Handyman Skills

Undersink Makeover

by Daisy Handyman Skills

I follow a Swedish design/diy blog called Chez Larsson.  I think Deanna is amazed anew every time I mention that I follow a bunch of design blogs because I’m not exactly a stylista.  No shock there, I’m sure. The main thing that keeps me tuned to this particular blog is Benita Larsson’s commitment to perfection.  […]

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A Few Firewood Basics

by Daisy Handyman Skills

I thought I’d share some of the scintillating facts I’ve picked up about firewood since we started heating with a wood stove.  I say that intending a bit of sarcasm, but the truth is I really do find this stuff way too interesting.  Here we go: 1.  While every old-timer has his or her list, […]

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Splitting Firewood

by Daisy Handyman Skills

I learned something new recently.  Around here, and presumably in most areas, when a tree trimming crew disposes of a tree it pays a dumping fee.  Our local fee ranges from $50 for easily mulch-able branches to $75 for big trunks.  For the tree trimmers, especially the small companies, this can eat into their profits. […]

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Mortarless Paving

by Daisy Handyman Skills

Ivory asked me to show her how I put this together a while back: Since I wanted to do something similar with this little beauty spot . . . . . . I took a few pictures of the process. The bricks I used here were some of the perforated facing bricks left over from […]

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Stubborn Doorstop

by Daisy Handyman Skills

I may be the only person who has had a problem with this, but I needed a hard-to-remove doorstop to keep little hands from getting smooshed. Regular doorstops just got absconded with, carried around and lost. The worst door of all was the swinging door between the kitchen and dining room. Very fun for the […]

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Like Bacon for Candles

by Daisy Handyman Skills

For the lovers of bacon everywhere, I offer you…ideal mood lighting. Clean, efficient, and 100% kitchen grease. 1. Just like the bacon soap recipe, I boiled the grease with water in equal parts, removed it from heat and added 1/2 as much COLD water to precipitate out the yuck. After cooling, the top layer of […]

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Make Lamps–Not Vinaigrette

by Daisy Handyman Skills

We’re in storm-n-outage season now, and I don’t have a single candle in the house. What’s a girl to do? 1. Open a bottle of wine with some friends and whack the cork in half longways. (If you’re alone–freeze the extra wine. Booze and burning stuff is how many a redneck emergency room story begins.) […]

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Soft, Carpet-free Floors

by Daisy Handyman Skills

Check me out!!! This is a little more ‘suburban’ than our usual projects, but it’s still out there on the do-it-yourself fringe so I thought someone might like to see it. My oldest son has The Dreaded Asthma, so we’ve cheerfully replaced most of the carpet in our home with laminate. However, we’d left the […]

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Solar Dehydrator

by Daisy Handyman Skills

I have been researching solar dehydrators and there is a cardboard and duct tape one making the rounds on the internet that seems like an inexpensive starter model. I may make a “real” one later, one that won’t melt if it rains, but in the meantime this one should allow me to experiment with the […]

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