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

woodworking

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

Basement remodeling video: Use a Dremel to cut out a recessed light

Basement remodeling is hard. One of the many difficult things—at least for me—is cutting out recessed lights in drywall with any degree of accuracy. Quick note: The DIY and home improvement content is MyFixitUpLife’s. We’re partnered with Home Depot on this blog and video. They sent us the tool. I … see more

Living room makeover + DIY: Install shiplap wall trim on Home Depot.com

home depot

Check out the MyFixitUpLife video on the Home Depot website. We show you how to make over a room with Arauco’s primed pine nickel gap ship lap boards. I’d love to post the video directly, but it is inside the product link. Click here, video is the third thumbnail on … see more

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