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Discover the skillful master inside you with our column Do it yourself. Following the illustrated instructions you will be able to make something useful and beautiful for your home or office with your own hands.

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The floorLet's talk about the floor first, even though it should be the last project of a mini-makeover. One of the first steps manufacturers of "peel 'n stick" floor tiles give...
WindowsNever wash windows while the sun is shining on them because they dry too quickly and leave streaks When polishing windows use up and down strokes on one side of the window...
Not only do leaky faucets waste water, the sound of drip, drip, drip can certainly keep you awake at night. Fixing this yourself can save you money. Although this is not a...

Picture Frame Clock
Materials: picture frame with glassclock mechanismmat boardcraft knifecutting boardrulerpencilhot glue gunmasking tapepicture hanging hooksdecorative paperSteps: 1. Place glass on...
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Organizing Your Busy Kids
Some kids, we know, are fabulously organized. But if they are notMaybe there's something more you can do to help your kid get organized than to join in the weekly battle cry....
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Nautical Wall Clock
A wooden plate and life preserver combine to make a unique nautical wall clock. Materials: wooden plateclock mechanismnumbersdrilllife preservertie-off cleatpaint (white, blue,...
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Mind in the Gutter 2
If you have a house with steel rain gutters, you'll want to check them for rusted patches. Catch the problem early and it's a cinch to fix. Just buff off the rust, clean off the...
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Mind in the Gutter
Some leaves won't make it all the way to the ground. In fact, they may land on your roof, blow into your gutter and create massive leaf-clots in your downspout. Then comes the...
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Making Creative Clocks
Adhere a picture from a magazine, a piece of fabric or a favorite photo to a thin piece of craft wood. Decorate the clock with beads and other craft materials. Drill a hole in the...
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Make Your Own Christmas Wreath
Do you find yourself with a lot of leftover boughs once you've trimmed your Christmas tree? Instead of just throwing them away, why not be creative and use them to make your own...
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Kente Strip Clock
Materials: Kente clothunfinished wood clockfusible webSteps: 1. Paint clock as desired and allow to dry. 2. Cut cloth to fit inside clock front. Press piece, and then attach...
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It's the Little Things
Generally, when we think about saving energy, lighting comes first to mind. Many of us have simply become accustomed to using bulbs that superfluously use energy because they are...
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Homework Furniture
For families everywhere, as the school year gets firmly underway, the space in the house seems to steadily shrink. This is particularly true in winter, when scarves, boots,...
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Happy Bath Time
While grown-ups often love luxuriating in a nice long shower or a soothing hot bath, getting the kids to soap up can sometimes be enough to work you into a lather. To make bath...
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Gutter Clutter
Before fall storms come your way, you might want to spend an afternoon in the gutter... on your roof. First, clean out all the debris from the gutter. (If you own a leaf blower,...
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Gutter cleaner
An old plastic spatula makes a great tool for cleaning debris from gutters! It doesn't scratch up the gutter, and you can cut it to fit gutter contours with snips. Grime wipes...
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Fix a Leaky Toilet
The toilet seal is called a "wax ring" and can be replaced fairly easily. The hardest part is moving the toilet. You will have to lift the toilet to remove and replace the ring....
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Five Secrets of Long-Lasting Carpet
Keeping a carpet clean is essential to prolonging its life and maintaining its appearance. 1. Depending on how much traffic a carpet bears, vacuum it as often as several times a...
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Five Easy-to-Make Tables
Just because some furniture pieces serve a utilitarian purpose, it doesnt mean they have to be dull. The next time you're about to purchase a table, use your creativity instead...
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Fabric Seats for Chairs
Bold, bright fabric and paint to match can spruce up a dowdy old chair and turn it into an eye-catching piece. New fabric can work wonders for an old drop-in chair seat, and a...
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