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Ask the Builder: There are many options for working with faux stone

Installing stone is not too difficult at all. There are quite a few videos on YouTube made by manufacturers and mortar suppliers. After watching a few of these videos, you’ll …


Upcycled Life: This rag rug bag is in the bag

If you are new to weaving, making a rag rug is an excellent introduction to this rhythmic and methodical craft.


Ask the Builder: How difficult can it be to repair a chimney?

The top three feet of my chimney needs to be rebuilt, and I’m homebound because of the pandemic. I’ve gone outside and stared up at the brick monolith projecting from …


UPDATED: Tue., April 28, 2020

Stuck at home during pandemic, many shut-ins use time to improve it with DIY projects

Many Spokane-area residents are diving into DIY home improvement projects during the stay-at-home order.


Ask the Builder: Oxygen bleach is the best way to clean outdoor wood

Every year, I have wood or composite decking to clean outside. This year, I need to clean and reseal a ramp that leads up into my outdoor shed. I also …


Water cooler: Youtube has plenty of resources for camera and smartphone photographers

There is one form of art that is accessible by almost anyone these days – photography. Now that cellphones have probably become the most ubiquitous form of camera there is, …


Ask the Builder: Coronavirus, you and your home

There’s not a doubt in my mind that you’ve been directly affected by the current health crisis that’s sweeping over the U.S. like some biblical plague. These are extraordinary times, …


First rule of decks: Don’t build a death trap

Tim, I need your help. I contracted with a large home center to have a deck built. I came home from work and saw the carpenters had toenailed an outer …


Ask the Builder: Installing large format wall tile – it’s all finesse

Drive and passion for tough DIY jobs is a remarkable quality. I applaud it. Some pros try to talk you out of things. I will, too, if I know something …


Ask the Builder: Removing mold from vinyl siding

Clean you siding each year in early summer to keep mold and mildew from growing on your house.


Ask the Builder: Stop water mess in your garage

I’m about to build a new home with an attached garage and a separate, free-standing three-bay garage. The house I grew up in had floor drains in the garage, and …


Ask the Builder: Hacks for building a DIY deck

I’m going to build a deck. Don’t try to stop me. I’ve got many questions for you. First, what’s the smallest size a deck can be and still have a …


Ask the Builder: Will I get shocked? That is the question

Tim, it’s a very long story, and don’t think I’m crazy. I’m building a new home and wondering if I can install all the electrical wiring myself. It’s not a …


Infused sweets are tailored to your taste

Much of the interest in infused-gummies coincides with the popularity of microdosing, which has become popular with those reluctant to use cannabis in less precise ways, like smoking or vaping.


Building their dream home: North Spokane family is DIY’ing together

A north Spokane family has taken on do-it-yourself projects one at a time, working together toward what they visualize as a dream home. Even the kids help out a bit.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Upcycled Life: Colorful sun catcher made from scraps

When I first saw these beautiful scraps of blown glass, I knew that I wanted to find a way to create something that really highlighted the color and radiance of …


Ask the Builder: Installing drywall requires more muscle and skill than you might think

Lots of books have been written about the craft of drywall installation and finishing. One of the best is “The Gypsum Construction Handbook” published by USG Corp., one of the …


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