Tool School: Ditch Your Notepad, and Say Hello to the Bosch Laser Measure

Bosch Laser Measure paired with MeasureOn App
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

Every once in a while I discover a gadget that does a lot more than I expected it to do. And the Bosch Laser Measure is definitely one of those. When I received a sample to review, my first thought was, “Great. I have thirteen tape measures on my workbench. What do I need this for?” But after trying it out, I've completely changed my mind. Now I'm thinking, “I have this thing. Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Eco-Friendly Materials for Building The Ultimate ‘Green’ Kitchen!

created at: 09/15/2011

Curbliers, it’s time to get down with ‘the green team’!  Whether you’re remodeling, starting a new build, or just like daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens, we’ve rounded up our five favorite eco-friendly building materials.  Ready to dream green?  Let’s go!  


1. Countertops:

Caesarstone is GreenGuard certified, LEED certified, produces low or no VOC emissions, and was the first surfacing company to receive an ISO 14001 certification – a global standard specifically for environmental protection.  They also have a “recycled collection” made from recycled quartz scraps and pre- and post- consumer recyclables.   Continue Reading

Stitch and Glue Kayak Building

One day LongToe over on Instructables felt like building himself a kayak. Eight months later, he has a dandy of a kayak–almost entirely DIY-able.

The method he used is called stitch and glue. It’s basically stitching thin pieces of plywood together with copper wire, adding an epoxy glue and then all sorts of steps ensue. Apparently, stitch and glue is an established boat building method. Plywood stitched with copper wire, eh? Hey, that gives me an idea. Continue Reading

Zero Energy Casita

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Located in Fort Worth, TX, this 1,051 square foot, two-bedroom casita, designed by BYSP and built by Don Ferrier, is not only green, but it’s off the grid too. It features SIP construction, a reflective roof, Weathershield ZoE5 windows and its very own 3.7kW SkyStream wind generator. (How cool is that?!) The generator is tied into the grid ‘for when the wind is not blowing for an overall net-zero energy demand’. 

If you’re in the Fort Worth area, you can actually tour the home, dubbed The Zero Energy Casita, and for more information and images of the project, follow this link to Inhabitat or visit the casita’s website. Continue Reading

DIY Castle Building 101

created at: 05/20/2010

What would impel a guy to DIY a castle? Oh, I don’t know, maybe being inspired by a beautiful stone in the road, gratitude for divine intervention, or maybe fifteen years of prison for not converting from catholic to protestent. Or, maybe you just start mixing up cement and goat’s milk and start slapping together old car parts, telephone poles and rail tracks. Next thing you know, you’ve got yourself a castle. Read more…

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Built almost entirely by themselves (don’t you think family members and friends were probably guilted into helping out), these fourteen guys must have had one of those DIY moments and thought, ‘What the heck, I want a castle, I can just do this myself’. Continue Reading

How To Build A Cornhole Game

created at: 04/29/2010

Image: IndyCornholeGame

If you live around these parts and you’ve been to a tailgate, a picnic, an outdoor company party, a family reunion, or just about any outdoor party, you’ve undoubtedly seen, or played a game of Cornhole. I have to admit that I steered clear of it for the longest time, but my competitive nature eventually took over. The deal is that if you own the game, people are always calling to see if they can borrow it for their own backyard shindig. Continue Reading

Put Her in a Pumpkin Shell

created at: 2009-10-07

Didn’t anyone else imagine, as a kid, what it would be like to live in a pumpkin shell or an oversized shoe? Boy, I did. Happily, I just discovered that dome builder, Steve Miller and I must have been on the same wavelength. In 1997, he, his wife and 1 1/2 year old daughter set out on a dome building adventure like no other. Today, their two story Vermont pumpkin house has been enlarged and improved upon more than once. Continue Reading

Get the Look of Wainscoting for Less

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Photo Images: THR & Sons

When we built a home years ago my brother suggested some cost cutting carpentry illusions that gave us the look of custom raised wainscoting panels in the dining room and up the stairway. It’s fairly commonplace now but at the time, it was a clever construction cost cutting idea.

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Wainscoting was originally used to camouflage what was known as rising damp, a wicking effect on interior walls. Even though the causes of rising damp have long been solved, the use of wainscoting continues for its style and visual interest. Continue Reading

Stocking Stuffer: Safety Glasses You’ll Want to Wear Everywhere

created on: 12/13/08

Gone are the days of face-encompassing safety goggles. No need to look nerdy while buzzing through a 4 x 8 piece of plywood anymore. Safety glasses have gone cool.  Hardly resembling their frumpy older sister, safety goggles, hip safety glasses have their own market, and they’re hot.  Check out some of the latest looks after the jump…

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Above: Bedazzled as seen on Better Homes & Gardens

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Winchester (above) and Phantom (below)

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See a huge selection of good looking safety glasses and their ugly stepsister, Safety Goggles, right here and here. Continue Reading