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Homeowner Builds a Clever DIY “Reading Nook Nest” in Unused Space in 2-Story Foyer

Look around many houses carefully and you just might find unused spaces that with a clever plan could be converted into something useful, beautiful or both. That’s exactly what @petesquared23 did with their home and I think it’s super clever. Not only could it be used for a private lounging area but you could also …

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How to Build a DIY Picnic Table (Step-by-Step Illustrations)

A picnic table is a great outdoor accessory, and building one is a project you can do yourself. With an accurate design, a few tools, and materials, you can have a 6-foot picnic table built and ready in no time. Here is a detailed plan for a 6-foot picnic table with the needed steps, materials, …

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What is a Sanding Sealer and How to Use it?

Sanding Sealers | What They Are | How & When To Use Them I meet a lot of people who are confused about what sanding sealers are, and what they’re used for. Is sanding sealer necessary to accomplish superior results in woodworking? Or is it just a luxury item that isn’t really necessary at all? …

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What Tools are Used to Measure Length?

Are you looking for the highest quality, the exact precision and the best price for the different instruments that allow you to quantify the lengths that exist between objects? Are you looking to measuring the dimensions of structures or any other aspect that you need to measure? Well, there are specific tools that measure the precise …

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How to Fix DEWALT Scroll Saw Problems

DEWALT’s scroll saw is an excellent tool, especially for those refined cuts we often struggle with. The easy-to-use design and durability make the DEWALT scroll saw a pleasure to work with, whether you are a casual handyman or a professional. DEWALT’s scroll saw is manufactured at a high standard and is known to last many …

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How to Fix DEWALT Reciprocating Saw Problems

DEWALT’s reciprocating saw is simple, strong, and effective, allowing you to do tough household jobs easily. DEWALT’s reciprocating saw is necessary for all heavy-duty demolition tasks because they combine sheer power with an easy-to-use design. A reciprocating saw is a professional’s dream tool, and DEWALT’s reciprocating saw aims to please you even if you are …

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How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine (Illustration Guide)

The best start to any day is with a good cup of coffee. Keurig is the ultimate machine in coffee making and gives a beautiful aroma that puts a smile on every coffee lover’s face. If you want the best brewing experience, you cannot go wrong with Keurig. At some point, the Keurig coffee machine …

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How to Measure Windows for Curtains (Step-by-Step Guide)

Adding window treatments and curtains to a window can completely transform a room to give it that lived-in and full feeling. Whether you are measuring curtains for a new window installation or have removed outdated window treatments for something newer, you will need to know how to measure the window for curtains. When measuring a …

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How to Fix CRAFTSMAN Riding Lawn Mower Problems

CRAFTSMAN-riding gasoline-powered lawnmowers are fantastic for cutting larger expanses of grass, such as those found in golf courses or parks. Being able to drive the mower is much more fun and requires far less physical exertion than pushing a mower up and down in the blazing sun. Related To: Common CRAFTSMAN Leaf Blower Problems | …

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How to Fix Common DEWALT Leaf Blower Problems

DEWALT power tools and gardening equipment, including leaf blowers, have earned a reputation for quality and dependability over the years. Blowers suited to leaf blowing come in three models, DCBL 722 P1 and X1 and the 770 X1. The blowers are battery-powered, taking the practicality of the tools to a new level. But as with …

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How to Fix CRAFTSMAN Chainsaw Problems

When you buy a chainsaw, you expect it to last a long time, even more so when you buy a premium brand like CRAFTSMAN. Yet nothing on earth is perfect, and even CRAFTSMAN chainsaws may develop problems over time. Here are the most common problems you may encounter with your CRAFTSMAN chainsaw and how you …

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How to Remove Drywall (Detailed Instructions)

There comes a time in every drywall’s life when it needs to be replaced, either due to a room renovation, sustained damage, or a water leak. When faced with a drywall needing removal, there’s no need to panic, as it’s one of the easier DIY projects to do. To remove drywall, follow these steps: Remove …

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How to Fix DEWALT Cordless Drill Problems

DEWALT is a trusted name in power tools, and many people insist they would never consider any other brand, particularly when it comes to their cordless drills. But, as with anything made by humans, DEWALT cordless drills can have occasional problems. Let’s look at the most likely problems you may experience with your DEWALT cordless …

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How to Fix CRAFTSMAN Electric Lawn Mower Problems

Every homeowner with a lawn has experienced the occasional glitch on their electric lawnmower from time to time. The CRAFTSMAN electric lawn mower is reliable, but hardworking garden machines experience wear and sometimes require troubleshooting to fix minor problems. Related To: Common CRAFTSMAN Leaf Blower Problems | CRAFTSMAN Cordless Drill Problems | CRAFTSMAN Pressure Washer …

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How to Fix CRAFTSMAN Leaf Blower Problems

CRAFTSMAN has a series of top-quality leaf blowers and leaf vacuums, including gas and electrical (corded and cordless) models. Still, sometimes even the best product can leave you high and dry when it doesn’t work, forcing you to troubleshoot the problem. Related To: Craftsman-Style Living Room Ideas | Craftsman-Style Primary Bedroom Ideas | CRAFTSMAN V20 …

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How to Fix CRAFTSMAN Cordless Drill Problems

CRAFTSMAN is a well-known, US-based maker of power tools. The company’s portable, battery-operated Drills are known for hard work and durability. They are often a preferred choice for DIY enthusiasts and professionals. CRAFTSMAN’s cordless Drills release the operator from the need to carry extension cords or gas, allowing them to work in places without electricity. …

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Can You Tile Over Plywood?

Yes! Plywood can be used as a base for tiling. However, avoid laying tile directly on the plywood subfloor. Use a thin layer of plywood as an intermediary. While tile can be installed over plywood, the plywood subfloor must be at least three centimeters (1¾”) thick. Experts and local building authorities also recommend a concrete …

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Can You Stain Plywood? If So, How?

There’s a lot to love about plywood. It’s typically less expensive than traditional wood. It’s user friendly, and comes in sheets large enough for many applications.  However, plywood does differ from traditional wood in a few ways, and these factors affect the staining process.  Related To: The History of Plywood Can You Stain Plywood?  Yes, …

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Can Drywall Be Recycled? How and Where?

Yes, drywall can be recycled. How and where depends on the type of drywall. Recycling centers will often take clean, dry gypsum wallboard and reprocess it into new wallboard. You can also recycle it by repurposing it. Some companies will also pick up and recycle your drywall for you. Call around to see what options …

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Can Plywood Be Painted? If So, How?

Plywood is inexpensive and strong, but it’s usually not very attractive. You may use plywood for subfloor and walls, but you can also use it for many other applications.  Plywood isn’t commonly used for projects where the wood is visible, because it looks like, you guessed it, plywood. If only you could paint the plywood, …

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How is Plywood Made?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, plywood is made by joining wood veneers(whether hardwood or softwood) from various tree species with an adhesive. It’s a nine-step process that includes: heating, peeling, drying, gluing, pressing, and more. A core wood is chosen and the veneer is pressed into that material. Glued together wood veneers (also known …

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When Were Screws Invented? By Whom? What Were They Initially Used For?

While no one exactly when screws were first invented, we have evidence of them dating back as far as the first century B.C. They started as devices to help in agriculture, and only began to be used as fasteners in the 15th century. Screws are one of the six simple tools that everyone learned about …

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What Screws are Good for Fencing?

It’s better to use screws on fencing instead of nails. Wood is still a living thing, even after cutting down a tree to fashion planks. It moves and can split under the right circumstances. Nails loosen with time and movement. Screws don’t. So what screws are good for fencing? What Effects Screws Must Withstand? Homeowners …

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Can Wrapping Paper be Recycled? If So, How?

Yes, you can recycle regular and glossy wrapping paper. Papers that contain any non-paper additives should be thrown away or repurposed. We use tons of wrapping paper for Christmas and birthdays. Think of all the times you’ve seen the floor buried under ripped and wadded paper after every gift is opened. In the past, we …

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Is Wood Glue Stronger Than Screws?

Nails and screws are generally consider the best for construction projects, from furniture to building homes. You may have not even thought about using wood glue instead of screws. However, it turns out that if you aren’t using wood glue, you may be making a mistake.  Wood Glue and Screw Basics Before we learn which …

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Can You Tile Over Drywall? Over Painted Drywall?

Yes, you can tile over plain and painted drywall. Wall tile is a popular choice in many homes, and the ceramic wall tile industry is booming — it has an estimated market size of $68.6 billion in 2018 and growing. Many homeowners don’t realize that drywall is already there underneath their existing tile. Read on …

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10 Different Types of Work Benches

  Not having the right space to work on intricate projects can be frustrating, especially when limited space or the wrong kind of space negatively impacts the outcome of your project. For woodworkers, finding the right type of workbench is essential. Not only can the proper workbench give you room to spread out, but it …

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Paint Brush Roller vs Spray: What’s Best? When to Use One Over the Others?

Painting your home on your own can be a major undertaking. Not only do you have to decide what kind of colors make sense for the space, but you also have to decide on what equipment to use.  While paint sprayers are better for those looking to cover difficult surfaces like crown molding or brick …

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The Many Different Types of Yarn for Crochet (Lots of Choices)

Crocheting has now become a profitable business that many hobbyists have started their own small businesses to earn extra. And with the popularity of such ventures to people, it’s no wonder many are interested in needlework, especially crocheting. But to start, you will need to learn more about the craft. Sure, watching a couple or …

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10 of the Best Allen Wrench Sets

Some variation of the Allen wrench existed since the late 1800s, but not until 1909 did construction and engineering settle on an essential design. In the more than 100 years since its invention, the hexagonal-shaped wrench conceived by William G. Allen has undergone many improvements and enhancements. It still remains the go-to wrench for do-it-yourselfers …

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4 of the Best Allen Wrench Brands

Many of the top Allen wrench brands available come with several options and easy storage solutions. Leading brands will carry both metric and SAE sizing and routinely offer the option of purchasing a single Allen wrench or a complete set. Look for brands such as Wiha, Bondhus, and Park Tool for the best Allen wrench …

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How to Remove Rust from an Allen Wrench?

  One of the most frustrating aspects of upkeeping your tools is the seemingly endless battle against rust. Unlike a rusted screw, Allen bolt, or drill bit you can simply replace, your hand tools are worth much more. Due to their size, Allen wrenches often can be that overlooked or misplaced tool that is left …

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Ball Driver vs Allen Wrench (What is the Difference?)

Most people don’t know the difference between a ball driver and an Allen wrench (Hex key)—and many don’t even know what on earth I’m talking about. Well, this is the thing, the idea of an Allen wrench is not a new concept at all. The concept can be traced back to the 1900s when Allen wrenches were …

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How to Use an Allen Wrench with a Drill?

Are you a mechanical enthusiast? You must have come around Allen wrenches. Get to comprehend some facts about the hex fasteners and how to use an Allen wrench with a drill. Allen wrench is also termed to refer to hex-key wrenches. Allen wrench is a simple tool that integrates usefulness in experienced hands. Despite being …

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Allen Wrenches vs. Torx Wrenches (What is the Difference and How are They Used?)

Many people are unfamiliar with the terms Allen wrench (also called hex keys) or Torx keys, but chances are you have some of these tools in your toolbox. Allen wrenches will often be part of an Allen wrench or hey key set, that is found on a ring, keeping them in the same place. Torx …

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