How to Buy in Bulk When You Live in a Small Space

Buying in bulk can be an empowering experience. The combination of the cost-savings, plus the satisfaction of not needing to buy that again for a while, can leave you feeling like you’ve managed to really cheat the system. Until you get home and realize that, uh, you don’t have room for this many cans of soup—and…

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How to Buy in Bulk When You Live in a Small Space

Buying in bulk can be an empowering experience. The combination of the cost-savings, plus the satisfaction of not needing to buy that again for a while, can leave you feeling like you’ve managed to really cheat the system. Until you get home and realize that, uh, you don’t have room for this many cans of soup—and…

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How to Find a Stud Without a Stud Finder

We’ve all been there at some point: anxiously trying to find a wall stud while you’re in the process of hanging a picture, shelf or TV mount. Most stud finders are inconsistent at best, and I’ve found the more I learn about how houses are built, the easier it is to find a stud through logic instead of equipment. In…

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How to Find a Stud Without a Stud Finder

We’ve all been there at some point: anxiously trying to find a wall stud while you’re in the process of hanging a picture, shelf or TV mount. Most stud finders are inconsistent at best, and I’ve found the more I learn about how houses are built, the easier it is to find a stud through logic instead of equipment. In…

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How to Pick the Best Light Bulb for Every Room

The lighting in a room isn’t just part of the decor; it can affect everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it’s understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from!

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How to Cool Your Home Without Cranking the AC

My home is interesting (special?) in that we have central air conditioning on the first floor and window AC units in the upstairs bedrooms. What this means, practically speaking, is that we lose a lot of our cool first floor air up the stairs, where it is immediately swallowed up by a hallway that becomes stifling in…

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How to Remove Screws With Stripped Heads

It’s a novice carpenter’s worst nightmare: you’re trying to tighten or remove a screw, and you find the head is stripped. You press the screwdriver or drill bit into the head and try to turn, but there’s no friction. Try throwing a little back into your screw twists, and if that fails, try these stripped screw removal…

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How to Remove Screws With Stripped Heads

It’s a novice carpenter’s worst nightmare: you’re trying to tighten or remove a screw, and you find the head is stripped. You press the screwdriver or drill bit into the head and try to turn, but there’s no friction. Try throwing a little back into your screw twists, and if that fails, try these stripped screw removal…

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Before You Buy a Home, Think About What You’ll Need Five Years From Now

The standard homebuying advice is “only buy as much home as you need.” Makes sense, right? If a newly married couple is shopping for their first home, for example, a two-bedroom bungalow might be a smarter choice than a four-bedroom ranch house.

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Before You Buy a Home, Think About What You’ll Need Five Years From Now

The standard homebuying advice is “only buy as much home as you need.” Makes sense, right? If a newly married couple is shopping for their first home, for example, a two-bedroom bungalow might be a smarter choice than a four-bedroom ranch house.

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