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Replaced Your Toilets Flapper and It's Still Running?

If you have a toilet that continues to keep running even after you've replaced its flush valve flapper try this simple fix.

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How to Fix Damaged Keyholes & Large Holes in Used Furniture

I don't want you to pass on a chance to flip a piece of furniture that has some damage. Let me show you how to patch holes in wooden or veneer furniture.

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Extending Our Island to Add Counter Seating

The hardest part about leaving our old house was leaving behind a kitchen that I loved. We had beautiful white cabinets, hardwood floors, and granite counter tops. Now, in our new house, the kitchen is literally TWICE the size of our old one, just not the style I loved in our old house. My husband, Joe, and I have talked about our plans to make our new kitchen our “dream kitchen”, and have decided in a few years, when we have some more money saved and the kids are older, we will take on the full kitchen reno. Until then, we’ll have to work with what we have!

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How to Get A New "Ice Maker" for Under $4!

Oh those ice makers are a life saver if you love having ice in your cold beverages! But when they clog up or quit working, and if like us, you're tired of the "fixing", you start looking for other ways to have ice .... without buying a new appliance. (Average cost to have a new ice maker installed is about $200-$300 depending on model of frig and labor fees.) Yes, an automatic ice maker is essentially another appliance that works inside (or you could say is installed inside) your frig's freezing compartment. This is a photo of one that's similar to the one we have...or I should say "had". Now if you're looking for a rocket science approach to a 'fix', this isn't that post. ;-) But if you're looking for a very simple and inexpensive "fix", do read on. UPDATE: For those who are concerned about your plastic being food grade or not, you can line the container with Saran Wrap or other plastic wrap or line it with aluminum foil. Both options are food safe. Others comments have addressed this issue as well, if you're looking for more answers to this concern. SECONDARY UPDATE: We've been using this little ice "bucket" now for several years with happy success! No smelly ice cubes, no problems with ice cubes all sticking to each other, only a little 'frosting over' on the cubes occasionally. It may not be everyone's perfect solution, but it worked great for us. :-)

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DIY Ant Trap and Pesticide Powder

Now that I understand the potential for harsh chemicals to do harm to myself and my family, I continue to seek out natural alternatives when it comes to pest control.This DIY ant trap works every time!
Mix 1 Tlbs. sugar with 1 Tbls hot water and add 1/2 tsp of borax. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place in ant infested area. I use a mason jar lid.

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Answer to the "No Nails in the Wall" Problem

We've all been in the situation-"No Nails in the Wall." Whether we rent our home, live in a dorm or just do not want holes in the wall. What can you do when you want beautiful wall decor but can't put holes in the wall? You have to get a little creative and find some great alternatives. Take my daughter's dorm room for example...Check out the full post on the blog:

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Learn How to Repair Cracked Concrete - HWDIY

On this episode, Kim demonstrates how to repair cracked rotting concrete, to help fix damp and dusky basements.
If your basement is feeling a little bit damp, you may need to get some water proofing done. A damp basement can lead to all sorts of costly problems. Luckily, parging is a cost effective task that can save you, and your sinking basement, from going under.

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Modern Upholstered Dinette Chairs

I love taking a thrift store treasure and give it new life. These chairs are perfect for my daughter's new apartment!

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How I Converted an Attic Vent Into a Quick Access Hatch

I'm getting ready to do a major kitchen remodel that going to require a bunch of attic work. Rather than crawling the dirty, head bashing distance from the garage scuttle, I came up with this easy hatch project.

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Patching a Hole in the Wall

Before repainting a room you should take the time to patch any holes. This is an easy project you can do yourself.

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Reupholster an Office Chair

This tutorial on how to reupholster an office chair may seem daunting at first, but if you follow my step-by-steps, you'll get great results too! You may have seen the embarrassing state of my office - which I finally got organized during a one hour organization challenge. My office chair was in no better shape and when the tear in the seat looked like it was trying to run right out of the office, I knew it was time for a makeover. I relocated it to my craft studio to give it the Cinderella treatment.

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How to Trim the Screw Posts on a Drawer Knob.

I lived 55 years before I found out the easiest, best way to shorten the screw posts when I am replacing the knobs on a piece of furniture. Am I the only one who didn't know about this?

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How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Removing ugly popcorn ceiling can be expensive. Here's a cheaper DIY way to do it!

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From Dark Doors to Light Doors With Paper.

After a little accident with one of my doors (I fell through it with the ladder) I was searching for a solution to , and plug the holes in that door and give all the doors a facelift. I have 4 doors coming out in my living room. I don't have a hallway.
The doors are all a bit battered up so sanding them down and paint would not help a lot.
I decided to put wallpaper on it.

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Common Apartment Problems - How to Be Your Own Handyman

One of the main benefits of renting rather than owning is the fact that when something needs fixin’, a call to the landlord is all that needs to be done! However, sometimes it is much quicker and easier to handle simple repairs on your own — especially if you deal with a very busy property manager who may not have the bandwidth to respond to your problem immediately.
Here’s a quick 101 on several basic home fixes even an amateur can handle without assistance.

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Wicker Rocker Resurrected

This wicker rocker had seen better days, and seemed destined for the garden to become a planter. I got it for $10 at a thrift store and lugged it home to join my other flea-market garden planters. After realizing how sturdy it was and falling in love with the vintage vibe, I couldn't bring myself to relegate it to the disintegration that would be inevitable outdoors as a planter so I decided to try to return it to life as... a rocking chair, of all things!

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Why I Learned How to Patch Drywall and You Should Too

Knowing how to patch drywall could be one of the smartest skills you learn.
You might feel uneasy by the site of damaged ceilings or walls, but the price to have them repaired by a pro somehow outweighs this inconvenience.
Years ago I paid about $600 for a 5 by 5 foot section of ceiling to be replaced. While I was grateful to my contractor it definitely hurt the wallet.

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Repair or Install Decorative Legs on a Dresser

Whether you need to repair an existing piece of furniture or you would like to install new furniture legs, this tutorial will tell you everything you need to know.

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How to Unclog a Sink Like a Pro

Many of you asked me to do a tutorial on how to unclog a sink.
So I put an extensive tutorial together that walks you through this easy fix (it's like you're right in the bathroom with me!!). This is probably one of the Top 10 fixes a homeowner encounters. And the funny part is that I had to unclog my own sink last weekend. What timing.
All you need for this project are a Zip It ($3), Drain Auger ($28), channel locks, tupperware container, towel, and 30-60 minutes. Check out my step-by-step video by visiting

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Toilet Seat Screwdown

Not exciting, but a quick way to save a $20 Bill.. Works for me..

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Replacing & Cool Weather Operation of *Heart* a Ceiling Fan

The Story :: Most folks are unaware that a ceiling fan may be set in the winter to optimize your home's heating potential. By simply flicking the motor switch into reverse (usually up & blades spinning to the right aka clockwise), stagnant warm air is moved off of the ceiling and back down into the room. (See the vid below for a demo of this.)

The BackStory :: Having a pair of apartments that we rent, I occasionally get called to perform landlord-like duties. And one item that *had* been on my to do list was replacing the ceiling fan in this tenant's kitchen.

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Our Bedroom Floor is a Mess!

Our Bedroom Floor was a rustic wood, which was beautiful...until it wasn't. Apparently it was never sealed so every drip of water, every stain, every scratch showed.

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1940's Metal Army Cot Turned Light Fixture

Revamping my classroom and wanted a unique light fixture! I happened to have a 1940's Metal Army Cot so my honey and I decided to add 25 Edison Bulbs to repurpose this into a fabulous fixture!

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Snare Those Awful Fruit Flies!

These nasty little creatures drive me nuts! Hubby read in his "Handy Dandy Cure for Everything Book" how to get rid of them. Get a small glass (mine are small candle holders), mix Apple Cider Vinegar (I had only red wine Vinegar and it worked), 2 drops dish washing liquid, mix well. Set away from where people gather and it draws them-notice flies sitting on rim. The light colored jar is what I poured out of my jar where I soak white raisins in gin (cheap gin) and take a couple tablespoons of raisins a day for aching joints. (Does this old home remedy work on your joints? Don't know, but I think the gin helps...HA! And the flies love it!)
FYI...I seem to get these only in the summer. The "Book" says they are brought in with plants and fruit. That seems logical.

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A Flawless Drywall Repair

Fixing a hole in drywall is a great DIYer project, and it's a skill that every homeowner should master. There's more than one way to patch a medium-sized hole. However, this is the fail-proof method used by pro contractors.
1. Square the hole
2. Install a backer-board