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How to Pressure Wash a Deck

Bring new life to your aging deck for less than $300.

How to Keep Deer and Other Pests Away from Your Hostas

Deer, rabbits and other animals love hostas just as much as gardeners. Here are some easy ways to keep these...


Create a Backyard Oasis

With these DIY projects, it's easy to turn a bland outdoor space into an extension of your home you'll never...


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20 Home Renovations Increase Home Value Instantly

These are the top renovations that increase home value. Some are easy and inexpensive updates that you can do over...


How to Build Stronger Retaining Walls

Get strong, long-lasting retaining walls by learning how to properly build a wall.

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How to Choose Composite Decking

Simplify shopping for composite decking by weighing the importance of seven key issues, among them budget, sunlight, moisture, building codes...

How to Build a Gazebo

Build this airy summer hangout that features fish-scale shingles and decorative trim you make yourself.

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Electrical Wiring: How to Run Power Anywhere

The easiest way to bring electricity to a shed, garden or lamppost


How to Build Deck Stairs

Calculating the step dimensions, laying out stringers and building a sturdy set of deck stairs.


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How to Build a Shed on the Cheap

Buy this PDF & Cut List

We designed this shed with money saving in mind. Even the...


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How to Bury Underground Cable

We break down four options for underground wiring. Here's what you need to know.

How to Build a Modern Rustic Wall Planter

Learn how to bring a stylish splash of green to any wall in your home.


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How to Build a Patio Chair

The ultimate easy chair: Easy to build, easy to tote, easy to set up and store.


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How to Build an Easy DIY Swing Set

The swing set in the backyard is an indelible childhood memory for many of us. This sturdy and easy-to-assemble swing...


How to Build a Covered Sandbox

Build this sandbox for your little sand-loving kids. The detailed plan includes hinged doors as a cover, to help keep...


How to Build a DIY Tree Swing

Looking for an easy kids' swing to add to a tree in your yard? All you need is some rope,...

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How to Build a Kids Climbing Wall

Kids got you climbing the walls? Get them climbing this wall! Cure your family's cabin fever with this easy-to-build climbing...


How to Build a Backyard Swing

Easy enough for a beginner, comfortable enough for a perch


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5 Ways to Clean Your Charcoal Grill

Keep your charcoal grill in top form by knowing a variety of ways to clean it.


Tips and Tools for Achieving Better Painting Results

Seasoned professional painters have learned from experience what paint works best in any situation, what equipment is durable and yields...


Heavy Lifting

Lift heavy stuff without breaking your back


A Guide to Getting the Most From Your Air Compressor

Take a look at these great tips that'll show you how to get the most from your compressor, and and...


Landscaping: Tips for Your Backyard

Adding walls and paths to your landscape transforms it into something truly special. Here's a collection of pro building tricks...


How to Build a Garden Shed Addition

Plenty of storage for outdoor tools and toys, only a step away from your back door

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How to Build a Retaining Wall That Will Last

Retaining wall blocks are really heavy. You don't want to lift them twice. Learn how to build a rock solid...


How to Apply Behr Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish

Refinishing your deck doesn’t have to take several days if you use a product like Behr Premium® Transparent Quick Dry...


How to Buy Deck Lumber

10 things you need to know about how to buy the good stuff


How to Build a Planter with String Light Pole

Plants and string lights add festivity to your porch or deck .


Low-Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Enjoy the beauty of your landscape (and sure footing) after sunset with low voltage lighting. We'll show you how to...


How to Make a Fairy Garden

How to Make a Fairy Garden