80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

by Chris Gardner

80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. Lifehack.org has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there's no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!

Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.

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How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan.

by Chris Gardner

Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you are...

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10 Easy Household Time Savers.

by Chris Gardner

Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.

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  1. Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
  2. Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of utensil getting its own...

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10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

by Chris Gardner

I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.

  

10 Tips For Mastering a Messy Home.

   1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
   2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
   3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.
   4. Running Out...

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25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home.

by Chris Gardner

Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...

25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home.

Ideas include:

  • Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
  • Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
  • Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned down candles and pour the wax...

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6 Ways to Use Carpet Scraps (With bonus tips.)

by DIY Maven

created on: 04/07/08

Last week we had new carpeting installed in the lower level of the house, and it looks marvelous. The scraps left behind, however, do not.

What to do with these rolls of leftovers? Well, you’ll want to keep some for insurance in case you need to ‘patch’ (God forbid) a spot in the future, but for the rest of it Mrs. Fixit has these suggestions:

“1. Hang a patch of carpeting on the wall in your garage where your car door opens. This way if you...

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168 Ways to Stretch A Dollar

by DIY Maven

168 Ways to Stretch A Dollar

Lynnae at beingfrugal.net asked her readers ‘how they deal with high prices and what things they do to make their money stretch further.’ They came through in a big way! Lynnae categorized their tips, which include saving money...

  • on groceries (e.g. use thegrocerygame)
  • on cooking/eating (e.g. become a vegetarian)
  • on cars/gas (e.g. stay home)
  • on utilities (e.g. insulate your water pipes)
  • on medical needs (e.g. ask your doctor to prescribe...

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25 Money-Saving Kitchen Tips.

by Chris Gardner

The Urban Vegan offers some excellent ideas to save money and prevent food waste. The tips are intended for vegans, so that means that they can apply to everyone...unless you manage to survive on nothing but meat.

25 Money-Saving Kitchen Tips.

1. Bake your own bread.
2. Freeze your assets.
3. Cook beans from scratch and freeze them in ziplock bags.
4. Consider the long-term financial implications of organic.
5. Make your own faux meats.
6. Pack your own lunch.
7. Don't buy...

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How To Sharpen Up Your HDTV

by Chris Gardner

Forbes.com writes, "Getting a brand new high-definition TV should be an enjoyable experience, but when you open up that big box you could also be opening up a frustrating can of worms. HDTVs are complicated gadgets. It's not like the old days when you could just plug a TV into the wall and everything magically worked. HDTVs require a little nuance and a little knowledge.

Without this set-up savvy, you might be left looking at an absolutely...

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10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

by Chris Gardner
10 Alternative Uses For Alka-Seltzer.

  1. Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
  2. Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
  3. Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  4. Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and...

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How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

by Chris Gardner

"Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them, but when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too."

How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

Unclog sinks, tubs, toiilets and more with these tips from...

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Ten Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photos

by Chris Gardner

Digital Photography School suggests taking tons of photos to increase your chances of getting that perfect shot. Try these ten tiips to add a bit of diversity as you fill up your memory card.

Ten Ways to Add Variety to Your Digital Photos

1. Shoot your subject at different focal lengths
2. Shoot your subject from different angles

3. Shoot using different formats

4. Avoid the Group Shot Blink
5. Use continuous exposure modes

6. Move your Subject around
7. Try Exposure Bracketing
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How To Attract Birds in the Winter.

by Chris Gardner

The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.

How To Attract Birds in the Winter.

  • High-calorie suet is vital to keeping birds warm in winter.
  • Keep a supply of suet in the freezer.
  • Lay in a stock of seed in case of emergency. 
  • Run an immersible heater to the birdbath.
  • Treat birds to home cooking by making muffins, bread, and nutritious snacks.
  • Expand the menu by offering chopped nuts,...
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    12 Quick Home Repairs.

    by Chris Gardner

    Here's 12 quick home repairs: "15 Minute Fixes that won't put a dent in your weekend."

    12 Quick Home Repairs.
     
    • Repair marked lineoleum floors
    • Revive parched cutting boards
    • Unjamming sliding windows
    • Plumping up deflated cushions
    • Cleaning decanters
    • Organizing and storing cords
    • Fixing unfurled wallpaper
    • Tightening caning
    • Washing chandeliers
    • Removing stubborn decals
    • Removing stuck light bulbs
    • Whitening bathtub stains.
    Read the details from Real Simple magazine.

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    Five Better Ways to Hammer A Nail.

    by Chris Gardner

    Even with a collection of power tools in the garage, it stills pays to be able to use the ultimate mechanical tool combo: the hammer and the nail. Here's five tips from Popular Mechanics for success every time: straight nails, and nice, safe thumbs.

    1. Roughen the hammer’s striking face with sandpaper.

    2.Blunt the nail's sharp tip with your hammer.  

    3. Strike the edge of the nail's head.
     
    4. Drive nails at different angles.

    5. Let your hammer rest on...

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    Twelve Essential Photographic Rules.

    by Chris Gardner

    Photo masters PopPhoto offers twelve essential photographic rules to keep in your head, which can "get you out of a jam and help you get good shots when nothing else will."

     

    Twelve Essential Photographic Rules.
     

     

    1. Sunny 16

    2. Moony 11, 8, and 5.6

    3. Camera Shake 

    4. Anatomical Gray

    5. Depth of Field

    6. Largest Digital Print

    7. Exposure

    8. Quick Flash-fill

    9. Flash range

    10. Megapixel Multiplier

    11. Action Stopping

    12. Sunset 

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    22 Alternative Uses for Petroleum Jelly.

    by Chris Gardner

    According to Wikipedia:

    "The raw material for petroleum jelly was discovered in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania where it was stuck to some of the first oil rigs in the U.S. The workers disliked the paraffin like material because it caused the rigs to seize up, but they used it on cuts and burns because it hastened healing. Robert Chesebrough, a young chemist whose previous work of distilling fuel from the oil of sperm whales had been rendered...

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