Basement remodeling video: Use a Dremel to cut out a recessed light

Basement remodeling is hard. One of the many difficult things—at least for me—is cutting out recessed lights in drywall with any degree of accuracy. Quick note: The DIY and home improvement content is MyFixitUpLife’s. We’re partnered with Home Depot on this blog and video. They sent us the tool. I … see more

DIY Mower Maintenance: Sharpen a lawnmower blade and clean the mower deck

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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

What’s the best cordless drill for DIY and home improvement projects?

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This is a question I get asked from time-to-time: What’s the best cordless drill to get for DIY and home improvement projects? My answer usually isn’t a brand recommendation—there are lots of really top notch tools out there. Instead, what I usually recommend is to buy a certain type of … see more

MyFixitUpLife’s Father’s Day Gift Guide for DIY Dads

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Check out MyFixitUpLife’s Father’s Day Gift Guide for the DIY dad in your life. Or just for cool gear that gets work done. I love storage. Smart, versatile organized tool and gear storage. Why? Probably because I have an equal and opposite disdain for looking for stuff. I’m really digging … see more

DIY Projects You Can Totally Do! Shabby Shed Weekend Makeover

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Sometimes the hardest part of DIY projects is building up the momentum to start them. Once you’re in it—and this happened on this project—it becomes easy to see that little changes can make a big difference. And if you really look deep, life lessons can pop out of a simple … see more

Outsmart your Spring cleaning blues with these simple tips and tools

Black & Decker vacuum

Got the I-don’t-want-to-do-this Spring cleaning blues? Check out these tips and tools to make life easier when you just can’t live with the built-up gunk any more. Half the effort of Spring cleaning for me is just hopping the psychological hurdles of doing something I’d rather not do. Another big … see more

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

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