How To Stain Furniture

    Transform furniture with stain and protect it for the long haul.


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    Cool New Shrubs To Grow in Your Yard

    Flowering shrubs are ready for their moment, thanks to the work of plant breeders. See what's new and improved with...


    I Tried the Spengar IR Paint Stripper and Love Removing Paint Without the Chemicals

    This paint stripper is tough enough to deliver the heat to remove layers of paint in seconds and gentle enough...