Have a Seat, But Don't Forget to Flush

by DIY Maven

Okay, so the old toilet is now sitting in your front yard sprouting a lovely selection of greenery and the new toilet is awaiting your heinie. You just need a toilet seat and you’re ready to go. But before we get down to the business of the bottom, how about a tour of the toilet world?

Westminster, Devonshire, Williamsburg, Shelburne, Memoirs, Pinoir, Renaissance. No, they aren’t names of towns, kinds of writing, lingerie or artistic movements...

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Here's Johnny; Or Saying Hello to a New Toilet

by DIY Maven

Yesterday’s post covered the removal of an old toilet. Today we’ll go over the highlights of installing a new toilet. And don’t worry; this procedure isn’t nearly as gross as the removal process.

Set the Head

Some instructions will tell you to first apply a bead of caulk or plumber’s putty around the base of the toilet. There is a good argument for using either product. Keep in mind, however, that plumber’s putty can discolor and even damage...

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What's a cheap way to fix chairs with broken caning?

by Bruno Bornsztein

Our dining 'set' is a thrift-store rescue; it was on its last legs and probably would have been put down (sent to the landfill) if I hadn't come along to save it ($40). I think it was actually once a nice piece of furniture, built by the White Furniture Co. of Mebane, North Carolina.

But like any rescue, this one has some rough edges. check out the broken caning on the backs of the chairs: 

 

Our broken dining room chairs

More broken caning. Detail

Alicia and I have finally decided to get around to fixing...

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Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

by DIY Maven

Dear John; Or Saying Goodbye to an Old Toilet

Replacing an old toilet isn’t as hard as you may think. All toilets come with do-it-yourself instructions, but here is a primer to remove a typical two-piece toilet to let you know what you’re really in for. Warning: crude material forthcoming.

Tank Withdrawal

First you’ll need to turn off the water at the supply line and the flush the toilet. Because the water is turned off, the tank will not fill up and the bowl will drain. At least...

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Up Yours: The Magic of Up-Lights

by DIY Maven

Let’s face it; the human face lit from below looks creepy. So, if you don’t want to look like a character from a John Carpenter movie or an aging starlet minus the pancake foundation, save the up-lighting for your abode.

Negative Space, Man

Positioning can up-lighters on the floor at the base of large houseplants create drama as light filters through leaves and casts interesting shadows on walls and ceilings. Taking this one step further, GE has...

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Our Living Room

by Alicia Lacy

The living room began with faded wood panelling, had a brief stint with cream, an even more brief stint with yellow, and finally settled upon "November Sky". The relationship survived its first year, which says a lot.

When we moved in, the windows were lined with fluorescent panels and heavy wool drapes. I bought simple, cheap cotton fabric buy the bundle from a local fabric shop and sewed like mad (I am a true novice with the machine of sewing)...

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Are Americans Getting Hip To Design?

by Bruno Bornsztein

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Immigrants, expatriates, and airline-stewardesses have known it for a long time: there's a startling gap between American and European attitudes toward design. Entering the U.S. after spending any length of time in Europe (or, for that matter, practically anywhere else) is eye-opening. Everything looks bigger, more imposing, like the world has been outlined with a black marker. Even the buildings look like they could have all-wheel drive.

It's...

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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

by Chris Gardner

Today we're learning how to make a box joint jig. Read on to learn how! 

Box joint, aka finger joints

Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything.

And you're welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand...but, with this easy jig, you don't have to, and unless you're a purist, there's no reason not to crank them out by the dozens. This is designed for a...

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