Danny Lipford with framing for pocket doors in new construction.

How to Install Pocket Doors

Linda asks, “We are remodeling our utility room and would like to use a pocket door. Is this something that we can do, or do we need to hire a professional?”

While pocket doors are not that hard to install in new construction, they can require a lot of work to retrofit to an existing home.

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Stack of lumber

How Lumber Is Cut and Graded

If you’ve ever wondered why a two by four doesn’t actually measure two inches by four inches or what B&BTR means, you’re probably not alone. Unless you learn to speak the language, a trip to the lumberyard can seem like visiting a foreign country. The best way to begin is by understanding how lumber is made in the first place.

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Sprinkler watering lawn

How to Calculate Lawn Irrigation Water Usage and Costs

With the price of water on the rise, it’s become increasingly important to know how much water you use to irrigate your yard as well as how much it costs. Check out our lawn irrigation calculator to find out how much it costs to water your lawn.

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Stack of pine boards.

Board Foot Calculator

While lumber is commonly sold by the piece in building supply stores, wholesalers and hardwood dealers usually price their stock by the board foot. Ask for a dozen two by fours eight feet long at your local sawmill, and you’ll be told that what you really want is 64 board feet of lumber.

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Making a homemade rain diverter from sheet metal.

How to Make a Rain Diverter

Installing a rain diverter over the doorway to your house will make life a little easier the next time you come home during a downpour. While diverters are available at many building supply stores, they are not hard to make if you have trouble finding them.

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Setting a programmable setback thermostat.

Payback on Energy Saving Efforts

Every year around this time we hear about ways to save money on heating bills, but how long does it take to actually recoup the money spent on these investments? While all efforts to drive down the cost of keeping your home comfortable this winter have value, some pay off a lot quicker than others.

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Paddle ceiling fan

How to Use a Paddle Ceiling Fan Properly

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter if you know how to use them properly. Though there is much confusion on the subject, it’s not that hard as long as you remember two simple rules.

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Winning shed in contest.

Show Us Your Shed 2007 Contest Winners

The winner of our September Show Us Your Shed Contest was Scott Nusbaum of Hamilton, Indiana. He will receive a Rubbermaid Supreme Garage Organization Kit. The entry deemed most in need of a new shed was submitted by Cyndi Loveless of Batavia, Ohio. She will receive an autographed copy of Joe Truini’s book, Building a Shed to help her get started on her project. Be sure and check out our October DIY Disaster Contest as well. Who knows, you might be our next winner!

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