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Move-Anywhere Under-Cabinet Lights
February 24, 2014
Move-Anywhere Under-Cabinet Lights
An innovative under-cabinet lighting track like no other, the Halo HU20 LED Undercabinet Luminaire from Cooper Lighting features a low-voltage track s...
How to Build Built-ins
February 20, 2014
How to Build Built-ins
Whether you want to display first-edition novels, art pottery or your favorite collections, a bookcase is a useful and versatile piece of furniture in...
Coordinating Curb Appeal
February 17, 2014
Coordinating Curb Appeal
Not only does Clopay offer homeowners many beautiful, distinct options to boost curb appeal by replacing garage doors, but the company has gone a step...
Getting Ready for Spring Thaw
February 13, 2014
Getting Ready for Spring Thaw
Spring will come. Yes, it will. And when it's time to plant the plants and grow the greens, you'll really appreciate a dedicated work space for playin...
Step 1: Throw Out the Instructions
February 12, 2014
Step 1: Throw Out the Instructions
You've seen it all before — home improvement videos repeating the same old advice about the same old projects. But not this one - oh no - this one is ...
Lamp Repair: Anyone Can Do It
February 06, 2014
Lamp Repair: Anyone Can Do It
Have you looked at that honey-do list lately? Chances are, you'll find something like "Restore vintage lamp" or "Fix lamp switch." It's one of those p...
Build Brightness and Beauty
January 23, 2014
Build Brightness and Beauty
This time of year, nobody is going to scoff at the notion of working over a hot welding torch. Even folks who've never wielded a welder might consider...
Find New Territory in Your Kitchen
January 16, 2014
Find New Territory in Your Kitchen
Have you ever wished that you had more space in your kitchen? Dumb question, right? No matter how big our kitchens are, it seems that our appetites fo...
Create a Sleek Deck with Hidden Fasteners
January 15, 2014
Create a Sleek Deck with Hidden Fasteners
We love the clean appearance of a deck with no visible screws or nails riddling the deck boards. Hiding the fasteners not only looks better, it also m...
Cool Cubbies for the New Year
January 09, 2014
Cool Cubbies for the New Year
No, by "cool cubbies" we don't mean cute polar bear cubs, but rather an easy-to-build modular cube project that's perfect for storing the toy (and too...
Workshop Organization Tips and Tricks
January 02, 2014
Workshop Organization Tips and Tricks
Everyone is offering advice these days about organizing closets and cupboards and home offices. As a handy person, are you asking, "Hey, what about my...
How to Build a Basic Drawer Box
December 26, 2013
How to Build a Basic Drawer Box
Looking for a project that you can use in a variety of applications? Start with a basic box; then add a finished front to make a drawer, build a few b...
Build This Workshop Wonder
December 19, 2013
Build This Workshop Wonder
We loved this wall-mount workstation when we designed it for HANDY a few years back, and we still do. We're pretty sure that you'll want to build one ...
Stow TV Components
December 12, 2013
Stow TV Components
We all love our flat-screen TVs — and not just for the amazing picture quality. These modern media marvels are so flat, they gave us back the huge chu...
Lamination Generation
December 05, 2013
Lamination Generation
Although new countertops are one of the biggest expenses of a kitchen renovation, they are well worth changing. We know that can be an expensive propo...
Remove Ugly Wallpaper
November 27, 2013
Remove Ugly Wallpaper
Wallpaper can be a great way to decorate a room. Unfortunately, the task of removing it can be so miserable that many won't even consider installing i...
How to Not Dread the Darkness
October 31, 2013
How to Not Dread the Darkness
Now's the time of year when we begin to notice that moods change, our energy fades and we crave carbs — and light. Here's one solution: Punch a hole i...
A Nightlight For Grownups and Goblins
October 24, 2013
A Nightlight For Grownups and Goblins
It seems like the sun retires earlier each day — and that's because it does, dad-burn-it! With daylight hours surely shrinking, you don't want to be i...
Easy Breezy Kitchen Island
October 17, 2013
Easy Breezy Kitchen Island
If you were stranded on an island ... no, no this isn't that kind of island. In fact, you won't find yourself alone with our kitchen island because it...
The Secret To a Well-Groomed Yard
October 10, 2013
The Secret To a Well-Groomed Yard
In the category of "The devil's in the details," this little project can make or break the overall presentation of your lawn and garden — like straigh...
Seize the Season to Paint
September 19, 2013
Seize the Season to Paint
We love fall! The weather is nearly perfect, our scenery changes from monotone green to vibrant hues, dinners switch from salads to meatloaf and lasag...
Beautify a Backsplash on a Budget
September 12, 2013
Beautify a Backsplash on a Budget
You know that little stretch of wall between your kitchen countertop and the upper cabinets? Have you seen it lately? Or has it taken a back seat to t...
How to Add Stairs to an Upper-Level Deck
August 15, 2013
How to Add Stairs to an Upper-Level Deck
We love our outdoor living spaces — especially the deck, a tidy transition from house to yard. But if you're stuck on an upper-level deck with no way ...
Project: Pave a Perfect Pathway
July 25, 2013
Project: Pave a Perfect Pathway
Practical and pretty are the perfect pairing of words to describe a paver path. Pavers make good sense because: They're lightweight, small and un...
Simple Summer Sealing Stunts with Stuff
July 18, 2013
Simple Summer Sealing Stunts with Stuff
We Northern-climate dwellers sometimes (often) forget that life is different for our friends in warm climates. While our hibernation season here is fr...
This Project Was a Huge Hit: Build an Arbor Gate
July 11, 2013
This Project Was a Huge Hit: Build an Arbor Gate
An arbor is a lovely structure for your yard and a fine feature for your viewing pleasure. Whether you want to create a haven covered in climbing vine...
We Tried It: Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayers
July 10, 2013
We Tried It: Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayers
A lot of DIYers steer clear of power sprayers and mechanical rollers when they paint — not that there's anything wrong with that. We totally get it. W...
Trade Your Tip for $200
July 08, 2013
Trade Your Tip for $200
Probably the easiest $200 you'll ever make: Submit your DIY tip to HANDY magazine and have a chance to see it published in the Tip Trader department —...
It's Time to Take Back the Yard!
July 02, 2013
It's Time to Take Back the Yard!
We're at the height of the backyard-living season; it is NOT the time to desert our decks and patios just because of a little sun and heat — or wind —...
Build a Rockin' Boulder Garden
June 13, 2013
Build a Rockin' Boulder Garden
Are you a rocker? We don't mean a Steven Tyler or Mick Jagger; we're talking about people who like to rock in their garden or yard — with plants and b...
Display some high-flying patriotism
June 06, 2013
Display some high-flying patriotism
Not that we need the excuse of an official holiday to raise Old Glory, but it is almost Flag Day (June 14) — and Independence Day will soon foll...
Tip: Basic Guide to Sandpaper
May 16, 2013
Tip: Basic Guide to Sandpaper
Sanding may rub you the wrong way because it seems like a never-ending process, and it comes at a time when you're antsy to get the job done. Well, ge...
Project Plans: Portable Fire Basket
April 29, 2013
Project Plans: Portable Fire Basket
Larry Okrend is Editor of HANDY Magazine. On a cool spring or summer evening, a small campfire can provide an inviting gathering spot in your own b...
Project: Build a Compost Bin
April 18, 2013
Project: Build a Compost Bin
This is an ROI project. That is, the materials for building this cool-looking compost bin do not cost much, but you'll quickly get a return on that in...
Easy, Inexpensive Raised Planters
April 11, 2013
Easy, Inexpensive Raised Planters
This is a "three-fer" project. First, building these planters helps you plant an efficient-and-attractive garden. Second, you get to work with wo...
Build an Adirondack Chair
April 04, 2013
Build an Adirondack Chair
Vern Grassel is a custom furniture builder, cabinetmaker and woodworking designer in Elk River, Minnesota. Because I grew up in upstat...
How to Build a Basic Bench
March 21, 2013
How to Build a Basic Bench
Connie Bastyr is Managing Editor of HANDY. A woodworking classic, the traditional five-board bench is a simple yet adaptable piece: You can build...
Project: Build a Fireplace Mantel
January 24, 2013
Project: Build a Fireplace Mantel
Dan Cary is Executive Editor of HANDY. This is a project that'll warm your hearth — and your heart — because building your own fireplace mantel is a...
Here's a Tip on Washing Windows
August 22, 2012
Here's a Tip on Washing Windows
In short, get a squeegee but don't get fancy. Most window-washing haters are doing it all wrong. Leave the spray cleaners and newspapers for cl...
Disarm Your Killer Garden Hose
August 11, 2011
Disarm Your Killer Garden Hose
We hate it when this happens: With all this heat, we're watering, watering, watering, which means we're moving the hose. A lot. Unfortunately, it also...
Design a Shop — You Deserve It!
August 10, 2011
Design a Shop — You Deserve It!
This project is a bit different, but nevertheless, it is the parent of all projects. Because once you design a workshop that's efficient and comfortab...
Start-to-Finish Project Updates
June 01, 2011
Start-to-Finish Project Updates
Besides recording their projects for posterity (ah, vanity), our testers gave this cool Timelapse ProjectCam an impressive 98 percent approval rating....
Sewer-Line Fix: Can You Dig It?
March 24, 2011
Sewer-Line Fix: Can You Dig It?
Sooner or later, your sewer line will command attention — and you're not going to dig it. (This is good news.) Clarificati...
New Acrylic-Block Operable Window
February 23, 2011
New Acrylic-Block Operable Window
Our handy testers almost never give 100 percent approval to a product; they're real fussy. When they do — like now — it's big. The product: Hy-Lite's ...
The Shocking Truth About DIY Electrical Testing
February 17, 2011
The Shocking Truth About DIY Electrical Testing
Can you handle the truth? Fair enough, here it is: You may think electrical testing of outlets, lights and appliances arou...
Surefire Way to Please the Spouse
February 16, 2011
Surefire Way to Please the Spouse
How? Install a backsplash. It never fails to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom, add color and please your spouse. And here's a product that'll please...
This Project Was a Huge Hit: Floating Vanity
February 09, 2011
This Project Was a Huge Hit: Floating Vanity
Abracadabra! This suspended vanity will add modern style to any bathroom, and it's not difficult to build or to install. M...
Light Without Wires: Brilliant!
January 12, 2011
Light Without Wires: Brilliant!
Every now and then we stumble across products that fall under the Brilliant Idea category, such as the wireless LED lighting options from Mr. Beams. S...

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