How to build a pergola

Pergola Perfection

We love pergolas. We love designing them. We love building them. We love how they make our backyard not just a place you go to grill or hangout, but a place you want to share with friends and family, whether it’s a backyard bash or a quiet evening. Click here to check out more by [...]

eTeq inspection camera - MyFixitUpLife

Video: eTeq inspection camera

An inspection camera used to be a hole in the wall. That you made with your hammer. Or keyhole saw. One big enough to crank your head in there (and bug out your eye, come on, you’re doing it right now) to see. I am (seriously). And since it’s the work behind the walls that [...]

Selling your home

5 hidden costs of selling your home fantasy football style

When it comes to selling your home—and getting the best price—it’s a lot like picking a fantasy football team. Sure, check the stats, but ‘intangibles’ can make a bigger difference on game day. Lots of people blow them off. One reason: They’re they’re painfully subjective. But overlook them and get ready to burn money. Get [...]

Popular Mechanics - Dumbwaiter - MyFixitUpLife

How to Make a Dumbwaiter

Interested in making a dumbwaiter? Check out Mark’s design in Popular Mechanics magazine for an awesome How-To. For more by Popular Mechanics click here.¬†Or search #howtomakeanything on Twitter.  

Snow guards

What are snow guards and do I need them on my roof?

Snow guards are those…you know…’thingies’ you see at the edge of a roof. And I love them. But what are they for? I usually see snow guards on old houses and they make a roof look interesting. With all kinds of different shapes like stars, eagles, fleur-de-lis, and more. They’re cool. Snow guards are also [...]

Lawn care

Lawn care trick you need to know: Frig it, sprig it

I call this lawn care repair trick ‘sprigging’. If you have another name for it, or have tried it, I’d love to know how it worked for you. I use this trick to re-grow grass in areas where it has stopped growing or been worn out—and where it appears seeds refuse to grow no matter [...]

How to make a bee house.

Pallet + Vintage post = How to make a bee house

One of the last things I thought I’d want to make is something to attract bees, but as it turns out, building a bee house was fun and it’s an environmentally friendly and cool new part to our landscape. At least that’s what I thought until Theresa saw it. I used a pallet for the [...]

Tile Trouble - Home Advisor - MyFixitUpLife

How to fix a broken tile

Lots of stuff can break a tile—heavy traffic, a poor install, and yes, even household hijinks—but what really matters isn’t how it got broken, but rather how to fix a broken tile when you’ve got one. Even if the tile got broken by carelessness, the way to keep from having two or more broken tiles [...]

How to clean grill grates

Grill hack: How to clean grill grates without a wire brush

Hey grill hounds and anybody with a gross grill, here’s a hack for how to clean grill grates without a brush. Actually, it’s an awesome way to clean grill grates, period. So you’re in a situation where you’ve got meat that has to be grilled. Now. But the grates are greased up with gross and, [...]

Spring cleaning checklist for guys

Cleaning for guys: A Spring cleaning checklist you can do all summer

Even though I have a Spring cleaning checklist, I enjoy cleaning about as much as getting a sliver, so ‘Spring’ is a relative term. It doesn’t mean I don’t need to square my stuff away though. Here are a few tips and tools to getting at the warm weather stuff. Thing is, once I get [...]

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