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Projects and Plans

How To Build A Deck Part 1. posted Jan 1, 1999.
Step by step directions for planning and designing your deck.
How To Build A Deck Part 2. posted Jan 9, 1999.
Step by step directions for building your deck.
Bench Plans posted April 15, 2001.
Build our sturdy, attractive, and easy to construct benches for your deck.
Post Holes posted August 27, 1999.
How to support your deck using concrete posts below ground, wood above.
Build a Sandbox posted Feb 15, 1999.
Step by step instructions to build a simple sandbox.
Build a Simple Workbench posted Feb 27, 1999.
Step by step instructions to build a simple workbench.(these plans by request!)
Garden Bench Plans posted May 25, 2005.
Build our sturdy, attractive, and easy to construct bench for your garden, lake-side, or walking trail.
Folding Table posted May 24, 2006.
Plans for building a small cute folding table on handymanwire
Want to keep that basement dry? posted May 10, 1999.
The how-to on making and keeping your basement dry.
Plans for Window Boxes posted May 23, 1999.
Step by step directions for building window box planters for your home.
Plans for a Picnic Table posted June 7, 1999.
Step by step directions for building a Picnic Table.
Plans for a concrete walk posted August 22, 1999.
Plans and step by step directions for planning, forming and pouring a walkway or slab.
Plans for a brick walk, patio or driveway posted October 16, 2000.
Plans and step by step directions for planning, and building a brick walkway, patio or driveway.
Basketball Court Dimensions posted September 18,1999.
A simple article giving the dimensions for that basketball court you just put in.
Saw Horse Plans posted November 1,1999.
A simple article giving the dimensions and plans for building a rugged sawhorse.
Building a Retaining Wall posted March 20, 2000.
An article giving advice on constructing a retaining wall.
Clothes drying rack plans posted May 19,2000.
Simple plans for building a large, folding, clothes drying rack.
Simple Tool Box plans posted May 21,2000.
Plans for building a simple yet handy toolbox.
Simple Bunk Bed or Loft plans posted Sept 1,2002.
Plans for building bunks or loft beds for a dorm room.

Appliances

Appliance Installation Tips posted Sept 1, 2000.
Save yourself time, money and aggravation by following these tips when installing your new appliance.
Refrigerator and Freezer Maintenance posted March 13, 2000.
Some tips to keep your Fridge and Freezer humming.
Dryer Maintenance posted March 13, 2000.
Some tips and ideas keeping your dryer in good repair.
Stove and Range Maintenance posted March 19, 2000.
Some tips and ideas keeping your stove or range clean and in good order.
Washer Maintenance posted March 24, 2000.
Some tips and ideas keeping your washing machine in good repair.
Appliance Hints and Tips posted March 17, 2001.
Some tips and hints we have collected on appliances.

Electrical

Wiring 3-Way and 4-Way switches posted April 3, 1999.
Wiring instructions for wiring switches (with figures).
Grounding your outlets posted March 23, 2001.
Instructions for how to get ground protection for your outlets.
Reverse Polarity posted March 24, 2001.
How to determine the if your outlets have reverse polarity and how to correct it.
Increase Wire Size posted November 23, 2002.
Learn why increasing wire size will pay for itself!

Painting/Wallpaper/Wallboard

Painting Preparation Basics posted July 31,2005.
Before you get started, read this.
Three Guidelines To Help You Decorate Your Walls posted April 8,1999.
Some tips to consider when you are planning to do SOMETHING with your walls.
Drywall Patch posted July 5,1999.
A short article guiding you through the steps to repair a hole in your drywall.
Interior Painting posted Septmeber 11,1999.
A complete step by step article on painting rooms in your home.
Wallpaper Removal posted October 13, 1999.
Some tips suggestions on removing wallpaper.
Mountain Retreat posted August 1, 2003.
Decorate you summer retreat like a mountain resort.

Insulation/Vapor barriers/Condensation

Vapor Barriers Basics posted July 5,1999.
Some basic facts about vapor barriers and attic ventilation.
Insulation posted July 5,1999.
Some basic facts about Insulation, R-Values, and where to insulate.
R Values posted November 28,1999.
Recommended R values for the USA and Canada.
Moisture in the home posted July 25,1999.
A question and answer article on dealing with moisture in the home, vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, etc.
Dealing with Condensation Problems in your home posted September 17, 1999.
A complete article on dealing with condensation.
Keep your Cool posted July 25,1999.
7 tips on keeping your house cool in summer and keeping those energy bills down.
Conservation Tips posted Novermber 28,1999.
Tips for conserving fuel during the heating season.
Ice Dams posted January 27, 2001.
What causes Ice Dams, what do the do, and how to eliminate them.
Proper Indoor Humidity posted January 5, 2003.
What humidity level is correct for your home??

Automobiles

Learning about cars by Michelle, posted Feb 6, 1999.
A humorous look at learning about her "new" car.
Gasoline Octane Readings posted January 10, 2003.
Facts about the right Octane level gasoline for your car.
How to read a tire posted November 18, 1999.
A description of the information found on a tires sidewall.
How jump start you car posted October 11, 2001.
A step by step guide to jump starting your car.
Winterize your fuel posted January 10, 2003.
Prepare your small engines for winter lay-up.
Battery Care posted January 20, 2007.
Maintanence and Care Guide for your Battery.
on handymanwire

Reviews

Interior/Exterior Home Improvement Costs posted December 6, 2000.
A book review of a pair of excellent books for determining the cost of most home improvement projects.
The Builder's Secret posted September 5, 1999.
A short review of a DIYer's look at why we do it ourselves.
Detailed Play Systems posted September 6, 1999.
A product review of Detailed Play System's backyard play equipment plans and products.
Screen Den posted March 18, 2001.
A product review of Screen Den's Do-it-yourself screen products.
Wide Boy posted May 31, 2001.
A product review of Wide Boys' Score N Snap tape measure.
ThumbSaver Posted Oct 1, 2006.
A review of a great new nail holding tool.on handymanwire

Plumbing

How to clear clogged drains posted October 23, 1999.
Tips and directions on clearing clogs in your home's drains.
How to make simple toilet repairs posted October 23, 1999.
Everything you wanted to know about toilet repairs, well almost.
How to repair your leaky faucet posted February 8, 2004.
Quick and easy steps to repair the leaky faucet.

Other

Dealing with Wood Movement posted Jan 17, 1999.
Some practical ideas for dealing with wood movement
Household Child Safety Check-List posted Feb 7, 1999.
Do you have young children around the house? Check this out.
Green Spring Cleaning posted March 30, 1999.
A look at old fashioned "green" cleaning recipes.
A buyers guide to Roofing posted August 5,1999.
An excellent article all about roofing. This includes all the information you will need if you are buying a new roof.
A guide to Caring for your deck. posted August 15,1999.
All about finishing and cleaning your deck.
Drainage and Runoff posted September 12, 1999.
Some tips and ideas on dealing with pipe for drainage or runoff.
Radiant Floor Heating posted Sept 1, 2000.
Install electric radiant floor heating.
Building a Deck posted August,2002.
A humorous story about deck building.




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