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Do It Yourself or Not: Build a rail fence

A rail and post fence is one of the easiest fences to build. Its horizontal rails fit into pre-cut holes in the fence posts, so they go together like pins in a slot. Originally, it was a fast way to keep livestock from straying into a nearby homestead; today, its natural good looks make it an attractive addition to just about anyone's home. That...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install an underdeck ceiling

To take advantage of the space beneath a second-floor deck, consider installing an underdeck. As a ceiling to the underside of the deck it also protects the area from rain and snow. The vinyl material acts as a ceiling drainage system and creates a ground level outdoor room or useful found space for storing bicycles and gardening equipment.

The...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a standby generator

A power outage can be a major inconvenience to any household and cause problems a generator is designed to solve. The job of a standby generator is to keep the appliances and systems of a house working when the power goes out. When a major power outage occurs, the lights go out, the food in the refrigerator and freezer begins to spoil, and there...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a closet shelf and rod

While custom closet shelving components are a solution for many storage needs, a basic wooden closet rod and shelf is a simpler one for average storage needs. A wooden hanging rod is attached to metal rod supports installed on a strip of wood or cleat and then fastened to the side and back walls of the closet. Above the rod a wooden shelf rests ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a USB charger device

Charging mobile devices is a daily habit for many of us, whether it’s a mobile phone, tablet or any digital device. The endless maze of cords and chargers can be annoying to keep straight and organized. We like the convenience of swapping out a standard wall outlet for a wall charger to take care of charging devices.

A two-port device by ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a shelf grab bar

A grab bar is a safety device that should be in every bathtub and shower stall to provide safe footing on the slippery surfaces in a bathroom. It gives a helping hand to anyone – at any age or physical condition – who requires assistance. Add a shelf to that safety feature and it’s a winning combination for a bathroom accessory that will ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Weatherstrip a garage threshold

Do you notice dirt, rain and snow creeping into your garage at the door threshold? That’s caused by the continued weight of a car driving in and out over the seal created by the threshold. The seal breaks down over time. It’s an obvious problem for any garage door, but one you can solve by removing the damaged seal and replacing it with a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a humidity sensor fan control

After taking a hot shower in a poorly ventilated bathroom, there’s often an unpleasant and damp feeling. Over time the buildup of humidity creates the creeping growth of mold and mildew on surfaces. In a one-bathroom home with several family members it can become a real issue. The solution is a device that detects changes in humidity and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install interior shutters

Interior shutters complement many different decorating styles, so they are the go-to window treatment in many homes. Shutters with sharp, defined lines make them a natural choice in contemporary interiors, and their classic good looks make them ideal for traditional furnishings as well.

The width of the louver varies from as narrow as one inch ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a bathtub door

Looking for an easy upgrade to a bathtub? Replace a shower curtain with a sliding tub door with panels of tempered safety glass or mirror. You’ll find several styles with sleek tracks and frames made of polished brass, nickel, silver and white finishes, and you can coordinate the new door with fixtures and accessories. Many of them are ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Cover up a ceiling grid

One of the best ceiling coverups is tiles set in a metal grid, especially in a basement to conceal pipes and wires. But the metal grid can become pitted and rusted over time, so you have two options. You can remove the tiles, and prime and paint the grid for a fresh new appearance. Or option two is an easier solution: Use grid covers, made of ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Hang a chandelier

The focal point in a room is often a chandelier, especially in a dining room, and today it’s often used by designers as a dramatic statement of a lighting scheme in a room. The chandelier is an element that illuminates and enhances a room scaled to the size of the space. It can be a streamline contemporary fixture for the foyer or a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a multifloor threshold

We all know how replacing the flooring material in a room can change its appearance, creating a unified new surface for furnishings. If that’s in your plans, spend some time deciding how the new surface will transition to the level of flooring in the hallway or adjoining room. If you’re in a newer home with a smooth subfloor or level floor ...Read more

 

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