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Several years ago I needed my side yard fence fixed. The first 2 guys I called to give me a price didn’t show up and the third guy showed up drunk. I know this because he fell down. At 11 in the morning. So when a couple of guys actually showed up sober with a very professional looking flier, I hired em. They built the fence 6 inches shorter than they were supposed to and the nails they used to put it together shot out through the back of the fence by about two inches. From the street side of the fence it was exactly like a very expensive upright bed of nails. It was about this time I decided to become even more handy. I still haven’t built a fence myself but I’ve done just about everything else. I’ve put up drywall, changed out light fixtures and installed my own dishwasher. I’ve made my own furniture, built raised planter beds and often copy things I see in stores and magazines for a fraction of the price they’re charging. If you too want to stick it to the drunken handyman or the overpriced stores … read on.


How to Properly fill a Nail Hole.

People seem to be terrified of the strangest things. Green smarties, Sasquatch, ageing naturally and gracefully. (I’m all for ageing in the most unnatural way possible by the way and if you want to push, pull, or inject I’m all […]

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How to build a simple planter box.
The perfect Easter centrepiece for $20.

  Hello Spring!  It’s nice of you to join me inside my house.  Maybe you wanna think about venturing outside.  Finally.  You stupid, stupid spring. It’s a good thing Easter is particularly late this year, because there’s nothing more depressing […]

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How to Print Pictures on Wood
Waxed Paper Transfer

I’m funny. Sometimes ha-ha funny, sometimes  left-out-of-the-fridge-too-long funny. But as we all know, there are times for funny and times for seriousness. This is one such time.   For seriousness that is. So this post will involve no funny. No […]

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How to patch drywall.

This kitchen renovation of mine has been a real save and splurge event. I’d like to rephrase that.  Classifying my kitchen renovation as an “event” seems wrong.  A bit of a narcissistic  exaggeration, heh.    It would be more appropriate […]

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How to rewire a lamp.

Everybody give Shelly a big Art of Doing Stuff welcome with all the enthusiasm you show me every day! ~ karen Hello Readers (who must be so smart because you read such a smart blog)! I’m Shelly Leer, aka Mod […]

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How well do heated floors work?
An update on mine.

This whole kitchen renovation crap started almost a year ago when I decided to install a new floor in my kitchen. Just a floor. Nothing else. I was going to rip up my old ceramic floor and lay down some […]

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Easiest way to fix a clogged toilet.

There is nothing that strikes fear in a lady’s heart like living alone. Because there’s no man to blame a clogged toilet on. Last week I mentioned I had a slight problem with my toilet. I mentioned it all casual […]

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Easy Homemade Firestarters.
Made even EASIER.

Just about a year ago I publicly thanked my good friend Jennifer.  Jennifer, whom I’ve never met, introduced me to firestarters by way of an email. I will forever be indebted to my most beloved friend in the world, Jennifer […]

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Caption this … my creepy basement.

    Last year, just after I finished building my basement storage shelves, my basement looked like this …         Now it looks like this.     Granted … this is a different area of the basement, […]

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The Kitchen Renovation.
Wet sanding

I’m finding it pretty hard to focus today. As I write this, looking out my window, it’s a beautiful autumn day. The leaves have just changed, it’s warm out, but has that feeling of fall. Birds and squirrels are in […]

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DIY Science Flask S&P shakers

    I have always had a fascination with salt and pepper shakers. I have always had a fascination with science glass. I combined the two. I feel like I invented the peanut butter cup.   Materials Total Cost – […]

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How to Build a Cold Frame

Every summer I look forward to fall when I can harvest the potatoes of my labour. And beets. And squash and tomatoes and carrots. I also look forward to cleaning the garden up and putting it to bed. Let’s face […]

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Although I have remained unscathed, I am not responsible if you hurt yourself while cleaning your gutters or trying to tame a chipmunk.