Category Archives: DIY

Fix a stripped screw hole with a golf tee

DIY LIFE (March 27, 2012) – Don’t you just hate it when a hinge on a door or cabinet just won’t stay put because the screw hole is stripped out? Sure, you can use a bigger or longer screw, but then it won’t match. Frankly, … Continue reading

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Interior Redesigners team up with Habitat ReStores to create beautiful rooms

For shoppers who want to “go green,” save money and still create the “wow” factor when updating their homes, the growing relationship between Habitat for Humanity and Interior Redesign Industry Specialists could not have come at a better time. The … Continue reading

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DIY Design Bank Curates Basic Designs and Instructions for Building Simple Furniture

LIFEHACKER (May 25, 2011) – The DIY Furniture Design Bank is an online catalog of small furniture designs, laid out cleanly and simply enough for just about anyone to understand them. The instructions are short and tend to assume that whoever … Continue reading

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How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

LIFE ON THE BALCONY (May 5, 2011) Find a Pallet The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, … Continue reading

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Portland’s Northwest Shingle Recyclers grind oil from shingles for reuse as asphalt for roads

OREGONIAN (April 18, 2011) – Your old roof is rich in oil. But until recently, when it came time for a new one, those drab asphalt shingles went to the landfill because there wasn’t a big market for recycling them. And … Continue reading

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Three volunteering ideas that fit your busy life

IDEALISTBLOG (April 13, 2011) – Volunteering offers benefits to communities and individuals and the volunteer. Studies show volunteers benefit mentally and physically, and report increased happiness due to stronger social ties. But it’s also often presented in popular media as an activity … Continue reading

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10 Weird But Beautiful Homes

1. Earthship Home Water and energy shortages, groundwater and river pollution, wasteful McMansions being built all over the world and fluctuating temperature; with so much happening on this earth, this is the perfect time for Earthship. By earthship I don’t … Continue reading

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