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

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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

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

Weekend DIY Projects You Can Totally Do: How to Make a Shed Ramp

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A shed ramp is one of those DIY projects that is super easy to put off because it’s not immediately important. But once it’s done, you might wonder why you didn’t do it sooner, because: Little. Daily. Joy. Matters. Life improvement happens, a few steps—and a few boards—at a time. … see more

Workbench woodworking projects: Build the best garden bench ever

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I love woodworking projects for the yard. This one (two) will get a ton of use from benches to tables to even DIY fitness and storing lumber. It’s rare on woodworking projects, remodeling, or home improvement that I cut all the pieces of a project at once, but this best-ever-garden-bench … see more

Workbench woodworking projects: The cooler cooler, AKA garden planter

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This is one of those woodworking projects that started as one thing—a raised garden planter—then took on a new life as the cooler deck cooler. The raised planter design is intended to get the dirt and plants up to what I call ‘bench height’. This minimizes kneeling and reaching and … see more

Home improvement & design: How to install wood wainscoting & vertical trim

2016 MyFixitUpLife Wood Naturally wainscoting installation - Mark

Wood wainscoting is one of my favorite interior finishes. It’s fun, clean, and all carpentry. And it looks sensational. In this video I run through a few steps for getting a job that’ll last—and that you’ll love. Things I focus on primarily for wood wainscoting—especially vertical installations—are getting the first … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

Obstacle course race birthday party theme for kids; fun DIY fitness too

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We threw an obstacle course race themed birthday party for our son Jack. It was a huge hit for all the kids, super-active, and fun for all (that includes parents!) Running, jumping and laughing…That’s the stuff! Eight obstacles for 8-year olds. We teamed up with Wood, It’s Real for this … see more

How to build a fence: Tips for design, posts, fence panels, and awesome!

how to build a fence

Every fence is different and yet, they’re all the same, so how to build a fence is about using these basic tips to get a fence you’ll love. You already know that it’ll match and enhance your landscape and that it’s a fun and rewarding project crawling with instant curb … see more

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