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Do It Yourself or Not: Replace a mailbox

Keep your mail and deliveries safe and dry by replacing an old, weather-worn mailbox with a new, double-wall resin box designed to withstand the rigors of weather and an altercation with a car or truck mirror. A new mailbox defining your property at the end of a driveway makes a positive impression about your home, and you’ll find an array of ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install an aluminum awning

To reduce the damage from the sun and make a positive first impression of your house, consider installing an aluminum awning over a door or windows. Curb appeal is one thing, but blocking the glare from the sun and lowering summer energy costs is another. Why aluminum? It’s a well-tested material known for its durability.

If you’re a handy ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Lay deck tiles

The thought of breaking apart an ugly old cement patio can be daunting, time-consuming and costly, but an alternative that’s easier is to cover it with composite prefinished deck tiles. The deck tiles are only a viable solution if the cement is a level surface; it’s OK if it is weathered with stains, cracks and scars, but it must be flat and...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Plant a maple tree

If you’re considering planting a tree, the best resource we’ve seen is www.arborday.org, the website of the Arbor Day Foundation. You’ll learn everything you want to know about planting trees and can use their online guide to identify trees to plant on your property.

When you plant a tree, you’ll enjoy the tree for years to come as it ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a board and batten fence

The board and batten fence in our townhouse community conceals a large dumpster used by the homeowners, while creating an attractive screen in the landscape by disguising the ugly container. Surrounding a home this type of fence creates privacy from neighbors along a property line or as a patio barrier in close quarters.

All in all, a board and...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a wood yard shed

A wooden storage shed is a handsome addition to property, whether it’s for lawn equipment, outdoor gear or just stuff you and your family accumulated. You can buy a shed ready-made and delivered, buy a kit to assemble one yourself, or take the custom route with a custom design (the priciest option). However it’s made, a wooden yard shed can ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install low voltage exterior lighting

You’ll find several choices for lighting a walkway, patio, deck or garden path available at home and garden centers and online. While the lighting provides secure footing by illuminating the dark spaces of your property, it can also focus attention on landscape features in a garden, while being a deterrent to unwanted visitors.

The benefit of...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a farmhouse sink

With no indoor plumbing in early rural kitchens, water was hauled inside in a bucket and poured into a farmhouse sink, with a large apron front, designed to hold a lot of water. It’s a good choice for today’s more casual homes designed with informal open kitchens that extend into a family room. Because it is large it’s often used to bathe ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Replace patio door rollers

Have you noticed it’s more difficult to slide your patio door open and closed? It might be because the rollers on the bottom of the door - the hardware that makes it operate - requires maintenance. After years of use dirt, dried leaves and dead bugs can clog the lubrication in the track of the door so the movable panel is difficult to move. ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a deck awning

We see a lot more of our neighbors outside since they installed a retractable patio awning on their deck. They roll out the awning and use the deck space more often and for longer periods of time. A deck awning is a nice addition that extends the comfort and living space and provides much more protection than a patio umbrella. The awning is self...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install bark mulch

Mulch creates a uniform appearance to any garden bed because it establishes a consistent background for the soil, a backdrop, which lets the flowering plants stand out. That’s what you can see. Below the surface of the soil mulch reduces evaporation and slows the growth of weeds while protecting the roots of plants in temperature extremes like...Read more

Do-It-Yourself or Not: Build a doghouse

Everyone in the family needs his or her own space, and that includes your dog who needs a place to cozy up in his or her own digs; preferably outside the home to enjoy fresh air and a place to retreat.

Before you think about adding a doghouse, consider its location on your property. Choose a place in a shady spot, protected from strong winds ...Read more

Do It Yourself of Not: Stain concrete block walls

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve a basement is by staining its concrete block walls. Giving a clean uniform coating to the walls can transform them, but the real work lies in clearing the space and creating access to the walls especially if it's jampacked with stuff. It's a good time to sort and purge what's there.

For a ...Read more



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