DIY For the Masses

Posted by Steve on Sun, 10/30/2011 - 1:09pm

The #1 question I get asked on this blog is "What's your #1 piece of advice for a novice DIYer?"   I sort of hate that question because every situation is unique.

Is it "prime before you paint?"  Or "measure twice, cut once?"  Or "dull blades are dangerous?"  Or "make certain the breaker is really off?" Fact is, you'll find lots of sites with lots of Top Ten lists for do-it-yourselfers.   Just read the first thing on the list, I guess.

DIY in the Nuclear Age

Posted by Steve on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 9:59pm

There are lots of reasons to fix up an old house: to restore it to its former glory, to flip it for profit, to gain a sense of satisfaction from a job well done.

Well there's an even more important reason according to the Federal Civil Defense Administration and the National Clean-up, Paint-Up, Fix-Up Bureau. Watch this compelling video, then get those plastic slip covers, people!

"Wow, I've always wanted to renovate an old house!"

Posted by Steve on Sun, 09/07/2008 - 8:41pm

The popularity of home improvement shows demonstrates that people are fascinated by the idea of taking something old and beat up and making it new again. But as anyone who has undertaken a large scale home renovation knows, the reality of doing it yourself lives on another planet from the romantic, everything-works-the-first-time impression that these shows portray.

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