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April 16, 2014

High Tech Walls and State-of-the-Art Solar Panels

Smart wall materials and sleek solar electric panels from the International Builders' Show

January 25, 2014

How to Clamp Awkward Shapes with a Bed Spring

This make-it-yourself bedspring clamp works on even the most oddly shaped pieces.

November 19, 2013

Four Holiday Gift Ideas with DIY Appeal

Four holiday gifts that nearly any DIY enthusiast would love to get their hands on

November 06, 2013

Clever Updates for Three Traditional Hand Tools

Three clever updates on traditional hand tools created by folks who r put high value on functionality.

September 03, 2013

Make Positive Drill Stops from Scrap Wood

This easy to make drill stop will guarantee that a hole is bored to the exact depth desired.

April 11, 2013

Could Your Garage Be Beckoning Burglars?

Tips, techniques and products to keep your garage safe from intruders.

March 30, 2013

The Latest in Composite Decking

Modern-day composite decking  combines strength, good looks, durability and resistance to wear, scratching and fading.

March 15, 2013

Four Super Screws That are Absolute Winners.

Four super-performing screws for wood, concrete and composite decking.

February 17, 2013

Advantages of a Tile Wet Saw for Larger, Thicker Tiles

A tile wet saw is an indispensable tool when working with larger, thicker or harder tiles like porcelain.

November 30, 2012

How a Moisture Meter Solved the Mystery of an Overnight Ceiling Leak

Rude Awakening. 
One morning I woke up to discover a huge water leak in the family room ceiling.  This device helped my track down the cause.

November 15, 2012

How to Get and Keep Your Kitchen Knives Super Sharp

The Dull Truth   The fact is, most kitchen knives are far from sharp.  Not only is a dull knife frustrating to use, it can actually be more dangerous than a well-honed blade since a dull cutting tool often invites the use of excessive pressure making it more likely to slip.

August 29, 2012

Firehouse Kitchen on Life Support Successfully Rescued

The most striking firehouse kitchen in the country.  Firefighters in Palos, IL win a $25,000 IKEA kichen in a nationwide competition co-sponsored by The Family Handyman magazine.

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