Make this DIY desk organizer. It’s a great gift idea or home improvement

diy desk organizer

Within 3-minutes of having my DIY desk organizer on my desk—admittedly an archeological dig of notebooks, 24,000 receipts, bills to pay and cords all over the place—I had already used this soldered copper pipe and plywood project in ways I hadn’t thought of while designing it. Want one for yourself? … see more

DIY Project: Choose and use the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 portable generator

portable generator

If there’s one thing I hope you get for your next DIY project out of this video it’s this: Elect yourself Facilities Manager of your own life BEFORE the storm arrives. Now, on with the show. We worked with Briggs & Stratton on this DIY Project. The thoughts, opinions and … see more

The best portable generator: Tested in storms, measured in friends

portable generator

A portable generator is power—that means normalcy, heat, hot showers, safety—when there is none. It’s real payback: Connecting people and power cords. Note: We worked with Briggs & Stratton on this blog. The thoughts, opinions, experiences and how-to are 100% MyFixitUpLife’s. It’s how we roll. The Q6500 QuietPower Series inverter generator … see more

How-to: Tips to stain and seal a raised garden bed

raised garden bed

I love this raised garden bed. It’s awesome all by itself. Adding a stain and sealer makes it extra awesome. But, stain is still liquid with its inherent challenges. I found that using a brush, roller and tray—together—made the work easier and fun. Yes, I said fun. Note: We partnered … see more

Soldered copper pipe coat rack: I call the look “Mad Mod”

copper pipe coat rack

I took a chance with this copper pipe coat rack design. And I’m glad I did. Somwhere between woodworking and plumbing and design, it was touch and go there for a few minutes. Note: We’re proud to say we’re Torchbearers and partnered with Bernzomatic to produce this post. The DIY, … see more

Man V. Home Improvement: Bringing our backyard playset back to life

backyard playset

If you have a backyard playset that needs some TLC, read this blog. I think I encountered every deck-stripping, finish-applying, pressure-washing challenge bringing this baby back up to snuff. Pick up a tip, or check out how to build your own. There’s something for everyone. Note: We partnered with Thompson’s … see more

Man Vs. Lawn: How to build an awesome raised garden bed!

raised garden bed

I loved making this raised garden bed. What one for yourself? Here it comes. Also, I’ll warn you now. It was hot and I need to share that. I mention it about 45-times throughout the article. Note: We partnered with Wood It’s Real for this article. The design, how-to, 9-10 … see more

DIY woodworking project: How I made a burnt wood checkerboard

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Here’s the story of my woodworking afternoon to create a DIY checkerboard. I call my kind of woodworking ‘workbench woodworking’ because I am not set up for super high-end projects. However, I still love making things, so I try to keep them simple to match the tools I have and the materials … see more

A Clockwork Clement: Make a clock with found items, including inspiration

bernzomatic

When I set out to make a clock, it also appears I set out to make every woodworking mistake imaginable. Come along on my journey of minor calamity and you too could have a clock of your own. I’ll edit out the mistakes.  Quick Note: We are Bernzomatic Torchbearers (I … see more

Should I use Spax screws to install drywall?

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I have a box of drywall screws to install drywall, but now that I’ve made the leap over to Spax screws for nearly everything I fasten—from framing to decks to basement renos to my version of woodworking projects—what possible reason could I have for keeping the old black iron? Answer … see more

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