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

The Ugly Truth About Staining Your Old Deck

By Steve Maxwell

If you hate the way your old deck looks bad again six months or less after restaining, you’re not alone. Long lasting deck stain beauty means you need to do things differently than most folks.

Building an Outdoor Oven

By William Rubel

This easy-to-construct, DIY clay oven fires up quickly and stays hot for days. Cook dinner at night and bake bread in the morning with its stored heat.

Which Pressure Washer Nozzle Should You Use?

By Bryan Johnson, DR Power Equipment

Which pressure washer nozzle is right for which jobs? This quick guide will get you to work on that cleaning project fast.

Recycling or Upcycling

By Laura Berlage, North Star Homestead Farms

We all know that homesteaders are thrifty--but now you don't even need to feel guilty about all those things you just couldn't throw away because you can upcycle them!


​Make New Candles from Old Wax

By Anna Twitto

Used-up candles can be recycled and made into new ones with very little effort.

The Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Home

By Paul Wood, Shelter Works

Creating a pro and con list can be a good first step in deciding whether building your own home is the right decision for you

Create Your Own Living Art with a Succulent Vertical Garden

By Kara Holzmiller, Build. Sow. Grow.

A step by step guide to building your own succulent vertical garden.