Simple tape measure trick – How to measure the short point of an angle

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Carpenters have lots of tricks: One of my favorites is how to measure hard-to-measure things, as shown in this video. Good for DIY too, this tip is measuring the short point of an angle on a mitered board. It’s harder to write and read about than to watch. It’s a … see more

Pallet projects: I made this jewelry box for my daughter

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I love pallet projects. And I love my daughter, so I made this special box just for her.  My daughter is growing up. Quickly. And, newsflash: I’m not perfect, despite having a DIY website. I know, seems hard to believe (it’s hard to believe, right?). I’m divorced from my daughter’s … see more

Tips for finishing drywall: Use the drywall knife for more than compound.

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Lots of people make the same mistakes—me included—finishing drywall. Typically, we: – Use too much joint compound. Joint compound (sometimes called ‘spackle’ or ‘mud’ in the trades) is the paste applied to the wall and it’s easy to use too much of it. – Try to get it too perfect … see more

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

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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

Old house fix: How to move and replace a frost-free hose bib and shut-off

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Replacing a hose bib should be—should be—easy. Often it is. Hurl in the old house wild card, however, and there can be more than just soldering copper pipe and patting yourself on the back. If you’re up to the DIY challenge, check it out. Maybe save yourself a little pain … see more

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