How To Prevent Weeds From Growing Under and Around Weed Fabric

Weeds are a nuisance. The grow quickly, often can penetrate thin layers of weed fabric, and definitely can pop up along perimeters where weed fabric meets a cement patio, for example. After losing a battle with weeds, I decided to take somewhat extreme but necessary measure to never have to deal with weeds again. 1. […]

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How to Install Landscape Pavers

This post is based on my personal experience. I don’t think I ever want to install pavers again. Step 1: Remove sod If you have grass, rent a sod cutter from Home Depot. Cut the grass horizontally and then vertically resulting in a grid. This grid method makes removing the sod easier because you end […]

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Easiest Way to Remove Lots of Dirt

I need to remove quite a bit of dirt from my backyard and thought that breaking up the dirt with a rented tiller and then shoveling the dirt aside by hand was sufficient. The problem is it’s a lot quicker to break up the dirt with a tiller than it is to move the dirt […]

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How to Straighten Weed Trimmer Line

I have the MaxPower PivoTrim weed trimmer head because the spool type trimmer heads always get tangled. The MaxPower PivoTrim head makes replacing trimmer line super easy. When I ran out of the trimmer line that came with the head, I bought a spool of new trimmer line. Unfortunately, when you cut some trimmer line […]

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High Pile, Plush Shag Rug

Trying to find a thick, plush rug with high pile can be difficult with so many options but inaccurate advertising. Here’s my experience and recommendations for comfy carpet. Thomasville Shag Rugs Basically, all of the Thomasville Shag rugs are good, if not the best. They are definitely the best value. Thomasville Bali Shag RugI felt […]

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Easily Clean Oven Window

Oven windows can get really dirty with baked-on grease. This makes it really hard to clean. Instead of manually scrubbing and wasting your time and energy, I found that using a steamer works pretty well. I use the Bissel Steamer. You will it with water, wait for it to heat up, attach the hard bristle […]

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Replace Batteries with DC Power Supply

I have some fairy lights used to light up some lanterns at home. The lights are battery powered. I’m using rechargeable batteries but it’s still a hassle replace the batteries when they die. I decided to replace the batteries with a DC power supply which I can just plug in to an ordinary electrical outlet. […]

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Circuit Breakers, Electrical Wiring and Device Wattage

I need to install an electric fireplace but I’m not sure if the circuit can handle the load with other devices on. Here’s an explanation of device load, electrical wiring and circuit breakers. In a typical residential home, you’ll have two types of circuits: 15A (amp) circuit using 14 gauge (thin) electrical wire (usually white) […]

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How to Build a Strong, Attractive Good-Neighbor Fence

Goals: No gaps between boards Strong, sturdy Inexpensive Looks good on both sides Simple to build Long-lasting Materials Steel fence post Wood fence boards (store these indoors or in the shade as they warp easily) Pressure treated 2x4x8 Star / Torx Screws (these screws don’t strip as easily as Philips screws) Twisted line Line level […]

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How to Use a Ratchet Strap

Hook both ends of the ratchet strap to something. Fold the ratchet as shown in the picture below. Then insert the open end of the other strap “through” the ratchet cylinder.

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