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

6 Reasons NOT getting a portable generator might cost you in the long run

portable generator

My own memories of living through several terrible storms wasn’t enough to push me to buy a portable generator. So what tipped the scale? Simple math.  Note: We worked with Briggs & Stratton on this blog. The thoughts, opinions and how-to are 100% MyFixitUpLife’s. It’s what we do. The now … 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

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

Tool Review: Briggs & Stratton Pressure Washer with POWERflow

briggs & stratton pressure washer

Tool review in two-sentences: I found the Briggs & Stratton pressure washer, Model 20569, effective and really well-designed for a tool that is notoriously hard to design well. It is easy to use with some stand-out features.  Now here’s some nitty and some gritty if you want it(ty). Let’s start … 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 Mower Maintenance: Sharpen a lawnmower blade and clean the mower deck

sharpen a lawnmower blade

So this was a fun discovery: I can sharpen a lawnmower blade with a Dremel tool and metal grinding attachment. Then I can de-gunk the caked-on grass with a Hyde painter’s tool. I’ve used lots of tools for these jobs. None work as well as this tag team. I used … see more

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