How To's, Tips, and Tricks

Snowflake Ornament

Easy handmade Christmas ornament ahead! Decorate a wooden snowflake with old buttons and sparkly bits. Here's how.

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How to Make a Top-Notch Charcuterie Board for Any Party

Impress your guests with a charcuterie platter for any occasion

Uh, YUM!

Patriotic Treat Sure to Please Any Guest

They're cute, they're customizable, they're ideal for your picky guests this Memorial, Independence, and Labor Day.


Deck and Patio

How to Clean Your Composite Deck

Regular maintenance and removing that sticky residue from pine trees!

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Solid-Edge or Grooved Decking: Which to Buy?

Decking is available with grooved (slotted) and solid (square) edges. How do you decide which type to choose?

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Lawn and Garden

Fall: Time to Put Your Veggie Garden to Bed

Fall cleanup tips to get a head start on the next growing season.

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What’s the Best Mulch for Your Yard & Garden?

Learn what's good (and not so good) about commonly available mulches.

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Can Mulch Catch Fire?

Some types of mulch are more flammable than others.

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Building Materials

Nominal vs. Actual Lumber Sizes

At the lumberyard, board measurements are given in nominal sizes. Which aren't the actual sizes. We explain this and give you a handy chart, too.

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