Craftsman Kenmore

Craftsman + Kenmore = Stuff that’s awesome for your house

Craftsman & Kenmore invited us to check out some of their new gear for home, shop, lawn, garden, and garage. Up-armored is the theme—from design to details. Let me first say that I love this part of my job. That Craftsman Kenmore would think to invite me to their event and give me a peek [...]

Bernzomatic pallet project

Pallet project inspired! Making the Hanging Gardens of Pallet-On Planter

Pallet + rope + plants = The Hanging Gardens of Pallet-on. The 8th Wonder of DIY! Design. I designed this pallet project to display something I love in a place I love, namely: Flowers and plants and my front porch. It takes up zero floor space. And it’s what I call an ‘open barrier’. I’m [...]

Lamps Plus Porch Light - MyFixitUpLife

How to install a porch light

To install a porch light successfully there are a few things I advise that make life a little easier and the project go smoothly. A few tools. A decent ladder. And some patience all smooth the road in front of you. Here’s how I do it.   First step is to shut off power at [...]

DIY Sprinkler

DIY Sprinkler: Fun for kids, pets, and you. Beat the heat

A quick search for ‘DIY sprinkler’ shows an array of…um…items…that (A) sprinkle and (B) I do not want in my yard. Or garage, shed, or, well, anywhere. So, I made my own for my son Jack and, if I play my cards right, me. Fueled by the garden hose and brought to life by copper [...]

grass trimmerq

Ask it: Cordless grass trimmer?

Hello Sir, Is it possible to do good edge work with a grass trimmer—aka Weed Whacker, Weed Eater, string trimmer—or should you have an edger too? Also, have advancements in batteries made the cordless grass trimmer worth it, or is gas-powered the way to go? I primarily need a tool to do edging (I have [...]

ostacle race training

AROO! We built a wall to help train for Spartan Race at a YMCA. #WhyIRace

As the obstacle course race popularity increases, we’ve seen training groups pop up around where we live. To help get future Spartans ready for the race, Mark and Theresa designed and built a Spartan training apparatus at a local YMCA.

How to build a play set

How to make a play set—Tips to save time

Make a play set for your kids. What could be more fun? Get a few tools and sketch up the design. Then, start whacking boards together. Sun’s shining. Lemonade (or beer-mon-ade) is close by. And Junior thinks you’re a hero, right? Yeah, until you’re whipping your cordless drill at the lawn when the piece doesn’t [...]


Let’s talk gardening jujitsu with Burpee & #GardenChat on MyFixitUpLife

Gardening jujitsu is about little things we can do that really make big differences to improve our homes (and our world). So let’s do it in the dirt. While a gardening death match might sound interesting, gardening jujitsu is using the simple and awesome power of plants to make your home, your family, and your [...]

After painting, decreasing the visual noise of wall art and counter items, the small bathroom looks more like a hotel bathroom than a kid's bathroom.

Glamourized. A small bathroom makeover for my mom.

From whimsical wildlife to ultra calm sleek, this small bathroom mini makeover was a treat.   My mom has never been a ‘shopper.’ And I am not exaggerating when she groans with my sister whenever the idea of shopping pops up as something to do. They shop to buy when there is a specific need. [...]

Worx mower

Worx Mower: Does it work? Hands-on review of 3-in-1 Cordless Lawn Mower

 You have got to be kidding me how well the Worx mower—3-in-1, 56-volt cordless lawn mower—functions. It’s not just good. It’s better than that. No sales pitch here friends. I know this thing is on TV, but that’s not how we roll when it comes to reviews. I’m literally almost upset this mower works as [...]

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