Joseph Truini

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How to Seed a New Lawn

If you'd like a lush new lawn next spring, then start planting grass seed now.

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How to Silence a Noisy Steam Radiator
Anyone with steam heating in their house knows the telltale sounds of an old system, including clanging and whistling. Don't put up wit…
Stairs Design: How to Build Stairs

Building a staircase, even a short one, isn't simple. It requires precise measurements and some careful calculations. Here's how.

Winterize Those Drafty Windows Now

Don't throw away money all winter by allowing cold air to leak into your home. Seal up those drafty windows now.

Everything to Know About Power Sanders
A tedious chore can be done well, and quickly, with the right tools and the right sandpaper. We'll help you decide whether you need a b…
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6 Tips to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall
The end of summer doesn't mean the end of lawn care. Take these simple steps with your grass now and you'll have a head start on a heal…
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How to Choose a Deck Material That Is Right for You
Decking material options have grown exponentially over the past several years, with five basic types, each with their own aesthetics, m…
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6 Steps to the Perfect Inground Pool
There's nothing like installing a concrete swimming pool to one-up your neighbor's aboveground version. But planning your dream pool ca…
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6 Great Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material
Get beyond the brand names and your countertop options really just come down to a handful of materials. Here's a look at the six of the…
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This floating floor is installed over a thin foam rubber pad. The 6-ft.-long planks lock together with tongue-and-groove joints.
How to Install a Hardwood Floor
Believe it or not, our DIY expert installed a beautiful hardwood floor in just a couple days. How? He chose DIY-friendly floating board…
Learn How to Build a Shed With These Plans
Nearly every home, regardless of its size, has a shortage of accessible storage space. One of the best ways to find it is to create it …
Wooden Swing Set Plans You Need to See
This classic backyard playground is made partly from a kit and partly from lumber you find and cut yourself. Follow these plans and in …
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Tools to Help You Paint Like a Pro
Tons of new painting tools hit the market every year, but many are unnecessary or don't work as advertised, so they quickly fade from s…
Pro Tips For Installing Crown Molding
Crown molding is not easy to install, but the right trim can transform a room. Here are illustrated step-by-step guidelines that prove …
Stump Grinder 101: How to Grind a Stump Yourself

Learn how to use a stump grinder so you can tackle this project yourself

How to Fasten Anything to Concrete
Fastening to concrete looks difficult, but with the proper tools and techniques, its a snap.
5 Reciprocating Saw Accessories You Should Own
5 Reciprocating Saw Accessories You Should Own
Your reciprocating saw can do so much more than cutting. Use these attachments and you'll be scouring, scraping, and rasping faster tha…
How to Hang a Picture Without a Stud
There's never a stud when you need one. If you're looking for a clever solution to hang a picture or other fixture to drywall, try one …
How to Drive Screws Like a Pro
Driving screws is one of the most common uses for cordless drill/drivers. But to get the most out of your tool and get a clean, profess…
4 Steps to Saving a Scuffed-Up Staircase
Inevitably, all the wear and tear of ascending and descending the steps leaves a home's staircase looking worn-out. But you can bring i…
5 Bits to Push Your Cordless Drill Into Overdrive
The battery-powered cordless drill/driver is by far the most popular portable power tool ever devised. To get the most out of this vers…
Blast Away Grime With Baking Soda
If you've got heavy-duty cleaning jobs to tackle, get yourself a soda blaster, which uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to remove pa…
Beat the Blackout With a Transfer Switch
A transfer switch is a convenient way to pick and choose which appliances and items to keep running via generator the next time the pow…
In Bloom: 4 Keys to Great Flower Beds
For beautiful flower beds that stay lively all season long, follow our simple steps.
Treated lumber (right) vs. non-treated lumber (left).
How to Work With Pressure-Treated Wood
You might have worked with this common green-tinted material, but do you really know what's in it? Find out, and read our top tips for …
Install a Battery-Backup Sump Pump
A blackout could leave your sump pump inoperable just when you need it most. So install a system with battery backup.
Install Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting
To make your backyard or garden pop this spring and summer, install some low-voltage lighting to illuminate fences, flower beds, and ot…
Pfister Single Handle Shower System with Multi-Function Showerhead
How to Install an Adjustable Showerhead
Add some flair and practicality to your shower by installing a showerhead that can be adjusted vertically or lifted off the slide bar c…
How to Tile a Backsplash
Decorative tiles can transform your overworked, underappreciated kitchen backsplash wall into the center of attention, and applying the…
Why You Should Use a Pellet Stove
Pellet stoves can be an efficient, clean-burning way to heat your home. Heres what you need to know.