DIY a new ceiling in your garage or basement remodeling project

basement remodeling

Creating a new ceiling in a basement remodeling project is easier and faster with a suspended ceiling.   When you are planning a basement remodeling project, the vision of the finished space is the goal. While striving to get to that dream, it’s smart to take advantage of everything that can … see more

Video: How to build a deck Part 3—Decking, Rails, Stairs

build a deck

One of the things I love when I build a deck is that I get to combine rough carpentry with trim details. Part 3 in MyFixitUpLife’s Deck Video Series focuses on some finer points of decking, stairs and rails. I hope you’ll scope it out and let me know what … see more

VIDEO: Building a deck: Top-Down Framing, Part 1

building a deck

This building a deck video covers tips and techniques for what I call top-down framing. Hopefully, I cover enough ground to give both pros and DIYers some traction for the next deck project. Step 1 for building a deck is getting a building permit. And if there’s an existing deck, … see more

Building a Deck Video: How to install guard posts

building a deck

Building a deck? Watch this VIDEO for tips on installing the guard posts quickly and effectively. Layout. Guard posts may not be installed more than 6-feet apart so it sometimes make sense to install them closer together so they’ll divide the space evenly. I call this “layout by centers.” To … see more

Video: Finished Basement – Basement remodeling tips from frame to finish

finished basement

A finished basement is a thing of beauty. The transition from cold, concrete cellar to a sweet spot for everything from relaxing to working out is awesome. In this video, I touch on some tips to make your basement drier, safer and QUIETER. Dry. This basement required a perimeter drain … see more

A little “ringy-dingy”, great for DIY: Review of Ryobi’s ONE+ circ saw


Decidedly a DIY machine, the awesomely left-bladed Ryobi P508 circular saw delivers full-size performance for weekend work. We’re part of The Home Depot’s ProSpective Program and worked with Big Orange on this blog. The ideas, opinions and observations are 100% MyFixitUpLife’s. For more specs or to buy the Ryobi circular … see more

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