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  • DIY - Top 10 DIY projects to prepare for the Fall

    DIY - Top 10 DIY projects to prepare for the Fall   With almost a month left of Summer, who want’s to think about the Fall? The DIYer’s do….   I put together a list of 10 must do projects for The DIYer’s out there to prepare for the Fall. These projects rang...
  • DIY - Giving new life to old ideas (crafts)

    Giving new life to old ideas   Do you remember as a kid gluing popsicle sticks to make a jewelry box or for other craft projects? This week we're going to explore another chapter in working with popsicle sticks (also called craft sticks).   Popsicle stick bending…   Pop...
  • DIY - Wood Burning (crafts)

    Wood Burning   No matter if your making ornaments, coasters, signs or a personalized gift. A wood burning kit can (starting) cost between $25.00 and $35.00 (without specialty tips) and are a great way to add a personalized touch to most any smaller wood project.   Supplies:  ...
  • DIY - Hobby Tools for the DIYer

    Hobby Tools for the DIYer   Each week I write an article for the DIYer’s, most weeks they are geared towards larger projects. But there is a whole nother set of DIYer’s out there, those that are focused primarily on small projects or hobbies.   There is a whole nother lin...
  • DIY- Specialty Tools for the DIYer (video)

    Specialty Tools for the DIYer   There are a lot of tools that we use when working in the field which most homeowners and DIYers don't have in their tool collection. Some of these tools are considered specialty tools (geared towards someone in a specific field), yet most homeowners and DIYe...
  • DIY - Top 5 sites for the DIYer

    Top 5 sites for the DIYer   Many DIYers rely on the internet for their source of information. YouTube videos are great for general reference, but you never know if hey are posted by amateurs or people who know what they are talking about.   I put together a list of sites that I thin...
  • DIY - Maintaining your gardening tools..

    Maintaining your gardening tools..   With the summer in full force, not everyone heads to the beach. Some people rather work in their garden.   Though gardening tools are not a major expense, maintaining them is an easy way to save a few dollars and only takes a few minutes after eac...
  • DIY - Need a beach cart??

    Need a beach cart??   What better way to haul all your stuff back and forth then with your own PVC beach cart? The great thing about PVC beach carts is they are lightweight and durable. PVC can also be used to make carts for small water crafts (jet skis, canoes, etc), carts for trash cans...
  • DIY - Give new life to that concrete patio

    Give new life to that concrete patio:   I hope everyone had a great and safe 4th of July holiday. Being that I took off last week and didn't upload an article, next week I will be uploading 2 articles. The 2nd article (Build Your Own Beach Cart) will include plans.    Now for ...
  • DIY - PVC Bike Rack

      PVC Bike Rack   Looking for a way to keep the kids bikes from laying all over the yard? Try this PVC Bike Rack, it will hold 5 bikes.   What you’ll need:   4- Lengths of 1 ½ PVC pipe 14- 1 ½ PVC elbows 20- 1 ½ PVC T’s 1- Can of PVC ...
  • DIY - Backyard Bowling

      Backyard Bowling     This project is great for kids parties or just to have fun with the kids on a nice summer day.   To start off with you will need pins and a ball. Pins can be easily made by painting 20 oz. soda bottles white. For a ball, I recommend painting a ten...
  • DIY - Repairing your Bar-B-Que

    Repairing your Bar-B-Que   We are going to postbone Backyard Bowling till next week to answer a readers question; A reader wrote in asking “how to repair her Bar-B-Que” Be sure the grill is cool and gas is off when working on it.     Removing the grate:  I&rsq...
  • DIY - Backyard Dominoes

    DIY - Backyard Dominoes   Get a FREE pdf copy of my book "The DIYer by Artie Wallace", details below.   Back yard dominoes can be fun for the whole family and can be fun project to do with the kids. This project can be made for less than $100 (including the storage bin) and rates as ...
  • DIY - 3rd class, Planning a project (video)

    DIY - 3rd class, Planning a project   Welcome to the DIYer (classes) by Artie Wallace   I offer free DIYer classes bi-monthly in my community (Rockaway Park, NY) The classes are recorded so that we can share them with the online community.   This is our 3rd class, Planning a ...
  • DIY - The Thrifty DIYer

    DIYer - The Thrifty DIYer   People are DIYer’s for different reasons. Some enjoy being able to say that they did it themselves, while others like saving money. Either way, being a Thrifty DIYer can help make your project more unique and save you money.   How to be a Thrifty DIY...
  • DIY - 2nd DIYer Class (video)

    DIY - 1st DIYer class   Welcome to the DIYer (classes) by Artie Wallace   I offer free DIYer classes bi-monthly in my community (Rockaway Park, NY) The classes are recorded so that we can share them with the online community.   This is our 2nd class.    In our las...
  • DIY - Trash to Treasures

    DIY - Trash to Treasures   Have you ever seen an old wood piece of furniture at a thrift shop or on the side of the road and thought that’s a beautiful piece, but look at the condition of it….   No matter if it’s a table, dresser, night stand or anything else you m...
  • DIY- Making a new seat cushion (video)

    Making a new seat cushion (video)   I recently wrote an article for "TDS DIYer" Repairing a chair seat I decided to do a "How To" video on this for my YouTube Channel TheDIYerbyArtieWallace.info   I thought this would be a good video to share with our friends on Stretcher.com ...
  • DIY - Makeover your kids room for less

    DIY - Makeover your kids room for less   Are your kids getting older?   Maybe it's just time to makeover their room. Here are a few ideas that are not only fun for the kids, but they're fun to do too. Best of all, most of them rate at a 2 on the skill level meter (with 1 being the ea...
  • DIYer 1st class (video)

    DIY - 1st DIYer class   Welcome to the DIYer (classes) by Artie Wallace   I offer free DIYer classes bi-monthly in my community (Rockaway Park, NY) The classes are recorded so that we can share them with the online community.   This is our first class. We are getting use to t...
  • DIY - Repairing a chair seat

    DIY - Repairing a chair seat   This week I have the pleasure of sharing with you a small job I just did for a customer.   Two chairs that sit out on the porch year round, finally lost their bout with mother nature and the seats rotted. So, I had to make complete new seat cushions (in...
  • DIY - Basic Tool Kit

      DIY - Basic Tool Kit   Before you shop for tools there are a few things you should do.   1- Make a realistic list of the project's/goals  that you're looking to accomplish. There are different tools for different jobs/uses.   2- Make a list of the tools you&rsquo...
  • DIY- Classes (video)

    DIY- Classes    Welcome to The DIYer (classes) by Artie Wallace   I would like to tell you a little about me and my DIYer classes, but first I would like to thank Gary Foreman and TDS for letting me share my DIYer classes with you.   In addition to my DIYer class...
  • DIY- Buying a power washer

    DIY- Buying a power washer   You may recall Back in February my first article for The Dollar Stretcher.com was on Power Washing (click here to read the original article) With the summer months here, I'd like to follow up with some pointers on buying your first (or a new) power washer....
  • DIY - Turn an old door into a Mosaic tile table

    DIY - Turn an old door into a Mosaic tile table   This project rates as a 5 on the DIYer scale. Yet it will rate a 10 with your guest. Mosaic tables are great for outdoors (patios , porch and yards), they even look great in a rustic decorated room.   Here is how to make your own: ...
  • DIY - Convert a closet

      Convert a closet Most families fight the constant battle between floor space and closet space. By converting a closet into desk space with a few book shelves or even closed in storage, you free up a lot of floor space. The best part is when not working at the desk, you can close the door...
  • DIY - Whitewashing

      DIY - Whitewashing   Last week Ash wrote in asking about whitewashing her kitchen cabinets. Thank you Ash for writing in.   There are a few methods for whitewashing. I am going to cover the easiest.   What is whitewashing? Whitewashing is when you apply a coat of pai...
  • DIY – Affordable Kitchen Makeovers (Changing a countertop)

      DIY – Affordable Kitchen Makeovers (Changing a countertop)     Different types of countertops require different types of installation. For our purpose we're going to work with formica counter tops.   A lot of people like to stay away from formica counter tops, &n...
  • DIY – Affordable Kitchen Makeovers (Cabinet refinishing)

    DIY – Affordable Kitchen Makeovers (Cabinet refinishing)     A brand new kitchen may not be in everyone's budget, not to worry Affordable Kitchen Makeovers are within most homeowners reach.   This week I am going to focus on the cabinets. I will cover the other portions o...
  • DIY - Replacing a window pane

      DIY - Replacing a window pane.   There are more older windows and doors out there then most people realize.   Every now and then one of the windows break and need to be replaced. Replacing a window may be much easier than you think and can be done for just under $20.00 (pl...
  • DIY- Rustic Farmhouse Table

    Rustic Farmhouse Tables   A reader wrote in asking about building a Rustic Farmhouse Table. I thought this was a great topic.   Where to start?   As with any table you will need to start with the legs and supports. If you have an old wood table with a sturdy frame, you can a...
  • DIY – Accent wall from Reclaimed wood

      DIY – Accent wall from Reclaimed wood by Artie Wallace     More and more I am finding that both customers and people online are getting back to nature with their home designs.  What better way to do this then with a wood accent wall? Best of all on a scale of 1 t...
  • DIY - Give your bathroom a new look for less

    DIY - Give your bathroom a new look for less by Artie Wallace   Whether you're renting or a home owner looking to give your bathroom a makeover, there is no reason to break the bank while doing so.   Bathrooms are the second most important rooms in the house when thinking about upgr...
  • DIY Keeping Your Drains Clean

    DIY Keeping Your Drains Clean by Artie Wallace Would you like to save money on expensive drain cleaning services?In this article, I will take you on a journey through a drain pipe and help you to prevent expensive clogs. Why do drain pipes clog? Most drain clogs are caused by 1 of ...
  • DIY Power Washing

      by Artie Wallace   With spring right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about cleaning up the outside of the house. Power washing is a great place to start.   What are the advantages of power washing?   - Power washing your siding can extend the life of your ...