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How to Make a Compost Bin

If the value of a project is measured in how often you use it, our compost bin is well near the top of the list. If measured like the Olympics, it’d consistently be on the medal stand. It’s a project that you can have up and running in a day, turning coffee grinds and toilet [...]

Build A Bridge

Check Out Extreme How-To Magazine’s January Issue Featuring ‘Crossing Over’ by Mark & Theresa

Mark and Theresa write about designing and building a bridge. And about how building on a volunteer project with Rebuilding Together delivers DIY takeaways—and more—for every project.

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Check out ‘Every Deck Has Its Day’ Featured in Extreme How-to!

                            The beloved backyard deck, in historical terms, is a pretty new element in houses coming into vogue some some forty or some years ago.  What’s more, decks are the only structure we build on the outside of the house that must [...]

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Today’s Tip: Wall Framing

When installing drywall or framing a partition wall perpendicular to an outside wall, say while refinishing a basement, it is often the case there is no stud to nail to. There are a number of solutions to this problem, but the one I like best in most cases is what I learned as a “chicken [...]

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Check out Extreme Makeover:Home Edition’s Wood Playground Project in Joplin, MO featured in Extreme How-to

Mark and Theresa write about the Real Wood Playground they built for the 200th episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Joplin, MO.

Wall Work: Tips and Tricks for Working with Plaster Walls

Check out Mark’s ‘Tips and Tricks for Working with Plaster Walls’ on Extreme How To!

Tips and tricks for working with plaster walls – from pulling it down to patching it up.

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Check out the March issue of Extreme How-to magazine featuring ‘New Roof–Once and Done’ by Mark

Check out the March issue of Extreme How-to magazine featuring ‘New Roof—Once and Done’ by Mark.

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MyFixitUpLife talk show: Do It Together w/ Ty Pennington

Mark and Theresa are broadcasting LIVE! inside the Ironclad technical workwear blast furnace at the National Hardware Show. School is in, Toolskool that is, when we talk tools and tips with toolskool.com’s resident creative genius and author, Brad Staggs. And things go from cherry red to white hot when we steal some time with carpenter/designer [...]

How to Install Skylights

Installing Skylights

Skylights are a terrific addition to most living spaces, especially if they open. The natural light they let stream in is better than anything that comes out of a bulb, the air they allow to circulate is fabulous, and—if you’re lucky—you get a nice view in the process. Assessing the Challenges There are four major [...]

Building an Office Desk

Building an Office Desk

In my life as a carpenter, author and business owner, I spend long hours at my desk banging away at my ToughBook keyboard. When it came time to upgrade my old hand-me-down writing surface, I already knew what I wanted in a new work space. First, I wanted to customize the desk’s size to the [...]

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