Steve Maxwell

Almost 30 years ago I made one of the best decisions ever when I began my homesteading adventure. It's no "Little House on the Prarie" but you can see it from there.
Making wooden replacement handles for tools is easier than you think.
Blogger Steve Maxwell offers tips and a video explaining how to choose and use a router table.
Download Steve Maxwell’s free list of tested and approved deck stains that have worked well in field tests.
How a hopelessly damaged apple tree has delivered lessons of hope since 2007.
Learn how to eliminate mold growth in your home and improve indoor air quality by using Concrobium.
Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.
Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar
Steve shares 11 years of his experience with the newest mainstay power tool in the world, and offers three free chances to win an impact driver.
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
Watch Steve tell you his homestead story and how his two trucks have helped make good things happen.
With a few key supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.
Steve explains why building a scale model is such a good way to design homestead structures, and how to do it.
Steve explains how our pursuit of environmental sustainability can also drive us crazy if it's not put in the correct philosophical context.
Steve shares his time touring a plant that makes the kind of blades homesteaders use every day,
Steve explains how he and his 11 year old son grew a crop of wheat entirely by hand, and why this is something you should try, too.
Steve explains the basics of refinishing wooden stairs, including an easily renewable finishing strategy.
There are many more ways than ever to earn income without ever leaving the homestead. As energy prices rise, earning the money you need without traveling is key to success. It just might not come from the place you expect.
See a video on how Steve finishes interior wood with waterbased stains, and why you might want to think beyond just brown colours.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
Steve shows methods he's found for extending the life of new roofs and decreasing their environmental impact
Steve explains what he's learned over 20 years of using generators and monitoring advances in design.
Steve offers a few thoughts on line trimmers and brush cutters.
Learn how to install ceramic tiles that'll never let you down.
Steve got curious and shares the results of a gruelling endurance test he completed to compare cordless tool battery performance
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
Steve shares current results and recommendations from his 20 years of observing and applying deck finishing products and techniques.
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, sheds light on a new rural Canadian invention, Seg-Ins Big Bed, a truck extention that improves cargo capacity.
Carbide saw blades last a long time and typically perform very well. Learn about two ways to keep them sharp and effective.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, outlines some suggestions on how to become an expert carpenter who can work with wood anywhere.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, explains just how easy it is to install laminate flooring yourself.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, raves about his favourite hand held torch tool, the BernzOmatic Quickfire Hand Torch.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, share his make do tool tips with fellow DIY homeowners.
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, guides an inquiring homeowner on how to find the right circular saw.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
Cut the confusion that accompanies buying a cordless drill with this information on which drill features and capabilities to look for.

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