Mark’s simple home improvement tips: Make your shop vacuum work better

home improvement

Home improvement is a big enough challenge without having tools that don’t work like they’re supposed to. My shop vacuum head was one such tool. Here’s the simple fix. Problem: The bottom of the suction thingie is dead flat. Unless I really articulated the wand—total PITA—the vacuum would suck the … see more

MyFixitUpLife Pallet Projects: DIY this rolling pallet table/cooler/planter

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WIN one of MyFixitUpLife’s pallet projects at the Philadelphia Home Show Philadelphia Home Show, 1/22 at 4pm. Or, see how we made it below…But… Let’s start with a promo code for discounted entry right here. We’ll be giving the pallet table of awesomeness away after our appearance on 1/22 at … see more

Home improvement & design: How to install wood wainscoting & vertical trim

2016 MyFixitUpLife Wood Naturally wainscoting installation - Mark

Wood wainscoting is one of my favorite interior finishes. It’s fun, clean, and all carpentry. And it looks sensational. In this video I run through a few steps for getting a job that’ll last—and that you’ll love. Things I focus on primarily for wood wainscoting—especially vertical installations—are getting the first … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

DIY Christmas gifts: Reviewing Hi-Tec’s Trail OX Chukka waterproof boot

diy christmas gifts

DIY Christmas gifts means not just making presents and stuff but giving (and getting) gear that makes doing the DIY I do—whether that’s carpentry, woodworking or weekend walks with my son—better and easier. My current infatuation—and DIY Christmas gifts suggestion for the DIYer and doer on your list (or you)—is … see more

Holiday decoration ideas: Light the night with MyFixitUpLife’s yard pyramid

holiday decoration ideas

We all need holiday decoration ideas. And as much as I love stringing garland (I don’t) I’m more at home making stuff with tools.  If you are too, I hope you’ll like and share our holiday yard pyramid. Stuff For me, holiday decoration ideas are more fun when they’re made … see more

Holiday DIY Projects: Making MyFixitUpLife’s wicked awesome wine rack

Let’s celebrate the short days of the yuletide season with a little light and do some holiday DIY projects for people we love. As part of Bernzomatic’s Torchbearer brigade of artists, chefs, campers and cooks, Theresa and I were invited to their place to make a project live. We took … see more

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