How to Build a Fence

The wood materials that make up a fence include pickets, rails, and posts. Pickets are the vertical boards that make up the finished surface of a fence. They are typically 1/2″ – 1″ thick, by 4″ – 6″ wide. Rails are the horizontal members to which the pickets are fastened. They are commonly 2″ thick…

How to Build a Windsor Shade Structure

Download the complete plans and Materials list here: http://www.calredwood.org/pdf/Projects/Windsor+Shade+Shelter.pdf 6 Steps to building the Windsor Shade Structure. This project takes approximately 2-days and can be accomplished using basic homeowner tools. Step 1: Prepare Footings Step 2: Set Posts Step 3: Attach Support Beams Step 4: Attach Braces Step 5: Rafters Step 6: Louvers

Installing Cultured Stone from Owens Corning

This general technique discussed in the video applies to any Owens Corning Stone installation with a 1/2″ mortar joint. First, if your project has outside corners, begin install with those. All corner pieces have a long leg and a short leg; always alternate the direction in which the pieces face. Press each piece into mortar bed…

How to Lay Patio Pavers

Installing a patio using DIY patio pavers is a great way to add value to your backyard and is easy enough for you to do yourself. Before deciding on your location of your patio, make sure that you identify any potential underground electrical lines so that you can be sure that you don’t accidentally come…

Refinishing your wood deck

Refinishing your wood deck every few years is necessary maintenance. Learn when and how. Start with a really good cleaning. Choose a deck cleaner. Cover your plants and avoid painted areas. Rinse it really well. Let it sit for 2 days. GNH recommends using Thompson’s® Water Seal® water proofers protect your surfaces from the elements…

Deck Care

If your wood deck still retains an even coat of color from the last time it was stained, or has small spots of wear from foot traffic or moisture, it’s likely in need of a yearly maintenance coat. This is an easy day-long project, with only a few hours needed. If, on the other hand,…

Lawnmower Repair & Maintenance

A regular oil change on your lawn mower is part of good lawn mower maintenance and is the first step of DIY lawnmower repair. Changing the oil on your lawn mower is easy, and this quick tutorial can teach you how to do it yourself. By making sure your lawn mower is properly maintained, it…

Lawnmower Troubleshooting

Some of the most common lawn mower problems include those that occur as a result of not having clean fuel in the gas tank, a spark plug wire that’s not attached, an engine in need of motor oil or a brake cable that is not working properly. Troubleshooting some of these problems yourself can save…

Fixing Bare Spots In Lawn

Do you have unsightly bare spots or patches of dead grass in your lawn? It’s easier than you think to improve your lawn, and now is the time to start! There are a few different options, ranging from simply raking and leveling your bare spots and adding fertilizer – to investing in patches of sod…

How to Prune Plants & How to Prune Bushes

Pruning trees and shrubs is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and looking their best and can easily be done yourself! Learn how to prune plants by hand with this great DIY video. The first steps of pruning for some trees and shrubs do not even require any tools and can be…