DIY Building Projects

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

How to Install a Top-Locking Chimney Damper (with Video)

By Jaquelin White, Rockford Chimney Supply

Installing a Lock Top Chimney Damper is a common project among do-it-yourself homeowners. Many times the fireplace throat damper rusts apart and is non-functional, allowing heat and air from your home to escape through the chimney and vice versa. In today's chimney industry, we have top-locking chimney dampers that are easy to install, made of stainless steel, and completely seal a chimney flue when not in use.

Make A DIY Painted Coffee Mug

By Blythe Pelham

If you’re looking for a special, one-of-a-kind gift for Father’s Day, this hand-painted coffee mug might be the DIY project idea for you.

Tips for Choosing Environmentally Friendly Toys

By Kate Blincoe

With this guide to environmentally friendly toys, you can make toys and align your purchases with your goals for eco-friendly living.

Timber Framing Tools: Learn to Use a Chainsaw Mill (Video)

By JC Crone, aka Mrs. Wranglerstar

The Wranglerstars recommend a chainsaw mill for timber framing and describe how to get started milling your own lumber.


World's Best DIY Bike Cargo Trailer

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

We recently built a fabulous bike trailer that smoothly hauls loads of up to 300 pounds. All told, we spent about 10 hours putting it all together.

Handbag Reboot: 3 Ways to Upcycle Old Purses

By Julia Marchand

Rather than throw out old handbags, ditch the landfill and upcycle them instead. Here are three unique ways to transform your well-loved bags into useful additions to your home.

DIY Outdoor Patios: What You Need to Know

By Megan Wild

Why pay for someone to come and install an outdoor patio when you could do it yourself? Outdoor patios are perfect for people who love to entertain. They don’t require a lot of maintenance and they can be completed within a single weekend. This post covers sizing, siting, and building materials.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Chicken Saddle

By Deb Tejada

Chicken saddles are fabric "vests" you can put on hens that are suffering from overly, ummm, romantic roosters.