Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

How to Install Pavers

How to Install Pavers This process demonstrates how to lay a basic precast paving stone walkway or patio. For large projects, it's important to consult a soils engineer to evaluate whether your soil is prone to abnormal expansion and contraction due to water holding capacity. The most problematic is clay, and to compensate for its…
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DIY – Easy Cedar Wall Planter

This simple cedar wall planter is great for herbs or spring flowers. TOOLS Pocket Hole Jig Drill Miter Saw Tape Measure Pencil Safety Glasses Hearing Protection MATERIALS 3x 1 x 8 x 8′ Cedar Boards 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 1-1/4″ Brad Nails DIMENSIONS INSTRUCTIONS Cut List: Cut the boards as shown in the cut list using…
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Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden

DIY Craft Your Own Vertical Vegetable Garden With winter now firmly behind us, some homeowners are busy tending to their revitalized garden and shaping it for warmer seasons ahead. But there are many others who do not have the joy of a lovely green garden due to obvious lack of space or being trapped in…
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Wood Joinery – Mortise and Tenon Joint

Types of the mortise and tenon joint have been used for centuries by woodworkers because of their combination of superior strength and simplicity. They are typically used when one piece of stock is joining to the other at 90-degrees, but may be used at a slightly lesser angle in certain circumstances. Bear in mind that…
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DIY – Fountain in a Pot

With just a little work, a beautiful pot and a few other materials, you can create an inviting space in your garden that will soothe jangled nerves and give the birds a pretty drinking spot. A water feature does all that. It can be as simple as a flat-bottomed bowl for a birdbath or as…
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DIY – Building Paths with the Walkmaker

Tools Excavation and site preparation tools QUIKRETE Walkmaker form wheelbarrow or mixing box, shovel level margin trowel or finishing trowel Materials Concrete mix or crack-resistant concrete mix liquid cement color plastic sheeting polymer-modified jointing sand A well-made walkway or garden path not only stands up to years of hard use, it enhances the natural landscape…
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DIY Vertical Plant Hanger

Hi again, friends! Are you ready to get your hands a little dirty? Go grab your garden gloves and some pretty plants, because today we’re going to create a gorgeous DIY Vertical Plant Hanger! This project makes a beautiful display for your potted plants without taking up a ton of room. Perfect for small spaces!…
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DIY- Raised Beds for Your Garden

We made three 8x3 raised beds from pressure-treated  wood. Pressure-Treated is cheap, easy to use but conflicting info about it's use for food gardens. From what I have gathered from my online research, pressure treated wood used to be treated with arsenic which is not to be used in food gardens. However, they are no longer…
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DIY – Stone Fire Pit for Your Garden

Heat up your backyard with the addition of a stone fire pit. Materials string spray paint landscape fabric mortar stone concrete rebar fire brick black stove paint Tools rake jointer level utility knife tape measure trowel hammer spade wheelbarrow stiff brush shovel Purchase Stone Determine the size, shape and location of the fire pit. Take…
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DIY – How to Make a Pebble Mosaic Pathway

For this project you'll need: Wheelbarrow Hoe or shovel Garden hose and spray nozzle Mortar mix, 60# or 80# bags Crushed gravel For straight paths: 2x6 lumber and stakes. For curved paths: plastic lawn edging or bender board and stakes Pebbles Whisk broom and wire brush Dust mask Rubber gloves Muriatic acid and rags (optional)…
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DIY – How to Build an Outdoor Shower

Whether you’re cooling off, rinsing off, or actually bathing, an outdoor shower is a fun and relatively easy summer DIY project that you’ll find yourself using even more than you imagined. Of course, the easiest installation is one involving a garden hose, shower head, and tree branch, but you can make a free-standing one just…
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Homemade Ant Traps

Homemade Ant Traps If you see an ant or two, chances are you’ll see more—many more—especially if there’s something tasty lying around nearby. While more than 12,000 species of ants exist, only a few types are likely to invade your home. The ones that do can be a real nuisance, though, ruining food and giving…
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How to Make an Easy DIY Birdhouse

Want to see how a small shopping list can yield big results? Make this DIY birdhouse from a single pine board! Tools Miter saw (or handsaw with miter box) Painter's tape Wood glue Power sander and various grits of sandpaper Drill with bits Clamp Materials 1-in x 6-in x 6-ft pine board, #1157 1/2-in poplar…
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DIY – Pyramid Garden Planter

This time I have made slot together pyramid garden planter from the reclaimed Pallet timbers. This planter took me approximately 90 minutes to make: The design is simple, and so is the required level of woodworking skill, the only tools required are a square, pencil, electric/cordless drill and suitable spade end drill bit, and a…
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DIY- Staining Concrete Slabs

Staining concrete can be an inexpensive way to update the exterior look of your home. Acid stain can be one of the cheapest things you can do and it provides a great bang for your buck. This look is achieved by creating a chemical reaction that alters the color of concrete. Concrete acid stain contains…
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DIY – Self Watering Tomato Buckets

“You can never have too many tomato plants, but what happens when you run out of room in the garden. Tomatoes are probably the most versatile plant you can grow; They are used in everything from Tomato Sauce to Ketchup,  Espagnole Sauce to Bloody Marys’ (Yum!). Growing tomato plants in 5 gallon buckets is nothing…
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