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Want an instant new-bathroom feel? Update your shower head.

For a new-bathroom feel without the hassle of a full remodel, Jasmine Morvay, an interior designer in Ottawa, Ontario, has a few ideas: Install a glass door or change the …


Upcycled Life: Turn plastic tubes into tiny pouches

Does your green conscience cringe when you get to the end of a tube of sunscreen or lotion? Upcycle it into a tiny pouch instead of tossing it.


Upcycled Life: Silk dyed eggs

This technique for dying eggs with old neckties or other silk fabric scraps is simple and creates beautiful designs that pop.


Upcycled Life: Make a traditional Finnish Himmeli decoration at home with plastic straws

Welcome to Upcycled Life, a new monthly column from Katie Patterson Larson. Each month, she’ll teach us how to create something beautiful from something we already have.


Regretting your DIY home project? You’re not alone

If you’ve ever attempted a DIY project at home, only to be disappointed by the results, you’ve got lots of company. That’s the takeaway from a survey by Improvenet.com, which …


Ask The Builder: Pre-fab truss systems can make room for attic and access stairs

I grew up in an older home with an attic. I love storing things up there. When I watch new homes being built, all I see are trusses with all …


Ask The Builder: How to keep kitchen and bath drains clog free

Never allow grease to go down a drain. It solidifies and will clog drain pipes. Same goes for flour and egg mixtures into your kitchen sink drains.


Ask The Builder: Proper materials, hardware and technique are crucial to avoid deck collapse

Deck construction is serious business, and you need to make sure everything is done correctly.


Ask the Builder: Caulking doesn’t have to be hard

The good news is that crappy caulk jobs can be repaired with relative ease.


Ask the Builder: Building a shed? Get size and access right

Based on the email that I get, I’d say the biggest mistake you might make when building or buying a pre-built shed is that it’s going to be too small.


Ask the Builder: To change grout color, use stain, not paint

Changing the color of grout is possible, but it’s not easy.


Ask The Builder: Low-voltage deck lights are an easy DIY installation

The good news is all the wiring needed for a typical low-voltage deck project can be done with no power connected to the circuit.


Ask The Builder: Oxygen bleach perfect for outdoor cleaning

Oxygen bleach great for outdoor cleaning


Ask The Builder: DIY plumbing presents unforeseen challenges

I’m not going to try to transform you into a plumber with this column, but I’d like to share some pointers that might come in handy if you decide you …


Ask the builder: Whitewashing brick fireplace is a DIY success

True whitewash is just a mixture of hydrated lime, salt and water. When done right, it produces a brilliant white finish that bonds tenaciously to any masonry or coarse wood …


Ask the Builder: Repairing mortar with caulk not the ideal fix

My 10-year-old house developed some cosmetic cracks in the mortar. I got some bids to have tuck-pointing work done and nearly gagged when I looked at the cost.


Warm people’s hearts and bellies with these homemade holiday gifts

Make these DIY holiday presents in the comfort of your kitchen.


Ask the Builder: Building defects lead to legal woes

DEAR TIM: My new house is full of defects. The builder will not fix them. Fortunately, I was able to hold back lots of money, and now he’s suing me. …


The sweetest salves

Monique Kovalenko hasn’t bought deodorant in four years. After living through cancer a decade ago, she’s interested in avoiding mysterious chemicals contained in store-bought products – but also in not …


Burst bubble fuels DIY shift

“Doing it yourself these days?” asks the Depression-era ad for bleach. It shows pampered hands wading in a tub full of laundry. There’s more doing-it-yourself in this Great Recession, as …