Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

DIY Plumbing: Be Your Own Plumber

By Steve Maxwell

Forget expensive plumbing bills. Modern materials and fixtures have made DIY plumbing a snap. Originally published as "Be Your Own Plumber" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Soldering Copper Pipes

By Steve Maxwell

If you're going to attempt home plumbing projects yourself there may come a time when you need to know something about soldering copper pipes.

Avoid Lawn Mower Pollution: Perform Routine Maintenance

Stephanie Bloyd, Mother Earth News Associate Editor

Lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws and leaf blowers represent a significant source of pollution. Cut down on the environmental impact of your lawn care by following these seven simple rules.

Build a Ladder Bookshelf

By Mariah Zabriskie

Convert an old wooden ladder into a unique bookcase.


Build This Cozy Cabin

By Steve Maxwell

Anyone with basic carpentry skills can construct this classic one-room cozy cabin for about $6,500.

Make a Floor Cloth: The Colorful Canvas Carpet

By Lisa Curry Mair

Protect wood floors and decorate your home with beautiful floor cloths you sew and paint yourself.

Easier Plumbing with PEX Piping

By Steve Maxwell

Consider using flexible PEX piping on your next plumbing project. It's easy to manipulate and installs quickly and economically.

Nine Types of Wrenches and Pliers

By Steve Maxwell

Twist, turn, tighten or loosen anything with these nine essential types of wrenches and pliers. Originally published as "9 Essential Wrenches and Pliers" in the June/July 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR


Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.