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All About Built-in Barbecue Pits

Anatomy of a simple brick, built-in BBQ.

All About Built-in Barbecue Pits

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7 Surprising Built-In Bookcase Designs

Supports for Fixed Shelves Cleat: Shelf sits on top of a wood strip screwed in place. Quick and easy to install. Dado: Shelf slides into a groove. Strong support. Decorative cut: Nice for display shelves that won't bear heavy loads. Dovetail: Use a hammer or woodblock to lock in shelf. Handcrafted look.

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7 Surprising Built-In Bookcase Designs

How to add visual weight or interest to a bookcase with a solid-wood face frame.

7 Surprising Built-In Bookcase Designs

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Choose the Right Rug for Your Space

A handy guide for choosing the right rug based on your room from World Market.

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Need-to-Know Numbers: the Dining Room

36 Inches: the ideal clearance needed behind chairs from the pushed-in position. (Make sure rugs also extend at least 36 inches, to avoid catching on the chair legs.)

Need-to-Know Numbers: the Dining Room

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One Big, Happy Kitchen for Family Gatherings

Smart layout for kitchen/dining nook combo in just under 12' x 16'.

One Big, Happy Kitchen for Family Gatherings

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How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

The wood pieces you'll need to build a three-tiered bath stand. See our cut list for the correct lengths.

How to Build a Three-Tiered Bath Stand

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Layout is the key to a good wallpapering job. Paying attention to the order in which the paper goes up ensures that your pattern will stay well-matched and look straight.

The Best Techniques for Hanging Wallpaper

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How to Build a Copper Trellis

The measurements and pieces you will need to build a copper garden trellis

How to Build a Copper Trellis

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How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Use factory-made lattice panels to simplify construction of a backyard privacy screen

How to Build an Outdoor Privacy Screen

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Here's our overview diagram of how to build a garden gate. Size your gate to the width of your path, allowing room for the postholes on either side. Our gate is unusually wide, at four feet, but you can easily adapt the cut list to a narrower size by adjusting the width of the horizontal pieces.

How to Build a Garden Gate

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How to Build a Living Wall Vertical Garden

Use this diagram to help plan out the parts involved in building a living wall vertical garden

How to Build a Living Wall Vertical Garden

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From Blah Lawn to Backyard Rose Garden Paradise

In this garden plan, sandstone paths loop through the 30-by-40-foot area, defining beds of cottage-style plantings and widening into a patio. The fence, arbors, and pergola offer ample privacy, while the roses that cover them add color and fragrance.

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How to Build a Wall Cubby Shelf

These are the parts you'll need to build a shelf 39 inches wide by 17¾ inches high by 10 inches deep

How to Build a Wall Cubby Shelf

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How to Edge a Garden Bed With Brick

What you need to edge a garden bed with bricks

How to Edge a Garden Bed With Brick

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All About Tin Ceilings

Anatomy of a tin tile ceiling: A metal ceiling is actually a system of closely matched components. | Field Panels: Cover the center of the ceiling. | Filler: Creates a low-profile border around field panels. | Cornice: Marks the transition from ceiling to wall.

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All About Shade Trees

Permanent roots anchor a tree to the ground, while temporary feeder roots carry water and nutrients to limbs, branches, and leaves. At maturity, a well-shaped tree has a balanced canopy and a single strong leader. | Illustration: Rodica Prato

All About Shade Trees

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How to Install a Soapstone Countertop

As with any stone, soapstone needs a lot of support underneath it—the more surface area it rests on, the better. Gaps and voids underneath one section could put undue stress on the stone. So the first task in any soapstone countertop installation is lining up the cabinets so all the tops are even and the stone can lay flat without rocking.

How to Install a Soapstone Countertop

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How to Build a Hidden Door

Diagram of what you will need to install a secret swinging door.

How to Build a Hidden Door

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All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

In tufted carpeting, yarn is machine-punched through a backing (usually polypropylene) to create rows of loops, which are snipped or kept intact, depending on the style. A second backing (usually polypropylene) is glued on for stability. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Wall-to-Wall Carpeting

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How to Build a Butcher-Block Island

The parts you'll need to build your own butcher-block island

How to Build a Butcher-Block Island

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All About Wood Entry Doors

How to select and care for a front door that's right for your home's style—and your budget. | Photo: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

All About Wood Entry Doors

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How to Build a Table from Salvaged Beams

The industrial-look base of this dining table is made from ¾-inch gas pipe and coordinating elbows, tees, and flanges, all from the home center.

How to Build a Table from Salvaged Beams

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All About Pellet Stoves

This is how a pellet stove works. Pellets are automatically fed from a storage hopper into a burn pot, creating a constant flame that needs no tending. | Illustration: Joe McKendry

All About Pellet Stoves

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How to Build a Rolling Library Ladder

We designed this rolling ladder to reach an 8 1/2-foot-tall shelf (on a 10-foot-high bookcase) in the climbing position. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec

How to Build a Rolling Library Ladder

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