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

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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Clogged gutters and how to unclog them

I like unclogging clogged gutters about as much as plunging a toilet. It’s dirty and messy, but just like a backed up john causes problems, so do clogged gutters. On many houses, cleaning clogged gutters is a DIY-able job and in this clogged gutters video we show you some of the ways I’ve found I [...]

Mark and Theresa built this feature wall to display artwork at a Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia.

MyFixitUpLife—Top 40 home improvement blogs since the dawn of humanity

The National Hardware Show has ranked MyFixitUpLife among the top 40 home improvement blogs since the dawn of humanity. We accept. There are a lot of home improvement blogs and we’re thrilled NHS included us. If this is your first time hearing about MyFixitUpLife, welcome to our world. Theresa and I invite you to get [...]

Home decor

Home decor how-to: Make a holiday mantle. Fireplace not required

Want a sock-knockin’ home decor how-to you can love all year? Check out MyFixitUpLife’s mega mantle. One look and you’ll say: That’s the background for our holiday card. Or if you’re on Santa’s naughty list you might think something else. But that’s none of my business. Here’s how we mega-ed this one. First, we super-sized [...]

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