Mark’s simple home improvement tips: Make your shop vacuum work better

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Home improvement is a big enough challenge without having tools that don’t work like they’re supposed to. My shop vacuum head was one such tool. Here’s the simple fix. Problem: The bottom of the suction thingie is dead flat. Unless I really articulated the wand—total PITA—the vacuum would suck the … see more

Mark & Theresa look back at fun interviews with home improvement TV stars

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We are lucky and blessed to have an amazingly fun time at work talking with home improvement stars from HGTV, PBS, DIY Network, Ellen, Fox and more. We are lucky to take part in an annual event of designers, remodelers, builders, and product designers at Design Construction Week every year. … see more

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

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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

Popcorn ceiling or decor upgrade? Here’s a solution I love!

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From the dreaded popcorn ceiling to style and home decor upgrades to basement remodeling, this video shows some how-to for installing a ‘5th wall’ I love. It’s the Armstrong Woodhaven Plank and it’s awesome. Why? For a ceiling, it’s incredibly easy to install. It comes factory-finished which is awesome! There’s … see more

Video: How to build a fence—Design, tools, measuring, materials and more

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Want to know more about how to build a fence? Check out this video about a fence design I don’t just like—I love. And I hope you do too. I designed this fence with horizontal planks and round posts. I wanted an earthy, friendly, and totally custom look. And I … see more

MyFixitUpLife how to videos: Fix a retaining wall

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Thanks for checking out our how to videos. We hope they help with your DIY, home improvement and around-the-house fixes. This one—how to fix a retaining wall—shows some tips and tricks for repairing loose capstones. I see this constantly on concrete block walls like the one shown here. The good … see more

VIDEO: Home improvement storage & DIY for about 20-bucks | Make a shelf

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When I need some quick, attractive, and inexpensive organization or storage for my home improvement gear and supplies and flotsam AND jetsam, I make a shelf. Then to share it with you I make a VIDEO about how to make shelf. You could do this project with a circular saw … see more

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