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    November 11, 2014
    Drilling Through Tile…Without Breaking It

    Installing lighting and other electrical equipment yourself can save you tons of money (though, there are many cases when a professional is needed! Know your limits!) But, what if you need to install something into your bathroom, and you have tile walls? If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can shatter the tile (which is not a good look). For a great tutorial, read this post by Nate and Michelle at Decor and the Dog:

    Choose the correct drill bit.  - Regular drill bits aren’t strong enough to drill through tile.  Tile is made to be strong and hold up to a beating but these qualities make it hard to drill into.

    Mark the area with painter’s tape to keep the drill from slipping

    Use light pressure on the drill.  It’s tempting to want to drill fast.  Drilling through tile takes patience. It took about 5-10 minutes for each hole drilled.  Be sure to keep the drill bit cool!

    Photo Credit: Nachans 


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    October 27, 2014
    Dishwasher Cleaning Tips

    If your dishwasher is full of icky bacteria, it’s not going to do a very good job of getting your dishes clean. It’s easy to forget about, but it’s extremely important to clean your dishwasher periodically. But, how do you do it? You’d think that just running it would take care of it, but that’s not always the case. To kill bacteria and get rid of built up food and grime, read this post by Cheryl at Tidy Mom:

    -Start with an empty dishwasher. Remove all parts

    -Use paper towels to remove debris and gunk

    -Using paper towels, remove debris and food gunk (I’ve even found hair??) .

    • Use a damp rag that’s been wet with vinegar water to wipe down inside and edges of door, use a toothbrush or q-tip to get in tiny places. 

    -Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher and turn it on to Energy or Low Wash. Stop the machine in mid-wash, so the vinegar can set on the bottom and work. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, then turn on to finish cycle.

    Photo Credit: brownpau 


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    September 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Cleaning Dried Out Paintbrushes
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxg55xb

    Left your paintbrush sitting out too long without washing it out? No problem! Don’t waste your money buying tons of new paintbrushes when you have these simple techniques.


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    August 15, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Install Doorknobs
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxgqgc5

    A quick and easy tutorial!

     


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    August 8, 2014
    Friday Fun Videos: How To Install Pocket Doors
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxkjdo7

    These are pretty funky; I’m not quite sure how I feel about them. We do have them as our closet doors at our house, and they do the job! Also, these would be useful if you were trying to build a secret passage / room :)


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    July 14, 2014
    Spray Paint Surface Info

    Spray paint is my favorite way to paint- it’s fast, it’s cheaper if you have less space to cover, and there’s less mess if you know what you’re doing. Plus…. you can spray paint just about anything- furniture, thrift store finds- anything you want to give new life to (as long as you can get it outside! Never spray paint indoors.) Check out this post by Virginia at Live Love DIY for more spray paint information:

    Spray paint is super versatile and can be used on tons of different surfaces, for example: wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, masonry, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, MDF, laminate, and particle board. 

    You can use spray paint on most items used for decorative purposes, but it shouldn’t be used on surfaces that comes into contact with food or beverages. 

    Photo Credit: Daniel Naish 


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    June 30, 2014
    Fixing Broken Cement Steps

    I’ll admit it- I know next to nothing about cement. It’s uh, a rock? You build stuff with it? Sometimes it’s wet? It’s gray? That is literally all I know about the stuff. Naturally, if a cement structure on my property suddenly crumbled, I’d have no idea where to begin. Unfortunately, it happens- especially to cement stone steps. Crumbling stairs look bad, bring down your curb appeal, and, worst of all, can be a serious safety hazard. It’s best to get it fixed ASAP. If you have broken cement stairs, check out this super easy tutorial by Jeff at Home Repair Tutor. It’s super user friendly, and has lots of helpful photos.

    Photo Credit: Shannon Kringen 


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    June 27, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Build A Nail Polish Rack
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    I LOVE this! It would make my life so much more organized.


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    May 23, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Smelly Crawl Space Fix
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    Yuck, right?! Sometimes it happens, though. And if it does, this video will be tremendous help.


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    April 11, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Spring Cleaning! Window Screens
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    An easy way to thoroughly clean old window screens if you have a kiddie pool laying around.


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