Outsmart your Spring cleaning blues with these simple tips and tools

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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

Tips for finishing drywall: Use the drywall knife for more than compound.

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Lots of people make the same mistakes—me included—finishing drywall. Typically, we: – Use too much joint compound. Joint compound (sometimes called ‘spackle’ or ‘mud’ in the trades) is the paste applied to the wall and it’s easy to use too much of it. – Try to get it too perfect … see more

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

How to paint a pumpkin teal to help trick-or-treaters with food allergies

So what do you need to paint a pumpkin? After deciding on the color and whether you want to add embellishments like glitter or spikes or stripes, it’s about having all of the tools on hand when you get started. see more

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