How to build a pergola

Do DIY home improvement projects better and faster

We like stuff that works for our DIY home improvement projects and job site work. Obvious? Sure. Except, not really. I’ve seen dudes wrestle with crappy tools, crappy materials, and crappy supplies—all while trying to have fun doing DIY. Yet, I bet there’s few of us who have not heard the obvious trope ‘the right [...]

DIY pull up bar

How to make a DIY pull up bar

Need a no-brainer DIY pull up bar? With a few parts and even fewer tools you can be hanging out in no time flat. This video shows how to make a DIY pull up bar and a few things I do on mine. Having it at home in my Silence of the Lambs-basement means I [...]

Patch textured drywall

Video: How to patch textured drywall

If you can patch drywall, you can patch textured drywall. Even if it’s a DIY First, our video shows you how…without boring you to sleep. Promise. Watch the bloopers. ‘Textured drywall’ is a finish sprayed on to regular drywall boards during construction. It’s joint compound, but instead of a smooth finish, it’s left as ‘orange [...]

Loft bed

How to build a kid’s loft bed

Building a loft bed for my daughter was one of my favorite DIY projects. And it was something she, me and Theresa got to make and enjoy together. She’s 13 now. Things have changed. But I love this project so I’m glad I get to share it with you. I also like that this project—by [...]

Home decor

Use cabinets as furniture in home decor

I love furniture in home decor. Love it. Unlike Theresa who’s eyes probably see color first, I’m drawn to furniture whose finer points elevate my spirit. Seriously. Something well-made makes me happy. I get to color later, after I figure out if the place is furnished with well-disguised junk or not. And this leaves me [...]


Spax Multi-Material Construction Screws

I’m a screw geek and Spax multi-material construction screws fuel my geekery. And even though it may seem super-dweeby screws that I don’t have to fight with make my projects—from play sets to rapid fire remodeling—happy. Yes, happy. In our work, you can’t always just blast nails at stuff and hope they stick. We work [...]

DIY HVAC Maintenance

DIY HVAC maintenance? No go. Call a pro

DIY HVAC maintenance is…yeah…NO. Look, we’re all about DIY and taking on a challenge. But, we’re also all for not screwing up expensive, complicated equipment. Plus, it doesn’t matter how many tools you have. You don’t have the right ones. But don’t take our word for here. Take our word for it in this video, [...]

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Best Snow Shovel Ever

So we’ve all done it. Forecast calls for big time snow and we race out to grab a “snow shovel.” Every snow shovel I have ever owned has been terrible at…well…shoveling snow. Well I’ve found the best snow shovel ever—a “grain scoop”. Several companies make them including Ames True Temper (that’s what mine is) and Vigoro; they’re available [...]

Keen Tacoma Work Boots - Footwear - MyFixitUpLife - Professional Deck Builder

The best all-around footwear: Keen Tacoma Work Boots

For digging footing holes in August heat, building fences in freezing February, walking porch roofs, and visiting with clients, the best all-around footwear for me is a 6-inch hiker-style boot. The shorter height breathes on hot days, and if I throw on another pair of socks, my feet stay warm (mostly) in the cold. Hikers—unlike [...]

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Ice Dam-age: 6 DIY Ways to Winter-Ready the House

An ice dam is an open invitation for water to invade your house and cost lots of fear and money. An ice dam is also a great way to give lots of your money to a roofer when it tears the gutters off. Or… Prevent an ice dam with some smart DIY. First, a few [...]

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