Ryobi Blogger Build-Off & winning life with Restaurant Impossible’s Tom Bury

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Spend 5-minutes with the Spock to Robert Irvine’s Captain Kirk of Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible and you’ll see that general contractor Tom Bury is winning life. He’s also the ring leader for Ryobi Tools’ Blogger Build-Off with internet breaking DIY bloggers like Ana White, Homemade Modern and Shanty2Chic. And he … see more

Making a man cave. 5 basement remodeling plumbing tips


Adding a bathroom to a basement remodeling project—especially where one was never intended to exist—can be tricky. Here are 5-things to plan for. 1–Plumbing vents. A plumbing system works like a soda straw, sort of: Stick a straw into a drink, hold your finger over the top, lift the straw. … see more

Should I use stone wool insulation?

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On our man cave basement remodel, I used stone wool insulation. If you haven’t used it, the stuff is—at least—a triple threat of quality, speed and (for pros) profit. Whenever I insulate, I’m looking for three main things: Thermal efficiency, as much sound-deadening as I can get, and for the job … see more

Kids room decorating ideas for baseball fans

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Attention parents of baseball fans: Check out this kids room decorating idea, purpose-built for your favorite baseball fan. FACT: Your children want your time, not your money. Money is freaking awesome and I love long romantic walks to the bank, but they want you. This is a way you can … see more

Designing and Cutting Signature Rafter Tails for a Pergola

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One of my favorite things about pergolas is how unique they can be. Each one, while built on the same principles, can look vastly different. Take the rafter tailsthese are the decorative edges where the rafters cantilever outside the pergola’s four-sided frame. They’re a focal point, and spending a little … see more

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