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Unique Concealed Light Fixture Illuminates Walls From the Top

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Are you looking for an outdoor landscape light for shorter (4’ or less) walls and masonry columns where ground level uplighting won’t work because of location? Usually, the type of light fixtures that are used to accent walls are installed at ground level and directed upward toward the wall. These types of light fixtures work […]

Repairing a Planter Box

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Any frugal DIY’er would agree that if something can be fixed, then it would be a shame to toss it out. This wood planter box repair looked doable, and with a few fasteners, glue,  and a new bottom it looks as good as new. The planter box is about 12″ in length, and is made […]

Picker-Upper Tool – Gathers Up Acorns to Apples

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This past weekend I saw a neighbor using a very interesting, and innovative, yard tool. It has a long handle and at the ground end of the tool, a wire rolling basket to grab those pesky things that drop from trees all over the lawn. My neighbor was using this tool to pick up walnuts […]

How to Make a Template for a Decorative Jigsaw Cut

Position the template - you can secure it to the board with a clamp to hold it in place while you draw the outline

You know what an arbor looks like. You know what a pergola looks like. Have you ever noticed those beautiful, intricate patterns and scrolls that are cut into the ends of the uppermost boards?   These patterns, or designs, really add a layer of gorgeous detailing to the arbor or pergola. Sometimes, these little craftsman […]

Build DIY Storage Shelves & Organize the Garage

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Building shelving for your garage may actually help to create room for your car. Imagine parking your car in the garage – what a concept! Before you can clean up your garage, you have to have some place to store stuff, or else you’ll just be moving the items around. Stacking and making piles is […]

How to Park Your Car in the Garage and Hit the Mark Every Time

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Would you like to park your car (truck, SUV, van, etc.) in the garage in the same spot every time, so that everything stored in the garage is still accessible? Would you like to be certain that you pulled in far enough so that the garage door doesn’t close on the car? Would you like […]

Adding a Decorative Skirt Panel to a Porch

Close up of the panel. When the cedar boards dry, about a 1/4" gap will be created between those boards adding to the details of the panel.

A wood porch can add such architectural character to a house, and present great opportunities for adding detailing to your home. Porches, being at a higher elevation than the surrounding grade, use masonry piers or wood posts to support the structural framing for the raised wood porch (ledger boards are used also, but they typically […]

Outdoor Fasteners and Connectors for Different Types of Wood

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A trip down the fastener aisle at the hardware store can be a bit overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the many types of fasteners. If you have guessed that fasteners and connectors for exterior use may need to be different than those for interior use, you would be correct.   Exterior fasteners and connectors […]

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