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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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