Video: How to build a deck Part 3—Decking, Rails, Stairs

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One of the things I love when I build a deck is that I get to combine rough carpentry with trim details. Part 3 in MyFixitUpLife’s Deck Video Series focuses on some finer points of decking, stairs and rails. I hope you’ll scope it out and let me know what … see more

VIDEO: Building a deck: Top-Down Framing, Part 1

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This building a deck video covers tips and techniques for what I call top-down framing. Hopefully, I cover enough ground to give both pros and DIYers some traction for the next deck project. Step 1 for building a deck is getting a building permit. And if there’s an existing deck, … see more

Man Vs. Lawn: How to build an awesome raised garden bed!

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I loved making this raised garden bed. What one for yourself? Here it comes. Also, I’ll warn you now. It was hot and I need to share that. I mention it about 45-times throughout the article. Note: We partnered with Wood It’s Real for this article. The design, how-to, 9-10 … see more

Weekend DIY Projects You Can Totally Do: How to Make a Shed Ramp

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A shed ramp is one of those DIY projects that is super easy to put off because it’s not immediately important. But once it’s done, you might wonder why you didn’t do it sooner, because: Little. Daily. Joy. Matters. Life improvement happens, a few steps—and a few boards—at a time. … see more

Workbench woodworking projects: Build the best garden bench ever

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I love woodworking projects for the yard. This one (two) will get a ton of use from benches to tables to even DIY fitness and storing lumber. It’s rare on woodworking projects, remodeling, or home improvement that I cut all the pieces of a project at once, but this best-ever-garden-bench … 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

Workbench woodworking projects: The cooler cooler, AKA garden planter

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This is one of those woodworking projects that started as one thing—a raised garden planter—then took on a new life as the cooler deck cooler. The raised planter design is intended to get the dirt and plants up to what I call ‘bench height’. This minimizes kneeling and reaching and … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

Holiday decoration ideas: Light the night with MyFixitUpLife’s yard pyramid

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We all need holiday decoration ideas. And as much as I love stringing garland (I don’t) I’m more at home making stuff with tools.  If you are too, I hope you’ll like and share our holiday yard pyramid. Stuff For me, holiday decoration ideas are more fun when they’re made … see more

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