DIY Project: Choose and use the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 portable generator

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If there’s one thing I hope you get for your next DIY project out of this video it’s this: Elect yourself Facilities Manager of your own life BEFORE the storm arrives. Now, on with the show. We worked with Briggs & Stratton on this DIY Project. The thoughts, opinions and … see more

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

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

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

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