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Do It Yourself or Not: Paint paneling

If you’re faced with ugly-, dark- or a hideous-colored paneling in a room, you have two choices: remove it completely or cover it up. If you rip it off the walls panel-by- panel, you’ll find more challenges. The paneling was likely installed on furring strips leaving the walls pockmarked with nail holes to patch or removing dried up adhesive...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Hang wallpaper

Pasting the walls, not the wallpaper is so much easier than setting up a table to roll out wallpaper and apply the paste or soaking it in a bathtub of water to kickstart an adhesive. Consider using a wallpaper-like-mural that you order to the size of your wall to create a dramatic background for your furnishings while adding texture and ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install a security storm door

A beefed up storm door is a security storm door made of heavy-duty 16-gauge steel as a deterrent to intruders. Its usual features are a decorative grill with a top and bottom design that mirror each other so the door can be installed and hinged for a left- or right-hand swing. The addition of a deadbolt lock offers an added sense of security; ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a garden arbor

A garden arbor is an inviting element in any landscape that makes a statement, whether it’s a welcoming entry to property or placed as a focal point lush with climbing clematis. It’s a popular feature in today’s well-dressed landscape that defines space and says the door is always open to visitors to enter and enjoy the shelter, plantings ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Unclog a sink drain

Unblocking a clogged sink drain is one of life’s little lessons that everyone should know how to handle. In the kitchen, a clog is caused by grease or food scraps lodged in the drain; in the bathroom, it’s hair and a buildup of soap scum. Wherever it happens, a clog in a drain stops the water from flowing through the pipe. You can try to ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Replace a patio door screen

If you use your deck or patio as often as we do, you’ll find the patio door gets a workout. And the screen slider takes a beating with that continued use especially during warm weather months. If you have kids, you’re likely to have a stray ball, Frisbee or another flying object damage the screening. And that wide expanse of the screening ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Edge a walkway with pavers

The variety of paving stones and bricks today make it possible to create a unique border along an ordinary walkway or driveway. The addition of new edging expands its width and creates a custom detail you can extend throughout your landscape. The project involves some serious yard work. First, cut out strips of sod and remove it, saving it for ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Create a garden pond

The soothing sound of running water and scent of floating flowers in a pond can help you create an outdoor living space to escape the hectic noise and commotion of daily living. A garden pond can add a tranquil atmosphere and be a focal point in a landscape plan or tucked away as a quiet retreat. When you’re considering a location, choose a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install an outdoor shower

An outdoor shower is ideal for a nice, quick wash down with fresh water after a day at the beach, dip in the pool or swim in the lake. While you’ve probably seen custom-built outdoor showers that look like they’re an indoor bathroom with hot and cold running water, we’re talking about a more modest freestanding shower unit hooked up to a ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Install solar landscape lights

If you’re a home body and appreciate the summer months in your backyard, an upgrade to the lighting is a nice improvement you’ll enjoy for years to come. Landscape lighting can be practical and illuminate a dark path between the garage and back door or more fanciful used to highlight a striking flower bed or garden gate entry. A good choice ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a swing set

Before you look at play equipment, like a swing set for your backyard, look at public parks or schools where the systems should be thoroughly tested, safe and well designed. Notice what they are made of, the features they include and how they’re installed.

When you go shopping for one, you’ll see many are made of chemical-free wood or ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a raised garden bed

Gardening has reached new heights as a favorite pastime, and more gardeners are discovering that raised beds make it easier. What’s not to like about bringing plants to a higher level so you don’t have to bend down and work on your knees? You can grow flowers, herbs and vegetables and work the soil while sitting on a ledge — a major plus ...Read more

Do It Yourself or Not: Build a cedar deck

The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard says growth in improvement and repair expenditures is expected to remain solid throughout the year and into 2022. And building a deck is one of the popular improvements homeowners are making to expand their living space outdoors.

At the high...Read more

 

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