First Impressions: Milwaukee 12amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw

By: Bruno Nov 17, 2011

created at: 11/17/2011Ok, so I know I'm late to the game getting a reciprocating saw, and if you already own one or know everything about them, mosey along. But Alicia's been getting after me to get rid of these ugly metal pipe laundry line posts in our back yard, and today I finally decided to do it. 

Now, for any job there are lots of tools that will work, and usually one or two that are perfect for the task. In this case, I decided on getting a… Continue Reading

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Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

By: Chrisjob Nov 10, 2011

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I've realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are "from the ground up" projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want.

created at: 11/09/2011And that, friends, requires sharp tools. Any time you use a blade, you break down the edge, twisting the metal out, dulling it and making it less useful. Even cutting regular paper with scissors. created at: 11/09/2011But here's the thing - not only are sharp blades more effective, they're actually safer. So, having sharp tools, like scissors, kitchen knives, carving tools, saw blades, chisels, and paper cutters allows you to work faster, and cut yourself less. 

Enter the Work… Continue Reading

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Curbly Bookworm: Crazy for Cake Pops

By: Diy maven Oct 14, 2011

Imagine this: On the eve of your 29th birthday you lose your job. What do you do? Well, if you're Molly Bakes you stay up until one in the morning baking and frosting 30 cupcakes for your friends. That evening proved pivotal for Molly, as it was the beginning of a love affair for baking and a new career.

Soon thereafter, she began selling cupcakes in Brick Lane Market in London's East side. It was then she came to another turning point. She… Continue Reading

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Our Porch Floor Makeover: A Wagner EZ Tilt Paint Sprayer Review

By: Bruno Oct 13, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, the people at Wagner (they're based in nearby Plymouth, MN) sent me one of their new EZ Tilt Spray Painters (if you're looking for one, you can buy it here on Amaazon) to try out. We had been planning on re-painting our porch floor, so we decided to put it to the test and get a minor project out of the way at the same time. Read on to see how it went.The Wagner EZ Tilt paint sprayer … Continue Reading

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How To: Scherenschnitte with X-ACTO

By: Diy maven Oct 04, 2011

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A few weeks back the folks at X-ACTO offered to send over a few of their items for me to review. My first thought was, "What could I possibly have to say about X-ACTO that my fellow Curbliers don't already know?" My next thought was, "Since I've never actually owned an X-ACTO, I can't really answer that question." I know, I know! How has a chronic DIYer never bought an X-ACTO?! Because such purchases occur to me when I'm at the checkout. You know, where they sell the knock offs for a buck or two. And, honestly, I figured one… Continue Reading

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Recommended Reading List Updated for Spring 2011

By: Bruno Apr 13, 2011

It's Spring, and for most of us (at least up here in the north country of Minnesota), that means a raging, uncontrollable urge to be outside of the house. Reading books? A not-so-close second. Still, there are lots of good new titles out there, and some of 'em might even assist you in your outdoorsy endeavors. We've updated our Recommended Reading page for Spring 2011; here are some excerpts ...

Square Foot Gardening

Grow more in less space! Ok, to be fair,… Continue Reading

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Test Lab: Bondera TileMatSet

By: Diy maven Apr 06, 2011

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Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to play with a new tiling product called Bondera TileMatSet. Simply put, Bondera is pressure sensitive sticky back on a roll that eliminates the need for mastic and thin set when tiling walls, countertops or splash-backs. It's billed as VOC free, mess free, and it allows immediate grouting after tile installation. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too. I mean, it's sticky back tape for goodness sake! How's that going to hold heavy… Continue Reading

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Wow...This is Really Nice Garbage Can

By: Chrisjob Mar 23, 2011

I never thought I could get excited by a trashcan. It is, by definition, full of garbage.

But, believe me, friends, the Fingerprint Proof Rectangular Recycler from SimpleHuman is a brilliant example of great… Continue Reading

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Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

By: Diy maven Mar 23, 2011

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Confession: As a vegetable gardener, I'm pretty pathetic. We used to have a 12' x 15' vegetable garden at the back of our property (about 200 feet from our house and down a somewhat steep hill). With the weeding and watering, our excitement every spring for growing our own peppers and tomatoes faded quickly, leaving us with a less than flourishing garden. Several years back, we gave in, realizing that, even though we have plenty of room for a 'proper' garden, we just weren't 'proper' garden people. We… Continue Reading

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Test Lab: Craftsman I9.2-Volt C3 Impact Driver

By: Diy maven Mar 09, 2011

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The folks at Craftsman sent over a sweet surprise: A 19.2 C3 Cordless Impact Driver Kit. (Insert caveman grunt here.) Now, your first thought might be, "Looks like a regular drill to me," followed up by the question, "What's the dif?" Think of it like this, if the guts of an impact driver were to be animated in a Pixar kind of way, there'd be a hundred little humanoids inside with hammers beating away at the chuck. Comparatively, this makes your job--the real humanoid--much easier. Although the… Continue Reading

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Spring Cleaning 101: Tips from a Pro

By: Chrisjob Mar 08, 2011

For the first time in months, there's a beautiful ray of mid-afternoon sunshine cascading through my window, and illuminating all the dust and grime that's built up through the winter months.

I dunno if the sun is going to last, but I do know that I can't pretend like my house doesn't need a thorough scrubbing and organizing anymore. Grrrr...stupid… Continue Reading

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1001 Classic Old-Time Household Hints

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 07, 2011

Cleaning house while dreaming about cleaning up the garden beds. Looking back, it's likely that I could have done a better job at both last year. To get myself pumped up for a Spring clean and purge, both inside and out, I just ordered 1001 Old-time Household Hints: Timeless Bits of Household Wisdom for Today's Home andContinue Reading

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Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred (Plus 4 Bonus How-to's!)

By: Diy maven Feb 16, 2011

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David Erik Nelson's new book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred from No Starch Press is subtitled 'Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids.' That's true; the projects inside the book will appeal to kids, but they will also appeal to adults with a penchant for DIY. That's why it's a perfect book to buy to tell the kids in your life it's for them, but really it's for you!

The book is divided into 3 parts. The first is entitled 'Kid Stuff,' and it contains things that are great for… Continue Reading

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Recommended Reading List Updated for Winter 2011

By: Bruno Feb 03, 2011

Guess how many new books are released every day? Yeah, I have no clue either, but it's a lot. Too many to keep track of, though we do try. Today we've updated our Recommended Reading page with a bunch of new titles for Winter 2011. These are books we've reviewed on the site, or just books we came across and thought looked cool. Here are some that I liked (make sure to click through to see them all):

 Fiesta at Rick's: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends

I watch Rick's show on public… Continue Reading

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The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes

By: Diy maven Feb 02, 2011

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According to Sasha Duerr, the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes, if we can cook, we can dye. One of the chapters contained within is even entitled, "Kitchen Couture". And couture it is. Dozens of recipes tell us how to use such things as lavender, turmeric and red cabbage to dye plant and protein-based fibers the most luscious colors imaginable, all of which harmonize in ways 'only botanical colors can.'

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Sasha begins at the beginning, outlining supplies we'll need, explaining in easy to understand terms… Continue Reading

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