How to make Halloween Tombstone Decorations

Soon there will be a chill in the air; the leaves on the trees will be beautiful colors for breathtaking sights in many parts of the country. Then leaves begin to fall from the trees and you know what that means. BOOO!!!! Halloween will be here, Halloween is a great time of the year for children and adults. Oh what fun to dress up in your favorite costume, go off to parties, community events, school parties, and run around the...

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How to Fix Leaking Plastic Gutters

Here in Western New York winter can be brutal. I get a lot of ice buildup on the edge of the roof in the winter. Over time this can cause problems with your gutters. When you have a leaking gutter it is usually leaking at the seam, this is where two lengths of the gutter are joined together. I had this problem with my plastic gutters. The leak was at a seam right over the front door. To be honest with you we don’t even use the front...

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How to Restore Wooden Lawn Furniture

Here is how I restored some old wooden lawn furniture. My parents bought this furniture back in 80s for their new patio, and used it for many years. Sometime in early 2000 my mother was going to throw it away. I wouldn’t hear of it, so she said if you want it go ahead and take it. I had the two chairs and one lounge chair stored in my garage. Several years ago I decided to take it out and use it on my deck. At that time all it...

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How to install a new peel and stick no wax floor

Installing a new peel and stick floor is really not that difficult, and what I mean is, that if I can do it anybody can. We have a half bath in the house that was in need of a new floor, so we decided to replace it; we also decided to paint the walls. The first task was to turn off the water supply, drain and remove the toilet. After cleaning up the old wax seal around the toilet you’ll want to stuff a rag in the hole to prevent sewer...

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How to remove wallpaper without using chemicals

Embed from Getty Images Some people like wallpaper. It can really change the look of a room. I’m not a big fan of wallpaper, and I prefer a freshly painted room. So if you’re like me and you have a wallpapered room that you would like to change but you just keep putting it off, here is a step by step method. I’m not an expert or even a professional. I’m just going to tell you what I have learned from my own...

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Succulents: Free Plants

Succulents: Free houseplants that even I can’t kill. About three years ago, I planted a tiny succulent plant in a pot outside my back door. Since that time, it has multiplied like crazy. When I recently undertook my zero-cost bathroom makeover, I decided that the room needed plants, preferably on the south-facing window ledge. But this was a no-cost renovation so there was no budget available to buy plants and anyway, I’m...

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Bathroom Makeover at Zero Cost

My ‘new’ bathroom with no budget. I have to admit that my bathroom was a complete embarrassment. It’s extremely tiny and dates from 1949. In the intervening years, someone had added a rather horrible, cheap wood vanity (which I had NO money to replace) and a completely out-of-period acrylic sink (ditto). Other than that, it has original fittings  — so therefore they are somewhat old, to say the least....

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Almost Instant: DIY Artwork

Help! I need artwork for my bathroom. Recently, I gave my tiny bathroom a long overdue overhaul on a budget — actually a budget of zero dollars. It was looking good but I had one huge problem. The previous owner of our mid-century apartment had left us with a mysterious hole in the tiles. What’s more, it was the first thing you see as you enter the bathroom and it was really bugging me. I needed to cover it quickly and for...

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Fix Anything with Bondic Liquid Plastic

The throwaway society is really becoming a thing of the past. Today we see that it’s good common sense, a great money saver and good for the planet if we repair broken goods. But it’s not always that easy. That’s why we’re happy to recommend the Bondic system which can see to so many small repair jobs around the home, at work or in the car. You can see exactly how it works in the videos below but you’ll...

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10 Tools Every Woman Needs

Start With Some Basics Every woman needs her own tools. Every woman should know how to use them. Man in the house or not, young or older, handy or otherwise, there are a few tools that are essential to make life–and do it yourself projects–easier and fun. Whether you’ve bought your first house or are moving in to your first apartment, they will be used often over the years. Kids nearing independence should know how...

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Electric Leaf Blowers

Electric Leaf Blowers. We live on a semi busy street in a quite village in Western New York, surrounded by a lot of big trees. We have a small yard, but after the leaves turn those beautiful colors, of course they fall and cover the yard and clog the rain gutters. Last year my old trusty leaf blower burned up, I’ve had it for years so I wasn’t too disappointed when it happened. It was time to find another leaf blower, hopefully as...

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The Magnetic Wristband by MagnoGrip

Saves Time  A magnetic wristband that will hold screws and nails as you work.  This one of the best ideas I’ve seen for any do-it-yourself project.   Talk about a time saver! How many times have you stood on a ladder, drill or hammer in hand, ready to nail or screw something to a wall, only to drop the screw?  Back down the ladder–careful now–then back up.  I would guess more than fifty percent in our household.  It...

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How to Repair Holes in Cement

How to Repair Holes in Cement. Winter is tough here in Western NY especially on the roads. The entrance to my garage was no exception; I had some large hole to repair. You just can’t mix up some cement and dump it in; you have to prepare the hole with the proper tools. First I decided on the materials since the holes were deeper than 1” I used a combination of one 50 lb. bag of cement and one 40 lb. bag of cement patch. Following is a...

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RYOBI Laser Level – What a Handy Tool

RYOBI Laser Level –  What a Handy Tool. There is always something to do around the house. Some big and some small projects, I like to do my own work when possible. Now I’m not the best handyman but I’m not the worst either, I have learned some tricks over the years to help me get by with doing most of my own projects. One of my biggest problems has always been hanging pictures or shelves on a wall and keeping them...

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Electric Guitar Kit Review

Electric Guitar Kit Review. I was given an electric guitar kit for my birthday, which was in February. The fact that I finished in June gives you an idea of how many difficulties I had making it. I don’t want to put anyone off making a guitar from a kit, because it’s been great fun to do and I have learned so much. I’m just pointing out that how much you already know about woodwork, finishes, and electronics, will determine how long...

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How to Replace a Faucet

How to Replace a Faucet. It was time to replace that old bathroom faucet. It was an old single lever push, pull type and was difficult to turn on and off, especially for our youngest grandson. Replacing a bathroom faucet is not that difficult, but sometimes Murphy’s Law takes over, and what can go wrong, will go wrong. My shut off valves were frozen so I could not turn off the water under the sink. I ended up replacing the shut off...

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DIY Wall Décor Ideas

DIY Wall Décor Ideas. We moved into a home with a beautiful finished basement. At the time we didn’t have the furnishings for both the basement and the living room upstairs, so we had some decisions to make. Moving is stressful and costly so you want to take some time to think about your needs. We decided to furnish our new basement with the furniture that we already had form the old house, and of course we had to go out and buy...

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The Wonder Bar for your DIY Demolition

The Wonder bar, the name says it all. No there are no buttons for low or high speed, you can’t even plug The Wonder bar is just a bar. I’m going to tell you how I used my wonder bar over the years for various DIY projects. If you’re a Do-it yourself kind of person and like to take on projects yourself, most of the time the first thing that you have to do in any project is the demolition. I can tell you there is no...

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How to Install a Saddle Valve for an Ice Maker

Do you have an ice maker on your refrigerator that’s not hooked up yet? Not to worry, a simple saddle valve install will do the trick; here are some easy instructions to follow for a self-piercing saddle valve. I’m not a master plumber and you don’t need to be either, the installation is fairly easy. I was lucky enough to have my supply line already in place, so all I had to do was install the saddle valve. These instructions are for...

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How to earn some extra money

Graduating high school a long time ago was expensive with all of proms and activities. Not to burden my parents with the expense, I took it upon my self to earn the money needed to pay for all this myself. While explaining my thoughts to a friend of mine, his dad overheard us and suggested that we hire ourselves out to wash walls, as it was spring cleaning time. We started with a couple of our relatives, and soon word of mouth took...

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How to Replace Bathtub Caulking

How to Replace Bathtub Caulking. What is bathtub caulking? And why do I need it? Bathtub caulking is the seal between the wall and the bathtub, and you need it so water doesn’t get behind the tub wall or leak into the walls causing damage. Our bathtub caulking began to show signs of mildew, and no matter what cleaner that I tried it always came back. I like to take on these projects myself as this one is really not that...

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How to Plan for a Move

How to Plan for a Move Moving is a daunting and stressful task, and can really ware you down. So if you’re going to be moving here are some helpful tips that I’ve learned from doing this a few times. I’m by no means a professional mover; these ideas are based on my own experiences. If you’re moving from one end of town to the other moving is stressful enough. When you move away from your home to another town it’s really...

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Money Saving Tips: Some Simple DIYs

Money Saving Tips: Some Simple DIYs The estimated cost of minor home repairs is said to be about 1% of the cost of your home per year. So as the value of your home increases so does your repair costs. I’m certainly not a professional or an expert but I have learned some things over the years. I would like to share with you these some inexpensive tips for minor household repairs. I have used these tips at one time or another....

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The FixMeStick – Fixed My Computer

The FixMeStick – Fixed My Computer Something evil was inside my computer. Whatever these things were it was driving me crazy. It took forever to load a page, it froze up at any given time, and I would hear voices in the background while viewing a page, like an ad was running or something. My computer is older; it’s an HP Laptop from 2009, with all of these problems I figured it was time to get a new computer. Then I read a...

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Planning your kitchen

 Planning your kitchen If you’re remodeling or reorganising your kitchen, it’s very tempting to design it yourself. After all, you know your kitchen and the habits of your household better than anyone else. You want your kitchen to be gorgeous, you know that the more attractive the room is, the more time you and your family will spend there creating delicious meals … and memories. For many years I was a kitchen...

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Want an Easy Way to Shampoo Your Own Carpet?

Want an Easy Way to Shampoo Your Own Carpet? This time of year, between the rain and dirt, the floors and the carpet tend to need more attention. Actually post holidays they usually do anyway. For me that usually meant paying someone $100 plus to come out and shampoo it for me several times a year, or renting a big unruly machine myself, hauling it to and from the store, and doing it myself. That didn’t sound so overwhelming when I...

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D-I-Y Essential: The Magnetic Wristband

D-I-Y Essential: The Magnetic Wristband I love this magnetic wristband. So much so that I have to tell everyone about it. Isn’t it funny how some of the littlest inventions can be the most used, handiest gadgets around? Everyone in my family old enough to use a hammer or a screwdriver will be getting one of these sometime this year. Do you often find yourself on a ladder working on one project or another? It must be one of Murphy’s...

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A Simple DIY to Organize Some Clutter

A Simple DIY to Organize Some Clutter We were in serious need of organizing our landing to the basement. We had a pile of coats, shoes and hats tucked along the wall of the landing. So what do you do to organize coats shoes and hats? First you need a coat rack with some hooks, and then you need a shoe rack. Here is a simple DIY on how I organized this small space. I went out and found a coat rack with four coat hooks already attached,...

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How to start a car using jumper cables

How to start a car using jumper cables Or jump leads, as I call them, English-ly. In my years of owning cars that have been, quite honestly, less than perfect, I’ve had a lot practise at starting cars and a dead battery is often the cause. You know what I mean,you turn the ignition key and all you hear is that ominous click. But this isn’t just a malady can can affect the old, rather dodgy vehicles I’ve tended to...

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